Friday, September 30, 2005

Writing History

I think I can stop laughing now! This post by Shyster (he is becoming my favorite blawger - law blogger - now!), is hilarious. The post discusses a recent article (see posts below, especially, this one) by Wall Street Journal about the latest in outsourcing, Legal Process Outsourcing, outsourcing of legal work to low cost, high quality destinations like India.

On the skeptic side, the article quotes a senior partner at a patrician law firm:

"Gregg Kirchhoefer, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis of Chicago, one of the more prestigious and profitable American firms, estimates it could be 50 years before lawyers in India do more than "routine, prosaic" American legal work.

Well, without saying too much, take my word for it, this one will go down the history. What was Gregg thinking? Think of what Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943, was contemplating when he said, “I think there is a world market for five computers.” Or, like the urban myth by Bill Gates, who said in 1981 that "640KB ought to be enough for anyone".

When they say, you can watch history being made, they are not wrong!