Advice Scene is an innovative online destination that is doing just that. The site features a legal wiki, ask a lawyer and a morality meter that gauges attitudes about legal and political issues.
Kinney argues that lawyers should not be seen as the gatekeepers to specialized legal information; instead, legal information should be shared freely with the public. She suggests that this will help reduce the costs of litigation because clients with a better understanding of the law will be in a better position to resolve their conflicts without going to trial. Moreover, she argues that better-informed clients will be able to work in partnership with their lawyers without feeling that their lawyer has made all of the important decisions.
The response so far has been very positive. The site has attracted a number of lawyers and even an Ontario judge to participate by answering questions in an online discussion forum.