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Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, and Brian Stearns, Chief Commercial Officer at Workstorm, talk with us about collaboration when most of us are under a shelter-in-place order. There are definitely tools to make it easier to collaborate remotely, but there is a process that must be evaluated first. There’s also a human element that must be considered in who people react to the stress they are currently under. As we have said before, never let an emergency go to waste, and Gardner and Stearns have some insights on how to evaluate your…
Top stories this week include the first coronavirus casualties in legaltech as e-discovery company DISCO lays off staff. Also in the news: a new legal analytics product from LexisNexis, a virtual legal conference to benefit charity, and a rash of notable hires. Finally, we’re joined from London by Richard Tromans, legal economist and founder of the blog Artificial Lawyer, for his perspective on the pandemic’s potential impact on the legaltech industry.  Story Sources Disco layoffs: Legal Tech Layoffs Begin As DISCO Announces Job Cuts. Layoffs at Fast-Rising Austin Startup DISCO.  Context Company Analytics: LexisNexis Adds Companies to
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued updated guidelines addressing the services of notary publics and the remote witnessing of document signings. The guidelines are in response to social distancing recommendations linked to the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Order 2020-14, which was issued on March 26, states that during the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the following should be observed: The requirement that a person must “appear before” a notary public is satisfied if the notary public performs a remote notarization via two-way audio-video communication technology, provided that the notary public is physically located within Illinois while…
In these unfamiliar times, it’s more important than ever that all Americans have access to legal help. Many organizations are answering the call and stepping up to help those impacted by COVID-19. We’ve compiled a running list of ways Illinois lawyers can get involved. We will keep this list updated as new information becomes available. If you have an opportunity to add, please reach out to us at mail@2civility.org. ABA – Free Legal Answers Attorneys can provide pro bono help for income-eligible users through the ABA’s virtual legal clinic. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro…
From : Blog Entry>>Scott’s Blog EntryLaw firms are rising to the challenges laid upon them and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by swiftly managing business continuity and shifting operations to remote working.  Each law firm will be in their own place in responding to the challenges of moving to a remote working environment and will move forward with regards to the same – but one principal is clear:  all of this was unexpected. Even firms with robust disaster planning are challenged by the scope and rapidity of the COVID-19 crisis.  [More]
On the off chance you do not already have enough podcasts to follow, I am launching another — but I promise we will keep each episode short. Legaltech Week is a weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology and innovation. Episodes will be short — 15 minutes or less — and we are aiming to deliver them every Friday(ish). The format will be simple: I’ll start with a five-ish minute recap of the week’s legaltech headline stories. I’ll then be joined by an expert from a revolving panel for brief commentary and perspective. Above is the first episode,…
Litera’s business continuity series dives into the unprecedented challenges we are all facing and looks at how technology can help provide what law firms need to continue serving their clients, even while their teams are working remotely, unable to travel or meet face-to-face with clients, and otherwise disrupted from their regular routines. You can find the introduction here and part two, about working remotely, here.…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryDear  ILTAns !   We recently introduced an initiative called the COVID-19 Question of the Day ( QoD ). These questions were developed based on content covered in our COVID-19 Global Roundtable and harvested from our eGroups. To provide you with quick access to  all of  the answers received on our  QoD  postings, we have aggregated the answers to each question into a blog post. We will also post summary documents in the Resource Library for the Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Matias’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored by Matías Avila Nores, Founder and Managing Partner, OneLegem. It is an undisputed fact that a legal department’s goal is to provide legal advice to both business units and management, and shepherd these on all legal matters to achieve their business goals while minimizing risk. Modern legal departments, however, have been increasingly pressed in recent years to provide a higher-quality legal support. Either if they are providing direct legal advice to any [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Joshua’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this co-authored blog from Joshua Johns, Manager of Information Governance, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Tamara Tureson, Compliance, Conflicts and Records Manager, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. If asked, our children would share any electronic file with anyone instantly! So why is it SOO hard for me to send something to Bob down the street?”  Unlike our children, we are bound by a whole string of “doing business” process, protocols and legalities that are in place [More]
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryWe recently introduced an initiative called the COVID-19 Question of the Day ( QoD ). These questions were developed based on content covered in our COVID-19 Global Roundtable and harvested from our eGroups. To provide you with quick access to all of the answers received on our QoD postings, we have aggregated the answers to each question into a blog post. We will also post summary documents in the Resource Library for the Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity and Open Public Forum Communities [More]
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryWe recently introduced an initiative called the COVID-19 Question of the Day ( QoD ). These questions were developed based on content covered in our COVID-19 Global Roundtable and harvested from our eGroups. To provide you with quick access to  all of  the answers received on our  QoD  postings, we have aggregated the answers to each question into a blog post. We will also post summary documents in the Resource Library for the Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity and Open Public Forum Communities [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Matias’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy the Spanish verison of the blog below authored by Matías Avila Nores, Founder and Managing Partner, OneLegem. Es un hecho fuera de discusión que el objetivo del departamento o área de legales es asesorar a las unidades de negocios, al management y guiarlos en todos los temas legales que hubiera para lograr sus objetivos de negocios, minimizando los riesgos. Los departamentos de legales modernos, sin embargo, se han visto presionados en tiempos recientes a prestar un servicio de [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Jack’s Blog EntryChallenges in managing a global law department: Law Departments, which function as business units for global organizations (i.e. function globally as well as operationally in more than one country), are wrought with challenges arising from international laws, local laws, support differentials locally versus company wide, and limitations imposed due to geographic/political/social business environments.  Examples of key challenges law departments face: The concept of privacy rules on a [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Holly’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog co-authored by Holly Hanna, KM Firm Solutions Manager, Perkins Coie and Adam Dedynski, KM – Project Manager, Reed Smith LLP. In recent years, legal knowledge management has evolved and matured, with an increased focus on how to leverage advanced technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and bots. However, the basic pillars of KM remain relevant, as has become increasingly apparent during the current coronavirus pandemic. Some key takeaways from this experience [More]
There is a lot for the observational leader to watch at the moment. One thing that I’ve been particularly interested in is our willingness to change. On one hand, the pandemic has forced us to change our law library operations. Many of those changes are temporary. But on the other, there are more changes that could be made. They are being avoided, though, because of a fear of setting a precedent. Temporary changes are pretty obvious. If your law library is closed, then your physical services have stopped. No photocopying, no notary stamps, no lending print format information. But you…