Friday, 25 July 2014

A legal KM role description.

Here is another addition to our collection of Knowledge management role descriptions (find more here).

Found on Linked-In - a role description for a Legal KM role, the "KM Lawyer". Although, like in most Legal KM approaches, there is a strong focus on model forms and precedents, we also see the introduction of post-matter review and lessons learned (highlighted below). This is a welcome extension of the traditional curation-focused legal approach.

The Labor & Employment Knowledge Management Lawyer (“KM Lawyer”) will be an experienced lawyer reporting directly to the Knowledge Management Office

Specific reponsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Knowledge Strategy
  • Work with the Groups and the Knowledge Management Officer to assess the relevant knowledge needs, define and implement a plan to meet those needs, and establish mechanisms for regular review of the plan.
Organizing and Sharing Knowledge
  • Work with members from the Groups to create and capture practice-related knowledge content and encourage the sharing of information and knowledge generally;
  • Operate and implement procedures for capturing, filtering, storing, accessing and disseminating materials and information, including model forms and precedents;
  • Co-ordinate and support the lawyers to ensure that all models and forms are updated to reflect changes in applicable laws, regulations, market standards and best practices; and
  • Ensure seamless accessibility of information and precedents via the appropriate practice portals.
 Lawyer Training and Technical Expertise
  • Identify practice-related training needs and coordinate with the Professional Development team to organize, design and deliver (personally or with others) training, including seminars, workshops and offsite training;
  • Train on how to access knowledge resources in the practice portals, on the Intranet, and elsewhere;
  • Provide direct support to individual practitioners to assist them with locating practice-related internal and external knowledge resources; and
  • Be a source of legal, market and practical expertise.
Legal Project Management
  • Work with the lawyers, Knowledge Management Officer and other stakeholders to establish legal project management processes to capture matter information at all stages of an engagement and conduct post-matter review of lessons learned.
 Client-Facing Initiatives and Business Development
  • Work with the Business Development department staff to identify opportunities to develop business from new and existing clients through articles, briefing notes, client training, etc.; and
  • Help to identify issues and developments of relevance to key clients as part of ongoing business development.
 Current Awareness and Thought Leadership 
  • Monitor and keep the Groups informed about important developments in applicable statutes, regulations, judicial decisions and the business environment through bulletins, training, know-how meetings and other processes;
  • Identify trends in the law or business environment and suggest innovative ways to deliver the Firm’s services to clients more efficiently and effectively; and
  • Participate in industry events to raise the Firm’s profile as a thought leader and keep up to date with developments when feasible.
  • Participate in the planning of training and other knowledge-related activities;
  • Participate in regular meetings with the Knowledge Management Officer and other KM Lawyers to facilitate the sharing of best practices and knowledge; and
  • Attend external training and conferences to keep up-to-date with relevant developments in the law, business environment and professional support.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Five or more years of sound legal experience in the labor & employment law context at a large law firm or relevant in-house legal department;
  • Prior experience providing knowledge management support would be highly desirable;
  • High professional standards with a passion for quality work product;
  • Excellent drafting and research skills;
  • Well-developed organizational and communication skills;
  • Understanding of learning processes and different methods of training;
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people at all levels;
  • Aptitude for and interest in technology and integration issues; and
  • Pragmatic, self-motivated, flexible and team oriented attitude.

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