A website launched this week, The Xemplar, has the goal of shining a spotlight on “independent attorneys” who serve as examples of the best of the profession. Each month, the site will feature one attorney, generally from a solo or small firm, nominated and selected by a legal advisory board.

The site officially launched Friday, with a profile of Stephanie Kimbro, the North Carolina lawyer who developed an innovative virtual law office. Every month, a new “Xemplar” will be selected and profiled on the site.

I am proud to say that I am a member of the advisory board that will select the lawyers to be profiled. The other members of the board are:

  • Nicole Black, a lawyer and legal-technology consultant in Rochester, N.Y., and co-author of the recent ABA book, Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier.
  • Rodney S. Dowell, a lawyer who is director of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program.
  • Carolyn Elefant, a lawyer well know for her blog, MyShingle, and her book, Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be. She is c0-author with Nicole Black of the Social Media for Lawyers book.
  • Gina Madsen, a lawyer and MBA in Las Vegas who has a practice dedicated to serving the legal needs of small businesses.

The site is sponsored by the practice management division of LexisNexis.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.