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Lex Connect Curated Reading List April 16, 2016

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 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.

 

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Lex Connect , Yerra Solutions Company

 

NewLaw Struggling to win over in-house Role Counsel

IAccording to the ACC data, a staggering 70 per cent of Australian in-house lawyers are unfamiliar with the NewLaw business model. Of those who have heard of NewLaw, just 14 per cent reported that their department had teamed up with a NewLaw business, down 4 per cent from last year.

 

 

How artificial intlleigence is transforming the legal profession

Artificial intelligence is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business and the way they interact with clients. Artificial intelligence is more than legal technology. It is the next great hope that will revolutionize the legal profession. Change can be brought on through pushing existing ideas. What makes artificial intelligence stand out is the potential for a paradigm shift in how legal work is done. 

 

How KM can deliver the WOW factor!

Legal KM is looking for continuous improvement and broadening its focus to help deliver the ‘Wow factor’ that differentiates them from the competition. This review is a snapshot of a highly interactive event – bringing together knowledge professionals from law firms and corporate legal teams across Europe to share ideas and insights.  

 

Legal Budgeting 101: How Litigation Budgets Are Made

Leaving a top-tier law firm to start a software company may seem like a risky move, but in fact I am a very careful and deliberative person.  So, before starting Digitory Legal, I spent a lot of time researching how other lawyers handle budgeting to make sure I was not missing anything.  In this post I share some of the insights I learned from that research and explain the budget-making process from the litigator’s perspective.

 

UK High Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding in Litigation

The judgment, handed down by Master Matthews in Pyrrho Investments Ltd. v. MWB Property Ltd. [2016] EWHC 256 (Ch), gave official judicial authorization for the use of predictive coding in High Court proceedings. Summing up his decision, Master Matthews stated that predictive coding is just as accurate, if not more so than a manual review using keyword searches, mirroring the sentiments shared by Judge Peck’s 2012 opinion in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe regarding the appropriateness of predictive coding and its potential benefits.

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Legal Procurement

 

In recent years legal procurement - the buying of legal services via traditional procurement processes has become more and more popular for a variety of reasons. To find out what these reasons are and the issues that legal procurement raises. Our very own Stacey Coote speaks to Lawyer Monthly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List April 1, 2016

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 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.

 

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Lex Connect , Yerra Solutions Company

 

The in-house Role in CSR

It is trite to say that the obligations of in-house legal departments and general counsel have expanded substantially in the last few decades. While initially seen as in-house lawyers, in-house counsel today have many roles and responsibilities that go beyond the conventional practise of the law.

 

 

Survey: Ediscovery Volume is still the #1 problem

Last week, ACEDS hosted a webinar sponsored by e-discovery consulting giant BDO to introduce the results of the BDO Inside E-Discovery Survey. The results of the survey indicate an industry in transition and facing great uncertainty about cross border discovery, new technology, and managing large volumes of data.

BDO’s 2015 Inside E-Discovery Survey is the second such survey, and targets leading in-house counsel to uncover their attitudes and approach to e-discovery. The survey was conducted by ALM’s marketing department and surveyed 140 senior in-house counsel at leading corporations throughout the U.S. to gain insight into corporate counsel’s assessment of factors and challenges in managing e-discovery.

 

 

Legaltech set to bail out  legal services

We all remember the horrors that followed the failure of the subprime. All of a sudden, we faced a collapse of the entire financial system. Surrounded by bankruptcy and devastation, even the optimists struggled to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There was a bright side buried in the midst of all the chaos. Such intense crisis often leads to formidable change. We were compelled to wake up and examine the situation, and this happened in 2008/9. A reality check struck the public, and there was a general sense that the conventions we had so comfortably adopted were flawed.

 

Data Ethics Dilemma

Big data has changed our interaction with the world. What does it mean for ethics and privacy.

 

 

Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis  LLP: eDiscovery Trends

Today’s thought leader is Ralph Losey. Ralph is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he is a Shareholder and the firm’s National e-Discovery Counsel. Ralph is also a prolific author of eDiscovery books and articles, the principal author and publisher of the popular e-Discovery Team® Blog, founder and owner of an online training program, e-Discovery Team Training, with attorney and technical students all over the world, founder of the new Electronic Discovery Best Practices (EDBP) lawyer-centric work flow model.

​Ralph is also the publisher of LegalSearchScience.com and PreSuit.com on predictive coding methods and applications.

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Artificial Intelligence will not completely replace solicitors

 

The president of the Law Society has stated that artificial intelligence (AI) will not make the solicitor profession redundant, despite predictions that robot lawyers will dominate the legal services market in the decades to come.

Speaking on the second day of SJ Live 2016, Jonathan Smithers said: 'AI has become part of our lives. Its uses will become more complex and sophisticated.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List March 10, 2016

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 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.

 

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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,
Jerome

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.

​The 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.  

 

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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. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List February 2, 2016

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 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,
Jerome

Ediscovery Proportionality  - Chief Justice Roberts Digs It Too

Justice Roberts’ opens his report noting that for a good chunk of American history, pistol duels were an acceptable way to settle disputes. However, Americans ultimately realized that courts, rather than gun fights, are a better method of dispute resolution. We also realized that if courts are used to settle disputes, they need rules of practice and procedure.

 

2016 Legal Technology Trends to watch: Contracts, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and Wearables

 Two trends point to a need for lawyers to become technically competent in 2016. First, the gulf between what technology can do for law and what lawyers know about tech is widening. At the same time, clients, companies, and bar associations are becoming less tolerant of lawyers who are not able to proficiently use the tools available.

Automating Legal Advice: AI and Expert

I first became aware of legal Watson at the 2014 ILTA conference. The private track of large firm CIOs heard a presentation on IBM Watson. Based on second hand reports of it, I wrote Meet Your New Lawyer, IBM Watson. It explains my skepticism about Watson’s immediate prospects in the legal market.

Intrigued nonetheless by the potential of IBM Watson, I attended World of Watson, a slickly produced event at the uber-hip Brooklyn Navy Yard in May 2015. (See my live IBM Watson posts.) It was fun, especially the meet-up of Big Law lawyers and managers that I organized. But at the end of day, I gained little insight into the potential for AI in legal.

 

Concept Drift and Consistency: Two Keys to Document Review Quality: Part Two

In most complex review projects the understanding of relevance evolves over time, especially at the beginning of a project. This is concept drift. It evolves as the lawyers’ understanding evolves. It evolves as the facts unfold in the documents reviewed and other sources, including depositions. The concept of relevance shifts as the case unfolds with new orders and pleadings. This is a good thing. Its opposite, concept freeze, is not.

 

Better Contracts for Better Deals 

The purpose of this series of Posts is to do precisely that: to propose and describe a new approach to Technology Contracts. Technology Contracts are currently designed and built (by lawyers) for lawyers, and particularly for litigators.

These Posts propose a different focus for the design of our contracts: contracts built for those delivering and receiving what is promised through the agreement, and dealing appropriately with what to do whenever something goes wrong.


The aim is to create a contract that is an “operating manual” and an “emergency manual” built together, whilst still creating an agreement that works from a legal perspective.

 

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StartUp Watch: 2016 Legaltech and Beyond

 

With Legaltech New York 2016 opening Tuesday at the New York Hilton Midtown, it seemed like a good time to poll a broad cross-section of CodeXistas and ask them what startups they are watching in 2016. And it’s also an opportunity to remind everybody that on Thursday (Feb.4) CodeX will be presenting two panels at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., moderated by CodeX Executive Director Roland Vogl. Also: The CodeX Pavilion will feature demonstrations and information. We hope to see you there!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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