Connecting With Technology

Increasing Access with Tech: Report from LSC Tech Summit

This week I attended the second of two Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Technology Summits. The overall mission presented in these Summits was: “Use technology to provide some form of effective assistance to 100% of persons otherwise unable to afford an attorney for dealing with essential civil legal needs.” I want to share some of the progress of this Summit towards this goal because I believe virtual lawyers and elawyering from the private bar are key components in using technology to increase access. ...READ MORE

Updated List of Products that Facilitate Virtual Law Practice

I have finally updated the list of products and services used by virtual law firms whether its for direct online delivery of legal services to clients or for remote lawyering in general. This fall I taught a course on technology in law practice which required that I research and update myself on all of the new products and services out there, including iPad and other mobile device apps that could be used in practice management for a virtual law firm. ...READ MORE
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Massachusetts Bar Association Publishes Cloud Computing Ethics Opinion

The Massachusetts Bar Association published Ethics Opinion 12-03 regarding the use of cloud computing in law practice, specifically referring to lawyers’ use of Google docs. The scenarios posed in the opinion is this: “A lawyer wishes to store and synchronize the electronic work files that he creates in the course of his law practice across multiple computers and devices (e.g., smartphones, iPads, etc.) so that he can access them remotely.” ...READ MORE
Stanford CodeX Speaker Presentation Video

Stanford CodeX Speaker Presentation Video

Last week I gave a presentation at Stanford Law School entitled “Unbundling and the Future of Legal Service Delivery.” We had some great questions from the attendees at the end of the talk. Thanks again to Stanford CodeX and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession for inviting me out there. I am introduced by Tony Lai, one of the founders of LawGives who I also had the pleasure of spending time with while in Palo Alto. Below is the video from my talk. ...READ MORE
Mobile Apps

Release of iPad App for Virtual Practice

Today, the Apple Apps Store has released the Total Attorneys practice management platform’s iPad and iPhone app. This clean app allows a lawyer to operate a law practice from the iPad and/or iPhone with secure access to the virtual law office platform. Case and client management features are all integrated into the app, and it syncs with the full browser version of the software. ...READ MORE

NC Cloud Computing Opinion Published

At its meeting on January 27, the NC State Bar Council adopted and published the last version of 2011 Formal Ethics 6 “Subscribing to Software as a Service While Fulfilling the Duties of Confidentiality and Preservation of Client Property”. The last version of this opinion was sent to subcommittee in July 2011, but the discussion over the structure of the opinion has been almost a year and a half-long process. ...READ MORE