Open Sourcing the Law

by Rob Lewis | Startups

There is definitely a growing trend towards do-it-yourself legal services and a couple Vancouver startups are leading the way in making law more accessible for Canadians by developing web-enabled legal services.

LexPublica is building an online community to create simple, plain language contract templates that are available free of charge for anyone to use. LexPublica is a venture of 8.5x14 Media Corp., a Bootup Labs company whose mission is to re-invent legal services. LexPublica presented at this week's DemoCamp07 in Vancouver to much fanfare and their Alpha is scheduled for August.

Today Paradigm Shift Solutions launched - a very niche online legal service to help everyday Canadians who have been fired or laid off to get what they are rightfully entitled from their employer. offers education on employment law, negotiation tips, severance pay calculators and customized negotiation tools for less than $60. was developed by an employment lawyer Chilwin Cheng and web entrepreneur Jim Hamlin.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

LexPublica is developing an online community to open source the law, starting with legal resources like simple, plain language contract templates. The resources are for anyone to use, for any purpose, free of charge. LexPublica is a venture of 8.5x14 Media Corp., a company whose mission is to re-invent legal services. 8.5x14 will offer paid services built on the open platform provided by... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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