This article was originally published on February 20, 2020 on Attorney @ Work.


Welcome back to our series on effective delegation for lawyers! Effective delegation has three main steps, focused on whatwho and how. In Part 1, we shared a matrix you can use to determine what work you can delegate and what work you should do yourself. In this post, we’ll dive into the “who” element of the effective delegation process.

Step 2. Deciding to Whom You’ll Delegate

As a general rule, you should delegate work to the available team member (junior associate, paralegal) with the appropriate billing rate who is available and competent to do the work. But since time is a critical resource for any lawyer, a key question to answer is how much supervision or support the person will require.

To that end, the “Who” Delegation Matrix below will help you determine the best person for the job. Here you are assessing the person to whom you are considering delegating the work based on…

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Happy (effective) delegating!