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Portland Legal[Ver 2]

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Published on November 20, 2008

Author: mkwalsh55

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The bottom line is the only line . Car Accident ? Work Injury ? Messy Divorce ?

Portland Legal NETWORK Unions Suppliers Special Interests Competitors Partners Customers Regulatory Agencies

Tull, Tull, Cohen, & Thompson B C Interorganizational Network Portland Legal

Portland Legal NETWORK GENERAL ENVIRONMENT Culture Political Social Technology Economy Physical Legal

Wilson Lee – Associate Attorney Has been with the firm of Portland Legal since last year. Is currently assigned by Don Covert, Jr. to explore new markets for the firm (especially small and international businesses). Is a entrepreneur at heart who is dedicated to making this firm more versatile, dynamic and solutions-oriented.

Portland Legal Law Library The Front Entrance

 

 

HARDWARE Servers Desktop/Laptop Computers Printers, Copiers, Faxes Portable Devices TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE Internet Connectivity Phone System Videoconferencing SOFTWARE Desktop Office Software Document Assembly & Management Billing Accounting HR Library Software INTERNET Website Email Intranet

HARDWARE

Servers

Desktop/Laptop Computers

Printers, Copiers, Faxes

Portable Devices

COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

Internet Connectivity

Phone System

Videoconferencing

SOFTWARE

Desktop Office Software

Document Assembly & Management

Billing Accounting

HR

Library Software

INTERNET

Website

Email

Intranet

TECHNOLOGY CHANGES! PROGRESS! New IT Director hired 2 years ago by Don Covert Jr. to “bring the firm into the modern age” New hardware purchases and server updates The firm has begun to support and encourage the use of BlackBerry PDA’s by attorneys. Implementation of sophisticated Document Management software (HotDocs and Interwoven) Investigations into the feasibility of switching to internet based phone systems (possibly including videoconferencing capability!) LENA MACDONAD IT DIRECTOR

CHANGES! PROGRESS!

New IT Director hired 2 years ago by Don Covert Jr. to “bring the firm into the modern age”

New hardware purchases and server updates

The firm has begun to support and encourage the use of BlackBerry PDA’s by attorneys.

Implementation of sophisticated Document Management software (HotDocs and Interwoven)

Investigations into the feasibility of switching to internet based phone systems (possibly including videoconferencing capability!)

TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY AND THE LIBRARY TRANSITION When the physical library closes, library responsibilities will be moved into the IT department (under the direction of a new Information Manager position.) Staff will need to be trained in effective electronic research techniques. With increased reliance on electronic resources, databases and other subscriptions will need to be reviewed. Internet connectivity and reliability will become even more critical. Perhaps the firm will need to invest in backup connectivity and increased capacity.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE LIBRARY TRANSITION

When the physical library closes, library responsibilities will be moved into the IT department (under the direction of a new Information Manager position.)

Staff will need to be trained in effective electronic research techniques.

With increased reliance on electronic resources, databases and other subscriptions will need to be reviewed.

Internet connectivity and reliability will become even more critical. Perhaps the firm will need to invest in backup connectivity and increased capacity.

Corporate Culture Controlling Subculture : Partners Overriding Value: $$$ Accepted behavior: Misinformation, prey on ignorant Fast turnover: settle or get rid Symbols: Furniture, cars, clubs, vacations

Controlling Subculture : Partners

Overriding Value: $$$

Accepted behavior:

Misinformation,

prey on ignorant

Fast turnover:

settle or get rid

Symbols:

Furniture, cars,

clubs, vacations

THE POWER STRUGGLE DON COVERT, JR. – Managing Partner Son of founding partner Don Covert, Sr. (now “of counsel”) Manages associates and clerks Heads of IT, Accounting, Marketing , the Investigators and ostensibly the Office Manager also report to him Inclusive management style run more like a professional bureaucracy, tech savvy, forward thinking

BEV HENLEY – Office Manager Has been with the firm since its founding Manages receptionist, secretarial staff and paralegals Will also manage file clerks with the closing of the firm’s library THE POWER STRUGGLE Top down management style, runs her fiefdom much like a machine bureaucracy, technophobic, believes the firm has gone to “heck in a hand basket” since old man Covert’s semi-retirement

A young, enthusiastic, newly-minted library professional … to help guide our lower level employees through the new system of the Virtual Law Library

A young,

enthusiastic,

newly-minted

library

professional …

to help guide our

lower level

employees

through the

new system of the

Virtual Law Library

Advantages Save $ for TV ads Junior Partners Information Specialist Technologically “ Cool” More Space Executive Dining Room Disadvantages More research With less support Confidentiality Concerns Loss of interactive Space Have to fire The librarian

Advantages

Save $ for

TV ads

Junior Partners

Information Specialist

Technologically

“ Cool”

More Space

Executive Dining

Room

Disadvantages

More research

With less support

Confidentiality

Concerns

Loss of interactive

Space

Have to fire

The librarian

The End

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