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August 19, 2013 18:02 ET

Is Lawyer Plugin the Start of an Open Source Development Boom for the Legal Industry?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 19, 2013) -  Lawyer Plugin, a new WordPress plugin for attorneys and law firms, is bringing open source development to the legal industry.

Lawyers are typically conservative when it comes to technology, holding onto tools like WordPerfect and fax machines long after the rest of the world has moved on. The online world, meanwhile, has been moving toward open source technology, with the Android operating system and the WordPress website system steadily gaining market share. But will the worlds of law firms and the open source web ever converge? Enter Lawyer Plugin.

"The future of web development is open source, but until now there has not been much developed specifically for law firm websites," said Justin Torres, senior developer of Lawyer Plugin. "We are the first to offer anything like this and take customer feedback very seriously."

Lawyer Plugin is a plugin tool for the WordPress content management system. Originally a blogging tool, WordPress has been used to create more than 60 million websites worldwide. WordPress is simple enough for non-programmers to use, and is a framework that professional web developers can build on. WordPress is popular in part because it is open-source, meaning that web developers are free to change and add to the code. This has led to the development of thousands of webpage templates and plugins, which add functionality to websites.

Lawyer Plugin allows developers of a law firm website using the WordPress system to add legal resources to the website. This improves the website for users and improves the search engine rankings of the site, as many links are created both to and from the website, with one plugin activation. Lawyer Plugin is a peer-to-peer attorney directory that automatically blocks regional competitors, so a law firm website can become part of a national database while avoiding promoting the competition in their local area. The plugin is also customizable according to the law firm's practice area. A firm's website developer is able to choose three practice areas for which to display resources such as legislation and government resources.

Law is a competitive business where proprietary information is often paramount. In the world of open source web development, programmers cooperate and information is shared. Lawyer Plugin has brought the two worlds together, and law firms will reap the benefits.

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