Law.com reports tonight that the New Jersey law firm Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer “became the first firm in the state to provide live, interactive programming over the World Wide Web.” The programming started just three weeks after ethics rule changes that allowed NJ lawyers to advertise on the internet. (New Jersey Law Journal, “Live Online From Woodbridge, It’s WilentzTV, by Mary P. Gallagher, 01-29-2004)
The WilentzTV show “Your Legal Rights“ is sponsored by one of the largest personal injury and mass toward plaintiffs’ firms in America, and airs live on Tuesdays at 10 AM. The inaugural hour-long program was entitled “What You Should Know About Divorce,” and attracted more than 300 viewers. This week’s topic was Your Rights in Criminal Matters. According to NJLJ, the series of weekly law shows is “open to anyone who clicks on a disclaimer and provides an e-mail address.”
“They also drafted a disclaimer — which viewers must acknowledge for access to the live show — making it clear that that no attorney-client relationship is being created and that no legal advice is being provided: ‘only general educational information.’ The disclaimer also notes that the information may be specific to the featured speaker’s jurisdiction and that the law is subject to change.”
Many topics are already available On-Demand at the site, although current titles lean tort mass tort issues. We wish Wilentz well with this project and hope it is truly informative and helpful for consumers. Of course, we wonder when clients’ contingency fee rights will be covered.