Lex Connect Curated Reading List
Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
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The legal productivity challenges highlighted in this report are forcing an efficiency drive when delivering projects and servicing clients. As such, firms are increasingly turning to technology in a bid to allow their lawyers to spend time providing value-added services.
Information technology has become the ubiquitous driver and manifestation of deep shifts in both cultural attitudes and the business environment. To treat this as anything less than a strategic challenge misses the point. Technology needs to be recognized and prioritized as a pervasive capability that touches and transforms all aspects of organizational processes.
A decade or so ago, almost nobody would have looked at legal operations (or law department management) as a hot career path. In fact, a lot of people in the law business would likely have struggled to come up with a good description of what legal operations managers actually do.
If you follow the discussions and articles surrounding the legal industry with any regularity, you probably don’t go more than a few days without seeing a new tidbit about how to make your department or firm more efficient. The vast majority of discussions focus narrowly on just one or two issues – usually a technology solution or method to managing costs. These all help to further legal operations; but seldom do I see anyone stepping back to survey the entire landscape.
It is so easy nowadays to get caught up in the fast moving Twitter stream about what is happening in the legal industry, that every so often I like to step back and look at the big picture. It is remarkable to see how little we have moved, even during a period of supposedly intense change in the legal industry.;
APQC is engaged in an ongoing project to research and think about the future of knowledge management. We’re interested in where KM is headed, what the “next big thing” is, and what internal and external forces will cause the discipline to reshape itself (again) over the coming years.;
An effective legal department supports the business without being intrusive or obstructing. Rather it facilitates decision making by the relevant responsible business people by identifying and explaining the legal risks and offering ways to legally mitigate these risks.
A valued legal department will be actively and early engaged by the business on a wide variety of topics.