Meetings and Events

CANCELLED: VSB Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice Meeting

Tue, January 15, 2019

Cancelled due to inclement weather

Time of meeting:  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location of meeting:  Virginia State Bar – Board Room, 1111 East Main Street, Ste. 700, Richmond, VA  23219


I.Vote on Policy on Participation Pursuant to VA Code § 2.2-3708.1, if applicable 

II.Approval of September 17, 2018 and November 13, 2018 Minutes


  • 10:30 Pamela C. Gavin (by phone)

AI and the legal profession

  • 11:00 Anette Aav (in person)

Local coordinator, Subtech Conference, Tallinn, Estonia and Director of master’s program in Legal IT at the University of Tartu School of Law

IV.Discussion topics

  • Review/Discussion of final draft report and vote for adoption
  • Establish Wellness Subcomittee

V.Suggested Speakers for Upcoming Meetings

  • Tony Lai – CEO and Co-Founder of
  • Marc Lauritsen
  • Providence Napoleon
  • Jim Calloway
  • Erin Gerstenzang
    • Others?

VI.Recent Developments 

a.ABA releases new ethics guidance on dealing with disasters (Nelson)

b.Avvo will improve lawyer-rating transparency, pay $50K fine in agreement …. (Nelson)

c.Breaking_Legal Services Provider UnitedLex Receives Major Majority Investment…. (Nelson)

d.State Bar Board of Trustees Appoints…. (Neumeyer)

e.A Profession At Risk Report (Bryant and Fortier)

f.IBM Launches tools to detect AI fairness, bias and open sources some code…. (Nelson)

g.ABA Formal Op 483 (McCauley)

h.New Bots From DoNotPay Includes One That Lets You Sue In Any Small Claims…. (Nelson)

i.Report_Cryptomining malware detections up more than 459 percent since 2017 (Nelson)

j.Stanford and Suffolk Create Game to Help Drive Access to Justice (Nelson)

k.Starting Its Second Year, Global Lega Blockchain Group Unveils New Guides and World …. (Nelson)

l.What do the Revised Rules for Lawyer Advertising Mean (McCauley)

m.Breaking 11thCircuit Rules for Fastcase in Copyright Dispute with Casemaker (Nelson)

n.Ghostwriting Controversy_Is there an ethical problem with attorneys drafting for pro se clients (Martingayle/Carried over from September meeting)

o.Offering Flat-Fee, Limited-Scope Legal Help, New Site Sounds Like Avvo Legal Services, But with Key Differences (McCauley)

p.The Bencher_The Magazine of the American Inns of Court (Bryant)

q.West Virginians abroad in 29 countries have voted…. (Bryant)

r.Dcbar_November 2018 (1) (Neumeyer)

s.Calif. May Propel In-House Pro Bono Changes In Other States…. (Lorish)

t.Big Law Attorneys Launch Blockchain-Powered In-House Workflow Software…. (Nelson)

u.‘Big Law Killed My Husband’….(Nelson)

v.Supreme Court approves guidance on fixed-fee programs…. (Nelson)

w.20 Important Legal Technology Developments 2018 (Neumeyer)


Currently none.

Public Access Number:  866-842-5779/Conference Code: 4631141

agenda updated 1/10/19

Updated: Jan 14, 2019