I thought I'd post the below article from the Washington Post about the growing outsourcing of legal work to India, which has been discussed in class at various points. I thought it was interesting how the article notes how "e-discovery," which I'm assuming was meant to help lawyers be more efficient, has been an impetus to this outsourcing movement. I also wonder how much of a concern the security issue referenced in the article, really is for potential clients. From what I could tell while working at law firms, security with regard to the electronic storage and access to documents was always a very big concern.

U.S. Legal Work Booms in India http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/10/AR2008051002355.html

-- JustinKim - 13 May 2008

Thanks for sharing the article, Justin. I think it's really interesting that the two founders of the outsourcing companies were American attorneys. I wonder if founding these companies constitutes the meaningful "niche practice" that many of us in this class are striving to attain for the two attorneys. In other words, do you think this is a worthy cause? I am especially curious about what Eben would say.

Also, if we just shift the license-pawning from the US to India, will the problem of such practice ever be solved? If American attorneys are saved from license-pawning by way of preclusion, then who will save the Indian attorneys? Will the system just work itself through developing country after developing country?

-- ChristinaYoun - 18 May 2008