Doing Law on the Web

509 views

Published on

0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
509
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
2
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
13
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Doing Law on the Web

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

×