Legal project management (LPM) has already been a popular topic on SLAW for some time now (click here for past stories).
Although the foregoing article is a shortened version of my longer paper from last year entitled “Project Management in Law Firms: A New Role for Librarians?” available on my website, in the 10 months or so between articles I have seen a steady and growing interest in LPM in Canadian law firms, particularly because the incentives are client-focused: to meet client demand for better value and legal fee certainty.
In these articles, I identify the following 8 possible roles for law librarians in LPM:
- Providing education and current awareness on LPM
- Assisting in the RFP process
- Helping to develop checklists
- Helping to embed precedents and research into project phases
- Evaluating and training on LPM software
- Supporting e-discovery management
- Assisting with after-action reviews
- Implementing project management on internal administrative projects
Whether you see LPM as merely an evolution of legal knowledge management or instead as a separate, distinct discipline, it is clear in my mind that there is a role to be played by law librarians. Even since the first article 10 months ago, I have been directly involved in 6 of these 8 LPM roles in my work to some extent (although I claim no personal success – some of this stuff is hard to do). I therefore encourage law librarians to leverage their skills to support LPM within their firms or organizations.