Last week, I previewed an event featuring experts on elawyering (or virtual law—I’m in the process of learning the distinction).
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the panel discussion and then to interview two of the speakers afterward. Thank you to Marc Lauritsen and Richard Granat. (The third panelist, Stephanie Kimbro, had child care issues, Granat said, and so she could not participate.)
Later on, either here or in Arizona Attorney Magazine, I’ll report back to you how they responded to my questions, which included:
- What are the biggest myths you face about elawyering?
- You present to lawyers regularly, but today’s audience had many law students. How does that change your presentation? How does that change the quality and tenor of the questions you receive?
- How are the expectations for practice different for the newest lawyers you encounter? Does elawyering make immediate sense to them, or is there still resistance?
- Where are state bars and the ABA when it comes to elawyering ethics issues?
- Have you ever seen elawyering work in a criminal law practice context? Could that be helpful, especially when a client is in custody?
- Is elawyering primarily about tools, or is it about outlook? Is entering that realm as simple as refocusing your practice area? Or is it something else entirely?
- Does elawyering have the potential to broaden access to justice? Might it help keep the profession relevant, amidst an explosion of online law portals?
- In 10 years, will elawyering still occupy just a niche of lawyers, or will it have grown and become more mainstream?
In the meantime, at the bottom of the post are a few photos from their panel discussion.
Have a great—and virtual—weekend.Follow @azatty