Doing Law on the Web

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  • 1. Doing Law on the Web eLawyering and the Future of Legal Work ABA eLawyering Task Force William S. Boyd School of Law April 29, 2010
  • 2. Our presenters
    • Richard Granat MyLawyer.com; DirectLaw
    • Blair Janis WealthCounsel, LLC
    • Stephanie Kimbro Kimbro Legal Services
    • Marc Lauritsen Capstone Practice Systems
  • 3. Overview
    • What is “e-lawyering”
    • Some examples
      • Commercial online services
      • Solo practice
      • Big firm
      • E-learning, web communications
      • Non-profits
    • Discussion
      • Career planning implications
  • 4. The task force
    • The eLawyering Task Force is part of the Law Practice Management section of the American Bar Association
    • Created in 1998.
    • Mission: learn and teach about the use of Internet technologies for legal work.
    • Special concern: how these technologies can help deliver legal services to low and moderate income clients more effectively.
  • 5. What is “eLawyering”?
    • Lawyers doing their work using the Web and associated technologies.
    • These include new ways to:
      • communicate and collaborate with clients, prospective clients, and other lawyers (both within and beyond your office)
      • produce documents
      • settle disputes
      • manage legal knowledge
  • 6. Lawyering verbs interview investigate counsel draft advocate analyze negotiate manage research learn/teach
  • 7. eLawyering tools Online interviews Online factual research Online advice systems Web-based document assembly Virtual court appearances Online expert systems Online dispute resolution Case management extranets Online research e-learning
  • 8. The service spectrum
    • Pro se, pro per, self-help, Do It Yourself
    • Assisted pro se, “unbundled” services, coaching, ghostwriting
    • Full service, leave it to the professional
  • 9. The provider spectrum
    • Traditional law firms
    • Corporate law departments
    • Commercial lawyer-less sites
    • Mixed models
    • Government sites (courts, agencies)
    • Non-profit sites (legal services, law schools)
  • 10. Roles of technology
    • Information (portals, legal reference sites, blogs, podcasts)
    • Personalized advice (interactive questionnaires, checklists)
    • Document preparation (document assembly)
    • Form submission (e-filing)
    • Process assistance with courts/agencies (docket, service, hearings, settlements, enforcement)
  • 11. Examples
    • Cisco self-service contract builder
    • National non-profit legal services document assembly server
    • Law firm term sheet generators
    • Virtual law office services
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  • 29. SaaSy document preparation
  • 30. Take-aways
    • eLawyering is lawyers using electronic networks creatively to deliver legal services
    • But non -lawyer “elegal services” are also changing the competitive landscape
    • Try to be motivated by the great opportunities , not by the threats
  • 31. Some discussion topics
    • Career options and challenges
    • New business forms for legal service delivery
    • New opportunities for equal justice
    • “ Meta-lawyering”
    • Knowledge and skills
    • Ethics and public policy