Baylor Law’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is the only such program in the country. Their first course in fall 2018 included in-house counsel, private practice (plaintiff and defense firms), and government attorneys who aspire to lead an effective litigation strategy. Each successive class in the Baylor Law program has followed this formula – attorneys from across the litigation spectrum come together to learn the best litigation management processes. Classes are intentionally small to keep the faculty to student ratio low and allow for a rich learning environment with candidates and faculty.
The Baylor R6 Litigation Management Framework, described below, is a central component of Baylor Law’s litigation management approach. It is based on a legal project management methodology. LPM, when applied to the Baylor framework, provides a disciplined process for the division of labor, as well as the allocation of resources and tools. In combination, the Baylor R6 dispute management framework and the LPM methodology optimize results for clients.
At the 2021 Global LPM Summit, Baylor Law professors Kyle Dreyer, Liz Fraley, and Jim Wren discussed early case assessment, decision tree analysis (litigation risk), and risk modeling. damages with conference participants. If you missed this year’s Summit, you can purchase the replays or be sure to register early for the next one. here.
The Baylor R6 Dispute Management Framework
Legal project management plays a vital role in the Baylor R6, both in the initial planning phase and in execution. The six parts of the Baylor R6 frame include:
- The Right Way: Upon initiating the deal, management conceptualizes how to communicate and execute effectively and ethically.
- Good plan: Management assesses goals, clarifies expectations, identifies risks, and defines outcomes for success.
- Right team: Partners build a case team with a mix of resources and the right mix of skills and billing rates.
- Fair cost: The litigation team operates within a financial framework designed to optimize value.
- The right tools: The litigation team uses tools and technology that speed up work and secure data.
- Good result: the problem is solved in an optimal way in accordance with the objectives and expectations of the customers.
The word “law” has important implications for how the litigation team operates. This means that all parts of the process are effective, efficient and ethical while leveraging the people, processes and technology needed to achieve the desired outcome for the client. LPM’s rigorous methodology and disciplined approach deliver consistent results at the lowest possible cost.
How does LPM work in the Baylor R6 framework?
Specifically, LPM starts with a stakeholder analysis and scope document. This stakeholder analysis begins with developing a list of stakeholders – those who are affected by or may affect the dispute. From there, the next step is a solid stakeholder analysis. Stakeholder analysis does not always receive the attention it deserves. In order to address an issue in the ‘right way’, it is best to understand the influence and interest of each stakeholder group in the process and chart the flow of communication. Each group has different communication needs and the success of your strategy may depend on a carefully targeted approach.
The scope document is the confirmation of the client’s objectives and expectations, along with details of the work in and out of scope, key deliverables, project risks, material constraints and assumptions. The goal is to describe the work at a high level to ensure you’re on the same page with your client and to help the project team stay on track. A properly scoped deal helps the team manage the work and maintain the budget.
Of course, it is impossible to predict the resolution of each particular case. But a good scope document gives clients a better idea of what to expect as the case unfolds and helps the litigation team better understand what you need to do to get the best outcome. .
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LPM also helps in developing the right plan. The complete project plan includes a detailed work breakdown structure that activates the scope document. It includes a work manual, a risk analysis, a communication plan, etc. It breaks down deliverables into tasks, identifies the appropriate resource type for the job, and establishes a budget. It’s basically a compendium of who does what, when and where.
The Plan is, of course, an essential part of the process, since it informs the Right Team and the Right Cost. This is where lawyers and in-house legal advisors need to be realistic about the level of effort required and who can do the job. LPM uses the right tools like LACI tables which include a matrix of tasks and responsibilities to determine the appropriate resources for each element of the plan.
Lawyers are increasingly expected to partner with other disciplines and use available technology to manage costs, mitigate risk and deliver results. Clients demand a realistic, credible and transparent budget. Together, Baylor Law’s R6 Litigation Management Framework and LPM deliver the right results. It’s a customer-centric way to meet your customer’s most demanding challenges.