This award is named after James I. Keane, the founding chairman of the Law Practice Management Section’s eLawyering Task Force. The Task Force was founded in 2000 when ABA President William G. Paul of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma took the unusual and creative step of asking a section to take responsibility for an initiative to see how lawyers did this Internet and other electronic devices can use resources to provide legal services to people by moderate means, more efficiently, and more effectively.
eLawyering does legal work – not just marketing – over the internet. Pioneer practitioners have found dramatic new ways to communicate and collaborate with clients and other attorneys, create documents, resolve disputes, interact with courts, and manage legal knowledge. eLawyering encompasses all of the ways lawyers can get their jobs done with the internet and related technologies. Most legal “verbs” – questioning, investigating, advising, drafting, advocating, analyzing, negotiating, managing, etc. – have appropriate internet-based tools and technologies.
eLawyering and its lawless analogues pose fundamental challenges for our profession. There are great dangers, but also great opportunities for lawyers. To be successful in the coming era, lawyers need to know how to practice online, manage customer relationships in cyberspace, and offer ethically “unbundled” services.
The award is designed to recognize law firms that have innovated legal services delivered over the Internet. The emphasis of the award is on innovative delivery of personal legal services, with special attention given to businesses and corporations serving both middle-income individuals and the broad middle class.
Please provide information here about your nomination for the James I. Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in eLawyering.
Nominations Deadline: December 14, 2020