Virtual Law Office Attorney Receives ABA's Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering
The ABA James I. Keane Memorial Award will be presented during the annual ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago. This year's winner operates a web-based Virtual Law Office (VLO). From the ABA’s Law Practice Management website: “The James I. Keane Memorial Award gives recognition to law offices or legal organizations that have developed legal service innovations delivered over the Internet."
The James I. Keane Memorial Award will be presented during the annual ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago following the keynote presentation by popular UK author Richard Susskind. A description of Kimbro’s virtual law practice will appear in the ABA’s Law Practice Magazine and other ABA Law Practice Management Publications. From the ABA’s Law Practice Management website: “The James I. Keane Memorial Award gives recognition to law offices or legal organizations that have developed legal service innovations delivered over the Internet. Thus, the focus of the award is the innovative delivery of personal legal services, with special attention given to firms and entities that serve both moderate income individuals and the broad middle class.”
A Virtual Law Office (VLO) is open to the online public and prospective clients 24/7. Clients register and accept the terms and conditions of the VLO to receive their own secure homepages. From the homepage, a client may request legal services, communicate with the attorney or legal assistant to receive legal services, upload and download documents, complete online legal forms, update client information and pay invoices, among other features. Using the backend of her virtual law office, Kimbro is able to work with clients online and handle all administrative tasks of a law practice anywhere she may access the Internet with minimal overhead and costs. This form of virtual law practice provides the public with access to more convenient and affordable quality legal services.
Kimbro is the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology (VLOTech) which creates and hosts VLOs for other solo and small firm legal practitioners nationwide. She has taught a CLE session for the N.C. Bar Association entitled “Virtual Law Practice: Technology and Ethics Considerations” and has published an ebook available online entitled, Practicing Law Online: Creating a Web-Based Virtual Law Office. Kimbro is also on the faculty at Solo Practice University, a new web-based educational community for legal professionals where she teaches a course on virtual law practice. Kimbro is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and is a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a co-chair of the N.C. Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Internet Committee. She is also active in the ABA’s eLawyering Task Force.