The ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services will hold a series of hearings on the use of technology to provide personal, civil legal services over the Internet and the policies that govern that use. Specifically, the Committee expects to examine:
- The range of providers who are using technology to provide legal services through the Internet and the scope of those services. The Committee’s initial observations indicate that corporations, state courts and governmental entities are using the Internet to provide document preparation and collateral legal services more commonly than practitioners who provide personal, civil legal services;
- The benefits and detriments that have resulted from the use of technology to provide legal services over the Internet. The Committee is interested in feedback from various legal service providers and other interested entities, as well as documentation from any entities about harms that have resulted from the use of technology to provide legal services;
- Emerging trends and possible future directions of technology providing legal services via the Internet; and
- The policies and authorities (rules, statutes, case law, ethics opinions, etc.) that have emerged to govern the use of technology for the delivery of legal services and whether those policies are consistent with the need to balance consumer protection with access to affordable legal services and justice.
- May 9, 2008, Noon to 3:00 PM, in conjunction with the Equal Justice Conference, Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55403;
- Friday, August 8, 2008, hotel TBD, in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.
- Virtual Hearing, Date to be announced.