Virtual Law Practice in the News

It’s time again for another post where I compile many of the interesting news articles and blog posts that have surfaced in the past six months about virtual law practice.  When I started doing this a couple years ago it took a lot longer to find things to list than it will this year.  More legal professionals are aware of virtual law practice and more virtual law firms and innovative technologies have emerged.

The list is in no particular order.  At the end I have also added a couple new social networking resources that have formed where attorneys interested in the use of tech to deliver legal services online can meet up.   I know there are more out there, so please feel free to add them in the comments.

“The Transformation of eLawyering” June 18, 2010, Darryl Mountain, Slaw.ca blog

“Revolution has already happened” June 2010, David Hill, ILTA Magazine

“14% of Lawyers Operate a Virtual Law Firm” June 11, 2010, Larry Bodine, Law Marketing Blog

“North Carolina Bar to Issue Cloud Computing Opinion” April 13, 2010, Daily Record, Nicole Black

“Legal Ethics of Cloud Computing” April 9, 2010, MyShingle, Carolyn Elefant

The North Carolina State Bar & Cloud Computing Podcast, May 20, 2010, Lawyer2Lawyer with J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi interviewing Jack Newton of Clio and Alice Neece Mine with the NC Bar Ethics Commission, LegalTalkNetwork

Exploring the Virtual Law Practice Podcast, May 12, 2010, The Legal Toolkit, hosted by Jared Correia, Law Practice Management Advisor with Mass. LOMAP

“The ‘Virtual Law Firm’ That Can Rid You of Your Pesky Spouse in 20 Minutes” posted by Eric Lipman on February 8, 2010, Law.com Legal Blog Watch

Unbundling Legal Services  Online, February 2, 2010, Lawyerist blog, Stephanie Kimbro

“Virtual law office: An option for lawyers in transition, new lawyers”, State Bar of Wisconsin, InsideTrack, By Deborah G. Spanic

“NJ Bar States that “Virtual Law Firms” Violate the Bona Fide Office Rule”, April 6, 2010 by Richard Granat, Elawyering Blog

“Twitter Debate: Virtual Law Offices—Game Changer or Business as Usual? (w/Transcript)” ABA Journal, Law Practice Management, Posted May 7, 2010, By Molly McDonough

“Ethics and the on-Line Storage of Client Documents” January 7, 2010, by Dave Blinsky, Slaw.ca

“Is It Ethical to Draft a Will for a Client You Have Never Met in Person?” April 22, 2010, Nicole Garton-Jones, Slaw.ca (regarding the Ethics Committee of the Benchers of the Law Society of BC’s inquiry on this subject)

The Traveling Lawyer and Taking Your Firm Virtual: Presentations From ABA Techshow, March 29, 2010, Nicole Garton-Jones, Slaw.ca

“The end of inevitability” May 21, 2010, Jordan Furlong, Law21 blog

“ABA Techshow Highlights Trends in Virtual Law Practice, Social Media Strategy, Data Security and E- Discovery,” March 10, 2010, ABANow

“Virtual law firms: are they the place for you?” May 20, 2010, Times online, by Poly Botsford

“Online Self-Help System Gets Upgrade, New Name” February 18, 2010, Legal Services Corporation

“LegalZoom Sued in Class Action for Unauthorized Law Practice” February 9, 2010, by Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog

“A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers” by John T. Broderick Jr. and Ronald M. George, New York Times, January 1, 2010

“From Georgetown Law: Dinner with Richard Susskind, John Palfrey, Paul Lippe, Mark Harris, and Jeffrey Carr” April 5, 2010, Georgetown Law Center: The “Law Firm Evolution” conference, The Posse List blog

“What is SaaS?: Understanding the Concepts of Cloud Computing” February 9, 2010, By Nicole Black for Firmex Blog

ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, speaker materials and transcript from public hearing February 5 including discussion of virtual law practice, 2010

2010 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering awarded to Rosen Law Firm at ABA Techshow in Chicago, March 2010.
“NJ Solo Allowed to Proceed with Claim That NY Discriminates Against Out-of-State Lawyers” ABA Journal blog, posted Feb 11, 2010, by Molly McDonough

“New Thoughts on Automated Document Assembly in Elawyering Apps” March 9, 2010, by Matthew Pitts, Beyond eLawyering Blog

eLawyering and the Future of Legal Work, presented by the ABA eLawyering Task Force at Boyd School of Law, UNLV, April, 2010, video and materials online

A few new ways for attorneys interested in virtual law practice to connect:

Online Bar Association

LinkedIn Groups:  Cloud Computing for Law Firms, Legal IT Network, eLegal, Online Bar Association, The Virtual Lawyer

MHC Connected Groups – Virtual Lawyers, Virtual Law Firm

ABA eLawyering Task Force, meets informally once a month and on listserv

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