AVVO launches controversial lawyer bidding service
The website AVVO.com, famous for its lawyer-rating system, has launched a new service that allows prospective clients with traffic tickets to receive "bids" for representation from nearby lawyers. Shortly after the program debuted in mid-December 2012, the ISBA's criminal law e-discussion group lit up with comments that the system degrades the practice of law and creates ethical pitfalls for the lawyers who use it. But AVVO.com founder and CEO Mark Britton defended the new service as merely taking the next technological step forward in making connections between attorneys and potential clients. Find out more in the February Illinois Bar Journal.