This year’s ABA Legal Technology Survey Report found a slight (from seven to five percent) decline in virtual lawyering. This spurred the discussion of: What, exactly, is virtual lawyering? What is the growth potential in this type of practice? and, Is it a viable business model for lawyers? On this episode of The Digital Edge, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and Jim Calloway chat with Bob Ambrogi about the survey results, virtual and online lawyering, and how although clients may be ready for these e-services, lawyers may not be.
Bob Ambrogi is the co-host of Legal Talk Network’s legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer. He authors the blog LawSites, where he posts new and intriguing websites and e-tools for the legal profession, and the blog Media Law, covering freedom of the press. He is a Massachusetts lawyer, writer, and media consultant.
On this episode of Lawyer2Lawyer, Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams invite California Judge James Mize to discuss his first-of-its-kind idea to address the heavy congestion of divorce cases in Sacramento’s family court: The One-Day Divorce Program. This allows couples, who meet the specified requirements, to participate in an expedited divorce process that finalizes the separation in just one day. This program aims to serve couples who can’t afford a divorce lawyer. According to Judge Mize, 72% of family law litigants in California don’t have representation.
Judge Mize began his career with an undergraduate degree in psychology, followed by graduate work at the School of Social Welfare where he earned his Master of Social Work (MSW). He found his work in social issues to be a defining part of his 26 years working as an attorney, and his current work on the bench. He has served as the presiding judge of the Sacramento Superior Court and is currently the supervising judge of Sacramento’s Family Court. Judge Mize is best known for his civil reform efforts which have garnered him several honors including the California Judge Association’s Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award and Sacramento County Bar Association’s Judge of the Year Award.
Tune in to hear about the inner workings of the new one-day divorce program, who qualifies, how it’s run, and more.
Special Thanks to our sponsor, Clio.
On this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi discusses private prisons with Susan Herman, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Adrian Moore, vice president of the Reason Foundation, a non-profit in support of libertarian principles and privatization.
- Susan Herman was elected president of the ACLU in October 2008. As Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, she teaches courses in the area of Criminal Law and Procedure and Constitutional Law. The ACLU has been studying and protesting against private prisons as a for-profit business for decades.
- Dr. Adrian Moore is vice president of policy at the Reason Foundation. He has conducted studies, written publications and scholarly articles on the privatization of prisons and how they yield quality corrections at a lower cost. He has served on boards and commissions developing or overseeing privatization at the federal, state, and local level.
Tune in to hear Herman and Moore debate and discuss the colossal incarceration rate, the profit motives of private prisons, the politics behind it all, and the impact on prisoners’ rights.
Special Thanks to our sponsor, Clio.
Senate resolution 519 opposes U.S. signing of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights treaty protecting the rights of children. Attorney and co-host, J. Craig Williams welcomes Michael P. Farris, President of ParentalRights.org and Sara A. Dillon, Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. They take a look at the treaty, Senate Resolution 519, the key issues of debate on the signing of this treaty and the potential legal conflicts.
The North Carolina State Bar has just finished drafting a proposed Formal Ethics Opinion that allows the use of cloud computing in a law office. Attorneys and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome Attorney Alice N. Mine, Senior Ethics Counsel and Assistant Executive Director for the North Carolina State Bar and Jack Newton, Co-founder and President of Clio, to look at the legal ethical issues surrounding cloud computing. They explore the proposed Formal Ethics Opinion, what it means for lawyers and the future of cloud computing.
Joe Salvati of Boston spent nearly 30 years in prison as an innocent man, along with three other men, convicted for a murder they did not commit. After years of legal twists and some unbelievable turns, the Justice Department declined an appeal of a $101.7 million settlement for all four men. Attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes Attorney Victor J. Garo, Joe Salvati’s lawyer for more than 30 years and Attorney and Journalist Dan Rea, to discuss one of the worst cases of injustice and wrongful imprisonment. They talk about Federal Judge Nancy Gertner’s ruling and her criticism of the FBI, the power of the press, reaction to this bittersweet victory and fighting to the end for your client.
From Presidential hopefuls trying to “out-faith” each other on the campaign trail to law schools spreading their faith in the classroom, faith is all around us. Law.com bloggers and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi, call on the experts, Dean Jeffrey A. Brauch, from the Regent University School of Law and Rob Boston, assistant director of communications, for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, to tackle this hot topic. On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we will discuss faith and the law, how some are using faith to educate law students, separation of church and state and how faith is coming to the forefront of the race for the Presidency and affecting present day policy issues. Closing the show, we will speak to Monica Bay about her new role as host of the new Legal Talk Network podcast, Law Technology Now.