Stephanie teaches about all aspects of a virtual law practice in the 21st century at Solo Practice University®.
Stephanie Kimbro, MA, JD, is member of Burton Law LLC, a virtual law firm offering online unbundled and traditional full-service representation in North Carolina and Ohio. She is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and is the author of Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online (2010), Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client (2012), and the forthcoming Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyers’ Guide to Online Marketing Tools (2013). She is also the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC (VLOTech), which was acquired by Total Attorneys in the fall of 2009.
In addition to practicing law, Stephanie writes about the ethics and technology issues of delivering legal services online and is interested in the use of technology to increase access to justice. She has provided presentations and guest lectured for many state bars, law schools and other organizations interested in legal technology and other law practice management topics. She authors a blog about ethics and the online delivery of legal services at www.virtuallawpractice.org.
Kimbro is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and Chair of the ABA LPM’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. She is a former member of the ABA eLawyering Task Force, and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Law Practice Management (LPM) Council, and the NCBA Tech Advisory Committee. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law and has developed the school’s online Digital Lawyering Program. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University Law School and Michigan State University School of Law.
Syllabus – Virtual Law Practice
General Course Goal
At the end of this course, my goal is for the students to have the resources that they need to open a virtual law office and to operate that virtual practice with strong ethical and professional standards to provide quality online legal services to the public.
Outline of Course (order may be changed depending on feedback from the students or some topics may be divided into two parts)
What is a Virtual Law Office?
- Discussion from other Virtual Attorneys operating VLOs
- A brief history of virtual law practice
- Where we are today
Understanding the Technology to Run a VLO
- Secure HTTP
- SSL Certificates
- Best Practices
Complying with your State Bar
- Ethics and Professional Rules of Conduct regarding Websites/Advertising/Collection of Data/Online Payments, etc. and how to interpret those rules into a virtual law practice.
- A look at some State Bars’ opinion specifically addressing virtual law practice and the different compliance issues
Remote Lawyering with a VLO
- Mobile Device Options and Secure Practices
Secure Practices with a VLO
- Internet Security
- How to stay safe when you have to use email
Electronic Discovery and the VLO
Creating the Attorney Client Relationship with a VLO
- Clickwrap Agreements
Defining the Scope of Representation
- Engagement and Disengagement Notices
Virtual Law Office Management
- Hiring a VA for your VLO
- Using other software programs with your VLO
- Adding a VLO to a traditional law office
Online VLO Payments
- PCI Compliance
- PayPal vs. Other Credit Card Processing Companies
- General and Trust Accounting Issues
Marketing Best Practices for a VLO
Alternative Billing Methods and the VLO
The Future of Virtual Law Practice