Homework 3

1. Does the court support efiling? If yes, what is the best URL?

2. Does the court support efiling for self-representing litigants?

3. Does the court website have an online docket or calendar? (if yes, include a link)

4. Does the court website have any forms that can be used online or downloaded? (if yes, provide a link)



Homework Assignment #2


  1. In your wiki homework page, list (at least) FIVE benefits/advantages to Document Automation.
  2. In your wiki homework page, list (at least) FIVE pitfalls/problems/barriers to Document Automation.

Test at least two document automation websites and write a memo (or whatever you choose to call it) capturing your impressions.
In this assignment, you are going to visit several websites and run through a couple of automated document interviews as though you were an attorney working on a document for a client. Marc Laurtisen has warned the kind folks at these websites that you are coming.
You will have to enter fake information to get back any meaningful result. Please be respectful in your choice of fake names, addresses, etc. We are invited guests.
Don’t just fill out the forms from start to finish. Go back and change choices and notice what happens – how you have to provide different information based on your choices. Think about how the law applies differently based on different information in all cases. Think about what it takes to create systems like this.
Here are the links…
https://tsc.orrick.com/ - Uses HotDocs and is mostly browser independent. You need to haveMicrosoft Silverlight installed for this to work. You can get it here.
http://www.wsgr.com/wsgr/display.aspx?sectionname=practice/termsheet.htm - Uses Contract Express as the document automation engine.
http://www.goodwinfoundersworkbench.com/ - Click the green button CREATE DOCUMENTS at the bottom of the page to get started.
If you experience difficulties using any of these forms, try a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). Each link above presents an interview in a different way. My intention is for you to experience different systems at work.
Once you have tried out at least TWO of these systems, write a couple of paragraphs capturing your impressions. Pretend that you are a junior associate at a law firm who has been asked by a partner to “check these out” and report back. You are the tech-savvy new associate teaching the old-school partner who is unfamiliar with technology. The partner wants to know if this technology is worth further and deeper investigation and whether it is worth the training and time investment to create automated documents for the practice.
What do you say after your experience? Post your SHORT RESPONSE (these partners are busy folks) in your homework wiki. Just like law school, there is no wrong answer, just poorly reasoned arguments.
Don’t forget to put a “–2–” behind your name on the wiki home page when you complete the assignment.



Homework Assignment #1

Your assignment is to create two lists:

  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.
  • better utilize time by communicating with coworkers and clients in real time, but without the need to be in the same place
  • improve data management by maintaining a digital archive that is available via the Internet
  • reduce overhead costs of running a law office (possibly)
  • keyword-searchable files
  • increase client base and contact base over greater geographic area
For each of theses good things, we could list ways that they could turn bad.
  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.
  • security breaches
  • may need to use traditional marketing sources to reach certain clients
  • difficulty assessing factors that may be more easily ascertained in person
  • costs associated with technical issues - security & updating hardware & software
  • increased possibility of error bc automatic process will not be as reliable as we intend it to be (missed information, connections, or creativity)
For each of these bad things, we could list ways to minimize or mitigate to make it right or good.

Create these lists and post them to your homework wiki page.
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.

This part is made more difficult bc the invitation to this course was reposted everywhere!


Getting Started with eLawyering by Stephanie Kimbro (http://kimbrolaw.com/)



Educating the Digital Lawyer.pdf by Lexis found at:
includes a full chapter "What Does 'Digital Lawyer' Mean?"
How about a list of dictionaries that don't list these terms? i.e. from wikipedia:
"The page ""digital practice of law"" does not exist. " and
"The page "E-lawyer" does not exist." and
"The page "Virtual law practice" does not exist."

Virtual law firm = a group of lawyers with diverse expertise that are banded together through technological means to provide a suite of services to its clients.