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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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Introduction to Part Two of a Two-Part Blog Series: Those entering the marketing profession were taught that developing their talents in creative writing and data analysis would set them on a successful career path. But the savvy among us know that adapting to constantly growing and evolving technology is critical in today’s world. Seasoned marketers are expected to seek new technologies, know how to use complex tools, and understand complicated concepts. Marketers today must engage in and demonstrate continuous learning. This two-part series started with the excellent post by Rosa Colon about the technological know-how needed during the early stage ...
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Please enjoy this co-authored blog post from Mike Ertel, KM Attorney, Paul Hastings, LLP and Christiane Matuch, Innovation Project Manager, Greenberg Traurig.  Silos are bad. “Silos, for lack of a better word, are bad.”  That’s what Gordon Gekko would say if he were writing this article. Organizational silos refer to the disconnect of employees or entire departments within an organization that fail to share information or knowledge—this may be intentional or not.  In law firms, silos exist when different departments don’t share information and communicate, for example, there can be silos separating Knowledge Management, Human Resources, Business ...
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Please enjoy this blog post tip from Amy Bowser-Rollins, Instructor, Litigation Support Guru. In litigation support, we try to leverage Excel’s functionality for numerous tasks. In eDiscovery matters, we collect electronic data from multiple custodians. We usually create a folder for each custodian name to store their incoming data. Additionally, we create folders for deponent names or trial witnesses. Often these lists of names already exist in an Excel file or a Word document. What if you could add that list of names into Excel, copy and paste some VBA code, push a button, and have the folders created auto-magically for you! Let’s walk through the steps: ...
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Let’s face it: Training and onboarding can be tricky. Throw in a pandemic, and it can be even more difficult! Having a good plan in place can lead to a successful experience for both training professionals and learners. What Is Just-in-time Training? Just-in-time training, also often referred to as performance support is an approach to learning that focuses on delivering training and support to employees at the moment they need it — during their natural workflow, rather than through scheduled training or requiring employees to search across multiple platforms to find the help they need. Why Just-in-time Training? Having a performance support solution ...
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It’s collaboration time! There’s a lot of buzz in legal tech about Microsoft Teams and its collaboration features. In recent years attorneys have been asking for more tools to enable collaboration, and the “new normal” remote workplace has reinforced the need for new, innovative tools for our attorneys.  As with all legal technology, there are many considerations to account for when working with client data. In this first post of a multi-part series, we’re going to talk about the basics of what Teams is, and what it isn’t.  Other posts in the series will do deeper dives into considerations around provisioning Teams and integrating with your DMS. Since Teams ...
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Where is the legal industry heading? The legal industry is always known for its resistance to change, but technology in the legal landscape has seen rapid growth from the past few years. The global Coronavirus pandemic has also accelerated the pace of investments in legal technology, which is likely to transform the legal marketplace. Several law firms are majorly focusing on the adoption of innovative technology, which has the capability to modernize the practice of law. Innovative technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, and Blockchain, among others, prioritizes the speed and efficiency of legal services.                  "Technology ...
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Introduction to Upcoming Two-Part Blog Series: Those entering the marketing profession were taught that developing their talents in creative writing and data analysis would set them on a successful career path. But the savvy among us knows that adapting to the technological changes in how we apply those skills is critical in today’s world. Proficiency in design software along with managing social media accounts and developing strong SEO tactics are becoming the new norms in a marketer’s toolbox. Marketers today must engage in and demonstrate continuous learning. This two-part series explores the technological know-how needed during the early stage of a junior ...
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Please enjoy this blog post from James (Jay) Brown, Senior Manager, Data Forensics, Digital Mountain, Inc. Are you looking for alternative digital forensic tools for your forensic toolbox? Over the last decade many types of forensic software have surfaced to either augment or replace traditional forensics tools such as Encase or FTK.  One worth mentioning for exploration is Magnet Forensics’ product Axiom. Axiom may be a new name to many, but this program is a refined development of forensic software formally known as Internet Evidence Finder (IEF). This article addresses Axiom’s capabilities and reporting functions and how it may bring relevant data to the ...
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