I am pleased to announce that I have published an eBook entitled “Practicing Law Online: Creating a Web-Based Law Office.” The book covers technology and ethics considerations in virtual law practice and provides best practice tips for providing online legal services. The eBook is available for free here. I welcome any comments and feedback.
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I just finished reading your ebook, and I have been following your career for some time. I found the book to be very thought-provoking. I began practice in 1985 in a traditional small office. When I had started my family, I wanted to spend time with my children, so I started a legal research and writing practice from home, and subscribed to ABANet which provided me with a very expensive, slow, dial-up internet connection! Nevertheless, it was magically fast to all my lawyer/clients who knew they could call me and I would have up-to-the-minute, factually and legally on-point cases on very quick turn-around! At the time, ‘real lawyers’ didn’t type, and certainly didn’t work from home with little ones. With a good law library nearby and a decent internet connection, along with a skill set unusual in the law (not many women lawyers, and none who would admit to being able to use a keyboard), I was in business. My practice grew into an appellate consulting practice, but alas, I neglected marketing as my family grew, and I eventually gave it up about ten years ago. I was not good at the business end, and undercharged for my services, so I became discouraged. I never stayed far from the law, however, and this semester I began teaching an online undergraduate law course through a state university. My students live around the world: India, S.Korea, U.S. and I now live in Canada, though I am still an active member of my state bar. I love teaching online, and the technology available now far exceeds anything I ever used before. I have live chat with students every week, and every message, reply and assignment is stored. I am so excited about VLO. From my past, I can see it is the way of the future.
Thank you for your creative problem-solving! I would love to have more info on VLO. Maybe I can revive my law practice from this beautiful island I live on now, since I still have my home state license and legal contacts.
Any website you can refer me to would be wonderful! Thanks again for your pioneering spirit!