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Unbundling and the Future of Legal Service Delivery


May 2, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280A

Sponsored by CodeX: Stanford Center for Computers and the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, and the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.

A CodeX Speaker Series discussion with Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 280A, Stanford Law School

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

About the event: Several major disruptors have taken hold on the legal profession, changing not only the way lawyers practice law but the expectations and demands of the public seeking legal assistance. Some of these disruptors are technology-based, such as document assembly and automation, the growth of ecommerce, the spread of online legal service providers and a general digital connectivity that ignores geographic boundaries and enables perpetual sharing of information. Consumers are comfortable going online to handle business and professional transactions. When the public goes online to find legal assistance, what options are available to them? How does a lawyer address this market need for online legal services while complying with ethics opinions and rules of professional responsibility?

Attorneys and law firms are delivering legal services online to clients through different forms of virtual law practice. Law firms are creating completely web-based virtual law offices or integrating a secure online client portal into a traditional law firm structure. The ability to provide affordable and convenient access to legal services through the use of technology benefits both the legal profession and the public it serves.

This presentation will provide an introduction to how a virtual law firm delivers legal services online to clients as well as discuss some of the other technologies and trends in web-based unbundled delivery.

About the Speaker: Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, has operated a web-based virtual law office in North Carolina since 2006 and delivers unbundled estate planning to clients online. She is also the current Director of the North Carolina branch of Burton Law, LLC, a multijurisdictional virtual law firm. Kimbro is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and was named an ABA Legal Rebel in 2010. She is the author of Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online, published by the ABA/LPM in October, 2010 and Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client, March 2012. She is also the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC (VLOTech), which was acquired by Total Attorneys, a Chicago-based legal technology company, in the fall of 2009.

In addition to her virtual law practice, Kimbro is a technology consultant providing assistance to other lawyers interested in the online delivery of legal services. Kimbro writes about the ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of technology by legal professionals to increase access to justice. She has presented continuing legal education (CLE) courses on a variety of topics for the ABA, ALI-ABA, and different state bar groups and law schools.

Kimbro serves on the advisory board of the International Legal Technology Standards Organization (ILTSO), the board of the Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (NTAP) and is a member of the ABA eLawyering Task Force, the Vice Chair of the ABA LPM’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Task Force, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Law Practice Management (LPM) Council, and the NCBA Tech Advisory Committee.