The Digital Lawyering Institute

The Digital Lawyering Institute is an online community for practicing lawyers and other legal professionals interested in the delivery of on-line legal services and law practice technology.

We offer online courses in virtual law practice and online legal technology for practicing lawyers, provide forums for discussions of online technologies and a platform for connecting professionals interested in in this subject with each other.

The Institute's primary purpose is to provide online educational programs in the technology and management skills required for 21st century law practice.

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*Online legal technology refers to web-based legal technologies and the delivery of online legal services.

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  • Electronic Filing

    Lawyers must beware of agreeing to accept service by email. The things that can go wrong include:

    1. Most email systems spam files with multiple attachments, or large attachments from first time senders. 

    2. Email is often picked up from multiple locations other than the office including cell phones, home computers, or laptops while on a case. It is very easy to forget an email was sent if it is picked up from a location away from one's desk, secretary, and calendar

    3. Do you really have a completely electronic office, and is your staff truly proficient in the updating, categorizing, and finding electronic files? If not, you have set yourself up for a massive printing and tabbing exercise if you accept service by email.

    4. Email opens you up for fights, misunderstandings, and instant access 24 hours a day. Do you really want that? I have been repeatedly emailed in a harassing manner at a funeral by a lawyer who knew I didn't want the instantaneous…

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  • The American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services was created last year by then ABA President William C. Hubbard to explore ways to meet the legal needs of the underserved. The Commission does its work by holding public hearings on an issue, creating discussions and conversations among different stakeholders, issuing Issues Papers, soliciting comments on these papers, and depending on the…

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  • Teaching Social Media Skills to Lawyers

    As a lawyer and entrepreneur who lives in a relatively small town on the east coast, the use of social media to network and communicate with other professionals and the public has been a critical part of my daily practice. I can say for certain that without the interacts that I have on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a number of other platforms, I would not have been able to build my career to the level it is now. 
     
    I began teaching social media skills to law students and lawyers a couple years ago for this reason. I know it will be an important part of their practice both for professional networking and client development regardless of where they practice. The prominence of social media for marketing and professional development will only continue to increase for lawyers. 
     
    Surprisingly, I have a couple of students in each class I teach who will argue with me that the law firm they…
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  • Law Industry: Getting on the Web

    The advent of social media and websites has drastically changed the way that industries and consumers operate. Law students, lawyers, and law firms can boost their professional image and effectiveness by carefully crafting and maintaining their websites and social media profiles. 

    As a lawyer your web presence is vital to your political career. In the past you may have turned to bill boards, television ads, and newspaper ads to attract new buyers. While this is a tried and true tactic, you can boost your effectiveness with an online presence. 

    According to the YouTube video, So...How to Market Your Law Firm, the majority (76%) of your potential clients search for law…

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