Technology and the Practice of Law

Kellam T. Parks and Lisa A. Robertson, Co-Chairs

The mission of the Special Committee on Technology and the Practice of Law is to educate and advise the Bar and the public, in areas where law and technology intersect. During the past year, the Committee has continued to meet once per month by telephone conference call, and gathered one time in person for an annual meeting in Richmond. Frequent meetings have allowed us to share ideas and maintain forward progress on a number of activities.

Through two-person teams, the Committee has continued to present its two CLE programs: "Practicing Law in the Digital Age:  Successfully Leveraging Technology for Your Practice and Trials," and "Let's Talk Tech:  Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together in an Ethical and Practical Way," as well as excerpts from them to various bar associations (local bar associations; Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association).  The Committee has recently established a working group of its members, tasked with updating CLE materials so that the Committee can continue its mission to bring current technology information and education to attorneys around the state through ongoing CLE programs.

Individual Committee members volunteer to write a brief column for each issue of the Virginia Lawyer.

Our Committee has established a web page. See  We currently provide links to published articles and a calendar identifying the dates and locations of our CLE programs. This website will be regularly updated by Committee members, and a working group of members is developing recommendations as to how the web site can most efficiently be utilized to deliver information and key resources to members of the Virginia Bar on an ongoing basis.  We are also in the process of developing scripts for short video presentations, each on a technology topic, which would be both educational and effectively communicated in a verbal/ visual format; Virginia CLE has offered to partner with us to produce video presentations, and our goal would be to have the videos posted and available on the website.

Members of the committee during the past year: Charles Bennett Molster III, ex officio; Kellam T. Parks and Lisa A. Robertson, co-chairs; James M. McCauley, Emily Hedrick and Gordon R. Hickey (Bar staff); Jon Hays; Hyatt Shirkey; Marvin Lee Marvin Lee Smallwood, II; Jennifer Dean; Renu Brennan; Erin Hapgood; David Bice; Brandon Fellers; Andrew Dean; Kristopher Olin; and Brittany Johnson.

Updated: Jul 13, 2017