As I was reading through the [pdf] article written by Andrews Kurth's Amy Sladczyk Hancock, PD Vital To The New Way Forward: Insights from Five Managing Partners (interview of Managing Partners of Andrews Kurth, Bracewell Guiliani, Dickstein Shapiro, Sutherland Asbill, and Steptoe Johnson), I got to thinking about what these BigLaw Managing Partners were seeing in their crystal balls. As I told some of my peers in a personal note, I usually take my comments from Law Firm CEO's like I take my eggs -- with a grain of salt, but this article got me thinking if there is 'opportunities' within the library [KM, IT, etc.] to support professional development. The big quote of:
"Competitive advantage in the new economy will depend entirely on having better trained lawyers who have been trained more efficiently and more quickly, and [professional development] departments and professionals are vital to helping law firms establish that advantage." [emphasis mine]Seems like that knocking that many of you on the 'administrative' or 'professional' side of law firms are hearing might be opportunity.