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How to Avoid Ethical Complaints When Outsourcing Legal Work

Outsourcing is a common practice across industries in the current economy. Legal services, including those of representation, are no exception. The types of services outsourced also now commonly extends well beyond traditional document review projects. Lawyers choosing to outsource any part of the representation must be careful in who they select to provide the services …

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4 Tips for Legal Professionals Reaching for Work/Life Balance

The press of clients’ legal demands can make life chaotic. Attorneys, paralegals, and everyone else in the trenches understand the importance of the deadline. The trick to staying at top performance and avoiding burnout often requires a commitment to try to get some kind of work-life balance. The balance never seems to stick, but there …

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3 Considerations for Effective Delegation By Project Managers of Large eDiscovery Projects

In eDiscovery projects with large teams, it can seem impossible for a single project manager to perform all of their responsibilities from communication to training to using substantive case knowledge to perform quality control (QC). In such cases, strong project managers understand that this can only be accomplished with effective delegation of responsibility. It can …

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4 Reasons Why Transactional Attorneys Cannot Ignore Information Governance

Litigators and the IT department are not the only ones who must understand information governance and electronically stored information (ESI). Economic and technology factors have changed the way business is operated since the Great Recession. Transactional attorneys, whether in private practice or in-house, cannot provide effective representation without an understanding of the way data and …

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Four Ways Leadership Ensures Quality in eDiscovery Projects

Project managers are the main conduit between outside counsel and the review team in an eDiscovery project. Effective project managers utilize leadership techniques immediately at the project onset. They are knowledgeable in the protocols and are able to immediately interpret counsel’s protocols to the team as review begins. This dynamic between the various stakeholders makes …

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Three Ways Project Managers Maximize Employee Value through Communication

I had an epiphany recently as I begin coaching youth basketball again this year. Leadership techniques that maximize each player’s value to the team look a lot like effective project management. Each player, or person, has different skills, interests and personalities that can be valuable. A good coach, or project manager, understands the characteristics of …

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5 Important Aspects of Addressing Unanticipated Challenges in Project Management

During the course of any project, challenges arise from a variety of sources. These can threaten the success of the project if not addressed effectively. Problems frequently repeat themselves, both from project to project and within the scope of the same project. Whatever the specifics, these challenges can be addressed by using well-established methods that …

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