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What is my legal exposure in this case? How much should I settle for? What’s market for this contractual provision? These are examples of key questions clients ask, and the answer from their lawyer is usually subjective in nature. To paraphrase   Ed Walters , CEO of Fastcase, the industry is far too reliant on “hunches” and too light on data and statistical responses. As firms seek to modernize and respond to evolving client expectations, the data use environment is changing. That should not be surprising, as the use of data in virtually every other industry is on the rise. In response to the increasing activity and interest in the crossroads of law, ...
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Blockchain is all the buzz these days, but many are still trying to figure out what it is and is there a potential use case for this technology platform at your firm. The good news is that there will be a series of four sessions devoted to blockchain at ILTACON 2018 on August 19-23 rd in National Harbor, MD that you should sign up for. The series kicks off with “Blockchain 101: It’s Not Just Crypto-currency” on Monday, August 20 th . Jay Hull of Jay D. Hull Consulting will help you learn what blockchain is and why the technology matters. In addition, he will discuss importance of blockchain technology for the legal industry ...
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ILTACON 2018   kicks off in Washington, DC, in less than one week.  We reviewed the   Conference Session Grid   and curated a list of sessions that may be of particular interest to KMers.  Note that in addition to the sessions we highlighted, there are many others on Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Innovation, Leadership, Training and more, so be sure to review the full agenda, including the Business Partner Education sessions.  We encourage you to share which sessions you plan to attend in the comment section below. Sunday, August 19 Arriving on Sunday? Get a head start at ILTACON by joining other KMers at the   Knowledge Managers Collaboration ...
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Turn a message into a meeting Got an email thread that begs for setting up a meeting? Here's how to make that happen. Open the message Press these keys:  Ctrl + Alt + R   The message turns into a meeting invitation with attendees Set your Location, the start time, and end time, Click Send and your meeting is all set up. (Pictures in attachment). AND Jump around Outlook with ease Sometimes you need to be in your calendar, and then quickly switch back to mail. Here are some shortcut keys that can help you do that. Ctrl +1 takes you to Mail Ctrl +2 takes you to Calendar Ctrl + 3 takes you to People (contacts) Ctrl +4 takes you ...
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Ohio Jumps on the Bandwagon of States Legally Recognizing Blockchain Data In May 2018, Ohio lawmakers introduced SB 300 seeking to become one of the latest U.S. states to legally recognize smart contracts and records stored on a blockchain. Introduced by State Senator Matt Dolan, the bill amended sections of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act to include blockchain records and smart contracts as electronic records. The bill also allowed for smart contracts to be legally enforceable as any other contract would be. “In order for Ohio to compete for new investments and jobs, we must welcome innovation, new technology and advanced energy. ...
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As a content coordinating volunteer for ILTA, I was interested to learn more about our female leaders of today. In May of 2018, my ILTA colleague Chandra Foreman was able to put me in touch with the Chicago Chapter Board of Women in eDiscovery. As a non-profit organization, WiE holds monthly meetings for legal professional women with a primary focus on education and networking. They also collaborate, fundraise, and mentor. I enjoyed taking the interviews and am sincerely excited to share them with the ILTA community. “Women can empower other women” as Jennifer Roe so eloquently put. I hope you find these interviews as fun and insightful as I did. Interview ...
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The business of eDiscovery is based on workflow. Collected electronically stored information moves through its various conversions on a path to its final destination, whether it’s a database or production volume. This path is the backbone of eDiscovery, and contains the details of what we do every day. But what does an eDiscovery workflow look like?  Where does it show up in the practice of litigation? What’s its relationship to managed services? One of the first pictures of an eDiscovery workflow in the legal industry showed up around 2005 with the launching of the now ubiquitous eDiscovery Reference Model (“EDRM”) ( http://www.edrm.net/frameworks-and-standards ...
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Trial Planning can be very stressful if your organization has not prepared correctly. It takes a great deal of time and planning to carry out all the tasks needed to make a war room successful, whether it be at a hotel or even a client's/local counsel's office. We have come up with some helpful tips & tricks should your organization be headed that direction in the near future. When thinking of trial, it's important to keep these four topics in mind, Planning, Preparation, Execution and Shut-Down. Planning Planning is the single most important function regarding a trial. Trial's just don't come up, they are usually in the judge's docket for months if ...
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In my last post , I discussed how Wyoming and Vermont are looking to blockchain technology for economic development. You can add Connecticut and Ohio to the list of states passing legislation focused on positioning their respective states favorably to attract businesses developing blockchain-based applications. On June 6, 2018, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed Senate Bill 443, Special Act 18-8 which commissions the establishment of a blockchain working group. The working group is tasked with developing a “master plan for fostering the expansion of the blockchain industry in Connecticut” and “recommending policies and state investments ...
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Once you store a document into iManage, what good is it if you can't find it later? Here are five easy tips for searching your content. When performing a search, first click   CLEAR   to remove any previous search criteria. (Click   CLEAR   twice   if you have matter-centricity and you started searching on a matter folder.) Type everything in lower case to find words in all upper, lower or mixed. If you type in mixed case, you may not get all the results you expected. (Think of the energy you waste by holding down that SHIFT key!)   Use commas between fields to signify "this"  OR  "that." Only use commas on the  DESCRIPTION, ...
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As a content coordinating volunteer for ILTA, I was interested to learn more about our female leaders of today. In May of 2018, my ILTA colleague Chandra Foreman was able to put me in touch with the Chicago Chapter Board of Women in eDiscovery. As a non-profit organization, WiE holds monthly meetings for legal professional women with a primary focus on education and networking. They also collaborate, fundraise, and mentor. I enjoyed taking the interviews and am sincerely excited to share them with the ILTA community. “Women can empower other women” as Jennifer Roe so eloquently put. I hope you find these interviews as fun and insightful as I did. Interview ...
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How to Turn Any Webpage into a PDF on an iOS Device On iOS devices, there is a feature that lets you save any webpage as a PDF, so you can add edits, annotate it, read it offline, share it with friends, and more. Saving a webpage as a PDF is simple enough to do, but if you haven’t done it before, you might not know the feature exists. Here’s how to do it: 1. Open up Safari. 2. Navigate to the webpage you want to save. 3. Tap on the Share button, which is the square with the upwards arrow. 4. On the bottom bar, swipe to the left until you see “Create PDF”. 5. Tap “Create PDF.” From there, you can choose to edit the PDF using markup tools by tapping ...
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Whether or not your organization has California offices, you may be affected by the recently-passed California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which takes effect in 2020. The act applies to for-profit businesses operating in the state that either Earn $25 million or more in gross annual revenue, Buy/receive/sell/share, for commercial purposes, personal data of 50,000 or more people/households/devices, or Earns 50% or more of their annual revenue from the sale of personal data. Here's a compilation of recent articles from ILTA member firms and other publications to get you started thinking, or worrying, about the new law: Legal analysis: ...
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Microsoft Powershell is everywhere these days. Almost every major Microsoft platform has been including support for Powershell for years and, in some cases, there is no longer a GUI forwhen you need to get certain things done. Thanks to the simplicity of Powershell, it is not just something that is reserved for the IT department. Lots of other departments within law firms or corporations can find something that is useful for them too. In this article we will cover some basic Powershell concepts and then explore some examples of where it can be helpful for system administrators and non-IT folks. Microsoft PowerShell is a scripting language that allows data, ...
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eDiscovery has a reputation for being messy, complex and expensive.  Every year, data volumes continue to explode, data types become more sophisticated, new privacy regulations loom and AI technology beams brightly on the horizon. What’s more, expectations of law firm clients for greater efficiency, cost-effective strategies and expertise further intensify the complexity, demanding new ways to simplify eDiscovery activities that will result in predicting and reducing time and costs. This post is the first in a series that will describe how a managed services model can introduce efficiency, predictability and standardization into the complicated world of eDiscovery ...
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Get rid of outdated Auto-Complete addresses       In the To: field of an email start typing a name, and you'll see the        Auto-Complete list. On the right, click the X to remove the address. Want to delete all Auto-Complete suggestions?       Go To File > Options > Mail.      Scroll down to the Send messages section.      Then either click the Empty Auto-Complete List button, or uncheck Use Auto-Complete to turn it of
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ILTA invites you to continue your LegalSEC education! LegalSEC Summit 2018 was held in Arlington, VA from June 10-13, 2018 and was designed for legal technology professionals. Now, ILTA wishes to continue the overarching Summit goal: to engage attendees and provide structured content. New this year, ILTA introduced targeted track programming, which aimed to help guide attendees through specific security role-based learning pathways. These pathways were designed to assist attendees by promoting tracks and sessions that would be most applicable to their professional and firm needs. Below you will find information related to each target ...
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A small number of states see blockchain technology as a way to attract new businesses to their state to spur economic development. In March 2018, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed sweeping legislation that makes limited liability corporation (LLC) laws friendlier to blockchain companies. The new laws do the following: cryptocurrency can now be traded freely in Wyoming; virtual currency will be exempt from property taxes; corporations can use blockchain technology to securely store company records; “initial coin offerings,” which function like initial public offerings but with virtual, blockchain-based tokens rather than traditional ...
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With paperless initiatives underway, have you thought about replacing your legal pad with a writable tablet? The Technology Solutions team has collaborated with members and vendors to bring you a comparison of such devices.  Inside you will find answers to many of the common questions asked and answered by those who have integrated these devices into their daily routine. Whether your goal is to go paperless or make recommendations to those you work with, this document will help guide you through the decision making process. Writable_Tablets_Case_Studies.pdf Writable_Tablets_Comparison_Sheet.p
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As a content coordinating volunteer for ILTA, I was interested to learn more about our female leaders of today. In May of 2018, my ILTA colleague Chandra Foreman was able to put me in touch with the Chicago Chapter Board of Women in eDiscovery. As a non-profit organization, WiE holds monthly meetings for legal professional women with a primary focus on education and networking. They also collaborate, fundraise, and mentor. I enjoyed taking the interviews and am sincerely excited to share them with the ILTA community. “Women can empower other women” as Jennifer Roe so eloquently put. I hope you find these interviews as fun and insightful as I did. Interview ...
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