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Please enjoy the blog written by Andrés Jara Baader, Founder and CEO, Alster Legal. As consultants for ​​internal legal departments, we have identified that one of the major problems these business units have is related to the question of “how can we be more efficient and measure such results”. The latter is a key factor when we understand that in house teams need to become strategic partners within the business. A lot has been written about the environment conditions legal departments face today.  The increase of internal work that was traditionally carried out by external legal resources; limited resources and budgets; pressure for reducing expenses ...
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Please enjoy this blog co-authored by Caitlin Peters, Senior Manager of Business Operations, Ropes & Gray and Stephanie Godley, Sr. Manager of Knowledge Management & Library Services, Ropes & Gray. Once you have identified a pressing need for a technology solution to a knowledge management, marketing, or practice support issue, often the question arises – should we buy or should we build? The first step is to outline your core requirements. Once these are identified, take time to research third-party solutions. Then it is time to go through the exercise of considering whether to build your own custom solution. Even if there is a product out ...
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Here is a brief article on how to improve engagement on LinkedIn.   https://www.attorneyatwork. com/advanced-linkedin-tips- for-lawyers/  with links at the bottom to more great articles on LinkedIn for attorneys and others
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ILTA is excited to announce the recipients of the first ILTA Volunteer Awards. These awards were created as an opportunity to highlight just a few of the amazing volunteers who dedicate their time to ensure the association’s success. Nominations were received from the ILTA community and the awards were presented at Ascend 2020 on January 18 in Denver, Colorado. We are thrilled to not only honor these individuals with an award, but with words of praise from those who nominated them. Member Whisperer Award This award is given to an ILTA Member who most embodies an Ambassador spirit through their network and works to develop relationships to foster ...
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If you are planning to exchange productions electronically with other parties, there are important technological considerations that the parties should discuss together up front. Whether your eDiscovery team is internal or a trusted vendor, involve them from the outset. Your eDiscovery team will advise you on important technical decisions that will ensure each party receives productions in a format that will allow them to use their preferred technology to search, retrieve and organize documents in a meaningful, efficient and cost-effective manner. Once decisions about the exchange have been made, they should be documented and incorporated into your production ...
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Improve the Efficiency of Inbox Searches:   Outlook has some keywords and search operators that if used together, can drastically improve the efficiency of searches in Outlook: Search Keywords example Search for emails from a specific person From:Jeff Search for emails from a specific time Received:last week Search for emails with attachments Hasattachment:yes Search for specific text in the subject Subject:PowerPoint   To search click in the   Search   box and type the desired keywords. Or,  you can use the buttons in the   Refine   group of the Search toolbar. ...
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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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Even the best new tools may fail unless you have a good change management program.  In the last few years, chatter about change management in the legal profession has increased significantly.  Why do we need change management? With so many great new legal technology products in the market, it is not difficult to license a product that can increase efficiency, improve work product, and reduce write downs.  When a new product is introduced to attorneys, it will be an easy sell and they will be excited to use it…right?  Not always. Why is it difficult to introduce new tools? Of course attorneys want to work better and faster.  The problem is that change ...
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Here at ILTA, we’re excited to welcome a new year and a new decade. To ring in 2020, we reached out to ILTAns to share their legal tech trend predictions for this year and beyond. ILTAns took a look into the future and delivered. There might not be any flying cars in the near future, but our community is excited about the changes to come to everything from automation to client privacy, and staff changes to Artificial Intelligence. Read on and then leave a comment below with your own prediction. Maureen Blando, President and COO, Mobile Helix We see two growing trends which people may have been skeptical about as recently as three years ago. They ...
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Hello all I looked this up to make sure it was not a scam, but no, it is real. Do write “2020” on documents, checks, etc., to prevent problems later!   Below are some websites to confirm: https://fox8.com/2020/01/02/consumer-alert-dont-abbreviate-2020-when-signing-documents/ https://whdh.com/news/dont-abbreviate-2020-when-signing-legal-documents-police-warn/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/02/do-not-abbreviate-year-2020-in-date/2795857001/ https://wjimam.com/dont-abbreviate-2020-on-legal-documents-heres-why
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On January 15 th , Microsoft will be releasing a new version of Microsoft Edge built on Chromium to all supported versions of Windows 10. This new version of Edge Chromium also supports Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows Server along with OSX, Android, and iOS. With this release, the legal vertical vendors will be able to stop supporting Internet Explorer. Read on to learn how to prepare for this new change. Background When Microsoft released Windows 10 in the summer of 2015, a new browser named Edge was introduced. This new browser replaced Internet Explorer (IE) 11, which Microsoft introduced in 1995 along with Windows 95. Those of us that have been in IT ...
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Just because the company you work for is not a Fortune 500 company does not mean your credentials were not stolen at some point. According to an article in Security Magazine, 21 million login credentials stolen from Fortune 500 companies were found on the Dark Web. Bleepingcomputer.com reported that only 4.9 million of the passwords were unique. Just imagine what the results are for millions of other companies.  For example, most small companies do not have large IT staffs and large IT security budgets. Think about small companies that outsource their IT needs to local and online service providers. Consequently, many of their compromised credentials are ...
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Employers today are armed with more technology than ever before—with state-of-the art tools that improve productivity, enhance communication, and ultimately help to boost our bottom lines. But the more we rely on digital tools to create, store, and share data, the more vulnerable we become to employee digital data theft. Similarly, digital methods of communication can often open the door to inappropriate or dishonest employee behavior. For these reasons, employers are, more and more, faced with addressing allegations of digital misconduct. In fact, according to dozens of studies, upwards of 25% to 50% of employees have admitted to stealing proprietary ...
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Merry new year!  Please enjoy this fourth annual catalog of   International Legal Technology Association   (ILTA) programming of interest to Knowledge Management (KM) professionals.  Because we all get busy, I assume that you might have might have missed some of ILTA’s 2019 peer-powered programming.  Plus, let’s be honest, it can be difficult to know what is out there when the content is spread among podcast and blog platforms, magazines, conferences and recordings.  In this post, I gather all those links together and organize them by topic. Each year, I make judgment calls on what is relevant to KM professionals.  KM is a varied and evolving discipline ...
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Redirect Email Replies to an Assistant or Co-worker   It is possible to change the   reply-to   address in an Outlook email to someone other than the sender of the email. This is useful is the responses to an email should go to an assistant or someone else in the office.   Once the new message is started, click on the    Options   tab. There you will see a   Direct Replies To   button:   Fill in the desired address beside the   Have replies sent to    checkbox in the dialog box that pops u
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Building an effective Intranet your organization will use can be challenging. Where do you start and how do you build it?  An intranet project has many considerations and many ways that it can be accomplished.   I had the honor of speaking at ILTACON 2019 on a panel titled “Three Girls and an Intranet”.  This session walked through an intranet upgrade project using the lens of three law different firms.  Each firm had a unique set of requirements for their intranets and they were each built very differently.  Our firm, Fish & Richardson, opted to use a third-party product to build our site.  This post will highlight some of the topics covered during our ...
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For Immediate Release:  (Chicago, IL): December 10, 2019: The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) has joined The Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry (SALI) as a founding member. ILTA joins the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), who endorsed the SALI Alliance as founding managing members. The SALI Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit member organization focused on facilitating a more transparent and efficient market for the buying, selling and delivery of legal services.  “ILTA is pleased to partner with SALI in order to help establish industry standards that will promote consistency ...
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It might be time to “let it go”. In Outlook, you receive pop-up reminders for upcoming and past events based on your calendar.  These reminders can build up over time if they are not cleared.  You have the option to clear ALL past-due reminders, if you want.   In Outlook go to File – then Options. In the left pane of the Options window, click on   Advanced.   Then in the right pane for the Advanced Options, click on the box beside   “Automatically dismiss reminders for past calendar events ”.  Now Outlook will no longer throw it up in your face that you missed that meeting.   Have a great week, and here’s to letting go of the past!   Submitted ...
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What keeps you up at night ? December 4, 2019 Round Table   Data migration when bringing software in-house or moving to the cloud Takeaway :   prepare, prepare and prepare – things can go smoothly.  Transitioning to an in-house solution or migrating 25 TB of data to a cloud solution can and has been done.  It’s a huge endeavor - delegate the workload – being Project Manager and doing all is overwhelming. Make sure your entire team has the game plan and the attorneys are onboard.  Does my team have the right tools ? Takeaway :   software is such a huge investment in time and money it’s essential to have ...
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The Accidental Roadshow

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During ILTACON 2018 I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Sherry Kappel and Donna Payne on a three-part session devoted to Office 365. We invited law firm members and industry experts to participate in each panel and it turned out to be a highlight of my 20 plus years of presenting for ILTA (the artist formerly known as LawNet). As far as I was concerned, that was the end of my Office 365 shenanigans until ILTACON 2019. Then, I got a call from my friend Cindy in Chicago, asking me if I could just do one presentation for ILTA in Chicago. Five months later, I rolled into Dallas for the last leg of the accidental roadshow with a new perspective and a ...
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