Notes from Editor-in-Chief Dan Pinnington

Volume 37 Number 5

By

dan.pinnington@lawpro.ca

Exploring Virtual Practice

While many lawyers are still grappling with how to move to a “paper-less” office, those on the leading edge have made the leap to completely web-based practices. Available web tools and technologies allow them to deliver services online and seamlessly communicate with clients from almost anywhere—home, coffee shop, cottage or a beach on the other side of the world. While not for every lawyer or every practice area, working virtually can help lawyers and clients work together more effectively and in new ways. This issue of Law Practice will help you figure out if a virtual practice is for you.

Special issue editor Jim Calloway—in addition to providing tremendous help with this issue in many other ways—has written an excellent overview of things you need to consider when looking at virtual lawyering. Then Richard Granat and Marc Lauritsen offer some amazing predictions on where online legal services are going in the next five years. And lawyer Jay Fleischman gives us insights into the tools and techniques he uses to operate his practice while remaining “untethered” from a physical office. Also, because virtual lawyering and the technologies behind it introduce some challenging ethics issues, don’t miss Dan Siegel’s and Kathryn Thompson’s articles, which will help you understand the different and changing ethics standards to comply with in the world of online services.

Bidding a Fond Farewell
After more than a dozen years and more than 100 amazing issues, with this issue we are saying good-bye to the team at Feldman Communications and to editor Joy White, as they move on to embrace new opportunities. Their work has made Law Practice the high-quality professional publication it is today.

Associate editor Robin Fitzgerald has made countless contributions with her detailed work behind the scenes. Joy White, with her magical wordsmithing, improves every article she touches and gives our publication its steady and consistent voice. Our writers regularly say she is the best editor they have ever worked with, and I agree. And creative director Mark Feldman’s tremendous talents have been evident on the covers and the pages inside of every issue. His art direction has resulted in the consistently great look-and-feel of this magazine.

Lastly, thanks to managing editor Joan Feldman for her leadership and dedication to making each and every issue the best it can be. Her editorial vision and uncanny ability to keep the whole team on task makes everyone look good. More than anyone, she is responsible for making Law Practice magazine what it is today.

On behalf of the Law Practice Management Section, thanks to each of them for all that they have done for us, and best wishes for the future.

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