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Check out this introductory piece around #CreatingTheFutureTogether, brought to you by @Jackie Nagtegaal , one of  ILTA's 2020 Influential Women in Legal Tech  awardees, Futurist & Managing Director,  Law for All .  What immediately comes to mind when you read this?  Share your thoughts in the comments here or within the blog post. COVID-19 is a seismic event, reshuffling our carefully planned strategies, rearranging our societies and changing human behaviour in powerful ways. It has thrown most of us off-kilter, challenging the confidence we started the new decade with. As we kicked off in January, we believed we had the luxury of ...
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First in the Future-Proofing Series “[I]f your firm is rising to meet the new demands of a post-pandemic legal economy, and, in particular, if you expect to embrace the increased risk-shifting toward law firms that now seems inevitable, you will be best served by investing soon in document automation. Document assembly platforms and expert systems will become the foundation of the fixed price and alternative fee economy. They are essential tools in separating value from hours. And, as such, they are also indispensable for extracting profits from a legal economy with precipitously falling demand.” Future-Proofing.   The future advances on us in fits ...
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Never do this in Word: Use Format Painter as a replacement for styles If you find yourself using Format Painter a lot, stop. Instead, create a custom style or modify one of Word’s built-in styles accordingly. Formats applied directly (manually) have a way of causing problems because they take precedence over styles. Later, when applying a style doesn’t have the desired effect, you might not know why. Format Painter isn’t the only culprit though—any direct formatting has the potential to cause problems. Always use a style when possible. OR this either: Use two returns to end a paragraph When using block style for content, users often hit Enter ...
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Please enjoy this blog post co-authored by  David Forrestall , CISSP CISA, Managing Partner, SecurIT360 and David Oxley , CLM, CISM, Director of Information Technology, Messerli & Kramer. Introduction Everyone agrees that cybersecurity is absolutely essential.  However, many firms still do not have dedicated security resources.  And, if you are a smaller firm, do you really need to do as much as the larger firms?  If you look at NIST, ISO 27001, or other frameworks, there is a lot to do, and much of this is still thrown over the wall to IT.  Does all of that apply to us and if so, how in the heck can we get it done?  Security for the new WFH ...
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As in-house counsel, your priorities are to develop a high-quality patent portfolio for your company while staying within the company's IP budget. By contrast, the priority of outside counsel is more closely tied to basic economics. A law firm desires to maximize its profits, but higher quality work at a lower price may reduce profits. As in-house counsel, it is important to take action to ensure that your outside counsel is taking care to do high-quality work.  This is especially the case with fixed-fee billing where there are higher incentives for law firms to cut corners. One way to get higher quality work from your outside counsel is to carefully ...
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As we open another week bringing us closer to a sense of normalcy, the rippling impact of the economic downturn continues to touch many in the legal community. With the financial strain impacting law firms of every size in need of IT services,  IVIONICS  has put together a stimulus program that will allow your attorneys and staff to focus on business while maintaining a secure and supported workplace. As part of this program, IVIONICS is offering new clients impacted by the crisis: Up to two (2) months of technical support services and the ability to defer up to six (6) months at a rate of 1% annually with prior approval. For more detail and application ...
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Don’t Depend on Recall If you send a message you want to withdraw, you can try Recall, but don’t hold your breath. It seldom works. If you want to try, here’s how: Open the message you hope to recall. In the Move group, click Actions and select Recall This Message from the dropdown. In the resulting dialog ( Figure D ), choose one of the delete options and click OK. Now, this feature is great in theory, but the reality is, it will probably fail because: The message must be unread. You and the recipient must be in the same Exchange organization. The recipient must be using Outlook. The message must be sitting in the recipient’s Inbox—if ...
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Welcome to ILTA’s new blog and podcast series to showcase the new voices of legal technology. This series highlights those who have one or less years of experience within the community in hopes to showcase and educate the future of the legal landscape. Here is the abridged conversation between Mercedes Brown , ILTA UK Membership Engagement Manager, and Nada Elfaki, who has a little more than 13 months of experience in the legal tech community with her position at DocsCorp , a trusted ILTA Business Partner. Want to hear the entire conversation? Tune into the complementary ILTA Radio podcast (less than 20 minutes) to learn more about her career path, ...
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This article is Part 1 of the To Pause or Not to Pause series, authored by Trevor Bell, Chief Customer Officer at ZERØ. The next article in the series will appear in the Summer 2020 issue of ILTA's Peer to Peer . In the legal tech world, we are currently trying to balance two different, seemingly paradoxical realities.  On the one hand, predictions abound that law firms need to hasten digital transformation. As those of us in the industry have seen, many were unprepared for the reality of working from home for an indefinite period of time and incurred significant expenses in the form of lost productivity and buying sprees of the hardware and ...
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Creating LINKS To Places In Same Document in Power PDF   On the Edit ribbon in PowerPDF, click on Link A + will pop up, so select the word or prhase you want to link something to. This box will pop up:   Here you can choose whether the box around the word/phrase will be visible or not (usually, you do NOT want it visible).  Change Visible Rectangle to  Invisible Rectangle. On the Link Action: for linking to INSIDE the SAME document, change it to Go to a page view.  Then your box should look like this:   Then click on Next You will get this instruction: Do what it says – leaving that box up , use the scrollbars, ...
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Evolving Skill Sets in Law There is ample evidence that the practice of law is evolving. It is a topic covered frequently in industry publications, educational programming, blogs, and in the mainstream media. An increasing number of Am Law 100 firms are marketing not only their legal services but also their legal-operational services to their clients. Alternative Legal Service providers are now in the mix even in the United States. Practice innovation leaders and teams have become relatively common as many traditional knowledge and/or practice management teams have shifted their focus to encompass innovation as well as traditional KM responsibilities. It ...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci recently stated that the Coronavirus behind the current COVID-19 pandemic “is very efficient,” meaning it has the ability to protect and advance itself through its environment with explosive propagative efficiency. This quote demonstrates that viruses have a billion-year evolutionary head start compared to humans. Where a virus may have simply infected a horseshoe bat with little to no affect with their longer evolutionary traits, humans on the other hand do not have the same evolutionary advantage. The process of natural selection overs eons has given the virus the power to proliferate at the rate of millions of human host infections ...
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Rolling Credits in PowerPoint If you need to give credit to multiple people who contributed to your PowerPoint presentation, you can add rolling credits to the final slide by using the scrolling text animation. Here’s how to do it in your next presentation. First, navigate to the final slide of your presentation and insert a blank text box. You can do so by clicking the “Text Box” icon in the “Text” group of the “Insert” tab. Your cursor will turn into an arrow and, after you click, a crosshair. Click and drag the cursor to draw the text box. Since credits are typically aligned in the center of the page or screen, we’ll set ours up the same way. ...
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DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of any product or platform. Ripped from the Headlines: Staying Human While Zooming DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of any product or platform. With many organizations thrust into videoconferencing like never before in the midst of a global pandemic, new norms and tools are being developed by organizations across the country and the world. The first weeks were spent trying to ramp up to productivity, but as organizations settle in for what may be a long time, it’s important to consider how to thrive in this new environment. A critical element of the new norms being created is the importance ...
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Please enjoy this co-authored blog by Amy Monaghan , Senior Practice Innovations Manager, Perkins Coie and Mike Ertel , Practice Innovation & Knowledge Attorney, Paul Hastings. The purpose of this blog post is to encourage using empathetic, human-centered design as an overlay on Design Thinking when creating solutions for your law firm.  We decided this was an important topic earlier this year before COVID-19, when we could still meet in person and were not confined to working at home.  Now, after COVID-19 has changed our reality, we think empathy is more important than ever.  Human-Centered Design vs. Design Thinking Design Thinking ...
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DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of any product or platform. Ripped from the Headlines: Flower Shop or FBI? Your Security Settings in Zoom   DISCLAIMER: This is not an endorsement of any product or platform. Zoom has experienced unprecedented growth in the past three months; in the first three months of 2020, Zoom added more users than in all of 2019. [i] Undoubtedly, this growth is suddenly testing Zoom’s performance and security boundaries, and new users are thrust into quickly getting up-to-speed on this software. In considering best practices for Zoom, each organization needs to assess its balance on the Usability-Security spectrum, ...
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Use the Navigation pane in Word To go to a page or a heading in a Word document without scrolling , use the Navigation pane. To open the Navigation pane, press Ctrl+F, or click View > Navigation Pane .   Browse by headings If you’ve applied heading styles to the headings in the body of your document, those headings appear in the Navigation pane. The Navigation pane doesn’t display headings that are in tables, text boxes, or headers or footers. In the Navigation pane, click the Headings To go to a heading in your document, click that heading in the Navigation pane. Tip:   To show or hide the subheadings under a heading, ...
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Trainers Talk from the Trenches: Transferring to Remote Work  Panelist: Heather Morrow, Asima Macci & Greg Tomlinson    How are both users and trainers handling the change to working remote: Challenges – getting everyone trained in Zoom connection issues getting them used to Citrix and then training them on how to use Webex. not all our staff is working from home - right now only attorneys, paralegals and training/support. staff is switching off one week at the office one week off - supplemented by PTO We all use direct access and have been trialing work from home - but our main issue was our own network struggled with the volume ...
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The Focus is always on the Process. This April 2020 ILTA White Paper edition succinctly tackles the ever-changing world of practice management. Day to Day, project management continues to be the application of technology tools and the means by which to improve processes to continue achieve better results. Articles in this issue cover topics such as AI, ROI, managed services, questions on whether or not we have too much technology, and more! There’s certain to be something here for all PM’s! Take a few minutes out of your day and check out the trending topics in this issue
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This ILTA blog post is written by Amy Juers, ILTA PAC member and CEO of Edge Legal Marketing.   Further, an ILTA Work from Home podcast is associated with this blog post. Work from Home #7, and can be found here . The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the way companies are doing business across all sectors. As events have been canceled or postponed indefinitely and non-essential employees are working from home, companies have had to quickly adjust to a new normal of remote work and communication. Even in our digital era, many businesses rely on in-person conferences and meetings to make connections and pursue marketing and business development ...
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