A Post from Above the Law Website: Commentary on ABA approved outsourcing

This article was featured on Above the Law website, surprisingly it concerns the plight of unemployed attorneys who must survive amidst the legal outsourcing phenomenon by corporate law firms. Hopefully this wasn’t already posted on another blog. I wonder to what extent outsourcing is receiving such attention now, is it because T-14 graduates are now having to be in the company of the non-prestigious lawyers and it is having a big effect on them? I remember attorneys telling me that the discovery review work was for a long period of time the work of first year associates, then became the work of the contractual attorneys–which helped firms bottom lines. So I initially thought, maybe as a result the firms would not hire as many associates who are likely from T-14, thus rendering them in pro bono, internship or contract attorney work. As outsourcing gained additional support, more attorneys across the economic and social spectrum have been affected–is this why more people care now? Or do they really?: Anyway here’s the featured piece:

Legal Olympics Update: Outsourcing E-Discovery Sliding Down Slippery Slope, at Record Speed

The author doesn’t seem to oppose the cost-cutting effects on most American attorneys but suggests it’s primarily an issue of quality. Agreeably the standards in most foreign countries are likely not as strict in it’s process. So I get from this that it’s ok to keep outsourcing as long as quality measures were actually put in place. So in the end, no one cares about the masses of American attorneys affected by it.


  1. David Said:

    I think that you bring up a very good point. There are many who would think the same and it is hard to really see where the true side of things are. It is sad that the public or society doesn’t invest a lot more time in looking at lawyers. They have to make a living too!

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      It’s sad because from what I observe so many of the attorneys are those stereotypes: liars, manipulators, backbiters, deceptive, but those who aren’t are lumped in the same category so most attorneys suffer. It’s a shame, because with all the attorneys it’ll be someone’s daughter, son, in-law, even parent, that’s when it hits home.

  2. Nando Said:

    The general public doesn’t care about the plight of unemployed and starving lawyers. The reality is that most working people cannot afford the services of an attorney. We are in a strange situation. You can represent poor people, in private practice, if you are okay with being poor yourself. (This is harder to do, when you owe $100K in student loans.) Right now, public-interest jobs are almost as hard to get as law firm positions.

    I meet with people daily who have nothing but contempt for “greedy lawyers who want to charge me a $3000 retainer and $200 an hour after that.” Biglaw is aware of this. They know that the average man and woman will have little to no sympathy for unemployed lawyers. Since most working-class Americans deal with the anxieties of outsourcing and off-shoring daily, most would probably take some delight in knowing that lawyers work in basements on temp projects and also face competition from abroad for doc review.

    • A Law School Victim Said:

      This is the “prestigious” image of attorneys, the majority of attorneys are paid like BigLaw but the masses still believe it to be so, so I agree they don’t care if lawyers suffer. They just don’t get it.

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