Virtual law practice has been a hot topic in the press repeatedly over the first half of 2009. There have been articles about virtual law practices in its many different forms, from web-based solo practices to remote BigLaw attorney collaboration. The use of software as a service (SaaS) technology and talk of practicing law “in the cloud” have been discussed in legal blogs and other publications.
Companies such as Rocket Matter, Clio, Directlaw, Lexbe, VLOTech and others are encouraging the legal profession to consider the use of technology to deliver legal services online or to take a portion of their law practice management virtual. The efficiency and cost-savings to both the attorneys using the technology and to the general public is showing as the popularity of virtual law practice in its various forms increases. The ethics and malpractice risks associated with practicing law online are also being discussed as the legal profession learns to adopt to the changes that are taking place. It’s an exciting time to be involved in law practice management and to operate a virtual law practice.
As a resource, I’ve compiled links to articles that have come out in the past six months or so regarding virtual law practice. These are in no particular order and I’m sure there are more out there. Please drop me a comment to share.
Does the Future Belong to Virtual Law Firms?, The American Lawyer, Law.com, Legal Technology, August 3, 2009
How Virtual Lawyers Are Weathering the Recession, The Times, July 30, 2009
Virtual Law Partners Hires Four Attorneys, JDJournal, Jun 30, 2009
Virtual Law Firms Going Viral, by Carolyn Elefant, June 26, 2009, Law.com Legal Blog Watch
Virtual Law Practice: A Passing Trend or the Wave of the Future?, by Aviva Culyer and Nicole Black, GP Solo Magazine, Volume 26, Number 4, June 2009
The Nuts and Bolts of a Virtual Law Office, by Chuck Newton, Texas Bar Journal, June 2009