Yeah, Um, I Think We’ll Pass on This One.


Dear Mark,

To introduce me, I am Advoate Goutam Prasad and writting you on behalf of G. P. Law Solutions.

Actually, we are New Delhi based Law Firm, which provides Legal Process Outsourcing Services too.

As you know now Legal Process Outsourcing is recognised by ABA too and its a great idea to reduce cost and increase profits without compromise to quality. If you go my personal experience, I am sure specially in case of Deposition Summaries, there is no risk of any quality issue.

The idea behind writing you to request for looking any possibilty of outsourcing association.

For your reference, I have attached our firm profile here.

Thanks.

Goutam Prasad

Chief Attorney

G. P. Law Solutions.

Dear Mr. Prasad,

If I were in some area of the law in which the outcome didn’t matter, I might let you summarize a deposition just for grins. As it is, though, I would not allow you to touch one of my clients’ cases if you were the last “advoate” on Earth.

It’s not simply your cavalier attitude toward indefinite articles, nor your charming omission of verbs connecting subjects and objects, nor your Generation-Y approach to spelling and grammar generally. It is, rather, that your tolerance for “quality issues” is clearly much higher than my clients (whose futures are on the line) would consent to have applied to their cases.

Please don’t take too much offense — I wouldn’t give the goofballs at the ABA any responsibility for the freedom of those who have put their trust in me either.

Thank you,

Mark Bennett.

p.s. Your firm profile was not attached. If you think that reviewing it might change my mind (instead of giving me a hundred more reasons to make fun of you), please forward it to the attention of my associate Mr. Greenfield.


0 responses to “Yeah, Um, I Think We’ll Pass on This One.”

  1. I’ll be damned. I just got back from court and see this dumb email:

    Dear Scott,

    To introduce me, I am Advoate Goutam Prasad and writting you on behalf of G. P. Law Solutions. Mark Bennett asked me to writ you with my firm profile.

    I’m thinking to myself, “how exactly am I gonna get Bennett back for this one?”

  2. Pretty funny commentary. Yep, ABA just passed an ethics ruling on this… You are allowed to outsource legal work to India as long as its supervised.

    Yet, the medical equivalent has chosen a more protectionist approach… We, as lawyers should change that!

  3. Two things. First, there are plenty of people in India with an excellent grasp of English, and you’d think a law firm could afford to hire a few of them, especially for promotional work.

    Second, did you check out their web site? Here are the first two paragraphs on the landing page:

    “Bar Council of India whose rules govern our practice and professional ethics prohibits soliciting and advertising. Hence, we do not intend to advertise or solicit in whatsoever manner.

    “By proceeding further and clicking enter button herein below, you acknowledge and confirm that you, on your own accord, wish to know more about us for your own information and that there has been no solicitation, invitation or inducement of any sort whatsoever from any person associated with G. P. Law Solutions.”

    Adding to the irony, if I click through to their outsourcing page, the third item on the list of services is “Preparing Web Disclaimers.”

  4. gen x,

    It hadn’t occurred to me that the ABA might issue ethics opinions. It’d probably be a better idea for the association to leave that function to some group with actual authority. An ethics opinion from the ABA is worth the paper it’s written on — but only if it’s electronically published.

    I don’t care about protectionism. Until I can’t tell whether I’m corresponding with Advoate Prasad or gen-Y Bad Court Thingy, outsourcing won’t pose any sort of threat to real American lawyers.

    It may, however, threaten the existence of Biglaw associates, the overpaid Gollums of law, wan creatures whose pathetic imitation of the practice of law makes misdemeanor fours look like masters of the universe.

    To which I say, “have at it, my fellow Delhi-wallahs!”

  5. Windy, good point. There might be more people fluent in English in India than there are in the USA.

    I have to admit that I didn’t yet go to their website. (I was waiting for their promotional material to be emailed to my associate, Mr. Greenfield.)

    Does the Bar Council of India have an email address for filing complaints?

  6. Mark,

    Earlier you asked for good books to read. Read the first few chapters of Tom Friedman’s THE WORLD IS FLAT, which deals with this exact scenario. Many law firms are now having people in India do legal research after thei associates have clocked out. When the associates come back to work in the morning, they have a draft motion ready. It’s like a 24-7 law firm! Good posting, I have always wondered what would happen if we outsourced prosecution to India:

    “Hello, what city and state and case number please?”

  7. Dear Sir,

    Today, I came to know of all your comments over mail in question. I thank you for your stringent comments.

    I could see the mail today and feel that the mail contains so grammatical errors that it deserved much more stringent comments.

    But I would like to inform you that such mail soliciting work was not sent by G. P. Law Solutions. Now, I am enquiring as to how it happened.

    Being morally responsible, I apologize.

    Thanks.

    Goutam Prasad
    Advocate

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