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  • Portland Legal[Ver 2]

    1. 1. The bottom line is the only line . Car Accident ? Work Injury ? Messy Divorce ?
    2. 2. Portland Legal NETWORK Unions Suppliers Special Interests Competitors Partners Customers Regulatory Agencies
    3. 3. Tull, Tull, Cohen, & Thompson B C Interorganizational Network Portland Legal
    4. 4. Portland Legal NETWORK GENERAL ENVIRONMENT Culture Political Social Technology Economy Physical Legal
    5. 5. Wilson Lee – Associate Attorney Has been with the firm of Portland Legal since last year. Is currently assigned by Don Covert, Jr. to explore new markets for the firm (especially small and international businesses). Is a entrepreneur at heart who is dedicated to making this firm more versatile, dynamic and solutions-oriented.
    6. 6. Portland Legal Law Library The Front Entrance
    7. 9. <ul><li>HARDWARE </li></ul><ul><li>Servers </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop/Laptop Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Printers, Copiers, Faxes </li></ul><ul><li>Portable Devices </li></ul>TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Phone System </li></ul><ul><li>Videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>SOFTWARE </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop Office Software </li></ul><ul><li>Document Assembly & Management </li></ul><ul><li>Billing Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>HR </li></ul><ul><li>Library Software </li></ul><ul><li>INTERNET </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Intranet </li></ul>
    8. 10. TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>CHANGES! PROGRESS! </li></ul><ul><li>New IT Director hired 2 years ago by Don Covert Jr. to “bring the firm into the modern age” </li></ul><ul><li>New hardware purchases and server updates </li></ul><ul><li>The firm has begun to support and encourage the use of BlackBerry PDA’s by attorneys. </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of sophisticated Document Management software (HotDocs and Interwoven) </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations into the feasibility of switching to internet based phone systems (possibly including videoconferencing capability!) </li></ul>LENA MACDONAD IT DIRECTOR
    9. 11. TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>TECHNOLOGY AND THE LIBRARY TRANSITION </li></ul><ul><li>When the physical library closes, library responsibilities will be moved into the IT department (under the direction of a new Information Manager position.) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff will need to be trained in effective electronic research techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>With increased reliance on electronic resources, databases and other subscriptions will need to be reviewed. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet connectivity and reliability will become even more critical. Perhaps the firm will need to invest in backup connectivity and increased capacity. </li></ul>
    10. 12. Corporate Culture <ul><li>Controlling Subculture : Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Overriding Value: $$$ </li></ul><ul><li>Accepted behavior: </li></ul><ul><li>Misinformation, </li></ul><ul><li>prey on ignorant </li></ul><ul><li>Fast turnover: </li></ul><ul><li>settle or get rid </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols: </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture, cars, </li></ul><ul><li>clubs, vacations </li></ul>
    11. 13. THE POWER STRUGGLE DON COVERT, JR. – Managing Partner Son of founding partner Don Covert, Sr. (now “of counsel”) Manages associates and clerks Heads of IT, Accounting, Marketing , the Investigators and ostensibly the Office Manager also report to him Inclusive management style run more like a professional bureaucracy, tech savvy, forward thinking
    12. 14. BEV HENLEY – Office Manager Has been with the firm since its founding Manages receptionist, secretarial staff and paralegals Will also manage file clerks with the closing of the firm’s library THE POWER STRUGGLE Top down management style, runs her fiefdom much like a machine bureaucracy, technophobic, believes the firm has gone to “heck in a hand basket” since old man Covert’s semi-retirement
    13. 15. <ul><li>A young, </li></ul><ul><li>enthusiastic, </li></ul><ul><li>newly-minted </li></ul><ul><li>library </li></ul><ul><li>professional … </li></ul><ul><li>to help guide our </li></ul><ul><li>lower level </li></ul><ul><li>employees </li></ul><ul><li>through the </li></ul><ul><li>new system of the </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Law Library </li></ul>
    14. 16. <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Save $ for </li></ul><ul><li>TV ads </li></ul><ul><li>Junior Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Information Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cool” </li></ul><ul><li>More Space </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Dining </li></ul><ul><li>Room </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>More research </li></ul><ul><li>With less support </li></ul><ul><li>Confidentiality </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Have to fire </li></ul><ul><li>The librarian </li></ul>
    15. 17. The End

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