Legal process outsourcing and virtual workers have been on the rise in the legal industry for the past few years because they help attorneys increase productivity and cut down on overhead and staffing costs. For many attorneys, however, the phrases “outsourcing” and “virtual” inspire questions about employee oversight and ethics. In 2008, the ABA created a formal opinion to address ethics questions related to outsourcing, and state bar associations are beginning to create their own opinions and rules regarding legal process outsourcing and virtual workers.
Join me this Thursday, July 15, 2010, on Total Expert Radio for a live discussion on ethics, virtual workers and the legal industry, featuring Will Hornsby, staff counsel in the ABA’s Division for Legal Services. Since joining the ABA staff in 1988, Hornsby has provided staff support to the Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Commission on Responsibility in Client Development, the Committee on Research on the Future of Law and the ABA Presidential Commission on Access to Lawyers. In addition, he frequently writes and speaks about access to legal services, the role of legal technology and ethics for law journals and conferences. He is currently a chair of the Illinois ARDC Hearing Panel and an adjunct faculty member of the John Marshall Law School, where he teaches the first law school course on the professional responsibility of a technology-based law practice.
The show starts at 12 PM central standard time, and you can get answers to your questions by listening in, or calling in at (347)-857-1419 during the show. If you can’t listen in during the show, be sure to check out the Total Expert Radio page for more information about upcoming shows, recorded archives and mp3 downloads of our past shows.