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Please enjoy this blog post which is posted on behalf of an anonymous ILTA member. The trend is on the rise to bring eDiscovery inside of Corporations.  The primary reason affecting this movement is centered around the fact that ‘legal teams want things done cheaper and faster’.  Vendors and law firms charge premium prices for storage and solutions.  Corporations are getting smarter and looking at dedicated technologies to effectively control costs: the total spend on legal and rethinking external spend.  There is no longer a need to maintain an expansive IT staff or a large infrastructure footprint within corporate data centers.  Corporations are ...
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Authors: Rodolfo Christophersen Regional Legal Operations Manager, Mercado Libre rodolfo.christophersen@mercadolibre.com Robert Johnson Managing Director, Onit Robert.johnson@onit.com Roughly 30 years ago, the idea of computers managing in-house matters and outside counsel billing was an appealing concept. Paper ruled those processes, with lawyers slogging through reams of bills and digging through filing cabinets for documents. Thanks to advances in software, hardware, the cloud, mobile computing and more, matter management and e-billing software are now fundamental parts of corporate legal departments’ toolkits. The technologies ...
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Please enjoy this blog post co-authored by Ignacio  Raffa, Technology Director, ZTZ Tech Group, Nicolas Vilela, Co-Founder & CEO, ZTZ Tech Group and Andrew Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, ZTZ Tech Group. Efficiency and Automation in Legal Tech Security and efficiency can be seen as an either/or scenario. You can only increase security by sacrificing efficiency, and vice versa. If you want to protect your home by locking the doors, you have to fumble around for your keys each time you want to enter. You also have to search around your home for them each time you want to leave (“where did I put my keys?!”). The great thing about computers ...
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Mergers and Acquisitions: Integrating Processes While Minimizing Disruptions by Kathy Owen Brown [1] One company acquires another company.  Overnight there is new signage, coffee mugs and pens.  As the employees are getting used to the new logos and larger company, employees begin to think about what is going to change.  How will I do my job?  Will I even have my job?  Can we combine two different ways of doing things into one cohesive integrated set of processes? It is likely that the two companies have many disparate processes, including those relating to legal holds and eDiscovery.  Identifying what those processes are and developing integrated ...
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"How Much of What is Being Defined Now Becomes the New Normal as a Result of the Worldwide Pandemic Changes? In the best interest of answering the question above, three leading experts from Corporate Law Departments focusing on technology, operations, and support were queried for their opinions to share: “I think it is just going to accelerate the changes that were already underway. That seems to be the way of the world – things happen slowly and then all at once. There was already a slow shift to a blending of work and personal life and geography mattering less. The pandemic just forced us to confront it head on in a way that wasn’t necessary before and ...
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When Presenting Data to Lawyers, Keep Things at a 10th Grade Level They say the New York Times, the most respected news source of all time, is written at an 10 th grade level.  That’s the way legal analytics should be, because you don’t have to be fancy to be highly influential. In fact, being fancy hurts you:  On average, a “no-frills” approach will be more influential.  The more you try to be fancy and show how “advanced” you are with your cool-looking visuals, the less effective they will be. How Simple? Very Simple I didn’t totally understand simplicity when I started out in legal analytics.  Sure, I knew to keep things simple, but I didn’t get ...
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Please enjoy this co-authored blog written by Jake Hills, Vice President, Legal Operations, Elevate Services and Andrés Jara Baader, CEO, Alster. 1. What is Legal Operations all about?  As the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium defines it, legal operations is a fast-moving, evolving, and varied discipline "Legal Operations" describes a set of business processes, activities, and the professionals that enable legal departments to serve their clients more effectively by applying business and technical practices to the delivery of legal services. Legal Operations provides strategic planning, financial management, project management, and technology ...
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Please 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 mayor calidad. Sea que provean servicios directamente a cualquiera de las áreas de negocios de una compañía o que el servicio sea prestado indirectamente mediante ...
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Please 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 of the company’s unit or indirectly retaining an outside legal provider, delivery on time and within budget is key. So, in addition to the knowledge of the law applicable ...
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Please 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 to protect us, the company and our clients.  I suspect that given where you are reading this, you are well aware of said “legalities” and I don’t have to go ...
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Challenges 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 per country basis as well as continental basis where laws are favorable for protection but not for legal priority (i.e. GDPR and processing of data in litigation or ...
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I received the notification last Thursday: I would be the technical liaison to work with our ITS to transition a government office to be fully functional remote workers within days. I won’t lie, the thought of working remotely seemed a dream: I wouldn’t have to shower (keep your thoughts to yourself here), put on make-up, commute, park in a garage, and walk to work in the still Ohio winter. I could simply sit on my couch and work at my own speed without any distractions. I could do document review all day long! Delightful! It was a fleeting dream. I have been working harder and longer, and well, less comfortably. We are now a fully functioning remote team. ...
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En nuestra experiencia como consultores para departamentos legales internos de empresas, hemos identificado que uno de los grandes problemas a los que se enfrentan se relaciona a la pregunta “¿Cómo ser más eficientes y medir tales resultados?”. Esto último resulta ser clave cuando entendemos que los equipos legales internos deben convertirse en socios estratégicos dentro del negocio. Mucho se ha escrito sobre las condiciones del entorno a los que los departamentos legales deben enfrentarse hoy.  Incremento del trabajo que tradicionalmente era llevado a cabo por firmas legales externas, recursos y presupuestos limitados, presión por reducción en gastos ...
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Biometric Information Privacy Laws By Alan S. Wernick, Esq.    ( Bio of Alan S. Wernick )  As biometric data use in society becomes more ubiquitous, so have the statutory and judicial responses concerning their use and the related privacy and contract law issues. To minimize financial and legal risks organizations should proactively address the attendant legal risks of biometric data with customers, employees, and third-party vendors.           One of the most famous scenes in the movie “Minority Report” features Tom Cruise’s character Jon Anderton walking through a shopping mall as discrete scanners using iris recognition technology are ...
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A Corporate Legal Client Perspective Using the example of a routine litigation matter, staffing first occurs within the law department. Generally, the size and complexity of a given legal department will dictate to what extent internal teams of attorneys and paralegals are dedicated to specific business units, divisions, or departments of the greater organization. One of the first questions for the internal team is whether or not any outside legal service providers are necessary; standardized processes around early case assessment often enables the team to quickly resolve matters without incurring any external defense spend whatsoever. ...
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If you had asked about cloud solutions as little as 5 years ago, you would have gotten a very different response......likely something to the effect of "We'll NEVER use a cloud based solution...". Today, across our entire corporation we have a multitude of cloud solutions in place, and within the Legal Department in particular we use cloud based services for Matter Management, eBilling, and Board of Directors Portal. It's reflective of the fact that both vendors and cloud service providers have significantly upped their game when it comes to providing secure solutions and environments. Before engaging in any cloud based service or solution, it's ...
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