Technology and Future Practice of Law

Kellam Parks, Chair

The mission of the Special Committee on Technology and the Future Practice of Law is to educate and advise the Bar in areas where law and technology intersect, and to study and report on important developments that will affect the future of the legal profession. This was the committee’s first year with combined technology and future of law practice missions following the merger of the Special Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law and the Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice. 

During the past year, the Committee met twice, once in Richmond and once in Roanoke. Two other scheduled meetings were canceled because of the Covid-19 state of emergency and stay-at-home orders. This year’s activities included:

  • Continuing to update CLE materials related to technology and the practice of law to share with Bar associations and present with our members when requested
  • Submitting articles to the Virginia Lawyer
  • Gathering information from all courts in Virginia as to their technology policies for lawyers and the public, as well as what technology they have available for lawyers’ use in the courtroom.  The end goal is a master spreadsheet to publish on the Committee’s VSB Website. The Committee is working with the Committee on Self-Represented Litigants on this topic and has consulted with the Virginia Supreme Court due to their recent model policy
  • Monitoring any efforts to institute a Virginia-wide E-filing initiative
  • The creation of a Cybersecurity Guide for the VSB

Members of the Committee this year: Kellam Parks (chair), Beth Burgin Waller (vice chair), Robert Bauer, David Bice, Lisa Brook, Graham Bryant, Darius Davenport, Andrew Dean, Brandon Fellers, Christopher Fortier, Jonathan Gallo, Brittany Johnson, Sachin Kheterpal, Brandon Osterbind, and Emily Hedrick (VSB staff liaison). 

Updated: Jul 17, 2020