Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ABA solicits comments about legal outsourcing, but fails to mention legal freelancers

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 has made a call for comments regarding Legal Process Outsourcing (Domestic and International).

The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 is studying the ethical and professional regulatory implications of legal process outsourcing in a domestic and international context. The Commission is reviewing the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, existing ethics opinions and other literature and studies about this topic. The Commission is also interested in gathering information about domestic and international legal process outsourcing from lawyers, law firms, clients and outsourcing providers, and developed the following questions to do so.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please do not feel constrained to limit your responses to the information sought by these questions. We are interested in receiving whatever information you feel is relevant.

The 3-page list of questions includes questions for lawyers, law firms, and clients who have outsourced legal work, as well as a series of questions for "providers of legal process outsourcing services." There is no mention of independent legal freelancers.
NAFLP will be ensuring that its membership's voice also gets heard and will be submitting comments to the ABA by their deadline of May 7, 2010. We would greatly appreciate input from our legal freelancers that we can include in our comments. Please email us at with the subject line "ABA COMMENTS."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why not just move the ABA to India. Wouldn't that be more efficient?? That way they can be closer to their true constituency.