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January 9, 2006

Law 2.0 Discussion Gains Momentum

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Posted by Dennis M. Kennedy

The Wired GC reports on recent developments in the "Law 2.0" discussion, which has taken a look at what the current notion of Web 2.0 may mean for the the delivery of legal services and the practice of law. Ideas like open source lawyering, self-service law, virtual law firms and new forms of delivery and billing for services and products all arise in this context.

The Wired GC notes that the Law 2.0 got some recognition, along with similar ideas in other fields, in Dion Hinchcliffe's excellent summary post called "The Web 2.0 Revolution Spawns Offshoots," which references, among other things, the articles that Tom Mighell and I, along with a few other pforward-looking thinkers, helped put together in the recent issue of Law Practice Today.

The money quote from Hinchcliffe's article:

The interrelated, mutually reinforcing concepts in Web 2.0 like true disintermediation, customer self-service, and harnessing collective intelligence, are resonating with many other industries. As it turns out, these industries are in the process of being transformed by technology including the relentless collapse of formal central controls, pervasive Web usage, rapid technological change, and more. These communities seem to be craving a new model for collaboration, relevance, and usefulness. And Web 2.0 seems to give them both a beacon to rally around and a useful set of practices that can then be used for constructive reinvention.

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Comments (2) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Law 2.0 | Open Source Lawyering | Participatory Law | Practice of Law | Virtual Lawyers


1. Regina Mullen on May 17, 2006 10:26 AM writes...

Great to find this article, please let me know when new stuff develops!

Another link that discusses Law 2.0 is Illegal Patterns. I approach it from the programming side, as much as from the legal and ADR side.

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2. Sanjana Hattotuwa on June 2, 2006 11:50 AM writes...

Good post, that inspired a slightly different take on the same issue here -

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