June 16, 2011 | Kira Insights

Low-End Work in High-End Law

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the expanding use of contract attorneys. For the unfamiliar, contract attorneys are lawyers hired to work on a temporary basis, frequently on document review projects as part of large litigation matters.

June 9, 2011 | Resources

Legal Due Diligence Explained

Continuing our series on the background to what we do (make legal due diligence better, faster and cheaper), here’s an explanation of “legal due diligence” for unfamiliar readers.

June 2, 2011 | Kira Insights

Going Beyond Providing Just Great Legal Advice

The New York Times just ran an interesting article on how (1) legal outsourcing firms are creating jobs for American lawyers, (2) legal outsourcers are growing—they “made an estimated $400 million in revenue in 2010 … which was just a tiny fraction of the world’s $200-billion-a-year legal market.

May 24, 2011 | Kira Insights

Biglaw Tries "In-Sourcing". Profits and Good Jobs Ensue

The New York Times ran an interesting piece on Biglaw firms opening lower-cost domestic “in-sourcing” operations, which has gotten coverage in other outlets

May 19, 2011 | Kira Insights

Will the future legal marketplace need less lawyers?

Jordan Furlong of Law21, in a post worth reading, argues that “The future legal marketplace is going to require fewer, differently skilled lawyers than it has” but that “the overall legal services market seems poised for strong growth” driven by demand and innovations from new legal service providers (“virtual law firms, legal process outsourcing companies, freelance and contract lawyer organizations, e-discovery specialists, automated document assembly programs, consumer-friendly legal kiosks and outlets, and many other options still at the embryonic stage”).

May 13, 2011 | Kira Technology 

Programming Law

Marc Lauritsen, in his thoughtful talk at Ignite Law 2011 “Apps for Justice–Code to the Rescue,” argues that law schools should teach students how to program legal apps.

May 10, 2011 | Resources

What is Due Diligence?

Ever wonder what “due diligence” is? Then we weren’t colleagues during my law firm days. But read on. DiligenceEngine is focussed on making legal due diligence faster, better and cheaper.

May 5, 2011 | Kira Insights

A less gilded future?

The Economist had a very good article today on changes and challenges for large law firms. Well worth reading. A few points prompted by it:

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