Lex Connect Curated Reading List March 10, 2016

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.




This is a milestone edition of the Curated Reading list as Lex Connect was recently acquired by Yerra Solutions.See the press release here

We are very excited by the prospect of Lex Connect continuing under the wing of a larger, truly international company. Yerra Solutions and Lex Connect share the same outlook and goal, to support the in-house legal world in a way that is agnostic of any specific vendor, so it really was a natural fit. 

Although it will be rebranded in the coming months, the Lex Connect website will continue to be maintained, updated and made available to all for free. You will also will still be receiving the Curated reading list. 

Finally, on a more personal note, I have joined Yerra Solutions as their Global COO and look forward the helpingYerra grow even further. 

Take care,

Some of the surprising ways technology will affect future negotiations

There has been a lot of discussion about how new technologies such as online negotiation and contract management software are changing the process of getting deals done - either from a legal, sales or procurement perspective.  Most of this has focused on how it’s accelerating the process and making it more streamlined.


Breaking News:  UK Court Approves Predictive Coding in Landmark  Ruling

Pyrrho Investments v. MWB Property is the first English court decision to consider and approve the use of Predictive Coding. Master Matthews blessed the use of Predictive Coding in the disclosure process and provided a well-reasoned opinion explaining the facts of the case and why the technology was a good fit. Pyrrho’sholding emphasizes the cost benefits and proportionality advantages for Predictive Coding and opens the door to different ways to of using and deploying the technology going forward.


Op Ed: The Best  Speech at LTNY: On the In-House Firm/CIO Relationship (Part 1)

David Cambria’s talk to open the CIO Forum – the show-within-the-show that is my favorite part of Legaltech New York – was the best speech I heard all LTNY week (and, really, among the best I’ve heard in recent years), in part, because of what it wasn’t.

‚ÄčThe director of global operations for law, compliance, and government relations at Archer Daniels Midland spoke to a room full of Big Law chief information officers as if they were his peers and colleagues. In so doing, Cambria presented an integrated systems view of the legal market that resonated in ways that condemnation never could.


Expanding the Known Universe: GCs who take on a Visionary Role become the mapmaker's charting their company's course

General counsel have been called many things, but visionary has rarely been one of them. Though most GCs have, over the past 40 years, made the journey from administrator to counselor to gatekeeper to strategic advisor, that’s generally as far as they’ve gone. The highway that most general counsel – and their legal departments – still travel remains pitched toward the same horizon it’s been pitched toward for decades. The scenery along the road has changed little. And it’s possible that the horizon line itself is nothing but a cliff. 


BetterConfidence in eDiscovery Business  is up and Here is the Most Comprehensive LTNY Review: Ediscovery Trends

This is a rare two-topic day, but both of these topics are interesting enough that I decided neither could wait until next Tuesday (which is the next day that we’re not publishing a thought leader interview)…

First, you may recall that, last month, we discussed Rob Robinson’s eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, which he was conducting through the end of February.  The survey has now concluded and Rob has published the results on his terrific Complex Discovery site.  There were80 total respondents to the survey, which is a reasonably good number, especially for a two-week survey.  










Maybe Lawyers Can't Be Uber-ized 2016 Legaltech and Beyond


Perhaps Aaron George’s post on theLexicata  blog entitled Why the Law Firm Business Model Is All Wrong didn’t generate enough of a stir when it was posted six months ago, so George’s co-founder Michael Chasin saw fit to resurrect it in a recent blurb that showed up in my LinkedIn feed. George argues that technological improvements in document automation have rendered the law firm business model and its heavy reliance on the billable hour obsolete. 



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