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As technology becomes smarter and automation more prevalent, lawyers and bar associations have grappled with the question of whether the use of technology constitutes as the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). Layperson legal advocates and paralegals also are often accused of UPL. So what exactly is UPL? And how do lawyers fight against it?
The “artisan complex” imposes a view of legal practice as disconnected acts of magic. There are significant advantages to this viewpoint: prestige, illusion of scarcity and pricing power. Our systems are built to reinforce this perspective for the industry — from law school structures to bar regulations.
With continued disruption in the Canadian Legal market, and trends such as ‘client empowerment’, excess capacity and budget pressures from (and on) in-house counsel, becoming ever more the norm, the ability for law firms to understand the needs and communication habits of their clients is never more important. To facilitate the sharing of information, we approached in-house counsel from across the country to participate in the Canadian Legal Digital Survey. Many graciously contributed their thoughts on the usage of web, social media, client feedback programs, electronic billing and client portals in relation to their external legal counsel.
The stages of e-discovery become more and more expensive as you move across the EDRM, maxing out when you hit that dreaded money- and time-sucking step: review. And though the entire case team aims to keep costs down, in-house legal tends to feel the most pressure from internal stakeholders. But where do you start? What’s the magical cure for cutting costs? Unfortunately, there’s no single answer. But, by combining process and technology, there are steps you can take to chip away at data volumes, increase your efficiency, and reduce costs.
In 2002 the ABA revised their Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(c) to formally allow for the unbundling of legal services. For the first time, legal process outsourcers (LPOs) entered the market in a material way. One of the most disruptive and successful of the new entrants at the time was Pangea3, an LPO that was cofounded by David Perla, former Monster.com Vice President – Business & Legal Affairs. Seen by many industry experts as the standard for LPOs, it was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 and has since grown to become the “largest pure-play LPO companyglobally.”