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Law Practice Management and Technology

The Bottom Line Volume 35, No. 4, October 2014

MCLE Self-Study Article Outsourcing of Legal Services

By Kevin E. Mohr

This article offers 1 hours self-study MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. This article is posted in our self-study catalog HERE.

A. Introduction

Most lawyers to some extent have either directly or through intermediaries “outsourced” legal or legal-related services,1 ranging from using a local photocopy shop to reproduce documents or a company to shred those same documents when no longer needed, through hiring a vendor to provide and maintain a law firm’s computer system, or bringing on board temporary lawyers to assist in handling complex litigation or a corporate acquisition. Outsourcing can provide large, small, and solo firms with the advantages of reduced costs and increased flexibility in handling complex client matters. With the exponential growth of the Internet during the “dot.com” boom in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, in particular the construction of a fiber optic infrastructure that made global high-speed web and e-mail communications commonplace, the potential for effectively delegating abroad professional services, including legal services, became a reality.

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