Lex Connect Curated Reading List March 31, 2015

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.



The end of Free Rein (part 1) | Managing Legal Spend

Fortune 500 CEOs and CFOs today often augment their legal teams with a legal procurement professional to help reduce their organization’s legal spend. This is an effort to end “free rein.” Double and triple digit spending increases are the instigator. After decades of exemption from standard corporate cost savings action, there is a lot of work to do for legal procurement.

Obstacles in cross-border discovery

Today an employee from a London company can wirelessly send emails to customers in New York from a Parisian café using cloud servers located in Dallas, Amsterdam and Berlin. The low cost of electronic storage coupled with the high speed of global communication networks makes it increasingly unlikely that a corporation’s data is stored within the geographic borders of the United States (U.S.). Electronically stored information (ESI) stored outside the U.S. presents a number of obstacles, in addition to the “normal” challenges regarding the collection, processing and production of eDiscovery.

The Reluctant Rise of Project Management in Law

According to the Altman Weil Flash Survey “Law Firms in Transition 2014,” 41.3% of the law firms surveyed (including 42% of the 350 largest US law firms) reported that training in Project Management (“PM”) is key to increased efficiency in legal service delivery.

Legal Revolution – the future normal for law firms

Robot law discussions on recent advances in artificial intelligence and how it could affect legal work in future.

Compliance Benchmark: Quantifying the Fundamentals

Various countries and their compliance-enforcing agencies request that companies have “adequate” compliance programs and organizations. One option to determine whether a compliance program and organization is adequate is to compare the company’s own program and organization with the compliance efforts of other companies (industry standard). Nevertheless, the compliance program and organization must address both the company’s particular risk structure and its unique business culture.

Small but mighty

Witness the preservation of archaic court dress at the highest levels; a time-honoured preference for impenetrable language; and – particularly in top-tier firms – a rigid business model that is now being challenged from within the sector.



When dinosaurs roamed the web

When you are considering such long spans of time, you naturally expect massive changes. Now that life is speeding up, however, we are experiencing massive changes over a much shorter period of time. Take, for example, the changes that have occurred since “dinosaurs roamed the web.” A recent article by Jamie Carter, The internet is everywhere – but where has the web gone‘ summarizes the sweep of these changes nicely.

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