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“Mom I don’t want to go to school..” We are all familiar with that lament.  As children, we do not understand the importance of education and the value that it will bring to your life and career.  It used to be that you would finish school and begin your career and you were done.  No need to further your education or get any kind of certifications.  That is not the case in today’s market.  You always have to be continually updating your knowledge. Now that you have decided to seek out continuing education where and what types do you look for?  Do you take it that one-step further and get a certification in your area of specialty? Are there benefits of ...
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I have been fortunate throughout my career to have been exposed to opportunities for leadership development.  Through my years as an officer for ILTA, a member of the Steering Committee for Women Who Lead and the Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award not to mention the Sharon Swartworth leadership events and having been mentored by some truly fantastic women and men.  As a person in a leadership position I know that not everyone comes to the table with the same leadership skills including communication and consensus building.  To facilitate organizational leadership within my team at Kelley Drye I hold an annual Leadership meeting with the Directors and Managers ...
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  How to Remove All Hyperlinks from a Word Document Press Ctrl + A to select the entire document. Press Ctrl + Shift + F9 to remove all hyperlinks. Submitted by Denise Ash | Training Man
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This past week members discussed outside counsel guidelines and more. Jump to the “Something Extra” section for ILTA and outside resources on mind mapping. Explore curated sources on these topics including some from ILTA’s treasure chest. Outside Counsel: Guidelines and Relationships Guidelines established between a firm and a client should be the jumping off point to further the discussion and a collaborative relationship. The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) has industry guidelines outside counsel can adopt but each organization has distinct needs based on the size of their legal department, their industry, matter types, etc. In ...
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Leading When I’m Not a Leader I enjoy the topic of leadership – I enjoy talking about it, learning about it, examining it, and watching great leaders at work.  When I think of great teams or great successes, I often look for the great leader behind the accomplishments.  While I won’t go into detail on any specific examples right now, I will begin with a quote by one of my favorite authors and leadership experts, John C. Maxwell, who says, “Leadership is influence: nothing more, nothing less.” As someone who has not officially held a position with a leadership title (Manager, Supervisor, etc.) in a few years, I have learned to navigate through different ...
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Accept just ONE reviewer's changes (Word) We were asked if there was a way to accept all the changes from a particular reviewer, but not those from all the other reviewers. This is rather simple to do in Word. Just follow these steps: Make sure the Review tab of the ribbon is displayed. Click the Show Markup tool (in the Tracking group) and then click Reviewers. You should see a list of the reviewers with changes in the current document. Make sure a check mark appears only beside the reviewer whose changes you want to see. Click the down-arrow under the Accept tool in the Changes category. Word displays a drop-down menu. Choose ...
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This past week members discussed GDPR solutions and more. With hurricane season hitting the U.S. hard, I have also included ILTA disaster recovery resources in the “Something Extra” section. Explore curated sources on these topics including some from ILTA’s treasure chest. GDPR Solutions Recently a member asked about international information governance with the upcoming enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ILTA members from various departments within organizations all share an interest in steps to take toward compliance. This is not just an issue for your information governance and security team. It also concerns marketing ...
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When people say personal brand, what do you think? Do you first think of celebrities and professional athletes? I’ll bet many of you do, as those are the people who are obsessed with perpetuating a certain image of themselves to their target demographic. But why doesn’t “what is my personal brand and how am I being perceived by the market, my peers and my co-workers,” first pop up in your mind? Unusual as it may sound, your personal brand may be the ultimate key to your success in the legal technology space. Here’s the reason why. I’d argue that good work ethic, great interpersonal skills and all the traits that make you a great employee are the things ...
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​ This piece – the final entry in this series – is a grab-bag of tips for dealing a variety of matter management issues raised by ILTA members. Reach in and pick one out (or two, or three) and hopefully you’ll find useful ideas that will help you address some issues that are common across our firms. During the life of the matter: how are you making sure all of the matter information is managed, that the right people have access to it, and users can find what they need? Avoid “private” storage of data wherever possible (local hard drives, private mapped drives, USB drives, email, any other location only accessible by the user/owner.) Limiting these ...
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A few weeks ago, our Director of Business Development received an email from our President and COO. It asked if he was going to be in office. When he replied yes, he was asked to send a wire transfer to an unknown recipient. Our Director of Business Development was suspicious. He did a quick check of the sender's original credentials, and found that it was an impersonator who disguised their name and email address on Gmail to show as our COO. He replied, "Of course! I need a name, number, and address to report you to the cops :)". The sender never responded. The troubling realization is that phishing is no longer the "Nigerian Prince" email scam ...
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5 Tips for Using Proper Punctuation In Your Legal Documents Take Command of your Commas, Colons & Periods Punctuation is perhaps one of the most abused elements of writing in general – from professional and scientific writing to creative and legal writing. Diction, word placement and sentence structure seem to rule the world along with the focus of most writers while the value of precise punctuation seems to slip through the cracks. Within a legal document, however, everything must be in its proper place – including each comma, colon, period and any other type of literary symbol placed before, within and after sentences. Here are five top tips ...
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Recently members discussed workflow tools for intranets and breaking siloed knowledge management functions. Jump to the “Something Extra” section for some favorite sources of mine for good reading. Explore curated sources on these topics including some from ILTA’s treasure chest. Intranet Improvements Right before ILTACON 2017 a member asked about intranet workflow options. In addition to the sage advice received in the ILTA communities, ILTACON sessions addressed this topic. Listen to the recording and review the slide deck from Microsoft’s Power Apps for SharePoint . Just before ILTACON, Richard Harbridge of 2toLead presented a webinar, “SharePoint: ...
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We are always thinking about how to make Relativity a place where people feel they can contribute what they’re passionate about and where they can own their own careers. To keep moving toward this goal, we foster a values-driven community where our 750+ people are both challenged by their work and encouraged to grow along with our rapidly growing business.  As a software company, we apply agile tools to the evolution of our e-discovery platform Relativity to solve customers’ complex data challenges and improve their experience. So, it seemed natural to approach our internal customer (team member) journey with this same customer-centered, iterative process.  ...
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The Value of Transparency Recent years have been marked by numerous corruption allegations and scandals affecting corporations, governments, and leaders around the world.  Additionally, Firms struggle to innovate and adapt to the rapidly changing pressures of technology, labor market, customer expectations, etc.  Ideals such as honesty, trust, integrity, and transparency have become critical competitive differentiators. Clients need to trust the firm they engage; highly valued employees will not remain within a firm they don’t trust.  Furthermore, trust creates deeper relationships with clients and bonds between peers. Transparency builds that trust. ...
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Have you ever noticed that most confident decision makers know exactly what they want to accomplish?  They also seem to have done their homework.  There are many decision making processes out there that one can follow – from 2 steps to 10. But what they all have in common are three essential elements: Know what you want to achieve Do your homework Ask great questions Know what you want to achieve So how do you have confidence in the outcome? You need to start with a crystal clear vision of the decision to be made as well as the objectives or outcome you want to achieve. A wishy-washy idea of what you want to happen will keep you going ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts For The Current Date And Time In Word, PowerPoint And Excel. In MS Word :   Alt + Shift + D will insert the current date into your document.   Alt + Shift + T will insert the current time into your document.    In MS PowerPoint :  Either of the above key combinations ( Alt + Shift + D or Alt + Shift + T ) brings up the Date and Time window where you can choose what's to be inserted on a PowerPoint slide.   In PowerPoint versions you'll see the Header and Footer dialog box: Either way you're given the option to add the date and/or time to your slide.    In MS Excel : Ctrl + ; ( ...
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ILTACON hosted 1700 members and 2000+ exhibitors and consultants but many more of you continued to answer questions, solve problems and innovate in your offices. I have been absent from the blogosphere for a few weeks but continued to study your discussions and will return to sharing helpful ILTA content related to your discussions next week. Jump to the “Something Extra” section for highlights from recent initiatives for women in technology and leadership. ILTACON 2017 Recap Many bloggers and ILTA business partners have shared their highlights. The recordings for most sessions at ILTACON are now available. Review highlighted sessions, pick the sessions ...
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ILTACON 2017 was rich with new, creative approaches to law firm and legal department collaboration, and the application of technology to solve problems and drive progress.   I attended a number of sessions including the following that stood out: Keynote: Innovate or Die Trying: From the Mind of a World-Renowned Hacker - Pablos Holman (Intellectual Ventures Laboratory) Being Data-Driven: Exploring the Evolution of Legal Technology Trends using Advanced Analytics Todd Corham (Saul Ewing), Megan Beauchemin (InOutSource), David Walton (Cozen O’Connor) Collaboration: Improving the Client’s Experience - Dan Hauck (ThreadKM), Teresa Britton ...
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This is part four in my attempt to help data-minded attendees navigate ILTAcon ‘17. Part one covered Sun-Mon sessions and networking events, part two covered Tuesday’s sessions, part three covered Wednesday (AKA data science Wednesday), post four (this post) covers Thursday, and post five will discuss the amazing ILTA solution provider community supporting the data analytics needs of law firms and corporate legal departments.  Thursday, August 17th As conference winds down, there are still some learning opportunities around data science and analytics.  Also, don't forget the vendor all is open for the first half of the day! Vendor Demo Room ...
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This is part three in my attempt to help data-minded attendees navigate ILTAcon ‘17. Part one covered Sun-Mon sessions and networking events, part two covered Tuesday’s sessions, part three (this post) will cover Wednesday (AKA data science Wednesday), post four will cover Thursday, and post five will discuss the amazing ILTA solution provider community supporting the data analytics needs of law firms and corporate legal departments.  Wednesday, August 16th [8:00 AM - 9:00 AM] Vendor Demo Room Session - Accelerate and improve the accuracy of contract review with machine learning :This session will provide (a) a basic-to-intermediate discussion ...
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