Archive for May, 2008

Web 2.0: A brave new world wide web

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Web 2.0 | Tags: , , |

Here’s an interesting and timely article from The Lawyers Weekly: Web 2.0: A brave new world wide web.

Bottom line? Web 2.0 is going to “shake up the legal landscape”. You don’t say?

From the article:

With the advent of Web 2.0, we are witnessing the expansion of the web as a platform for social networking, online collaboration and user generated content. Fundamentally, these developments will shake up the legal landscape: how lawyers get work, the way they work and where they work from. For evidence, turn to these three recent ventures which embody the essence of Web 2.0: (1) Legal OnRamp (; (2) Avvo (; and, (3) Legalwise (…

Web 2.0 offers both promises and perils for the legal profession. Many jobs will disappear. Others will be displaced offshore. New skill sets will have to be acquired. Nobody should fear this brave new world wide web. To adapt to this new environment, consider these pointers: First, if legal work can be outsourced for significantly less money without lowering quality or raising legal concerns, it probably will be. Potential cost savings are just too great to ignore. Second, be prepared to share basic, generic legal advice in order to attract and retain clients who will pay for tailored legal advice. Bottom line: give a little, get a little. Third, the rewards of Web 2.0 will most likely be reaped by lawyers and law firms that master the art of working together while working apart.

Nicole Black

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Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: About this Blog |

For those of you reading this who went to the Monroe County Bar Association CLE this morning, Nicole, Matt, and I (and Charles) would like to thank you for coming to our CLE presentation and hope that it was helpful. We were only able to show you a few of them today and there were so many more. I encourage you to explore the pages of links that we’ve built (they’re in the right panel) to find out more about these and others we were not able to include in our presentations.

Nicole, Matt and I will try to add new links as we come across them out there or tell you about them in posts to this blog. We hope that you’ll find tools among these that will ease a “pain point” in your professional or personal lives. I’m sure you’ve already gone out and found a feed reader (like Bloglines or Google Reader so that you can add our RSS feed to it (see the right panel), but if you haven’t see Nicole’s page on Web 2.0 tools.

If you have a question from today’s CLE that you would like one of us to try to answer or point you in the right direction, please leave a comment to this post.

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