For the past seven years, I’ve blogged about the legal services crisis in rural America. Yet despite creative solutions and a plethora of new programs, demand for lawyers in rural parts remains acute. Unfortunately, for the time being, pure tech solutions like online document providers aren’t likely to be effective. According to a recent Pew…

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Converting legal services into products like self-help books and videos, assessment tools, apps or chatbots invariably raises the same perennial issues for lawyers. Some lawyers obsess about the ethics of commoditization such as whether a product sold nationally might place a lawyer in violation of unauthorized practice of law (UPL) prohibitions or give rise to…

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This past week, a rather vigorous Twitter debate over whether ethics regulators should characterize and regulate benign lawyer matching platforms as for-profit referral organizations was ultimately shut down with cries for “collaboration” and let’s all work together kumbaya-style to find a system that works for everyone and promotes access-to-justice besides.  Leaving aside whether it’s realistic…

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Many of today’s most recent Internet successes – like Uber or AirBnB started out differently from what they’ve become. Uber’s original intent was to operate an on-demand limousine service for business travelers, but today, has morphed into a ride sharing platform used by consumers. Air BnB began as a way to help budget-conscious travelers find a room…

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According to Wikipedia,Giving Tuesday : refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.  Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black…

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This week’s theme is “Annuals: Four Actions That Your Law Firm Should Take before the End of the Year.”  These actions reflect a mix of business and pleasure; profit and pro-bono. No matter which of these you choose to implement and no matter what kind of year you’ve had so far, all of these measures…

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