The ABA annual meetings are being held at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco today and tomorrow. (And, yes, I have escaped hot, humid Chicago for a cooler climate for a few days.)
Today’s proceedings commenced at 9:00 am with introductory remarks given by the Commission chairs, followed by updates from the heads of various working groups. Short speeches were also given by outgoing president Carolyn Lamm and incoming president Stephen Zack.
When reports touched on outsourcing, the Commission leadership recognized that it is a “complex topic” – something we’ve understood since Fronterion was founded.
Discussions included the ethical obligations law firms face when they work with outside vendors, especially, the relationship dynamics in a tri-party engagement when law firms, their clients and outside vendors collaborate.
Relating to legal process outsourcing, the Commission discussed different approaches to the current rules model and the implications of each of those various approaches.
A list of the prominent members of the he ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 in available here. I anticipate that this week’s – and future – dialogs on LPO by the Commission will be fruitful because capable people are working hard to create more understanding of ethical challenges of outsourced legal services domestically and abroad.
More on the meetings tomorrow.