Gaston Kroub, writing in Above the Law, features Per Diem Attorney NOW, an on-demand service for court appearance coverage needs. This particular service isn’t relevant to my corporate transactional law practice (I’ve spent more time in court as a juror than as an attorney), but it highlights a trend across the legal services industry: the increasing ease of hiring qualified attorneys on a project-by-project basis, rather than as a full time employee.
Some might see services like Per Diem Attorney NOW as nothing new, a legal temp agency dressed up with a high tech veneer. However, that would be like saying that Uber is nothing more than an on-call taxi service. Uber is successful not because of the quality of its cars or its drivers, but because of the ease of getting a car quickly with a couple of smartphone taps and paying for the drive. One can see a similar potential in services that allow law firms to be able to search for available candidates quickly, rather than calling a recruiter who may or may not remember an obscure specialty practiced by one of a thousand available temps.