Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Building a Litigation Support Department

Dennis Kennedy reports:
With the advent of electronic discovery and the growing expectations of judges, juries and clients that cases will be presented electronically, many firms are creating a litigation support department that is separate from the IT department to handle technology, staffing and other aspects of today's litigation. Based on what I've seen, the people in charge of these departments are highly professional, knowledgeable and competent. In short, they are probably more valuable to law firms than the firms realize.

He points to a new book called Litigation Support Department.

Looks like electronic discovery and electronic presentations are not just the job of the IT department anymore.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm the author of the book. I came across this post and thought I would comment.

Although many law firms are now creating the litigation support position, the role has definitely evolved from both the paralegal and IT roles.

My book is an operations manual that outlines not only how to support a case, but run the department. There are a number of firms that either run their departments or have created their protocols based upon the book.

The book also provides a roadmap, along with milestones, political and business strategies.

There is also a Needs Assessment which allows the reader to compare their own situation against the best practices described in the book.

The book also comes with a CD, which includes a budget spreadsheet and more.

Mark Lieb
Ad Litem Consulting, Inc.

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