technology and law elawyerLast 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.

Marc Lauritsen, left, and Richard Granat, Phoenix School of Law, Oct. 10, 2013, present on e-lawyering

Marc Lauritsen, left, and Richard Granat, Phoenix School of Law, Oct. 10, 2013

Florida attorney Michael Chadwick presents on Elawyering, Phoenix School of Law, Oct. 10, 2013

Florida attorney Michael Chadwick presents on Elawyering, Phoenix School of Law, Oct. 10, 2013.

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technology and law elawyerTypically I reserve Fridays for Change of Venue Day, when I locate a less law-ish topic that we all can enjoy. But then I recalled a great free event next Thursday that deserves a little sharing love. I’m hoping you agree.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 10, when a talented panel will address the topic “eLawyering and the Future of Legal Work.” It will run from noon to 1:00 (e-lawyers are very efficient), at the Phoenix School of Law.

The panelists are national experts on virtual law (see below). I’m doubly pleased that it appears I’ll get to interview them after the panel is complete (OK, OK, they haven’t all weighed in, but I’m confident.). READ the event description below and TELL ME what questions you’d like me to put to them.

Phoenix School of Law logoThe event comes courtesy of the American Bar Association eLawyering Task Force (Law Practice Management Section).

Here’s how organizers describe the discussion:

“eLawyering is doing legal work—not just marketing it—over the Web. Pioneering practitioners have found dramatic new ways to communicate and collaborate with clients and other lawyers, produce documents, settle disputes, interact with courts, and manage legal knowledge. There are exciting initiatives underway now that deserve attention by all lawyers—present and future.”

“The legal profession is being disrupted from without and from within. To be successful in the coming era, lawyers will need to know how to practice over the Web, manage client relationships in cyberspace, and offer ‘virtual’ legal services. Come hear about the knowledge and skills you need to prosper in the years ahead.”

“eLawyering also offers major opportunities to improve access to justice by those who can’t afford or don’t like traditional commercial modes of service delivery.”

“This free program is open to all area law students and lawyers with an interest in the innovative use of technology. Refreshments will be served.”

Panelists will include:

  • Marc Lauritsen, President and Founder, Capstone Practice Systems—Helping Lawyers Work Smarter—Harvard MA; and former director of clinical programs at Harvard Law School; presently Adjunct Faculty, Suffolk Law School
  • Richard Granat, CEO and Founder, DirectLaw, a virtual law firm platform provider; and Co-Director, Center for Law Practice Technology, Digital-Lawyer.com

Go on; don’t be a noob. Follow each of them on Twitter, at @marclauritsen, @rgranat and @StephKimbro.

Want to attend? RSVP to, the Joe P. Perez, Asst. Dean of Professional Development, either by email at jperez@phoenixlaw.edu or by telephone at 602-682-6841.

In 2014, we plan to cover what’s cutting-edge in law practice in Arizona Attorney Magazine. Will that involve e-lawyering? Probably. Will those changes affect your law practice? Let me know if you have a law practice story to share.

Have a great e-weekend.