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Please enjoy this blog posted on behalf of the author, Bibiana Martinez Camelo, Head of Legal Operations, Bancolombia. Organizations are always in need to optimize their resources and increase productivity of their different business units, including of course legal departments. But how legal departments can offer a better service to the businesses, and increase speed and quality while using the same resources in terms of people? To approach this challenge, we must start by changing the mindset and creating multidisciplinary teams. A legal department as any other business unit requires to handle tasks that exceed the legal services themselves, and ...
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My academic backgrounds have always been technical, Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, topics that have always led me to more technical professional opportunities. Programming languages, SQL codes, Query, Databases, Tables and Relationships are part of my daily life and of course they are common terms within the training area I chose. On a normal working day I received a direct through LinkedIn for a possible job opportunity in a legal department of a large E-commerce. I remember that the immediate response to the message was: More….I am not a lawyer…. I was surprised with a different job proposal, using my knowledge in ...
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Please enjoy this blog post co-authored by Ryan Gerlach, Legal Analyst, State of California Office of the Attorney General - DOJ and Andrea Shirey, IT Consultant, Bayer Corporation Legal Department. In the world of Legal Technology, there are not always clear cut paths to take in terms of professional education. But as technology updates and changes, it is more and more important to be able to stay up to date with these updates and the policies surrounding them. While certification exams cost some additional money, they are well worth the investment in your own skillset that can be taken with you no matter which direction you follow your career in. They also ...
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Please enjoy this blog posted on behalf of the author, Mary O`Carroll, Chief Community Officer, Ironclad. Through my years at Google, CLOC, and now Ironclad , I’ve met with countless GCs and in-house professionals struggling to scale their legal departments and optimize their resources. Fortunately, I have some experience with this. I started at Google when the Legal department was roughly 200 people. At first, our legal department looked like many others; we had no processes or procedures, no systems or tools, no data or reports. By the time I left 13 years later, the department had scaled to over 1,400 people globally, maintaining enviable levels ...
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Please enjoy this blog post from co-authors Pablo Balancini, CEO & Founder, LegalHub, Damian Giacone, CTO, LegalHub and Jose Vega Sainz, COO & LegalOps, LegalHub. “We will tell the whole world that we speak the truth. No force can stop us now, we're cool, we're badass, blah blah blah." The phrase, although it is taken from the film True Lies, can perfectly be applied to the current state of Law in relation to data and decision-making. The legal world is -historically- a conservative industry . The provision of traditional legal services is based on a practice that exalts proprietary knowledge and installs lawyers as the only providers of legal ...
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Please enjoy this blog from Greg Evans, Senior Product Manager, Relativity. The use of collaborative meeting and messaging platforms by organizations of all types has been growing exponentially. This trend has only accelerated since it began prior to 2020. Finding a large organization that doesn’t use Microsoft Teams, Slack, Google Workspace Chat, Zoom or another similar application is nearly impossible. Today: 66% of companies using Teams are also using Slack 91% of companies are using at least 2 messaging applications The average number of workplace messaging application used is 3.3 As messaging-type platforms become the preferred method ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Alex Chatzistamatis, Principal Solutions Consultant, Nuix. In the not-so-distant past, short message format data like texts or chats were not typically a requirement for most organizations to make discoverable. The pandemic certainly redefined many areas of the legal industry, and I’ve certainly seen a huge uptick in organizations needing solutions to address messaging data. Microsoft 365 Teams alone had nearly doubled usage between March and April 2020 and over 70% of Fortune 500 companies subscribed to it during those 12 months, due to COVID (source below). Organizations were quickly forced to start figuring out ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Carolyn Bragiel, Advisor, Legal E-discovery, Cardinal Health. First off, let me say that I do not consider myself an expert in metrics, and I speak from my personal experience! As part of a corporate in-house eDiscovery team, we have always collected metrics on our piece of the puzzle. We joke that this is how we prove our value to the company. When my boss approached me about taking over the collection of vendor metrics I was excited for the opportunity, but also scared and intimidated by the task! The initial point of this article was to find out how metrics are used, what is collected, and why these metrics are important. ...
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For a business to be successful in terms of time management, it needs to know how to prioritize daily tasks and how to organize its teams, optimizing its resources, without compromising both the quality of services and the relationship with all its customers. But how can we prioritize activities when everything we get is made a high priority? Clearly, this cannot compromise the company's workflow, but must be part of its management. In other words, the decision to prioritize a task must follow a previously established rule and not be based on the pressures of the moment it arises. Mercado Livre, the leading company in e-commerce in Latin America, has ...
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***Please enjoy this blog posted posted on behalf of author, Juan Manual Haddad , Regulatory and Competition Affairs Manager, Telefónica. It all begins when attorneys and other members of legal departments ask ourselves: where do we add value, really? If we assume that in some instances we only review the cover page of a contract and enter simple information, then we may take the leap to create AI-based software automation. That is how MAITE was born. Since 2004 within Telefónica Argentina legal, we have traveled across four Legaltech stages: 1. Digital record : in this first stage, we moved from analog to digital support. Jurex was the first ...
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Please enjoy this blog post from Candi Smith, Sr. Legal Technology & eDiscovery Specialist, Jabil Corporation. I was asked by ILTA to write a blog regarding the collection of data from collaboration tools, excluding Microsoft Teams and Slack. I stopped to think, not Microsoft Teams or Slack? Dude, what other collaboration tools are out there these days? Obviously, I only use Microsoft Teams and Slack. So, to find out what other collaboration tools existed, I did what most of us would do, I googled it! I found a site that listed 15 collaboration tools. Really, 15? After a quick glance, I only recognized Google docs and Trello. My mind started reminiscing ...
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Please enjoy this co-authored blog post from Liz Bonelli, IT A nalyst, Bayer U.S. LLC a nd Carolyn Robinson, eDiscovery Associate for the Americas - Office of the Regional General Counsel, Robert Bosch, LLC (RBNA) Legal Department. To ensure your IT department acts responsibly while managing your company’s data, everyone who makes data-driven decisions needs a baseline understanding of 1. What a legal hold is 2. Why legal holds matter, and 3. What IT professionals should do when legal holds are in place in their company. What is a legal hold? The term “Legal Hold” refers to a process that an organization uses to satisfies an obligation ...
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By: Daniel S. Acevedo-Sánchez [1] Email: daniel.acevedo.sanchez@co.ey.com | LinkedIn: /danielacevedos It is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in which the law service industry, as we know it today, was born. But if we could at least aim to establish a particular range of dates, this would be the period between the beginning of the first and the end of the second industrial revolution, which is between 1850 and 1910. Sadly, our profession chose a quite different path from what was happening in the general economy, and instead of adopting the best practices of business management that figures like Frederick Taylor were starting to discuss, ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored on behalf of Anna Marra, Legal Project Manager Specialist and Councillor of the Global Advisory Council, IILPM at International Institute of Legal Project Management. As defined by CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), "legal operations (or legal ops) describe a set of business processes, activities and professionals that enable legal departments to serve their clients more effectively by applying technical and business practices to the delivery of legal services" ( https://cloc.org/what-is-legal-operations/ ). The CLOC Model identifies 12 areas in which legal ops can be organized: strategic planning; financial ...
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Please enjoy this blog post in Spanish authored on behalf of Anna Marra, Legal Project Manager Specialist and Councillor of the Global Advisory Council, IILPM at International Institute of Legal Project Management. Tal como las define CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), las "operaciones legales (o legal ops) describen un conjunto de procesos de negocio, actividades y profesionales que permiten a los departamentos legales servir a sus clientes de forma más efectiva aplicando prácticas técnicas y de negocio a la prestación de servicios legales” (https://cloc.org/what-is-legal-operations/). El Modelo de CLOC identifica 12 áreas en las que se ...
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Please enjoy this blog post auth ored by Juan G. Corvalán [1] , Co-D i rector, Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires. PretorIA is the first predictive artificial intelligence system in a highest court in the world. Developed within the scope of the Laboratory of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA IALAB) to be applied in the Constitutional Court of Colombia, PretorIA complements people and improves efficiency in the analysis of tutela actions. From UBA IALAB, we incubated a system to be tested and adjusted by the Constitutional Court of Colombia, which ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored in Portuguese and English from Victor Cabral Fonseca, Innovation Specialist, TozziniFreire Advogados. Em seu livro Tomorrow’s Lawyers , o Prof. Richard Susskind nos apresenta o que chama de “desafio mais-por-menos”. De acordo com a obra, que analisa as atuais transformações no Direito e seus reflexos no futuro, há nos departamentos jurídicos e nos escritórios de advocacia uma crescente pressão por controles de custos mais rígidos e maior eficiência na execução de atividades a questões legais. Esse cenário de demandas complexas e recursos cada vez mais escassos para suas resoluções requer das organizações um esforço de ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored in both English and Portuguese from Victor Cabral Fonseca, Innovation Specialist, TozziniFreire Advogados. In his book “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”, Prof. Richard Susskind introduces us to what he calls the “more-for-less challenge”. According to the book, which analyzes current transformations in law and its effects on the future, there is a growing pressure in legal departments and law firms for stricter cost controls and greater efficiency in carrying out legal matters. This scenario of complex demands and increasingly scarce resources to solve them requires organizations to be creative in thinking about new ways to conduct ...
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Please enjoy this thoughtful conversation revolving around the topic "Bridging the Divide: What Do When Joining a Legal Department as a Young Professional" between Will Pett, Business Analyst, Fidelity Investments, Kevin Mucyo, Asst Analyst I, Bayer U.S. LLC, and Ryan Gerlach, eDiscovery Associate, Los Angeles, eDiscovery and Litigation Services, Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice. Will: Question #1: What was the hardest thing at first about connecting with older or more experienced colleagues and supervisors? Ryan: At Sidley, I think it was just the atmosphere of this international law firm with big cases going on ...
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Please enjoy this blog post from James (Jay) Brown, Senior Manager, Data Forensics, Digital Mountain, Inc. Are you looking for alternative digital forensic tools for your forensic toolbox? Over the last decade many types of forensic software have surfaced to either augment or replace traditional forensics tools such as Encase or FTK. One worth mentioning for exploration is Magnet Forensics’ product Axiom. Axiom may be a new name to many, but this program is a refined development of forensic software formally known as Internet Evidence Finder (IEF). This article addresses Axiom’s capabilities and reporting functions and how it may bring relevant data to the ...
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