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Project Management an 'Exploding' Option for Lawyers in E-Discovery Field

Back in May, I wrote here about a budding trend where Big Law firms were formally training their lawyers to be better project and quality managers. Law firm Seyfarth Shaw, for example, has adopted the "Six Sigma" methodology and encouraged its lawyers to attain "Black Belt" and "Green Belt" status in various quality-management methods.

Ediscovery Earlier this month, Monica Bay reported on The Common Scold that project management is "exploding" as an option for lawyers in the e-discovery world, as well. According to David Cowen of The Cowen Group, a New York-based legal recruiter and consultancy, legal project management is exploding for both attorneys and non-attorneys. Cowen told Bay that his research shows that "firms are embedding 'legalists' (read: attorneys) into lit support, and everybody's comfortable with that model."

According to Paul Easton of the Legal Practice Management blog, Cowen's comment on embedding attorneys into litigation support lends support to a "trend I've noted before on this blog: the lawyerfication of litigation support." Easton notes, however, that he is not as confident that "everyone is comfortable" with that model. He says that while lawyers have loudly advocated for lawyers to be the ones managing e-discovery projects, others "have opined that lawyers are not well equipped for e-discovery project management (much less litigation-support project management in general)."

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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