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Read the blog article: Low-End Work in High-End Law

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.

Read the blog article: Going Beyond Providing Just Great Legal Advice

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.

Read the blog article: Biglaw Tries "In-Sourcing". Profits and Good Jobs Ensue

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

Read the blog article: Will the future legal marketplace need less lawyers?

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”).

Read the blog article: A less gilded future?

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: