When process components account for much of the activity in a function, even if partly legal it is generally outside the legal department

Several of the functions that are “on the bubble” for law departments or are more typically handled outside the department have significant process elements. With contract administration, to take one, the legal counsel is a smallish part, but tracking, database entry, distribution, and calendaring are repetitive tasks. Likewise for compliance, where the auditing, training and checking are heavily process oriented. Or with both import-export compliance and anti-counterfeiting or anti-piracy, some legal issues arise but mostly the work involves day-to-day monitoring, paperwork, coordination with non-lawyers and other process steps.

Lawyers give counsel; others should handle processes.

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