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Lex Connect Curated Reading List February 28, 2017

     
       
     
 
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With the overwhelming volume of content available online, it is easy to
overlook quality articles containing the valuable information you need.

Fear not, we have curated the best legal operations and technology
articles currently available for your convenience.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your 30 minutes of power reading!
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People in IP: Béatrix de Russé

Yerra's People in IP series highlights intellectual property professionals who have made, or are making, significant impacts on the industry. Whether it is by innovating in the way they manage their organization's IP portfolio or by implementing new IP software or processes, we are glad to celebrate all who endeavor to improve and acheive great things in the world of IP. One such person is Béatrix de Russé, a member of the IP Hall of Fame and one of the leading female influencers in intellectual property. She has graciously written a two part series explaining how she took a struggling global IP department and turned it into a major source of revenue for the corporation.


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GC Outlook: Clear and Stormy: In a Crisis, It's easy to Contribute. The challenge Is When It's Calm.

As the role of general counsel has evolved, such professionals are being increasingly called upon to provide corporate boards with advice on company strategy and business operations, states Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. This has prompted the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to launch the Strategic-Asset GC, a new initiative aimed at helping boards fulfill their mission of creating long-term corporate value. 


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Corporate counsel, outside attorneys teaming up for better depositions

As general counsel, you typically let your outside attorneys manage your cases. You can’t be everywhere at once and only have so much bandwidth to monitor each discrete activity—from the initiation of a suit through judgment—in each of the dozens or hundreds of matters on your plate.


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Cyber Spies: In-House Legal Fights Back Against Cyberespionage

The evolution of cyberespionage—the theft of sensitive information for malicious intent or the benefit of a perpetrator, whether it be a criminal actor, state government or competitor company—has presented complex challenges to many corporate counsel tasked with protecting and legally defending their enterprises.


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Lawyers could be the next profession to be replaced by computers

Technology is often blamed for destroying traditional working-class jobs in sectors like manufacturing and retail.

But blue collar jobs aren't the only ones at risk.

The legal profession — tradition-bound and labor-heavy — is on the cusp of a transformation in which artificial-intelligence platforms dramatically affect how legal work gets done.


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E-Discovery: Five Practical Tips for Survival

Compliance, legal and IT departments have good reason to be alarmed when a subpoena, regulatory request, or internal investigation triggers an e-discovery process. 


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Procurement and Legal Perfect Storm

There are some things in life that don’t seem quite right when put together: take Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch, everything about Donald Trump and the presidential race, kids and matches, high heels and a nice polished floor. Another awkward anomaly is the procurement department sidling up with in-house legal and attempting to make nice.


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Lex Connect Curated Reading List February 15, 2017

 

     
       
     
 
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With the overwhelming volume of content available online, it is easy to
overlook quality articles containing the valuable information you need.

Fear not, we have curated the best legal operations and technology
articles currently available for your convenience.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your 30 minutes of power reading!
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What We Learned at Legaltech…or Legalweek

Another Legaltech Show has come to an end, and this year saw a lot of changes. The event rebranded itself to Legalweek, with Legaltech being one of a number of sub-conferences going on. There seemed to be fewer exhibitors but more quality attendees, perhaps a result of the consolidation in the eDiscovery market over the last few years. The Yerra booth was busy and we hosted a session on compliance and eDiscovery and a great party called Yerra Games, a tradition we plan to continue! Here are some of our key takeaways from this year’s show.


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To Cut eDiscovery Costs, Legal Departments Question Outside Counsel

As the amount of data retained by companies grows, corporate legal departments face increased pressure to control the costs associated with e-discovery. One way they are looking to cut e-discovery spend is by questioning outside counsel, according to high-level in-house lawyers.


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Legal Services: Making Firm Allies

The competitive landscape for legal firms has always been challenging. But with legal research software replacing the work of associates and “alternative fee arrangements” lowering revenue, it can seem ever more difficult for law firms to get hired by clients in corporate legal departments.


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Legal Departments Find Value in Keeping Work In-House, Report Says

In order to react to increased pressure to be as efficient as possible, legal departments are bringing work in-house instead of relying on outside counsel, according to a report released Monday by ALM Legal Intelligence. While this may cut costs, the report also considers whether this "reflexive insourcing" creates a risk for the company.


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The E-Discovery Bots Are Coming: Machine Learning in Preservation and Collection

The preservation and collection stages of e-discovery remain expensive and are often poorly understood and executed, and the issues that ensue cascade down to organizations of all levels of types: For example, the 2014 "Preservation Costs Survey" found that larger companies spent over $40 million annually on preservation.


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Data Security, Actual AI and Law’s Acceptance of Tech Spell the New Forefront of Law

If last week’s Legalweek conference is any indication, AI, data security and approaches to legal technology are likely to continue evolving across the next year.


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Staying Strategic: Differentiating in eDiscovery During Market Consolidation

The eDiscovery market faced rapid consolidation in 2016. While business remained steady, software convergence prompted well over $1.5 billion in service provider consolidation—that’s counting only the three transactions below.


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Lex Connect Curated Reading List January 31, 2017

 

     
       
     
 
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With the overwhelming volume of content available online, it is easy to
overlook quality articles containing the valuable information you need.

Fear not, we have curated the best legal operations and technology
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Sit back, relax and enjoy your 30 minutes of power reading!
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Where is Intellectual Property at Davos?

This year’s agenda is another impressive one that focuses on “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” This calls for a recognition of areas of the global economy that are not experiencing growth and economic progress and for action to help remedy this lack of progress. Participants in Davos are expected to call for leadership and inclusiveness to help all people embrace change and evolve the state of the world, together.


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What Corporate Counsel Need to know for the Coming Year

Our 2017 Litigation Forecast takes a deep dive into the important issues, trends, and likely litigation challenges that businesses may face in 2017. It provides concise, forward-looking perspectives on developments affecting a wide range of companies in nine areas of law: antitrust, class actions, environmental, government contracts, intellectual property, labor and employment, product liability, recovery, and white collar.


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Five Tips To Avoid Mistakes In Electronic Document Review

I have seen hundreds of mistakes over the years, especially in the last decade when my work as a lawyer has been limited to electronic discovery. Many of these blunders were made by “the other side.” Some were funny and made me smile, others were not and led to motions of all kinds. 


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A Blueprint for Legal Department Budgeting and Forecasting - Part 2 Best Practices

When thinking about implementing a budget process, it’s very important to take the unique needs and objectives of your department and organization into consideration and align your process with those objectives.


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Succession Planning for In-House Legal Departments

I want to discuss a topic of growing importance to in-house legal departments around the globe: succession planning.  It’s no secret that the population is getting older and the “Baby Boom” generation is starting to retire.  While a number of companies are working hard to put formal succession plans into place, there are many that are behind the curve.


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Cookie consent – This time it's for real

Compared to the GDPR, the proposed e-Privacy Regulation is an exercise in minimalism. With just 29 articles, it is somewhat dwarfed by the immensity of the forthcoming general EU data privacy framework. Yet its effect may be even greater than that of the GDPR itself. In some respects – such as being a pan-European regulation and the amount of the potential fines – it is as far reaching as its bigger sister. But it is the introduction of compulsory consent for many data gathering activities that will eventually make the new e-Privacy Regulation punch well above its weight.


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Guest post: Rolls Royce Service – risk, compliance, and ethics - where were the lawyers?

Readers of Lawyer Watch will be familiar with my posts on the tensions inherent in a lawyers' duties to their clients and their duties to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice.


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You’re Not Selling What They’re Buying

Many corporate legal departments believe law firms are out of sync with their needs, especially their budgetary needs. This article is a great message to firms and details the kinds of alternative service providers that corporates are turning to more and more. 


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Lex Connect Curated Reading List January 11, 2017

 

 

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overlook quality articles containing the valuable information you need.

Fear not, we have curated the best legal operations and technology
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Key Takeaways on the 11th Edition of Nice Classifications

Every year the World Intellectual Property Organization looks to update the International (Nice) Classification of Goods and Services for trademarks and this coming January is no different.


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30 eDiscovery Best Practices from Judges, Attorneys, Law Professors, and Data Experts

In the spirit of keeping this sense of community alive, Exterro put together a new e-book, 30 eDiscovery Day Highlights and Best Practices, a quick overview of takeaways from the events on December 1st. Here are a few highlights:


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The Top Twenty-Two Most Interesting eDiscovery Opinions of 2016

We provide an analysis and key quotes of each, lessons learned and, where appropriate, practice pointers. We also explain why we find these opinions interesting.


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Survey Finds 55% of Law Firms Outsource Some or All of eDiscovery Functions

More than 7 in 10 legal administrators say that funds from their firms’ operations budget must be allocated to activities related to electronic discovery, and more than half are investing in outsourcing some or all of their eDiscovery functions, according to the 2016 Report on Trends Impacting the Legal Industry.


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Legal Tech Trends

Technology will continue to shape and change the legal landscape, making it easier for lawyers to be more mobile, collaborative and responsive.


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Thoughtful Law Blog 2017 Predictions

In this first installment of the predictions for 2017, we have predictions from:

Colin Rule
André Coetzee
Ross Fishman
Bob Denney
Sharon Nelson and John Simek


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Smart Digitization: The New Frontier

Digitization is driving each of us across all industries to make dramatic changes to how we approach customers, products, services, and the always-on, real-time information rich marketplace. This race to take advantage of the abundance of opportunities created by the connected world could lead to overlooking one key element—Security.


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Another State Adopts Duty of Technology Competence; Makes it 26

As this blog continues to follow the states that adopt the duty of technology competence for lawyers, there is another to add: Colorado.

That brings to 26 the number of states that have adopted some version of Comment 8 to ABA Model Rule 1.1.


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How to Improve Your Corporate Compliance Program

Compliance programs have grown substantially in the past decade but often separately from core business operations; to make sure they're used correctly they need to be embedded into day-to-day workflows.


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