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As most of you know, beginning with the March lock down I started posting daily tips and did that for all of 2020. The most popular tip of the year was a fairly basic tip about reformatting Word documents and it pointed out how many Word users don’t know what all of those choices and buttons they see every day actually do. So I am sharing this one once again. Feel free to share the link below with someone you know who might need to know this. Removing Formatting from Word Documents (April 17, 2020)
I’ve written a number of times about SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has been automating the firm’s legal expertise to create tools that businesses and individuals can use to make legal processes more efficient and affordable. Its first product, launched in 2019, automated compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Others have helped businesses comply with GDPR, create COVID-19 employment policies, safely return employees to work, and achieve diversity and inclusion, while another helped churches assess readiness to resume services. Now, in its latest…
Kristen Sonday, cofounder of the justice tech company Paladin, is among six partners who are today launching a venture fund designed to support startups founded by diverse and underrepresented individuals in Chicago. The fund, LongJump, is a first-check venture fund that will invest amounts averaging $100,000 in underrepresented ideas and founders, including founders of color or women. While the fund will not focus on any particular industry, Sonday told me that she hopes that legal tech and justice tech companies will apply. She also hopes the fund’s model will encourage others in legal tech to invest in…
Leopard Solutions which provides a leading competitive intelligence and business development  platform, has released their 2020 State of the Legal Industry Report which examines law firm hiring trends since the beginning of the pandemic. Webinar Today. They are also hosting  a webinar today Thursday March 4th at 12 PM. Register for the Legal Industry Annual Report Webinar at this link, Topics will include: The effects of COVID-19 on the legal industry Lateral hiring at the partner and associate levels among the top 200 law firms in 2020 Law firm mergers and acquisition activity Law firm growth trends over the past…
Last September, I wrote about the Canada-based entity management company Athennian, which had emerged from three years of quiet growth and development to announce an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round. Today, Athennian is announcing that it has raised another $7 million CAD in Series A extension funding. This extension was led by Arthur Ventures, which also led the initial Series A, and was joined by two new investors, Touchdown Ventures — whose portfolio includes legal tech companies Casetext, LawGeex, LinkSquares, and Text IQ — and…
Attorney Sophia George has one strong suggestion for those looking to increase equity in the legal industry: Hire minority lawyers! In order to help individuals find diverse lawyers, Sophia joined in the project created by Jackson Walker Partner Chevazz Brown called DiversePro. The online database works to connect diverse lawyers with potential clients who are looking to find lawyers from communities where they share a culture, language, or life experience. With a starting list of 250,000 lawyers in the DiversePro database, Chevazz Brown created an environment for diverse lawyers to go in and claim their profile, or create a…
From : Blog Entry>>Kathleen’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post authored by Kathleen Jimenez, Information Governance Manager, White & Case LLP. Please Note: This blog is part of the Taming Unstructured Data series which includes the introduction and additional blog which you will find below in the related content.  Who keeps moving the copy center folder?  That was the question which transformed the way our Information Governance team supports and is cleaning up our Shared Drives spread throughout our firm. Anyone who [More]
We are looking for an energetic, self-starter who has a passion for building relationships with customers – existing and prospective. We are looking for someone to join the Fastcase Sales & Marketing team to work with external customers – existing and prospective – and the internal team to generate leads and provide a smart customer experience. This specific role will with all types of customers – law firms of all sizes, law schools, government and corporations – to support existing revenue and help build a pipeline for future revenue. We are looking for a team-player who’s excited to work alongside…
I often write articles and blog posts for other outlets and am going to post a round up here from time to time (but won’t include my weekly Daily Record articles in the round up since I re-publish them to this blog in full). Here are my posts and articles published from February: Automating your firm’s documents is a snap with document assembly software – ABA Journal Has The Legal Profession Reached A Tech Adoption Tipping Point? – Above the Law New Remote Working Guidance And Cybersecurity Best Practices For Lawyers – Above the Law ABA Survey: Legal Software Use
Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Since the turn of the century, the internet has increasingly become part of our day-to-day lives. Initially, this new reality presented a bit of a challenge for precedent-based, risk-averse lawyers. As a result, in most cases the legal profession as a whole has adapted to the online world more slowly than the general population. Internet marketing, however, was one of the exceptions, and lawyers recognized its potential fairly early on. That being said, ethics rulings have been one of the primary roadblocks for…
The pandemic has sent lawyers packing — to makeshift offices in their bedrooms, basements and attics. But what happens when a lawyer’s home office is located outside the state in which the lawyer is licensed to practice? Is it ethical for a lawyer who is licensed in one state to practice from a home office across the state line? In a joint ethics opinion yesterday, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association concluded that a lawyer licensed in Pennsylvania may work remotely from another jurisdiction, even if the lawyer is not licensed in that jurisdiction, provided the lawyer…
[Limited seats are available for this free webinar] Mueller on Patent Law is a comprehensive yet accessible two-volume legal treatise for patent practitioners. This well-organized resource provides concise and timely access to U.S. patent law in the twenty-first century, focusing on game-changing Federal Circuit and Supreme Court decisions. In January, Fastcase announced that its publishing imprint Full Court Press is the new and exclusive publisher for the two-volume practitioner treatise, Mueller on Patent Law.   Register now to join Fastcase for a conversation on patent law, procedure, and practice with Janice Mueller, author of Mueller on Patent Law. Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021…
From : Blog Entry>>Ragav’s Blog EntryFirm intelligence is the next data revolution, and organizations today to be successful must gain value from the information it has access. Businesses to achieve productivity, as well as performance enhancements, must have an intention of transformation, as developing an intelligent organization is not possible without a digital transformation plan. Firm intelligence is workforce or organization focused and enables effective collaborative communications between internal as well as external users. [More]
While one might naturally assume otherwise, the ways of organizing information are finite. No matter what kind of information you’re dealing with it can only be organized by location, alpha-numeric, time, category, or hierarchy. According to Richard Saul Wurman in his book Information Anxiety 2, the L.A.T.C.H. framework can be used to organize any kind of data or information (e.g. annual reports, books, conversations, exhibitions, directories, conventions, or warehouses). There are nuances, no doubt. But if you’re ever wondering how to organize any kind of data or information, start by considering the five L.A.T.C.H. categories.…
From : Blog Entry>>Stephanie’s Blog EntryBeing in eDiscovery, many times I find myself having to perform the same task on hundreds or thousands of PDFs – for example, removing hidden information and comments.  Thankfully, Adobe has a feature called “Actions” that allows you to apply one or more routine sets of commands to PDFs.  Instead of opening every document you need to modify and then repeating the same task, you can perform the same command on several documents at once by using the “Action Wizard”.  You can choose from preset actions [More]
Last month, IAALS kicked off our Pandemic Positives Speaker Series, bringing together a number of courts and legal service providers who, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, transformed their day-to-day operations to continue serving the public throughout this critical time. These organizations quickly implemented new processes for providing both in-person and virtual services, ensuring access to information and assistance to those who cannot afford an attorney. With the pandemic still ongoing, and in an effort to share lessons learned across jurisdictions, IAALS is hosting this speaker series to bring together innovators with other attendees to learn about best practices.…