Advocating for change can be difficult. My 1995 experience at the National Archives illustrates a couple of lessons:

Fighting for Innovation: A Story

In 1995 few federal agencies had robust Internet presences. Most had none.

As a lawyer with the National Archives and Records Administration, my duties did not include technical matters. I drafted some

Here’s a draft article I’m working on for intended publication at in July. The issues we dealt with on the eLawyering Task Force concerning the use of technology to better provide legal services to consumers have continuing relevance. I welcome reactions/suggestions from entrepreneurs who are still struggling today with similar issues in the fields of AI and other cutting edge technologies. I’d love to include quotes from those on the current front lines:


Sometimes you have to know where you’ve been to understand where you are.

The American Bar Association’s now-defunct e-Lawyering Task Force is dead, but not forgotten. The purpose of the Task Force was to smooth the way for lawyer entrepreneurs to better use the Internet to provide legal services to consumers.  Several factors, including the success of Jack Newton’s book The Client-Centered Law Firm, are drawing new attention to the Task Force’s goals. Marc Lauritsen, Kat Moon and Dennis Kennedy Twitter discussed the Task Force’s results (or lack of results) on Twitter:

Note to Cat Moon: I was a rebel and I was allowed to be on the committee. It didn’t work out all that well.

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Conrad Saam’s Own the Map: Marketing Your Law Firm’s Address (ABA 2020)  is an intriguing new book that will cause many lawyers to think about marketing in new—and better—ways. Many, especially lawyer marketing service vendors, will find Saam’s ideas controversial.

Saam’s primary thesis is that most lawyers should concentrate appealing to