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Each week of March ,   ILTA  will highlight a 2021 Influential Women In Legal Tech  List  Honoree in celebration of the U.S. National Women’s History Month.   Each Honoree has answered five questions and shared advice to get to know more about their accomplishments and initiatives. Make sure to follow ILTA on Instagram and/or Twitter to hear their advice.   Rosemary Koech-Kimwatu is a lawyer working as a Public Policy Manager at Safaricom PLC, East Africa’s leading telecommunications company.   L egal tech  is her  passion   and  she  devotes her work hours and off - hours to the building of knowledge  of  the space.  She is a ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Kathleen Jimenez, Information Governance Manager, White & Case LLP. Please Note: This blog is part of the Taming Unstructured Data series which includes the introduction and additional blog which you will find below in the related content.  Who keeps moving the copy center folder?  That was the question which transformed the way our Information Governance team supports and is cleaning up our Shared Drives spread throughout our firm. Anyone who has tried to answer this question knows that the lack of robust activity logging on shared drives makes it almost impossible.  We long have said we wish there was ...
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Firm intelligence is the next data revolution, and organizations today to be successful must gain value from the information it has access. Businesses to achieve productivity, as well as performance enhancements, must have an intention of transformation, as developing an intelligent organization is not possible without a digital transformation plan. Firm intelligence is workforce or organization focused and enables effective collaborative communications between internal as well as external users. The chatbot does it all! Chatbots have proven out to be one of the best digital transformation efforts to transform the way an organization gathers and utilize ...
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Being in eDiscovery, many times I find myself having to perform the same task on hundreds or thousands of PDFs – for example, removing hidden information and comments.  Thankfully, Adobe has a feature called “Actions” that allows you to apply one or more routine sets of commands to PDFs.  Instead of opening every document you need to modify and then repeating the same task, you can perform the same command on several documents at once by using the “Action Wizard”.  You can choose from preset actions or create your own action.  I like to use this site to download prepackaged actions: https://acrobatusers.com/actions-exchange/ .   Creating your own action is ...
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(Chicago, IL) March 2, 2021  – The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) is pleased to announce its 2021 Influential Women in Legal Tech List.  This annual list recognizes five outstanding women-leaders in the legal technology community, based on their mentorship history and overarching level of impact on Legal Technology. With the judging and intensive review process recently finalized, ILTA received 91 total nominations. Of worthwhile note, from the almost 100 nominations, the nominee list had nine countries represented, showcasing this truly global, industry-leading honor. From the diverse and inspiring applicant pool, ILTA is pleased to ...
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Document automation is one of those legal tech perennials. Software that enhances the drafting of documents has been around for almost forty years – longer, indeed, than the careers of most of today’s legal technology professionals.  Despite its longevity, however, it remains only partially exploited by law firms. A segment that was once dominated by a single product, HotDocs, has recently become much more diverse and has seen a wave of development, investment and innovation.  It is back on the radar.    On 25 th February Richard Newton and Mark Ford of legal tech consultancy echo.legal discussed developments with IT Directors from 25 European law firms at ...
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Short Messages (SMS) are one of three classes of text messages found on mobile devices and messaging platforms and have been in existence since 1992. The other two categories of "text messages" are MMS (which include multimedia attachments) and chats. SMS pose unique challenges within eDiscovery as they exist within structured databases versus living as loose files on standard operating system platforms. This means that they have to be extracted from their place of residency and normalized for purposes of review, hosting and production. Not all commonly used eDiscovery platforms possess a seamless way to present textual based information in an intuitive and ...
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Like many law firms, we had various network shares where users could place data. They had been around for a very long time, with no real oversight. Problems began cropping up with available space and many of these locations were not expandable. As these locations filled, IT started asking who could make decisions about what could be deleted, and it landed with the Information Governance team. As we began to look at some of these locations, we realized that this was no small project. We wrote a business case, got it approved, and the Vortex of Chaos project was born. We gathered a team that included information governance, ediscovery and IT, ensuring all stakeholders ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Cecilia Celeste Danesi , AI and Law researcher and professor (IG @ceciliadanesi, LK Cecilia Celeste Danesi, www.ceciliadanesi.com ).  Nowadays we can find artificial intelligence everywhere: to fight against the Covid-19, to predict our music preferences, to grant a loan or a university vacancy…just to name a few. But why is AI everywhere to be found? And, yet most importantly, does AI have any risk? Can it affect our rights? Let's see. AI pertains to the main field of Data Science and it also has other subareas, such as machine learning and deep learning. In simple words, AI consists in making future predictions ...
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Does your organization securely share files? In today’s digitized and connected workplace, sharing documents is an easy task, but securely sharing a file is a different matter. The dynamic, fast-paced business environments can put large workloads and pressure employees to meet their deadlines and unrealistic expectations. This excessive pressure may lead to skipping necessary security checks meant to protect their organizations against data breaches. For most industries, especially in the legal sector, sharing documents with team members and clients plays a significant role in business continuity. “Ineffective file sharing efforts can put legal firms ...
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Unstructured data is but one consequence of many firms' relatively late adoption of Information Governance policies and concepts.  Many of us struggle to absolve ourselves of the ‘sins of the past’ and establish control of the content of legacy shared network drives or file sharing services that were put in place without policy to govern how and how long data is stored.  In this short story series, the authors will examine ideas about how to start to establish structure, gain buy in, and provide real life examples of what firms' have implemented in terms of tools, policies, and processes.  Our series starts off with a project the author’s firm aptly named the ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Rachita Maker, Head of Legal Operations and Compliance, Tata Communications . The CLOC 2020 Survey found that 67% of the companies surveyed state that the Legal Operations team is perceived as a strategic partner within the Legal Department.  However, not many Legal Operations leaders set clear strategy for their own department.  Not having a clearly articulated plan can lead you to be reactive and focus on tactical aspects, whereas a truly progressive Legal Operations function is meant to be part of grander initiatives within the Legal Department and the Organization.  This article states my top tips for creating ...
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A featured blog post for the ILTA Unlocked Campaign highlighting volunteer opportunities. Writing thought leadership blogs and articles are not just for professional bloggers, writers, speakers, and journalists -  they  can be  for anyone as   an important part of educational writing, promotion ,  and much more. Inspirational and aspirational articles  submitted to the  ILTA  B logs  can serve as  an  effective  source  to inspire and persuade  ILTA  community members to adopt  and   adapt to a rapidly evolving modern “post-pandemic” workplace.   Here are some writing tips you can use to submit  your next  inspirational articles ...
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(Chicago, IL) February 24, 2021 – The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) is pleased to announce the annual conference, ILTACON, is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from August 22 to August 26, 2021, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This year’s ILTACON conference will be a hybrid event .   Combining both live, in-person programming and an in-person exhibit hall with live-streamed educational content and sessions, this ILTACON will be the most inclusive ILTA conference to date, enabling more members, business partners, and other   industry-leading experts than ever before to learn and network. ILTA is committed to making ...
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Years ago, when I made a jump from legal secretary to law firm IT department personnel, I found a new world in ILTA and embraced the thrill of sharing technology ideas in a global community.  At  first,  I lurked behind the scenes quietly reading helpful nuggets, which I appl ied  to my work as an applications analyst. As I learned ,  I gradually gained  the  confidence to  post questions and  respond   to certain threads.    As a multi-career woman and having moved from the arts to corporate America, there was a certain degree of imposter syndrome to overcome. When I began attending local presentations in person and finally even hosting one, ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Sonam Sharma, Senior Manager, X1. The age-old adage of change being the only constant has never been truer than in today's times. With pandemic induced disruptions fast-tracking an already burgeoning impact of technology in day-to-day proceedings of your business and having a likewise impact in the lives of our clients, the ability to manage and react to this change must make all the difference between the longevity of your business and ensuring that you stay ahead of the market. Over the last decade, a lot of energy has been spent towards understanding the pain points of the lawyers while constantly examining ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Bryn Bowen, Principal, Greenheart Consulting Partners. Of all of the collaboration tools being used in the law firm world, Microsoft Teams is the most popular because it’s already available to end users as part of many firms’ Office 365 suite, and because it offers legal practitioners (and other knowledge workers) an intuitive user interface.  By virtue of its range of capabilities (file sharing, co-authoring, messaging, video and audio calling), and the number of different information repositories within the Team (OneDrive, SharePoint, Exchange), a Teams implementation defines the need for proper governance in order ...
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Please enjoy this co-authored blog post by Leigh Isaacs, CIGO, CIP, Director of Information Governance and Records Management, Proskauer Rose LLP and Andrew Corridore, CIP, Information Governance Compliance Specialist, Proskauer Rose LLP It’s no secret that the world of information and data management has been evolving in an ever accelerating pace – companies are realizing that information is an asset that should be managed, secured and leveraged as such.  At the same time, client demands and our legal, regulatory and ethical obligations continue to expand and grow in complexity.  As greater emphasis is placed on this proper management, the old, traditional ...
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Please enjoy this blog post by Jennifer Betts, Co-Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins. Communication and collaboration are at the core of the effective practice of law. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic and enter our newest new normal, law firm leadership must assess how to continue to encourage collaboration, communication, and teamwork across offices. This is particularly true as most predict that the legal workforce will continue to operate in a hybrid fashion – with some team members in physical offices and others working remotely in a virtual environment. Over the past year, many law firms have embraced video meeting apps and other digital ...
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Remote working- a flexible way to operate In response to the novel coronavirus, worldwide organizations across verticals are trying to find solutions to keep their business running. To reduce the impact of COVID-19,  organizations have considered  remote working  as  one of the best ways to run their business virtually.    Several organizations are increasingly leveraging flexible work options to meet the modern workforce ’s demand  and entice the top talent.    Around 74% of the professionals consider flexible working as the “new normal.” 1   Although the remote work is increasingly considered as an option to keep business running, ...
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