Homework Assignment #1

Bryan M. Griffith, J.D.
  1. Five good things about running a virtual law practice. What are the advantages over an entirely office-bound practice. What are the efficiencies gained, money made or saved, etc.
  2. Low overhead
  3. 24/7 availability
  4. Income is not fixed as a multiple of hours worked
  5. Reach clients in disparate geography
  6. Improved document accuracy and efficiency through customer driven input

  1. Five things that could go wrong running a virtual law practice. What are the mistakes you can make, problems you could encounter, issues raised, etc
  2. Computer errors, loss of internet results in downtime
  3. You can’t look your clients in the eye as easily
  4. Ethical boundaries are unclear
  5. “hands off” appearance could lead to less serious practice development
  6. Race to the bottom for fees

3. Search the web and find at least three definitions for “Virtual Law Practice”, “Digital Law Practice” and/or “eLawyering”. Copy/paste the definitions into your homework wiki with a link back to the place you found.
  • A virtual law office or firm is a professional law practice that is located online through a secure portal and is accessible to both the client and the attorney anywhere the parties may access the Internet. It may be structured as a completely web-based law office or integrated into a traditional law firm.
  • Virtual law practice allows a client to connect personally with their attorney online and use the technology in a cost-effective and efficient manner to handle legal matters. A virtual law office may be used in conjunction with a traditional law office or may be completely web-based providing unbundled legal services, depending on what the prospective online client needs and whether it may be competently handled online or should require full-service, in-person representation.
  • eLawyering is doing legal work - not just marketing - 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. ELawyering encompasses all the ways in which lawyers can do their work using the Web and associated technologies. Think of lawyering as a "verb" - interview, investigate, counsel, draft, advocate, analyze, negotiate, manage, .. - and there are corresponding Internet-based tools and technologies.