Lex Connect Curated Reading List September 15, 2014

Lex Connect Curated Reading List


 With so much content available on-line, it is easy to miss the really good stuff. 

 Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
 Enjoy your 30 minutes power reading.


Why is Contract Management software struggling

For years the analysts predicted meteoric growth – and it didn’t happen. Now, the complaint I hear is that the analysts largely ignore contract management software and see it as a sub-set of ERP. So what went wrong? Why did contract management software fail to meet expectations – and is it doomed to be the success that never was?



ACC Chief Legal Officer (CLO) 2014 Survey - Executive Summary


Tasked with managing the legal and ethical complexities related to growing their businesses, the role of the chief legal officer (CLO) continues to evolve. Today, CLOs frequently serve as key members of senior management teams, sharing responsibility for the development of business strategies that support overall growth






Looking back on Zubulake, 10 years later

When Laura Zubulake first brought her employment discrimination lawsuit to attorney James Batson in 2001, neither of them thought the case would make history. Neither did U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over the case in the Southern District of New York.
In fact, Scheindlin has mentioned many times that Zubulake’s lawsuit seemed like a “garden-variety employment discrimination case.” 
Turns out, they couldn’t have been more wrong.





Shifting the legal ecosystem

In the metaphorical ecosystem of the law, firms are like organisms — needing food to survive as individuals, and reproduction to survive as a species If there is significant disruption in either of these, organisms become weak and eventually die out.






2014 Shaping Up to Be ‘Year of Technology’ in E-Discovery

The legal profession is steeped in tradition and history. In fact, the law itself tends to respond to contemporary problems by looking back, and legal professionals are no different. If we should believe stereotype – and many firsthand accounts – lawyers tend to resist change tooth and nail. After all, they were bred – and are handsomely remunerated – in an age-old institution that lauds ethics and intellect, not innovation and reinvention.





Emotional Intelligence and High Potential [Lawyers] Employees: Out With the “Old Way” and In With the “New Way”– Use the EQ-i[2.0] Emotional Intelligence Assessment to Unlock the [Legal] Talent Vault and Select Who Shall Lead

The question “how to identify and select those who will lead . . .“ should occupy their moment to moment daily thoughts and disturb the sleep patterns of top decision makers of all legal services organizations.




Technology & The Future of Law: A Forecast in Four Acts

One of us Neota Logicians recently joined compatriots from the innovation wing of the legal tech industry to talk (and even think) about the likely effects on law practice of what we all do— build smart and potentially radical software. The forum was ILTA 2014, this year’s edition of the vast and collegial conclave of IT, KM, PM, ED, and other mavens from around the country and the world.

A Look at What’s Happened in 2014 and What Compliance Challenges Are Still to Come

Less than three-quarters of the way through 2014 and we have already seen a slew of regulatory changes and increased audit demands. First, we saw the Supreme Court significantly extend whistleblower provisions to include private companies. Then, we saw Walmart hit with $439 million in compliance enhancements and investigation costs due to its recent FCPA probe.

Needless to say, compliance officers have been dealt a tough hand – something that’s not expected to lighten up throughout the remaining months of 2014. Here are five challenges compliance officers can expect to face throughout the remainder of this year:



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