Every non-legal profession has specialists, people that are highly skilled in what they do. Docketing is no exception and the National Docketing Association has proven that.

Attorneys rely upon their docketing specialists to keep them safe from missing deadlines. That is no easy task, especially when the specialist is usually not an attorney. But is the docketing person truly a specialist or just a typist?

When it comes to supporting attorneys, they expect the specialist to assist in rules interpretation and accurate calendaring of their deadlines.  With most docketing software having integrated jurisdictional rules, that task becomes easier and safer than counting days on a calendar.

With court rules becoming more and more complex in this era of rapid technological advancement, counting days on a calendar is a recipe for malpractice.

Simply choosing the correct court rules and trigger date is not enough to label you as a specialist. A true specialist can explain to the attorney why the deadlines were generated and appear in their Outlook Calendars and reports.

Docketing specialists are an integral part of the Litigation and Intellectual Practice areas of a law firm or legal department. Being a specialist means thinking like an attorney.  Being a typist means adding the deadlines in the docketing software without understanding why.

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a specialist as “one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or branch of learning.” It also defines a typist as “a person who is skilled in using a typewriter or computer keyboard.”  Which one are you?