A few days ago I reported that the company that recently bought Avvo has decided to discontinue Avvo Legal Services ("ALS").
There have been a couple of comments, but I am a little surprised I have not seem much reaction to the news. Law Sites has a report with some links, but no opinion one way or another.
The only opinion statement I have seen so far is by Professor Milan Markovic, over at the Legal Profession blog, in which he laments ALS's demise, stating that "My personal view is that the ethical concerns regarding Avvo Legal were overblown because Avvo Legal neither recommended one attorney over another nor interfered with attorneys' professional independence of judgment. ...[T]o address lack of access to justice, the organized bar should embrace Avvo Legal and other companies that promote awareness of the law and the availability of lawyer assistance. Instead we continue to ignore the demand side of lack of access to justice while regulators experiment with supply-side solutions such as "navigators", "LLLTs," and alike that I fear will prove ineffectual."
UPDATE 7-26-18: Faughnan on Ethics has published a comment on Avvo's demise here.