Legal Project Management

Course Description:

This course introduces participants to the theory and practice of project management in a legal context. For the purposes of this course, a project is defined as a multi-task/multi-skill job that must be completed according to the fixed constraints of time, cost, and minimum quality standards. Although a project will typically have someone assigned as a manager, the most successful projects—as measured by efficiency, creativity, or timeliness—inevitably require team members to participate in all phases of the project. Therefore, the course also includes basic training on team theory and creating effective teams. Project Management for Lawyers is an experiential, skills-based course in which participants learn the necessary project management skills by planning an actual project.

  • Legal Project Management is a discipline that enables lawyers and law firms to manage the delivery of legal work more effectively.  The legal profession is currently undergoing significant change, and the business model is transforming. Clients are pushing back against traditional law firm business practices, while demanding greater efficiency and transparency for matter budgeting and case management. And, a growing number of clients expect not-to-exceed budgets or non-hourly pricing for some or all of their work. Law firms are challenged to meet these demands while maintaining profitability and lawyer satisfaction.

  • More and more law firms are applying the principles and methodologies of project management to case and matter management in order to meet client expectations and achieve their own strategic business objectives. Yet most firms do not have legal project management resources and capabilities readily available. They need lawyers who are not only proficient at project management, but also who understand how attorneys work and the unique requirements of the legal profession.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course,  participants will learn:

  • How to evaluate the risks and benefits of using cloud-based Project Management Software.
  • Students will be able to identify the project management tools and under what circumstances these tools should be used.
  • A working knowledge of core Legal Project Management principles, skills and processes.
  • How to use project management software and tools to plan a legal project;
  • How to project time, resources, and cost and translate these factors into project management plans; and
  • How to work collaboratively in a team as a distance over the Internet, and learn about their individual strengths and weakness for effective team work and how to improve their team work skills.
  • How to communicate with clients and colleagues about the application of Legal Project Management technologies to specific legal matters.

Faculty: Mark Lassiter

Loyola Law School, J.D. 

Northern Arizona University, Master’s in Administration: (Legal) Project Management,  (Candidate for Graduation in 2014) 

University of California at Los Angeles, cum laude, B.A.,  - History

Mark Lassiter is an attorney, author, resolutionary, legal project manager, legal technologist, consultant, teacher & entrepreneur. 

As an attorney, he is the founder of The Lassiter Law Firm in Tempe (Phoenix area), Arizona, has 30 years of experience as a civil trial attorney practicing in the areas of business, real estate and construction litigation and dispute resolution (80%) and transactions (20%), is an AV® Preeminent Rated lawyer, one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers™ and is among the Best of Arizona Attorneys - Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) in Ranking Arizona™. 

As a resolutionary, he is mediator and arbitrator on the panels of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) (since 1992) and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (since 2011), and serves on the AAA’s Commercial, Construction and Large and Complex Case panels. He is a member of the ADR Sections of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and the State Bar of Arizona and has chaired its annual CLE program Private Arbitration Update since 1999. 

As a legal project manager, he founded Lex Projex™, which provides legal project management services, training and consulting to the legal vertical market. 

As a legal technologist, he is an expert in Computer Aided Evidence Presentation and Case Management, chairs the Cloud Computing and Law Practice Management Subcommittee of the Technology Committee of the State Bar of Arizona, is a member of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section, and is an active member of the International Legal Technology Association ("ILTA").