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Around the Block-March 23, 2010

Posted by rjbiii on March 23, 2010

A bit of industry-related news to examine. Let’s start, shall we?

E-Discovery and LPO firm Integreon has been cited in an Indian writ for the unauthorized practice of law. From the company’s press release:

Integreon was the only LPO company and non-law firm named in the petition. “It is unfortunate that our size and clear leadership position in the LPO market has made us the LPO target for the petitioner,” stated Liam Brown, CEO of Integreon. “We were surprised to hear that our range of LPO services, such as document review, e-discovery, contract management and other legal support services could be confused with the practice of law.”

“Integreon collaborates closely on all engagements with its law firm and legal clients to segregate complex legal tasks from those tasks that can be lawfully outsourced and performed by Integreon’s associates,” said Brown. “The premise of the services that we offer to law firms and corporate legal departments is to allow their lawyers to do what they do best: practice law.”

The ABA has posted an article discussing futurist Jordan Furlong‘s advice to bar associations and lawyers on “stay[ing] relevant in changing times.” From the article:

In the 21st century, lawyers need six essential skills, Furlong said: collaboration, project management, emotional intelligence, financial literacy, technological affinity and time management. Bar associations can help lawyers develop these skills by offering the leadership and services their members are seeking.

According to Furlong, lawyers should make themselves more visible while also showing worth to clients and potential clients. He said that lawyers should become holistic providers of “legal health” to clients.

I agree with much in the article…though the terms “lawyers” and “holistic” are rarely seen together…aren’t they?

The AmLaw Daily asks the question Is Mega Law a Dead Man Walking?

That was the subject of several sessions Monday at the Georgetown law school conference on law firm evolution. It speaks to the urgency of the matter, that an institution that thrives on the continuing health of big law firms to hire their deeply in debt graduating students would countenance the question.

The answers from the day: dead, dying, and changing.

A conference attendee’s session notes may be found here.

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