Thomson Reuters has added a collection of municipal ordinances  and order for the 100 largest U.S. cities. Early in the COVID-19 crisis Thomson Reuters published  a Global Coronavirus Toolkit on the Practical Law platform. A bigger legal publishing challenge  was about to emerge.  Ever since California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first state “stay at home” order on March 19, 2020 there has been a steady cascade of orders, ordinances and policies issued from every kind of governmental unit (cities, counties, villages) and administrative units ( health, transportation, public utilities, fair housing…) Across the US. law librarians and knowledge…
Eric Eckhardt, Vice President, Legal Solutions weighs in on innovation and how it applies to the future of corporate legal operations. Once upon a time (the year 2000ish) in a land far away (the conference room most often used by the C-Suite) spreadsheets were reviewed and reports were read and everyone scratched their heads asking […] The post Innovating the Future of Corporate Legal Operations appeared first on Exigent.…
I noted last week the launch of the LawSites Resource Center, a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. Each week, we’ll highlight one of the library’s resources. This week’s featured resource: The Ultimate Guide to Corporate Legal Case Management Software. Description: In this guide to corporate legal case management software, we’ll provide the ultimate know-how for choosing a platform that best meets your needs and the benefits your office stands to gain. Topics covered: How legal case management software can help you and…
From : Blog Entry>>‘s Blog EntryCheck out this introductory piece around #CreatingTheFutureTogether, brought to you by @Jackie Nagtegaal , one of  ILTA’s 2020 Influential Women in Legal Tech  awardees, Futurist & Managing Director,  Law for All .  What immediately comes to mind when you read this?  Share your thoughts in the comments here or within the blog post. COVID-19 is a seismic event, reshuffling our carefully planned strategies, rearranging our societies and changing human behaviour in powerful ways. It [More]
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies say that updating underperforming or legacy enterprise software is a priority for them in 2020, according to a survey being released today. Their main objective in purchasing new enterprise software, more than 60% of them say, is to improve productivity, as opposed to reducing costs (20%) or increasing reporting capabilities (17%). Click for full size. Conducted by the document productivity software company DocsCorp, the survey polled 500 U.S. project managers during March, when businesses were already responding to the escalating coronavirus crisis. The findings suggest, the company says, that…
I license information for a living. That is what law libraries do. We are intermediaries between someone who is selling content and someone who wants to access content. Unlike law libraries, apps tend to fail at delivering licensed content. One reason is that most apps are either one-to-one (publisher provided) or one-to-none (free access). If I were to build an information app, these are my druthers. Let me start with two scope comments. First, I’m mostly going to talk about non-legal resources. It’s easier and the app market is bigger. But the challenges are the same since I’m going…
During the coronavirus pandemic, law firms have come to rely heavily on technology to keep operations running smoothly. But how do you know that the software you’re using is secure? In this post, we explore the legal tech that offers security as a principle.     From setting up online collaboration tools, to navigating video conferencing software, you’d be forgiven for being complacent about cyber security at this time. However, now, more than ever, security should be a top priority. With staff working from home, you need to ensure that the software everyone is using, is secure. Video conferencing app,…
I taught two law school classes this past semester: “Delivering Legal Services” at Michigan State University College of Law and a brand new courses called “Legal Technology Literacy and Leadership” at the University of Michigan Law School. To put it mildly, the pandemic presented some challenges for both classes, but the students impressed me with their effort, persistence, resilience, and creativity. I have finished reading and grading their final papers and, wow, was I impressed. Even without the challenges, their work was so good – well beyond my expectations. I want to help these students, whose immediate career plans have…
This post originally appeared on the InfoTrack US blog. An excerpt is provided below with a link to the original post. As Illinois’s civil courts scramble to adapt to public health measures during the global Covid-19 pandemic, a clearer picture is emerging of what court operations might look like through most of 2020—and perhaps beyond. On May 13, a panel of clerks from three Illinois judicial circuits joined McHenry County trial court administrator Dan Wallis for a CLE roundtable outlining steps each court is taking to counter the threat of contagious disease. In ’Circuit Court Clerks: How to Reopen Court After
Mark Harris is sounding an alarm – or, as he puts it, staging an intervention – for corporate counsel. Harris and Alec Guettel, the original founders 20 years ago of alternative legal services provider Axiom and, since last year, the CEO and CTO of contract management company company Knowable, have taken the unusual step of posting an open letter that they describe as an unsolicited intervention for general counsel. Businesses are about to confront a tidal wave of urgent questions from suppliers, customers, partners, employees, and others, they warn, the answers to which are buried in thousands…
Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal… Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog EntryNever do this in Word: Use Format Painter as a replacement for styles If you find yourself using Format Painter a lot, stop. Instead, create a custom style or modify one of Word’s built-in styles accordingly. Formats applied directly (manually) have a way of causing problems because they take precedence over styles. Later, when applying a style doesn’t have the desired effect, you might not know why. Format Painter isn’t the only culprit though—any direct formatting has the potential to cause [More]
From : Blog Entry>>John’s Blog EntryFirst in the Future-Proofing Series “[I]f your firm is rising to meet the new demands of a post-pandemic legal economy, and, in particular, if you expect to embrace the increased risk-shifting toward law firms that now seems inevitable, you will be best served by investing soon in document automation. Document assembly platforms and expert systems will become the foundation of the fixed price and alternative fee economy. They are essential tools in separating value from hours. And, as such, they [More]
I wrote previously about the online legal innovation and technology certificate program run by Suffolk University Law School — a series of six courses, delivered online, that teach lawyers and other legal professionals how to deliver their services more effectively and efficiently in a rapidly changing marketplace. The program’s summer session starts May 26, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be helping teach one of the summer-session courses, 21st Century Legal Services, along with Jordan Furlong. This course covers critical market insights and strategic and tactical recommendations for operating a law firm or legal services business. The…