Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

(Webinar Slides) Introduction to Legal Project Management - Why It Matters for Solos and Small Firms

4,259 views

Published on

The legal profession is currently undergoing significant change, and the business model is transforming. Clients are pushing back against traditional law firm business practices, and demanding greater efficiency in budgeting and case management. Mark Lassiter, founder of Lex Projex™ explains why it’s so important to take the time to develop streamlined processes, even in the midst of your busy practice.

Published in: Law
  • Making a living taking surveys at home! I have been a stay at home mom for almost 5 years and I am so excited to be able to still stay home, take care of my children and make a living taking surveys on my own computer! It's so easy to get started and I plan to make enough money each week so that my husband can actuallly quit his second job!!! Thank you so much! ♣♣♣ https://tinyurl.com/vd3y33w
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • DOWNLOAD THIS BOOKS INTO AVAILABLE FORMAT (2019 Update) ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Download Full PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book THIS can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader. (An eBook reader can be a software application for use on a computer such as Microsoft's free Reader application, or a book-sized computer THIS is used solely as a reading device such as Nuvomedia's Rocket eBook.) Users can purchase an eBook on diskette or CD, but the most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook (or other reading material) from a Web site (such as Barnes and Noble) to be read from the user's computer or reading device. Generally, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less ......................................................................................................................... .............. Browse by Genre Available eBooks .............................................................................................................................. Art, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christian, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Manga, Memoir, Music, Mystery, Non Fiction, Paranormal, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Suspense, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor And Comedy, ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .....BEST SELLER FOR EBOOK RECOMMEND............................................................. ......................................................................................................................... Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth,-- The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,-- Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,-- StrengthsFinder 2.0,-- Stillness Is the Key,-- She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story THIS Helped Ignite a Movement,-- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones,-- Everything Is Figureoutable,-- What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence,-- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money THIS the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!,-- The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness,-- Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths THIS Will Help You Succeed, ......................................................................................................................... .........................................................................................................................
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • DOWNLOAD THIS BOOKS INTO AVAILABLE FORMAT (2019 Update) ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Download Full PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book THIS can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader. (An eBook reader can be a software application for use on a computer such as Microsoft's free Reader application, or a book-sized computer THIS is used solely as a reading device such as Nuvomedia's Rocket eBook.) Users can purchase an eBook on diskette or CD, but the most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook (or other reading material) from a Web site (such as Barnes and Noble) to be read from the user's computer or reading device. Generally, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less ......................................................................................................................... .............. Browse by Genre Available eBooks .............................................................................................................................. Art, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christian, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Manga, Memoir, Music, Mystery, Non Fiction, Paranormal, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Suspense, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor And Comedy, ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .....BEST SELLER FOR EBOOK RECOMMEND............................................................. ......................................................................................................................... Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth,-- The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,-- Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,-- StrengthsFinder 2.0,-- Stillness Is the Key,-- She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story THIS Helped Ignite a Movement,-- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones,-- Everything Is Figureoutable,-- What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence,-- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money THIS the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!,-- The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness,-- Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths THIS Will Help You Succeed, ......................................................................................................................... .........................................................................................................................
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • DOWNLOAD THIS BOOKS INTO AVAILABLE FORMAT (2019 Update) ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Download Full PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book THIS can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader. (An eBook reader can be a software application for use on a computer such as Microsoft's free Reader application, or a book-sized computer THIS is used solely as a reading device such as Nuvomedia's Rocket eBook.) Users can purchase an eBook on diskette or CD, but the most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook (or other reading material) from a Web site (such as Barnes and Noble) to be read from the user's computer or reading device. Generally, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less ......................................................................................................................... .............. Browse by Genre Available eBooks .............................................................................................................................. Art, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christian, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Manga, Memoir, Music, Mystery, Non Fiction, Paranormal, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Suspense, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor And Comedy, ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .....BEST SELLER FOR EBOOK RECOMMEND............................................................. ......................................................................................................................... Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth,-- The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,-- Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,-- StrengthsFinder 2.0,-- Stillness Is the Key,-- She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story THIS Helped Ignite a Movement,-- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones,-- Everything Is Figureoutable,-- What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence,-- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money THIS the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!,-- The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness,-- Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths THIS Will Help You Succeed, ......................................................................................................................... .........................................................................................................................
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • DOWNLOAD THIS BOOKS INTO AVAILABLE FORMAT (2019 Update) ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... Download Full PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download Full doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download PDF EBOOK here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download EPUB Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... Download doc Ebook here { https://soo.gd/irt2 } ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book THIS can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader. (An eBook reader can be a software application for use on a computer such as Microsoft's free Reader application, or a book-sized computer THIS is used solely as a reading device such as Nuvomedia's Rocket eBook.) Users can purchase an eBook on diskette or CD, but the most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook (or other reading material) from a Web site (such as Barnes and Noble) to be read from the user's computer or reading device. Generally, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less ......................................................................................................................... .............. Browse by Genre Available eBooks .............................................................................................................................. Art, Biography, Business, Chick Lit, Children's, Christian, Classics, Comics, Contemporary, Cookbooks, Manga, Memoir, Music, Mystery, Non Fiction, Paranormal, Philosophy, Poetry, Psychology, Religion, Romance, Science, Science Fiction, Self Help, Suspense, Spirituality, Sports, Thriller, Travel, Young Adult, Crime, Ebooks, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Humor And Comedy, ......................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................... .....BEST SELLER FOR EBOOK RECOMMEND............................................................. ......................................................................................................................... Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth,-- The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company,-- Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,-- StrengthsFinder 2.0,-- Stillness Is the Key,-- She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story THIS Helped Ignite a Movement,-- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones,-- Everything Is Figureoutable,-- What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence,-- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money THIS the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!,-- The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness,-- Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths THIS Will Help You Succeed, ......................................................................................................................... .........................................................................................................................
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here

(Webinar Slides) Introduction to Legal Project Management - Why It Matters for Solos and Small Firms

  1. 1. #LegalProjectManagement Legal Project Management for Solo & Smalls How to Streamline Your Firm's Workflow Processes
  2. 2. About MyCase 2 Web-Based Legal Practice Management Software Built as a complete platform, MyCase offers features that seamlessly cover all the daily functions that a modern, small law firm requires in one place at an affordable price. Just $39/month per attorney $29/month per paralegal or staff
  3. 3. MyCase Websites 3 Jumpstart your marketing • Modern, professional design built for your firm • Social media and blog integration • Complete integration with MyCase • Basic SEO
  4. 4. 4 Mark E. Lassiter Direct: 480-218-4455 Email: mlassiter@lassiterlawfirm.com @MarkELassiter
  5. 5. Poll Question Question: Have you ever HEARD of “Legal Project Management” before? 1. No, I haven’t – this is my first time 2. Yes, I have, but I don’t really know what it is 3. Yes, I have, and my firm is trying to implement it right now 4. Yes, I have, and we ARE using LPM right now, but I’m trying to see how others are doing so too
  6. 6. 1. Explain, Define and Illustrate “Legal Project Management” (“LPM”) 2. Infuse sufficient THEORY to startle you enough to effect culture change in your firm or practice • Rise of ‘Value Billing’ as increasingly predominant pricing method • Can’t PROFITABLY adopt ‘Value Billing’ without LPM • How LPM may change what law firms look like 3. Explain a simple LPM Lifecycle 4. Answer Questions
  7. 7. The 21st Century Facts of Life… Law practice has IRREVERSIBLY CHANGED since 2008 ‘Great Recession’ Law practice is moving quickly & irreversibly away from Hourly Billing to VALUE BASED BILLING arrangements (“AFAs”) If you don’t get the above you’re either clueless or in denial - either way you’re screwed…
  8. 8. Importance of LPM to AFA Adoption … ‣ You can not profitably do value based billing or AFAs if you don’t know and use legal project management – AFAs w/o LPM = “Suicide Pricing” ‣ Value Billing & AFAs are the ‘tail wagging the dog' of the emerging field of Legal Project Management
  9. 9. What you may not know, or adequately appreciate… ‣ The biggest hurdles to implementation of LPM in Law Practices is CULTURAL, not TECHNICAL ‣ They are CULTURAL because, when LPM and VALUE BILLING are taken together to their logical conclusion, they will drastically alter (and may destroy) the latter 20th Century ‘Pyramid’ or early 21st Century ‘Diamond’ Shaped Law Firms as business models ‣ Most Equity Partners are still invested in the ‘Pyramid’ or ‘Diamond’ Law Firm models (e.g., lease guarantors), so they don’t want their firms to change ‣ Can’t respond to market demands without change
  10. 10. What’s a Project? ‣ The Project Management Institute’s (“PMI®’s”), Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) defines a project as: ‣"... a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result." Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2013, Page 3
  11. 11. “Legal Project Management” Defined … “Legal project management is the application of the concepts of project management to the control and management of legal cases or matters. Practitioners of legal project management apply it to the mechanics and business of providing legal services rather than to the substantive legal work itself.” ‣ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  12. 12. But aren’t lawyers already “Project Managers”? How Trained Project Managers See Lawyers as “Project Managers”… Hey, but football is football, right? How Lawyers See Themselves as “Project Managers”…
  13. 13. Lawyers as “Accidental Project Managers” “Accidental Project Manager: Someone who is or has become a project manager without specific training. Sometimes they are thrust into the role; others see a need and step up, perhaps later recognizing that what they’re doing is project management. Some of the absolute best project managers I’ve known began as accidental project managers.” Steven Levy
  14. 14. BakerManage™ - Baker Donelson’s Legal Project & Process Methodology But times are changing …
  15. 15. SeyfarthLean™ Seyfarth Shaw’s Legal Project & Process Methodology But times are changing …
  16. 16. So, why is the legal profession, which has been around for HUNDREDS of years, just now getting around to “project management”? An Important Question…
  17. 17. The “Billable Hour” is going by the way side as Alternative Fee Arrangements (“AFAs”) based on ‘Value Billing’ emerges as the ‘New Normal’ The Answer …
  18. 18. Corporate America’s Response to the Billable Hour…
  19. 19. Corporate America’s Response…
  20. 20. Corporate America’s Response…
  21. 21. LPM is all about VALUE…
  22. 22. “Value” Simply Defined… What Clients Want Better Faster Cheaper How Law Firms Deliver
  23. 23. PEOPLE CHEAPER VALUE Correlations…
  24. 24. Value Engineering Defined An organized effort directed at analyzing the functions of systems, … [and] services… for the purpose of achieving the essential functions at the lowest life-cycle cost consistent with required performance, reliability, quality, and safety... Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_a131
  25. 25. Key Concept in Value Engineering… “All Cost is for Function” Source: SAVE International® http://value-eng.org/value_engineering.php
  26. 26. Key Definitions Value = Function/Cost Where: ‣ Value is the reliable performance of functions to meet customer needs at the lowest overall cost. ‣ Function is the natural or characteristic action performed by a product or service. ‣ Cost is the expenditure necessary to produce a project, service, process, or structure. Source: SAVE International® - http://value-eng.org/value_engineering.php
  27. 27. How I’d Change the ‘Value’ Definition for Law Value = Function/Cost x IMPACT! Where: ‣ Value is the reliable performance of functions to meet customer needs at the lowest overall cost. ‣ Function is the natural or characteristic action performed by a product or service. ‣ Cost is the expenditure necessary to produce a project, service, process, or structure. ‣ Impact is the result of the Functions and Cost Source: SAVE International® - http://value-eng.org/value_engineering.php
  28. 28. “FAST” Diagram of Law firm Conflict of Interest Process Function Analysis Systems Technique (“FAST”)
  29. 29. “FAST” Diagram of Law Firm Conflict of Interest Process
  30. 30. A ‘Project Plan’ Often Just Translates Processes & Functions into a Time-Phased, Budgeted, Organized, Sequenced Action Plan…
  31. 31. Poll Question Question: Do you USE “Legal Project Management” in any way in your practice? 1. No, not really, but I’m interested in doing so 2. Yes, but only for administrative matters 3. Yes, for some, simple types of legal matters 4. Yes, we’re using it for complex legal matters
  32. 32. Altman Weil 2012 Survey © 2012 Altman Weil, Inc. Fair use claimed.
  33. 33. Altman Weil 2014 Survey © 2014 Altman Weil, Inc. Fair use claimed.
  34. 34. Altman Weil 2014 Survey © 2014 Altman Weil, Inc. Fair use claimed.
  35. 35. PMI®’s Project Management Knowledge Areas & Process Groups Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2013, Table 3-1, Page 60 PMBOK® Guide is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
  36. 36. IMPORTANT POINT! Consumer Clients have the Same Desires and Concerns for Pricing Value, Predictability and Certainty as Do Big Corporate Clients – this is where EVERYTHING is going…
  37. 37. The Bottom Line… ‣ Law practice is moving quickly & irreversibly to VALUE BASED BILLING arrangements (“AFAs”) ‣ You can not profitably do value based billing or AFAs if you don’t know and use legal project management – AFAs w/o LPM = “Suicide Pricing” ‣ Value Billing & AFAs are the ‘tail wagging’ LPM
  38. 38. So, How will Legal Project Management Change the Legal Profession in the Future?
  39. 39. Wall Street Journal – Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  40. 40. Latter 20th Century Law Firm ‘Pyramid’ Economic Model
  41. 41. Equity Partners Jr. Partners Associates OVERHEAD Latter 20th Century Law Firm ‘Pyramid’ Economic Model
  42. 42. OVERHEAD Negative Revenues from Less Work Shrinking volume of legal work… Equity Partners Jr. Partners Associates
  43. 43. The Legal Industry’s Reaction???
  44. 44. Equity Partners Jr. Partners Associates??? Early 21st Century Law Firm ‘Diamond’ Economic Model
  45. 45. But does the ‘Diamond’ Shaped Firm really solve the problem?
  46. 46. Let’s break it down… What do Lawyers & Law Firms Really Do? Source: Jeff Carr
  47. 47. Historic law firm essential services Advocacy Counseling & Advice Content Processes Source: Jeff Carr
  48. 48. Advocacy Counseling & Advice Content Processes
  49. 49. Advocacy Counseling & Advice Content Processes The “Unbundling” of Legal Services
  50. 50. “Unbundling” of 21st Century Legal Services Lawyers Paralegals Staff Non-Firm/ Outsourced Workers Firm Employees Originating or Responsible Attorney Future legal teams may be a ‘mixed bag’… Lawyers Paralegals Staff
  51. 51. The Modern Dilemma - A Lawyer’s Competing Demands… Law Firm Increase firm/own income by generating work done by firm’s own employees? Outsource work to non-firm workers who can do it better, faster, cheaper? Clients
  52. 52. The inherent conflict between the best interests of the ‘Firm’ and of the ‘Client’ Law Firm wants to keep its high-priced, traditional, ‘Pyramid’ or ‘Diamond’ way of doing business… Client wants VALUE – doesn’t care about preserving the Law Firm’s ‘structure’ How will this inherent tension play out?
  53. 53. The End of Lawyers? “[This] book (points) to a future in which conventional legal advisers will be much less prominent in society than today and, in some walks of life, will have no visibility at all. This … is where we will be taken by TWO FORCES: by a market pull towards COMMODITIZATION and by pervasive development and uptake of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Commoditization and IT will shape and characterize twenty-first century legal service.” (Emphasis added.) Richard Susskind, Legal Futurist
  54. 54. Commoditization of GOODS 1780-1880 “Guilded Era” of Craftsmen, Journeymen, Apprentices, etc. “Gilded Age” of the Industrial Revolution
  55. 55. Commoditization of SERVICES 1990 - Present in IT Age & ‘.COM’ Era Content from “Bespoke,” ‘custom made’ services, etc. Commoditized, Web Generated Content
  56. 56. “Tailor” made, “customized” legal work – “from scratch” (e.g., drafting of entirely new type of contract for a new industry) BESPOKE Development of checklists & procedures - development of ‘templates’ for repeat work formerly of the ‘bespoke’ kind (example: “incorporations”) STANDARDIZED SYSTEMATIZED PACKAGED Legal work so commonplace and routine that it becomes ‘OPEN SOURCE’ and even free (e.g., access to justice issues, etc.) COMMODITIZED Automation of checklists & workflows for high-volume tasks & activities by many people – “document assembly” used (e.g., “collections work”) Packaging of legal content & expertise made available on-line on a licensing basis – “Lawyer makes money while sleeping” (“LegalZoom”) The Evolution of Legal Services Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 24-28). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  57. 57. Individuals Small Businesses Regional Businesses National Businesses Global Businesses Bespoke Standardize d Systematized Productized Commoditized Artisan Guild Multidisciplinary Teams Low Cost Providers BigLaw LeanLaw e.g., Seyfarth NewLaw – e.g. Axiom, Novus Law e-Discovery Vendors Legal Publishers e.g., LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer PeopleLaw – e.g., Modria and Legal Force Criminal Defense / Public Defenders Regional Law Firms Solo & Small Firms In-House Vertical Integration TechLaw KM & Analytics Vendors E.g., kCura, Recommind, Lex Machina, KM Standards, Neota Logic, Exemplify Green Zone – growing Susskind ‘s Market Evolution “Two-Hemisphere”Continuum X Y © 2014 William D Henderson Used with permission.
  58. 58. An Important Question… So, how do lawyers adapt to move from the old ‘Bespoke/Hourly Billing’ practice model to the 21st Century ‘Sweet Spot’ of ‘Systematized, Packaged, Productized’ practice systems?
  59. 59. Richard Susskind on “New Jobs for Lawyers” “In years to come, I predict that conventional lawyers will not be as prominent in society as today. Clients will not be inclined to pay expensive legal advisers for work that can be undertaken by less expert people, supported by smart systems and standard processes. This prediction does not signal the end of lawyers entirely, but it does point to a need for fewer traditional lawyers. At the same time, when systems and processes play a more central role in law, this opens up the possibility of important new forms of legal service, and of exciting new jobs for those lawyers who are sufficiently flexible, open- minded, and entrepreneurial to adapt to changing market conditions.” Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 109-118). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  60. 60. Richard Susskind’s “8 New Jobs for Lawyers” Table 11.1. New jobs for lawyers The legal knowledge engineer The legal technologist The legal hybrid The legal process analyst The legal project manager The ODR practitioner The legal management consultant The legal risk manager Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 109-118). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition. “Although the long-term prospects for most conventional lawyers are much more limited than in the past, I urge young lawyers not to be de- motivated or downhearted, because there will be, I believe, a promising range of new opportunities and new careers for people trained in the law. I summarize these in Table 11.1.”
  61. 61. Richard Susskind on “The Legal Process Analyst” I have spoken … about decomposing deals and disputes into their constituent tasks and sourcing these tasks through a multitude of providers. However, the job of analysing a piece of legal work, subdividing the assignment into meaningful and manageable chunks, and identifying the most appropriate supplier of services for each, is itself a task that requires deep legal insight and experience... It is a job for what I call ‘the legal process analyst’. This individual will often be employed within an in-house legal department… [or] legal process analysis could be a service offered by law firms or other third party providers such as accounting firms or legal process out-sourcers. Today, there are very few legal process analysts but they are already in demand. Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 113-114). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  62. 62. Richard Susskind on “The Legal Project Manager” Once the work of the legal process analyst is done, the deal or dispute that has been decomposed and prepared for multi-sourcing will not look after itself. To ensure the success of multi-sourcing, the legal market will require what I call ‘the legal project manager’... [I]t is the job of the legal project manager to allocate work to a selection of appropriate providers, to ensure they complete their decomposed work packages on time and to budget, to control the quality of the various packages, to oversee and supervise the output and delivery, and to pull the various work packages together into one seamless service for the client. Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 114). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  63. 63. Richard Susskind on “The Legal Project Manager” [Cont.] [Cont.] This is similar in many ways to the role of the production manager in a manufacturing environment. The discipline of legal project management should, in my view, be built upon theory and experience from related management disciplines, such as logistics and supply-chain management. No doubt, the legal sector will come to develop its own sophisticated tools and techniques, such as ‘legal supply-chain management’ and ‘legal logistics’, which will be core subjects in future courses on legal project management. Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 114). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  64. 64. Lex Projex™ is a NON-Law Firm Company that Embraces Susskind’s Ideas Table 11.1. New jobs for lawyers The legal knowledge engineer The legal technologist The legal hybrid The legal process analyst The legal project manager The ODR practitioner The legal management consultant The legal risk manager Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (pp. 109-118). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition.
  65. 65. “Unbundled” Legal Services [Legal] Tasks will become unbundled as a result of business pressures and globalization. The trend of unbundling will climb from lower value tasks up to higher value tasks, and the benefits will be as available to the local niche firm as they will be to the global giant. Galbenski, David; Barringer, David (2009-04-22). UNBOUND: How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today (Kindle Locations 545-588). Self-published. Kindle Edition. [Bold/Italicized emphasis added.]
  66. 66. Unbundled Legal Services Unbundling will also enable wider collaboration. A project will be organized into tasks. These tasks will be assigned to those best fitted to get them done. A team will be put together. The team will work together to complete the project, and when the project is done, the team will disband. In this way, a team may be composed of a few lawyers from one firm, contract staff from a local provider, and clerks and paralegals on the other side of the world. Tasks will be assigned based on efficiency, experience, and expertise. Team managers will coordinate the project and staff the team. Unbundling will enable a completely new and flexible method for organizing and providing legal services. Galbenski, David; Barringer, David (2009-04-22). UNBOUND: How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today (Kindle Locations 545-588). Self-published. Kindle Edition. [Bold/Italicized emphasis added.]
  67. 67. [Legal] Tasks will become unbundled - A ‘Project Plan’ Often Just Translates Tasks, Processes & Functions into a Time-Phased, Budgeted, Organized, Sequenced Action Plan…
  68. 68. Automatically Generated Task and Status Notices…
  69. 69. Monitoring Legal Task Performance with Dashboards & Collaboration Websites …
  70. 70. See Your Case Status on Portable Devices…
  71. 71. MyCase www.MyCase.com
  72. 72. One of Bruce MacEwen’s Ideas … [A modern lawyer may even]… become an exquisitely talented maestro of assembling just-in- time teams you put together for one project at a time, with the precise blend of talents, capabilities, and capacities to get the job done and then to disperse (think producing a Hollywood movie or constructing a major downtown office) … MacEwen, Bruce (2012-12-10). Growth is Dead: Now What? Law firms on the brink (Kindle Locations 1958-1976). Adam Smith, Esq., LLC. Kindle Edition.
  73. 73. Unbundled Legal Services Entrepreneurs in this industry are depending on the unbundling dynamic to drive increasing collaboration and, therefore, the creation of new legal- service models. The new premium compensation will be paid to project managers (“movie producers”) who can deliver the desired outcome with increased efficiency and decreased cost. Galbenski, David; Barringer, David (2009-04-22). UNBOUND: How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today (Kindle Locations 545-588). Self-published. Kindle Edition. [Bold/Italicized emphasis added.]
  74. 74. Closed Legal Communities. The idea here is for restricted groups of like-minded lawyers with common interests to come together and collaborate online in private social networks. A cross between LinkedIn and Wikipedia, but solely for the use of small groups of lawyers, the users can build up bodies of collective knowledge and experience. … In pursuit of the collaboration strategy described [above], in-house lawyers are expressing serious interest in these closed communities— as platforms upon which they might share the costs of certain legal services and also as a tool to encourage and enable closer collaboration amongst their preferred law firms. For firms that are wedded to the notion of servicing their clients separately, this poses a considerable threat. Will “Closed Legal Communities” Replace Law Firms? Susskind, Richard (2013-01-10). Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (p. 45). Oxford University Press, USA. Kindle Edition. (Emphasis added.)
  75. 75. Alternative Delivery Models Entrepreneurs will be taking advantage of these opportunities, but so will law departments, law firms, and other providers. They will be looking to software technology, intranets, and the internet to share information, to access work product, and to foster collaboration among lawyers, staff members and clients. Galbenski, David; Barringer, David (2009-04-22). UNBOUND: How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today (Kindle Locations 545-588). Self-published. Kindle Edition. [Bold/Italicized emphasis added.]
  76. 76. “Just in Time Teams”?… Alternatives to Law Firms?…
  77. 77. “The End of Law FIRMS?” … Who needs them anyway?
  78. 78. * From Jordan Furlong Book – EVOLUTIONARY ROAD, Pg. 14 Great quote from Legal Analyst & Thought Leader Jordan Furlong about what new, small firms will start to look like in about 2016*
  79. 79. Simple Legal Project Management Lifecycle #2 Determine Tasks #9 Manage Stakeholder Communications & Expectations “Determine & Decompose Deliverables,” Make Checklist (i.e., “WBS”) “RASCI”/Collaboration Site. #3 Schedule Tasks #8 Monitor Work & Manage Changes“Determine Deadlines” & “Order & Sequence Tasks” Dashboards & BMPs. #4 Resource Tasks #7 Identify/Assess Risks Assign Generic Resources to Tasks; Estimate Work Effort & Duration. Plan for Risk – Do you “Avoid it?”, “Transfer it?,” “Mitigate it?” or “Accept it?” .#5 Estimate Costs/Do Budget #6 Select Team & Assign Tasks “Top Down” vs. “Bottom Up” Planning; “Scope, Schedule, Cost, Quality Equilibrium” #1 Get, Set Clear Client Goals #10 After Action/Knowledge Management “Issues,” “Interests,” “Assumptions,” “Requirements,” “Scope,” “$$$” Lessons Learned & Recorded to use again. Resource to the matter & budget!
  80. 80. Good, FREE, Resources for Getting Started on LPM in your Firm!!! http://www.acc.com/valuechallenge/index.cfm
  81. 81. Legal Project Management Books & Publications
  82. 82. Contact Us MyCase www.MyCase.com support@mycase.com 800-571-8062 Get 10% Off Your First 6 Months of MyCase: Promo Code:10LPM15 Mark E. Lassiter Direct: 480-218-4455 Email: mlassiter@lassiterlawfirm.com

×