Faculty: Digital Lawyering Institute
Richard S. Granat - Courses: Law Practice Technology and Management; Lawyers as Entrepreneurs; Access to Justice and Legal Technology
J.D. Columbia University School of Law;
M.S. University of Pennsylvania;
B.A. Lehigh University
Richard developed one of the first virtual law firms in the United States and is the founder,DirectLaw, a company that provides a web service to solos and small law firms that enable them to deliver legal services over the Internet. He is Co-Chair of the eLawyering Task Force of theLaw Practice Management Division of the American Bar Association. He is the recipient of the 2013 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering, the 2010 ABA Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Access, and was named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Journal in 2009 and 2013. He is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.
Richard was also a member of the original task force that created the US legal services program and President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the first paralegal training school, which established the paralegal profession in the United States.
He has taught the subject of law practice management and computer applications and the law at many law schools on and lectures widely on the subject of the impact of the Internet on the delivery of legal services. .
Richard is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars where his virtual law practice focuses on family law. Richard lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Stephanie Kimbro - Courses: Law Practice Technology and Management; Social Media in Law Practice; Access to Justice and Legal Technology
J.D. University of Dayton School of Law
M.A., Miami University, Ohio
B.A., Centre College
Stephanie Kimbro was the founder of a company that created one of the first virtual law firm platforms for law firms and recently launched a venture to create “legal games” to engage citizens in the legal system. Stephanie is presently a member of Burton Law LLC, where she maintains a virtual law practice in estate planning from her home in Wilmington,Carolina ,
Stephanie Kimbro is the author of Virtual Law Practice (2010), Limited Scope Legal Services (2012), and Consumer Law Revolution (2013). She is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and Secretary of the Law Practice Management Dvision of the ABA.
In addition to practicing law, Stephanie writes about the ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of technology to increase access to justice. She has provided presentations and guest lectured for many state bars, law schools and other organizations interested in legal technology and other law practice management topics.
Stephanie is a member of the North Carolina Bar.
Will Hornsby - Courses: Ethics of Practicing Law in a Digital World; Access to Justice and Legal Technology
J.D., DePaul University College of Law;
M.S Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Will Hornsby has served as staff counsel at the American Bar Association since 1988. He has provided support for the Commission on Advertising from 1990 until the Commission was sunset by the ABA in 2002. He has also provided staffing for the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Committee on Research on the Future of the Law, the ABA Presidential Commission on Access to Justice and the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
Will has authored an array of materials including books, white papers and law review articles. Notably, he has written:
Marketing and Legal Ethics: The Boundaries of Promoting Legal Services, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section in 2000;
Lawyer Advertising at the Crossroads: Professional Policy Considerations, published by the ABA Commission on Advertising in 1995;
Clashes of Class and Cash: Battles for the 150 Years War to Govern Client Development, 37 Ariz. St. Law J. 255 (2005);
Ad Rules Infinitum: The Need for Alternatives to State-based Ethics Governing Legal Services Marketing, 36 Univ. of Richmond L. Rev. 49 (2002)
He has also spoken on issues of client development, technology and ethics in variety of settings, including:
Will is also a hearing panel chair for the Illinois Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where he hears disciplinary complaints against Illinois lawyers.
Luz Herrera: - Courses: Lawyers as Entrepreneurs
J.D. Harvard Law School;
A.B. Stanford University
An attorney and a community innovator, Luz Herrera is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she teaches courses in Professional Responsibility and Small Business Clinic.
She recently launched the Small Business Law Center at TJSL. Before entering academia, she ran a solo law practice in Compton, California.
She is also the co-founder and board president of Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in under-served communities. CLI facilitates the provision of affordable legal services to under-served communities through community legal education and self-help legal clinics staffed by a network of volunteer attorneys and non-attorney volunteers that support their efforts.
Professor Herrera is pioneering a model to support public spirited, entrepreneurial lawyers in their efforts to launch successful law practices that assist clients and seek to strengthen communities. Her efforts are informed by her service with other organizations that have a pulse on legal service delivery in California and across the United States.
She currently serves on the American Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the board of California Rural Legal Assistance and the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee.
Marc Lauritsen - Courses: Legal Document Automation and Legal Expert Systems
J.D. Harvard Law School; B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marc Lauritsen is president of Capstone Practice Systems. Capstone advises, trains, and builds systems for top law firms and departments, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Capstone builds custom document drafting systems for law firms, legal departments, and other organizations, delivers training for users and developers, and advises organizations on software selection and project design.
Marc has served as a poverty lawyer, taught in and directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School, done path- breaking work on document automation and artificial intelligence, and been an executive in several start-ups.
He has also served as Senior Research Associate for Practice Technology at Harvard Law School where he conducted research on applications of computers to law practice and the implications of that technology for the legal profession. He also served as Director of Lawyering Information Systems at Harvard where he developed and studied computer-based practice systems for use in the law school's teaching clinics.
Marc is author off The Lawyer's Guide to Working Smarter with Knowledge Tools (ABA 2010).