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.