Events & Webinars
Texas A&M School of Law will be hosting this conference designed for people who are already involved in incubator or other post graduate programs for solo, small firm, and non-profit practitioners, as well as for those who want to know more about how these programs work and how they contribute to enhancing social justice through improved access to law.
The conference will describe and advance the continued growth of post- graduate law programs and the new wave of affordable legal services for groups without access to legal resources. Along with the basics of creating and implementing incubator programs and non-profit law firms, the conference will address, among other topics, the impact on law school curricular reform; collaboration between bench, bar and academics; technology and delivery of legal services; evolution of lawyering role models; and access to justice for low and moderate means clients.
The conference will include speakers, panels, workshops and hands-on technology sessions to help participants develop concrete take-aways that will have immediate impact on their work.
March 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat… so many ways to promote your practice and connect with potential clients, so little time! In fact, managing all of these profiles and platforms can be downright overwhelming. In this session we will discuss tips, trick, settings, and tools that help you stay on top of the big three – LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. We will also consider what lawyers should keep in mind in terms of comporting with their Rules of Professional Conduct. What are the applicable ethical opinions lawyers should be aware of? Learn what you can use to help manage and tame your social media profiles, plus ways to get content too!
May 4, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
It is no secret that the AmLaw 200 are actively exploring artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems. As Yogi Berra used to say, "The future ain't what it used to be." Artificial intelligence is beginning to have a dramatic impact on how all of the professions are evolving. In a time where a company like Accenture says that 5% of its workforce is not human (representing 20,000 full time jobs), lawyers need to think about AI and how it will reshape the practice of law.
Where is this going— and how fast? Who are the major providers to watch?
Our presenters will tell you precisely where AI is today in the legal world (and how loosely the term 'AI' is used) and help you separate the wheat from the chaff. Where AI has entered the legal world, it is proving that due diligence, legal research, e-discovery, compliance issues and contract issues are fertile ground for rapid AI success.
On October 14, 2016, the renewed Maryland Access to Justice Commission and the Maryland State Bar Association Section on the Delivery of Legal Services presented a statewide conference on how to build an effective “limited scope” practice in Maryland at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. New court rules in the state now allow for limited appearances in court, making it possible to develop a limited scope practice in the state. Experiences in other states suggest that having a limited scope practice is a win-win proposition, providing attorneys with a new financially viable business model and allowing many more moderate-income and working poor clients that otherwise could not afford an attorney, effective access to justice. Private, legal services and pro-bono attorneys were invited to attend. The conference was practical, with a focus on the nuts and bolts of building an effective limited scope practice in Maryland.
Lawyers providing personal legal services cover a wide spectrum. They practice out of urban high rises, strip mall storefronts and small town offices across from the county courthouses. Some are the only game in town and provide a broad general practice. Others own a narrow niche and are recognized as the “go-to lawyer” for their issues. They are all subject to changes beyond their control – the erosion of the middle class, the ubiquitous use of technology in everyday life and competition from entities that provide legal products. The 20th Century model of providing legal services is in question with lawyers facing both pressures and opportunities to change. This conference looked at that business model, looked at the potential for change and set out a course to assure that legal services are vital moving forward.
This conference, which took place August 14-15 in Denver, focused on pivoting practitioners into 21st Century problem-solvers by enhancing engagement and exploring better client-centric compensation methods and innovative delivery models.
- ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force
- ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services
- Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS)
We Can Work It Out: Lawyer as Peacemaker – Finding a New Client Base Using Collaborative Preventive Law Approaches, featuring Forrest S. Mosten.
Step Into My “Virtual” Office: Using Technology to Serve Clients of Moderate Means, featuring Richard Granat and Stephanie Kimbro.
Dollars and Sense: Fee Shifting, featuring Joel Feldman, Gerry Singsen and Michael O'Connor.