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Bar News - December 16, 2015

LegalZoom CEO to Speak at NHBA Midyear Meeting

John Suh

Andrew Perlman

The 2016 NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting will feature two low-priced continuing legal education seminars, including presentations by LegalZoom Chief Executive Officer John Suh and Suffolk University Law School Dean Andrew Perlman.

NH Bar President Mary Tenn has said the Midyear Meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester, will be an interactive day that invites Bar members to explore the changing paradigm for law practice and professionalism in the 21st century. In addition, attendees will celebrate the accomplishments of fellow Bar members being recognized for professional excellence during the annual Honors and Awards Luncheon.

Along with Avvo, LegalZoom is often the target of mixed reactions by bar association leaders, lawyers and law professors across the country. Suh, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” participated in a panel discussion earlier this year at a meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. The discussion, which included representatives from Avvo and Neota Logic, a law professor and a state bar president, focused on the legal aid gap and how attorneys can work with corporate legal services players by separating legal matters that require an attorney’s attention from more routine legal needs that technology-driven companies might be more suitable to meet.

Suh was uncertain what a collaboration between lawyers and LegalZoom would look like, but said he believes solutions will emerge through open discussions. “Let’s have that ‘first date,’” he said, according to Bar Leader, a publication of the American Bar Association.

Perlman, a nationally recognized voice on the future of legal education and law practice, was the chief reporter of the ABA’s Commission on Ethics 20/20, which produced amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct in response to changes in technology and increased globalization. He is vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which is examining how to improve the delivery of, and the public’s access to, legal services.

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