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For Immediate Release: (Chicago, IL):  August 12, 2020: The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) announces the ILTA>ON 2020 Scholarship Recipients.      ILTA recognizes the nine individuals, below, who earned the 2020 ILTA>ON Scholarships. These individuals have made noticeable strides in their careers, organizations, and within the legal technology community.    The 2020 Scholarship Recipients:   Ann Halkett , Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP - Cheryl Disch Women in Technology     Cathleen Nuxoll , Gray, Ritter & Graham P.C. - Small Firm    Chris Cummings - Networking    Christopher Hockey ...
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Turning ILTACON into ILTA>ON was always going to bring with it a raft of changes, some of them unwelcome (we all wish we weren’t missing out on the regular in-person networking and events, and I sure wish I was about to experience Nashville’s music scene for the first time) and some of them unexpectedly positive. Let’s face it, attending ILTACON during a regular year is expensive. Even large firms can only justify sending one or two people per department, which means that many are unable to experience it. And in spite of its international appeal, ILTACON takes place in the United States, which makes it truly cost (and time) prohibitive for members across ...
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Remote working has been on the rise for some time, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend. A recent poll of legal administrators found that 91% believe these changes in working practices will become permanent. Large national and international law firms like Husch Blackwell and Dentons have recently announced office closures, with staff working from home permanently. Great communication has always been at the heart of successful firms, and in the new normal, having the right technology to support effective collaboration has never been more important. The growth of Microsoft Teams as a cloud telephony solution In the last few months ...
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Covid restrictions have forced many firms to pivot from in person to remote work. In the first phase, many firms were focused on the technical tools of making the remote work transition a reality. But now, as most of the critical needs and IT infrastructure is in place, the next question is: How do we transition to managing remote teams?                My name is Nitza Medina-Garcia, CRM and I have worked as a remote worker and have managed remote teams at my company InfoCompass for over 13 years. I would like to share some best practices for managing remote technical workers. Know who is on your team and what they should be doing Ok, this one ...
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i.WILL & WWL Presents Your Personal Brand with the Inspiring Donna Payne About this Event Defining Your Personal Brand Time to focus on you! Join i.WILL and ILTA's Women Who Lead to learn from the amazing Donna Payne on Building Your Brand. Our inspiring speakers: Donna , Author, International Speaker and former CEO, PayneGroup, will share with us proven strategies and tips on building your brand that will help elevate your confidence and be your best. Joining Donna will be Carrie Caffrey and Samantha Surillo to share with us their journeys on building their personal brands. ...
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ILTA recently hosted a session on “Change Management Tools for Success” with Brianna Leung, Director of Strategy and Marketing, Much Law and Katie Davis, Senior Staff Training and Development Specialist, Perkins Coie, LLP and moderated by Rachel Shields Williams, Senior Manager, Experience Management, Sidley Austin LLP. Although the program was not recorded, summarized below are some of the key tools for success that the speakers shared. Hardest part(s) about influencing change? Influencing change is hard because it boils down to knowing that people are messy and complicated. That shows up in a couple of ways: Power dynamics and office politics seriously ...
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If you've ever attended an ILTA virtual event before, whether it was a webinar, roundtable, or product briefing , you know that they regularly deliver insightful, engaging, and actionable content. With this year's virtual conference, ILTA>ON (August 24-28), you can expect the same high-quality content, but with even more dynamic, engaging content. Whether you are following a track, or interested in a variety of topics, there are sessions tailor-made for you. Here is just a sampling of some of the more unique session formats offered each day, from hands-on workshops, to real-world case studies, to peer-led real-time demonstrations, and more. Day One: Breakout ...
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For Immediate Release: (Chicago, IL):  August 4, 2020: The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) announces the finalists for the 2020 Distinguished Peer Awards program. ILTA's Distinguished Peer Awards program recognizes ILTA peers who have delivered great business value and transformational impact through their innovations and implementations or have been champions in specific areas of focus for their organizations. Winners will be announced throughout ILTA>ON (August 24 – 28, 2020). The 2020 finalists are: Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists: Judith Flournoy,  Chief Information Officer, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP ...
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Have you ever attended an educational session or shared insights with someone at ILTACON and thought how amazing it would be if other people at your firm could listen to it too? Maybe one of those lawyers that are particularly resistant to change or to adopt new technology… Well, with less than a month until ILTA>ON takes place, some people are still not aware of the possibilities of making this “dream” come true. The ILTACON experience. It was only a year ago that I traveled all the way from Fortaleza (Brazil) to Orlando (USA) to attend my first ILTACON and to be completely overwhelmed with the magnificence and magnitude of this amazing conference. ...
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Over the last several months, dedicated ILTA volunteer Nicola Shaver has, as part of her CCT role, been working on an ILTA series of podcasts, "Global Legal Innovators".   This podcast series features speakers located across the globe... who are doing things differently. These guests offer unique perspectives on what the state of legal innovation looks like in different countries, towns, and cities. This all-new series, which has just wrapped Season 1, which contains 5 full-length episodes, can be listened to, below.  Look for Season 2 to begin in the coming weeks!  Season 1: Global Legal Innovators: Episode #1  Listen here .  Interviewer: ...
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Recent events have witnessed the remarkable ability of UK businesses to adapt to a crisis. Within days of lockdown, millions of staff were able to connect and work from home over their existing home broadband connections. This substantial rise in traffic has exposed the limitations of using domestic broadband for business communication. With 5.1 million people working from home plus 9.1 million on furlough , and numerous others home from school/university, the home network was simply not designed to support this many people using it all at once. Sharing the network often results in slow and glitchy performance as households compete for Wi-Fi bandwidth within ...
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Below are highlights from the July 16 th virtual round-table discussion entitled: “Data Loss Prevention: Survey Results and Peer Discussion”. Speakers: @Marcos Marcal (Information Security & Risk Manager at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP) &  @Abraham Miller-Barbarow (Information Governance Risk Manager at Ropes & Gray LLP). The full survey can also be found attached. DLPSurvey.pdf SURVEY/PARTICIPANT SUMMARY: 74+ firms participated in the survey with around 60 attendants who were able to provide additional questions during the round-table. FUTURE PREDICTIONS: We predict that the COVID-19 crisis will bring result in firms increasing ...
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Mergers and Acquisitions: Integrating Processes While Minimizing Disruptions by Kathy Owen Brown [1] One company acquires another company.  Overnight there is new signage, coffee mugs and pens.  As the employees are getting used to the new logos and larger company, employees begin to think about what is going to change.  How will I do my job?  Will I even have my job?  Can we combine two different ways of doing things into one cohesive integrated set of processes? It is likely that the two companies have many disparate processes, including those relating to legal holds and eDiscovery.  Identifying what those processes are and developing integrated ...
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Timing is everything.  Bill Gross, the Pasadena, California based serial entrepreneur who has invested in dozens of start-ups, including X1 Discovery, the popular enterprise search software, says that the number one predictor of a technology company's success is neither financial capital, the founders' talent, the business model nor cutting-edge intellectual property.  The biggest success factor for a new product or service is timing. Microsoft 365's eDiscovery capabilities may have hit the timing just right with COVID-19.  How could the pandemic have anything to do with the success of Microsoft 365 eDiscovery?  Microsoft already was very successful and ...
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"How Much of What is Being Defined Now Becomes the New Normal as a Result of the Worldwide Pandemic Changes? In the best interest of answering the question above, three leading experts from Corporate Law Departments focusing on technology, operations, and support were queried for their opinions to share: “I think it is just going to accelerate the changes that were already underway. That seems to be the way of the world – things happen slowly and then all at once. There was already a slow shift to a blending of work and personal life and geography mattering less. The pandemic just forced us to confront it head on in a way that wasn’t necessary before and ...
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This blog, part of our “Foundations of Knowledge Management” series, outlines best practices for creating and maintaining precedent collections. What are precedents? A collection of template contracts and other documents that can be adapted for use or referred to by lawyers on specific matters (predominantly transactional work). Sometimes they are called model forms, standard forms, or templates – ‘precedents’ is the catch all term used in this blog. Why have a precedent collection? It mainly comes down to efficiency and quality. Having a collection improves consistency, reduces risk, avoids reinventing the wheel, and lowers drafting ...
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Experience More than Pitches and Awards – Part Two We all know we can use our experience for traditional marketing and business development activities like pitches, submissions, awards, and bios. But how can we take this data further to drive data-based decisions that support the whole client’s life cycle? What other insights can our experience data tell us? Your experience data can help to answer critical questions in a variety of areas that extend well beyond pitches and proposals. The only real limit is our imaginations. To get you started, here are a few ideas related to Client Service and Professional Development. Client Service Client Targeting ...
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Experience More than Pitches and Awards – Part One Who knows whom at this company? What work have we done in this industry? What are the total number of deals with done in this region? Who has experience going before that court? Can we list out our top matters for year? You’ve heard, or even made, these requests before when preparing a proposal or pulling together a directory submission. Why else does the firm put any time and effort in CRMS or Experience Management Systems? Here’s a not-so-secret secret your colleagues managing these systems and process want you to know - the information collected and stored in these tools goes beyond basic marketing ...
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When Presenting Data to Lawyers, Keep Things at a 10th Grade Level They say the New York Times, the most respected news source of all time, is written at an 10 th grade level.  That’s the way legal analytics should be, because you don’t have to be fancy to be highly influential. In fact, being fancy hurts you:  On average, a “no-frills” approach will be more influential.  The more you try to be fancy and show how “advanced” you are with your cool-looking visuals, the less effective they will be. How Simple? Very Simple I didn’t totally understand simplicity when I started out in legal analytics.  Sure, I knew to keep things simple, but I didn’t get ...
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The job of the future. According to recent forecasts of the World Economic Forum , data analysts are expected to be one of the most in-demand jobs by 2022 in companies worldwide. Long before data science became a buzzword, William Edwards Deming said that “ without data, you’re just another person with an opinion .” As the volume of data generated grows exponentially with each technological advance, more and more companies realize the importance of developing a data-driven culture, where data analysis is at the center of corporate strategies. Because of the rise in the demand for data analytics roles, Harvard University labeled the profession “the ...
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