Infonet Service Providers and Sponsors are committed to finding ways in which to assist their clients in improving efficiencies, reducing costs and derving more value from the services and products they purchase from law firms and suppliers serving the legal profession. The InfoNet is a reflection of this commitment.
These thought-leading law firms and companies also support the following groundbreaking initiatives that have similar objectives.
ACC Value Challenge
The "ACC Value Challenge" is a nationwide initiative to bring in-house and outside counsel together to promote strategic partnering and use of appropriate fee arrangements, best practices, management tools and other resources to achieve better alignment between the value and cost of legal services provided by law firms to coporate clients.
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Managing Litigation as a Business
The mission of the “Managing Litigation as a Business” initiative is to provide participating law departments – whether a solo General Counsel or dedicated team of corporate lawyers – the means and all the resources needed to design and execute a customized program for improving how they manage company risk, disputes and litigation; as well as implement a continuing improvement process to ensure they remain on a steady path for achieving better results at lower costs.
There is no cost to participate in this groundbreaking endeavor. Providing the complete solution in a way that every law department can afford to take advantage of it is what “Managing Litigation as a Business” is all about.
Importantly, senior in-house counsel participating in the Managing Litigation initiative are recommending the program as a resource that promotes, aligns with and facilitates achievement of ACC Value Challenge goals.
Managing Litigation Reference Model
Complementing the Managing Litigation initiative, the “Managing Litigation Reference Model” is designed to provide a universal, practical and flexible framework to (a) guide and educate organizations in techniques to avoid, mitigate and manage risks, disputes and litigation more efficiently and effectively; (b) enhance knowledge and skills relating to these disciplines; (c) promote implementation of continuous improvement processes in managing risks, disputes and litigation; and (d) marshal and centralize the resources needed to accomplish these goals.
Seasoned in-house and outside counsel, as well as experienced corporate risk managers, working on this important project have identified the “Key Elements” critical to managing risk, disputes and litigation in an effective businesslike manner. Each Key Element is being fleshed out to include a clear definition, implementation guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions and supporting resources. Complementary "pathfinders" are being developed to facilitate use of the Model by parties in varying circumstances (for example, small law departments).
Participants in the Managing Litigation initiative contribute to development of the “Managing Litigation Reference Model” (MLRM) and, in turn, gain the value the Model offers as a state-of-the-art guide for improvement.
High Value Legal Service Blog
The experienced litigation counsel who founded the Managing Litigation initiative and MLRM project have committed to sponsoring and contributing regularly to a new "High Value Legal Service" blog, which will be established to complement the MLRM project and all of these related initiatives.
As its title reflects, the blog will be devoted to the subject of defining and delivering "high value" legal services to corporate clients, highlighting new developments in the field, and giving recognition to law departments, law firms and legal suppliers that contribute meaningfully by adding value and/or reducing costs in providing legal advice and services to their clients.
In-house Paralegal Blog
Paralegal professionals working for law departments and in other law-related in-house positions have grown to be an essential and valuable force for companies intent on improving efficiencies, reducing costs and gaining more value for their legal spend. It simply makes good business sense for businesses to be using all their legal personnel more cost effectively.
Recognizing this, Fennemore Craig and LawPartnering, Inc. are collaborating with other parties in producing the In-house Paralegal Blog, a unique new online resource dedicated to supporting and advancing the in-house paralegal profession.