Anne Eisenberg, Lawyers Open Their File Cabinets For A Web Resource, N.Y. Times.
Just as medical information is widely available online for consumers, a new trend on sites like JDSupra.com is to provide the public with free legal information. JDSupra.com offers a virtual law library to consumers. Lawyers post examples of their legal work online along with a profile of themselves attached to each document. The purpose is to allow consumers to do research prior to selecting an attorney. Contributing lawyers get publicity/credit for contributing to the public database. In addition to people seeking free legal resources, the service benefits solo practitioners, who through the site are put on even ground with attorneys from huge law firms. With these new sites, people can select attorneys based on the quality of their work, not based solely on the firm’s name.