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Richard is a lawyer and a recognized expert on the delivery of legal services over the Internet. For the past two decades, Richard has pioneered the concept of online legal services by establishing one of the first virtual law firms in the United States and founding a series of companies that provide online legal services directly to consumers and small business.
He has served as Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Division of the American Bar Association and now serves on the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services of the ABA. He presently serves on the governing Council of the Law Practice Division, ABA, and is a member of the Education Board, the Productivity & Knowledge Strategy Group, and the Legal Project Management group.
In 2009, the ABA Journal recognized Richard as one of 50 Legal Rebels throughout the Unites States - individuals who are engaged in changing the legal profession.
In 2010, Richard received a Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of his innovations in the delivery of legal services,
2013 - Named a FastCase50 Winner
2013- ABA James I Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Legal Services.
Richard has been involved in developing innovative legal services delivery systems for over 30 years, first as part of the initial working group that created the National Legal Services Program, and then later as Director of the Center for Legal Studies at Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C., the nation's first clinical law school, and later President and Dean of the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training, the nation's first paralegal school.
Richard is also a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
Richard was the founder of the People's Law LIbrary of Maryland, one of the first legal information web sites, and the founder of Automated Legal Systems, Inc., an affiliate of The Philadelphia Institute, one of the first legal software companies to publish legal applications for the personal computer.
Richard has spoken on the impact of the Internet on the legal profession at many bar conferences and also taught at the University of Maryland School of Law, the District of Columbia School of Law, Rutgers School of Law, courses in Computers and the Law and Law Practice Management.
Richard is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law (J.D.), the University of Pennsylvania (M.S.) and Lehigh University (B.A.). While at Columbia Law School, Richard was the co-founder and Associate Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, an organization dedicated to placing law students into student internships with civil rights lawyers in the South during their summer break.
Richard is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar.