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eLawyering ABA Techshow 2008

  1. 1. Lawyering in a Virtual World: How to Snag the Connected Client Presenters: Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt ( ret.) CEO VirtualCourthouse.com Will Hornsby -- Staff Counsel ABA Division for Legal Services Greg Siskind, Shareholder Siskind Susser Bland, P.C. – Immigration Lawyers   . March 13 – 15, 2008 www.techshow.com
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Need, The Promise, </li></ul><ul><li>The Challenge </li></ul>eLawyering
  3. 3. What is eLawyering ? <ul><li>eLawyering is a term used to refer to the practice of law over the Internet. It is more than Internet based advertising. eLawyering initiatives undertaken by the organized bar are usually focused on reaching a &quot;latent market&quot; of lower and middle class citizens in need of legal services. </li></ul><ul><li>Or has it changed? </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Need <ul><li>Cost of legal services does not equal value </li></ul><ul><li>Paper methods are expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Travel is time consuming and costly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indirect cost such as lost time form work </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Promise <ul><li>eCommerce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The automation of commercial transactions using computer and communication technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dispute resolution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Legal transactions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Savings and efficiencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Challenge <ul><li>eCommerce models have not been adopted by the legal profession </li></ul><ul><li>The delivery of professional service is not just a product but a relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming resistance to change </li></ul>
  7. 7. It is all about CHANGE !! <ul><li>Becoming a Change Champion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overcoming Barriers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceived need for paper and face to face meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“I am doing things just fine” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. eLawyering Examples <ul><li>IllinoisDivorce.com </li></ul><ul><li>Legaladviceline.com </li></ul><ul><li>VirtualCourthouse.com </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cyberspace is like any other place <ul><li>Pre-existing rules apply </li></ul><ul><li>Early ethics opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Canter </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes rules are not a good fit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Attorney-Client Relationship <ul><li>Creates an application of the rules </li></ul><ul><li>In the eye of the beholder </li></ul><ul><li>Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Same service to opposing parties </li></ul><ul><li>Not UPL if provided by lay person </li></ul><ul><li>Information, not advice </li></ul>
  11. 11. Information vs. Advice <ul><li>Is it fact specific? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it involve judgment? </li></ul>
  12. 12. What does it mean if the rules apply?
  13. 13. Limited Scope of Representation <ul><li>Reasonable under the circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Informed consent </li></ul>
  14. 14. Confidentiality <ul><li>Inadvertent disclosure </li></ul><ul><li>Encryption </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata </li></ul>
  15. 15. Conflicts <ul><li>Intake and duty to </li></ul><ul><li>prospective client </li></ul>
  16. 16. Candor to the Tribunal
  17. 17. UPL <ul><li>Definition of the Practice of Law includes document preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish scriveners </li></ul><ul><li>Pro se exception </li></ul><ul><li>Dacey </li></ul><ul><li>Parsons </li></ul><ul><li>Reynoso </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions

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