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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Resources for Practice & Litigation Support Adopted April 2016 , Effective May 25, 2018   Are you GDPR ready?  If so, can you provide an explanation on how you are complying?  If not, can you explain why it does not affect your organization? Gone are the days when an e-Discovery team strictly handles EDRM and document review.  It is essential to evolve with the industry to understand what data is where, where it came from, why we have it, what we do with it, and know where we need to go to get what we need.  Additionally, being compliant in the governance of data is also essential. GDPR compliance ...
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Blockchain Will Disrupt the Legal Industry Blockchain is poised to disrupt virtually all industries including legal. Numerous use cases have been well documented. For example, smart contracts that automate the payment or non-payment for services. This eliminates the need for the long legal paper trail requiring a lawyer to be instructed about the history of the deal, decipher the details and correspond with opposing side. Another use case is intellectual property where royalties from streaming could be coded into the blockchain to ensure artists are paid immediately. Land ownership in developing countries and chain of custody demonstrate blockchain’s ...
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  Get to your inbox fast  Just started up your computer and want to see your inbox right away? Try this.       Press the "Windows" key and the "R" key at the same time.      Type "Outlook" and then press the "Enter" key.      When Outlook starts you can press the "Ctrl" key and the "N" key -  simultaneously to open a new mes
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Introduction Many firms are planning major upgrades to their document management system (DMS) over the next 12-18 months. This move to a modern DMS experience offers firms the opportunity to address one of the previously intractable problems of document management: lawyer adoption. Firms now realize that driving adoption is the key to enhancing security, embracing governance policies, leveraging know-how, informing pricing, driving knowledge management, maximizing the potential of artificial intelligence, and achieving other goals that cut across the practice and business of law. The criticality of user adoption is leading forward-thinking firms to take ...
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Microsoft Word provides several pre-formatted tables through the Quick Tables feature. A few of them are calendar tables. In Microsoft Word, click   Insert   >   Table   drop down   >   Quick Tables   and select the desired calendar format. Delete the placeholder data from the table and replace it with what you need.     The table can be resized slightly by dragging the lower right border of the table.   Submitted by Asima Macci, Manager, Training and Quality Assurance, Bennett Jones SL
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Hello Drones, Meet Blockchain Seems there isn’t an industry that isn’t currently caught up in the blockchain technology buzz. The drone industry is no exception. Some recent blockchain initiatives are looking to: Provide the ability to easily and efficiently share and rent drones. Decentralize the tracking of drones and provide greater transparency as to the whereabouts of drone flights. Develop an air traffic control system for drones. Recently, Australian blockchain startup ShareRing took to Reddit to announce a partnership with DIJ dealers to create a blockchain-based drone rental service. The startup provides asset-tracking ...
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If you accidentally drag an Outlook folder to another Outlook folder location and lose the folder, try the following trick to locate the lost folder:   Search for an email you know is saved within the folder using any search criteria you can think of (text, Sender name, etc.).  Ensure “Current Mailbox” is selected to search the entire mailbox. Double-click the found email to open it. Press   Ctrl+Shift+F   to open Advanced Find. The “Look in” field displays the folder name.  Click   Browse…   to display the full folder path within the folder tree. The full folder path displays. submitted by Martin Flook, Systems Trainer/Application ...
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ILTACON is the best peer environment to network, educate and collaborate on what you face now and what’s next in legal technology.  Through a variety of session formats and networking options, ILTACON is where relevant topics and topic experts deliver examples, inspiration, and takeaways that can apply to the challenges and opportunities faced within teams, organizations and the industry. Don’t miss your chance to attend this year. This year’s scholarships include: Browning Marean Litigation Support Scholarship , created to honor the memory of ILTA member Browning Marean, this scholarship is awarded to one individual who lives and works in North America ...
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If you read Will’s blog on his experience in moving his firm’s hardware platform to the cloud for Disaster Recovery (DR), you will understand there are a lot of considerations to make as well as determining if the cost is justifiable vs. in-house and the difficulty in just flat flushing out all the players in this space is daunting at best.  Hopefully we can give you a bit of a heads up on what I consider to be the ‘gotchas’ of signing on the dotted line when you are looking to go down the road of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). So how much is this going to cost? Now that being said it is obvious to anyone that if you are paying for a bundled service, ...
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I first encountered legal knowledge management four years ago. I was fresh from the world of academia where I’d been a technology librarian for years, had zero legal experience, and had just been hired to lead my firm’s new knowledge management initiative. There was only one small problem. I had no idea where to start. Developing a KM program from scratch can seem a little daunting. Here are some suggestions on how to develop a successful program at your firm. Define what KM would mean at your firm. KM is as varied as flavors of ice cream at the supermarket. The definition of KM differs depending on who you’re talking to and when you talk to ...
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As an ILTA Gold Sponsor, Bluelock is dedicated to assisting the legal industry in its IT challenges. To better understand current practices in handling unprecedented pressure from clients and growing IT threats, we are conducting a legal data protection and recovery survey . All roles within a law firm are encouraged to participate. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept strictly confidential and shared with the public anonymously. All participants can request to see the survey results. The first 125 participants will receive a complimentary $20 Amazon Gift Card. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2T3528
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Collapse or expand parts of a document -  Applies To: Word 2016 When you are working on a long, complicated document, you can collapse everything except the part you want to focus on. Or, if you think you might be overloading your readers with too much information, you can display summaries and leave it to your readers to open the summary and read the details if they want. The ability to collapse and expand content in your document is based on its outline level. You can quickly add an outline level and make part of your document collapsible by adding a heading using Word's built-in styles. After applying the heading style, you’ll see a small triangle ...
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With GDPR’s May 25 th deadline rapidly approaching, here are ten high-impact moves you can make now to jump-start your GDPR compliance efforts. 1. Controller vs. Processor (Article 4): Identify when and where your organization serves as a controller, a joint controller and a processor. At a high level, this hinges on whether or not your organization is determining “the purposes and means” of the processing of personal data. If you’re make those determinations, then you’re acting as a controller. If you’re processing personal data on the explicit instructions of another entity that is making those determinations, then you’re acting as ...
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Can Blockchain Help to Build Better Supply Chains and Customer Relationships? Blockchain technology has the potential to completely disrupt the current supply chain ecosystem, not only on the supply side of an organizations business, but also on the customer-facing interactions. Blockchain can better assure the customer on the quality, reliability, authenticity and safety of the product. Supply chain partners would know for certain if an ordered item was on its way. There have already been some blockchain supply chain solutions that have gone into production. Some of the first blockchain solutions started at the product point of origin. Blockchain ...
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Over the past month we collected three perspectives, including my own, from different backgrounds within legal to provide their feedback on LegalTech NYC.  LegalTech Highlights and Takeaways An event like LegalTech is a whirlwind of activity only partially centered around the educational content offered by the show.  I came out of this year’s event feeling both invigorated and like I had been hit by a truck. One of the advantages of LegalWeek in NYC is the opportunity to meet with many of your law firm, service provider, and corporate colleagues in one place.  Rather than bore you with a generic recap, I thought I might bore you instead with an ...
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How to past ONLY visible Cells in Excel   Click Home > Find & Select, and pick Go To Special. Click Visible cells only > OK. Click Copy (or Ctrl + C) Select the upper-left cell of the paste area and click Paste (or Ctrl + V)
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So you’ve decided to embrace the benefits of the cloud, worked the numbers, presented to your partners and convinced them of the benefits of making the leap . So now what? That was the easy part!   My road to embracing the cloud and more specifically, DR as a service took over a year of planning, presenting and vendor selection. Initially, it was a pure cost-saving move, but I quickly found that what looked like on paper an easy cost-saving migration was anything but . Now don’t misunderstand me, moving our DR to the cloud is the right move for my firm, but it was definitely not as straightforward as I thought. Below I'll try to outline our ...
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A very useful but hidden Outlook feature- Resend 'Resend this message' opens a new   copy   of a sent message with all the same details filled in (To, CC, Bcc, Subject, Body and Attachments).  It's a simple idea but really handy. Instead of laboriously copying details from a Sent message, it can be done with a few clicks. Some users choose to 'Forward' or 'Reply' to a sent message, but because the 'Resend this message' creates a copy of the outgoing message, you can make changes to the copy before sending.  Despite the name, the feature doesn't actually send a message, just prepares that sent/changed message for sending. Why use Resend? Resend ...
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At times, it takes longer to log a Service Desk ticket than it does to resolve a customer issue. Why do we spend so much time and effort logging tickets? What value do we get from storing years-worth of data? How can we effectively use data analysis and data visualization techniques to gain insight, streamline our processes and prevent future issues? Get answers to these as well as several other questions below. 1. We log Service Desk tickets to maintain visibility on recurring issues and frequent service requests. Analyzing collected data allows IT to address customer issues and complete requests proactively, which improves service delivery and increases customer ...
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For those of you who utilize WSUS as your main method of updating your firm's computers, be aware of the "Dual Scan" capabilities of Windows 10 b1607 and later.  I was not aware of this "new feature" that MS built into Win10, and it started causing me some grief yesterday... We are a VDI shop using VMware Horizon View.  We leverage linked-clones heavily as it helps us manage our systems easier, and keeps storage use considerably lower.  We perform updates to our base image 1-2 times per month using WSUS, and keep Windows Updates disabled on the linked-clone.  We've been using this method for years and have never had any issues.  Our current build is 1607 Enterprise, ...
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