Have you registered for The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!  Join hundreds of legal professionals from across the U.S. on April 27-29 to discuss tipping points in the legal profession in the areas of future law, legal tech, well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).   In this video, Commission staff and conference moderators Jayne Reardon, Stephanie Villinski, and Mark Palmer dive deep into the topics that will be covered by our speaker lineup of industry experts and share what attendees can expect to learn at The Future Is Now.  Conference details:  When: April 27 – 29, 2021 I 12 – 2 p.m. CDT    Where: The virtual conference will be hosted on thefutureisnow.2civility.org   What: Speakers will deliver 15-minute TED-like talks and…
From : Blog Entry>>Adam’s Blog EntryThis blog is part of our “Foundations of Knowledge Management” and “The Evolving Role of Education” series. Knowledge Management (KM) professionals can play a vital, and often varied, role when it comes to delivering formal learning. KM lawyers create and deliver training on legal topics, law librarians provide legal research or database training, and innovation and KM managers provide training on technology or processes. How this is shaped and delivered is always evolving, particularly with [More]
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Daniel M. Kotin is a shareholder and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. Prior to founding this firm, Dan was a partner with the prominent firm Corboy & Demetrio. His experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases in the areas of transportation, product liability, medical malpractice, and construction has led to great success for Dan’s clients in the courtroom.…
IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, announced today that it is awarding Anna E. Carpenter, Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, the inaugural Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award. The award is designed to encourage and showcase innovators, risk takers, visionaries, and emerging leaders who bring a different perspective and a reform-minded approach to the improvement of our legal system, and who are early in their legal careers. S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner, who nominated Carpenter, said she “is…
The nomination deadline has been extended for the ABA’s 2021 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2021. The Gambrell Awards are presented to exemplary and innovative professionalism programs that “promote the highest principles of integrity and dedication to the legal profession and the public.” Each award carries a $3,500 prize. The awards are administered by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and supported by the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism. Stephanie Villinski, Deputy Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, is a member of the Standing Committee. Award Eligibility Law…
April brings an embarrassment of riches when it comes to virtual conferences focused on innovation in law. The only problem is that three of them overlap, which may cause you to channel that old Firesign Theatre bit, “How can you be two places at once …” Here’s the line-up: April 27-28: Everlaw Summit: Illuminate 2021 The past year forced many in the legal industry to rethink how they have and should conduct legal work moving forward. In recognition of this, Everlaw is presenting Everlaw Summit: Illuminate 2021, a free, two-day virtual summit on industry trends and insights. The summit…
From : Blog Entry>>Catherine’s Blog EntryWhat is legal AI? There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding legal AI and frankly, AI in general. For the purposes of this article, let’s use the original definition proffered in 1956 by the man who coined the term AI, John McCarthy: “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.” A more elaborate definition characterizes AI as “a system’s ability to correctly interpret external data, to learn from such data, and to use those learnings to achieve specific goals and tasks [More]
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the launch of a Train the Trainer toolkit, which is designed to support legal professionals in the development and delivery of CLEs. “Presenting legal education courses can be very rewarding and, when done well, can have a real impact on the challenges facing the legal profession,” said Dan Davies, Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism. “However, agreeing to present a CLE can be daunting, especially for less experienced presenters. This toolkit is an easy-to-follow course development guide that prepares presenters to deliver a meaningful and engaging course.” The…
Now Available: the April 2021 AILA Law Journal. Led by the Founder and Director of Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, the AILA Law Journal supports the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s mission to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. Articles range in topic, are timely, and encompass various dimensions of immigration law perspectives in the United States, from policy to pragmatic. Click here to download the April 2021 AILA Law Journal table of contents and
Service Brings Industry Expert “Featured Viewpoints” Articles by Attorney Readers   Washington, DC (April 15, 2021) – Law Street Media, Fastcase’s industry-focused legal news service, today introduces “Featured Viewpoints,” a new channel for articles authored by legal and industry professionals. Starting today, the Featured Viewpoints articles will be published on Law Street Media’s website and included in its daily news feeds accompanying its current distribution of legal news.   The addition of author-submitted Featured Viewpoints articles brings a new dimension to the legal news platform by providing readers with perspectives from industry leaders applying Docket Alarm analytics data. The articles…
After 25 years at Liberty Mutual, Bob Taylor began his new adventure in legal services when he joined Deloitte’s Legal Business Services (LBS) as the Managing Director a few weeks ago. His in-house experience and desire to help create innovative and creative ways of providing legal business services make him a perfect fit to join his new colleagues, Valerie Dickerson, Legal Business Services Partner at Deloitte Tax LLP in Washington, DC, and Mark Ross, Principal at Deloitte Legal Business Services in Los Angeles. We discuss Bob’s move over to Deloitte, along with the holistic approach LBS is taking…
Last night (April 13th, 2021) I had the privilege of being on the “stage” for a Clubhouse discussion around the Billable Hour. Is it alive and well? Yes. It is COVID resistant. Is it ever going to change?  Hopefully! What do in house counsel think about the billable hour? Some hate it, some love it. The Billable Hour, is it the industry’s friend or foe? When I was asked what the Billable Hour meant to me, I suggested that the Billable Hour is the scapegoat for everything that is wrong with the legal industry.  It’s an old model that has…
Law libraries are continually challenged to shift the perspective that a library is a library is a library. This perspective can lead a governance board or funder to see a public library trend and assume that the same concepts apply to a law library. One of the ways I’ve seen this occur is in how people view collection access. While serendipity is a normal finding tool in public libraries, legal researchers may be more focused on content in a way that makes shelf browsing less valuable. Unfortunately, our role as intermediaries makes delivery of content chunks difficult. When you approach…
Earlier this year, the legal technology company Litera expanded its product line-up into law firm intelligence with the acquisition of Foundation Software Group, developer of a firm intelligence platform for larger law firms, and the consequent formation of the Litera Firm Intelligence business unit. Now Litera is further rounding out its firm intelligence offerings with news that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Clocktimizer, a seven-year-old company based in The Netherlands that tracks and analyzes law firm billing data for firms to use in matter management, budgeting and pricing. The acquisition appears to be a strong…
LinkSquares, a contract lifecycle management and analysis company, is unveiling several new features today, including Strategic Values, which are sets of expert-selected terms to help its AI-powered Linksquares Analyze product uncover and extract topics in contracts related to key issues such as GDPR, HIPAA, mergers and acquisitions, and more. The company also announced DocuSign integration for customers of its Finalize contract drafting and review product and a native application for Salesforce that is designed to simplify creation and approval of sales contracts between Salesforce and Finalize. I was given a briefing on the announcements yesterday by Tim Parilla
Leveraging strengths and conquering weaknesses is vital to your success. When you harness strengths you can make big improvements in your practice that make your life a lot easier. The key to doing this is with a well-known 4-step analysis called which many business managers find to be indispensable. SWOT analysis reveals strengths and weaknesses are frequently internal, while opportunities and threats are more commonly external. The name is an acronym for the four parameters the technique examines: Strengths: things that give your business an advantage. Weaknesses: things that put your business at a disadvantage. Opportunities: things that your…