Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Conference: International Outsourcing of the Legal Profession

The Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, at the Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley is organising a one-day conference on the International Outsourcing of the Legal Profession on Friday, April 25, 2008. The details on the event are available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/gcl/outsource/ and the speaker panel comprises representations from law firms (Morrison Foerster, Fish & Richardson, Goodwin Procter), corporations (Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems) , legal and economics academia (UC Berkeley, Penn State) and some LPO providers (Pangea3, LawScribe, LegalForest, Raj Abhyanker). The topics revolve around answering the following:

  • Why isn’t everyone outsourcing legal work?
  • What type of legal work is outsourced and to whom is it being outsourced?
  • Who is outsourcing? And what have their experiences been both generally and with regard to outsourcing patent drafting and patent searches?
  • What impact will outsourcing have on the elite guild nature of the legal profession and on U.S. employment as a whole?

The registration fee for the conference is $150 and CLE credits are available.