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ABA Presents Richard Granat with Louis M. Brown Lifetime
Achievement Award for His Work in the Delivery of Legal Services

CHICAGO, February 19, 2010 – Richard Granat, founder and president of DirectLaw Inc., received a Louis M. Brown Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 5 during the American Bar Association 2010 Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Granat’s recognition is only the third time in three decades that the Brown award has honored an individual for lifetime achievement.
 
Louis M. Brown Awards annually recognize innovation in the delivery of legal services to those who do not qualify for legal aid or pro bono services, yet lack the resources for traditional legal help.
 
Richard Granat is founder and president of DirectLaw Inc., a virtual law firm platform that allows lawyers to deliver direct-to-client services online.
 
He also serves as co-chair of the eLawyering Task Force of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.  He has explored the use of technology to improve legal services throughout his career, and he was named a Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal in 2009.
 
ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services presents the Brown Awards in the memory of Louis M. Brown, who worked to improve access to legal services by advancing the idea of legal clinics in the 1950s and later with his students as a professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. 

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