Legal Rebels With a Cause
The ABA Journal officially kicked off its Legal Rebels project yesterday, posting the first seven profiles of the 50 legal innovators it plans to feature. As Carolyn Elefant first wrote here last month, the project will profile lawyers, paralegals and other legal professionals who are "remaking the profession" through innovation and perhaps also grit.
The first group of rebels are legal professionals who all have causes of one sort or another. They are:
- Jeffrey Hughes, founder of Legal Grind, a Santa Monica, Calif., coffeehouse that also serves legal advice.
- Laurel Edgeworth, founder of Law Clerk Connection, a site where law students bid on contract clerking positions at small- and medium-sized firms.
- Patrick Lamb, founder of Valorem Law Group, a firm that employs innovative billing and compensation models.
- Denise Annunciata, founder of Virtual Paralegal Services, a company that provides on-demand paralegal services.
- David Van Zandt, the dean who has brought a number of innovative changes to Northwestern University School of Law.
- Richard Granat, a pioneer in the use of the Internet to deliver legal services.
- Rick Palmore, the General Mills executive vice president and general counsel who has helped spearhead efforts to promote diversity at outside firms.
The Legal Rebels project is a multimedia affair. Each profile is accompanied by video and audio. A Legal Rebels manifesto was cooperatively written over the last month by contributors to a wiki and is now open for legal professionals to add their signatures. You can follow the project on just about any social media platform. And you can follow the ABA Journal editors as they take the project on a road tour, visiting a different "Rebel" every day for two weeks, starting Sept. 14.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on August 26, 2009 at 11:20 AM | Permalink
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