I am Founder/CEO of SmartLegalForms, Inc. and DirectLaw, Inc., private companies which operate intelligent legal form web sites and license technology to law firms that enable them to become “virtual law firms.” I also operate a virtual law firm from Baltimore, Maryland from my home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
I also have served as Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association and serve on the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services of the ABA and the Council of the Law Practice Management Section, ABA. I am also a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.
I am a frequent speaker, teacher, blogger, and writer on the subject of eLawyering, self-help legal software solutions, regulation of the legal profession, and access to justice issues.
I am a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar and have served previously as the Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Maryland Bar Association. I was part of the initial working group that created the National Legal Services Program, and then served later as Director of the Center for Legal Studies at Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C., the nation’s first clinical law school. I am committed to the idea that you can’t have an effective and just legal system unless everyone has affordable access. I was also previously the President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the nation’s first paralegal school, where I learned the value that non-lawyers can play in enhancing the value and the quality of legal services.
I am a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.) and Lehigh University (B.A.).