In an article here in April, I wrote about the impending launch of Virtual Law Clinic, a product designed to make it easier for law firms and legal organizations to manage pro bono cases, allowing them to assign cases to lawyers, monitor the status of cases, document results and provide training materials and forms.
Now that it’s launched, its developer, Theory and Principlethe legal technology design and development company, just rolled out its first major update based on feedback from early adopters.
This new version adds:
- Lawyer timing.
- Integration with Legal Server legal aid case management system.
- SMS chat with customers.
- Bulk import of materials.
- Export of closed cases.
According to Nicole Bradick, CEO of Theory and Principle, the new features focus on the two main goals of the platform:
- Reduce the administrative burden on pro bono coordinators in law firms and not-for-profit organizations.
- Make it easier for lawyers to provide pro bono legal services.
Legal Server integration and bulk import functionality will make it easier for coordinators and pro bono administrators to move cases to Virtual Law Clinic from any case management system they use, a Bradick said. Timing and export functions will simplify reporting.
For pro bono lawyers, the new text messaging feature will allow them to text from an organization-owned number, rather than from their personal devices, and will keep records of all text communications .