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Lex Connect Curated Reading List June 15, 2015

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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Technology and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

As technology becomes smarter and automation more prevalent, lawyers and bar associations have grappled with the question of whether the use of technology constitutes as the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). ​Layperson legal advocates and paralegals also are often accused of UPL. So what exactly is UPL? And how do lawyers fight against it?

The Process of Magic — Rethink the Practice

The “artisan complex” imposes a view of legal practice as disconnected acts of magic. There are significant advantages to this viewpoint: prestige, illusion of scarcity and pricing power. Our systems are built to reinforce this perspective for the industry — from law school structures to bar regulations.

2015 Canadian Legal Digital Survey - Canadian Legal Digital Survey

With continued disruption in the Canadian Legal market, and trends such as ‘client empowerment’, excess capacity and budget pressures from (and on) in-house counsel, becoming ever more the norm, the ability for law firms to understand the needs and communication habits of their clients is never more important. To facilitate the sharing of information, we approached in-house counsel from across the country to participate in the Canadian Legal Digital Survey. Many graciously contributed their thoughts on the usage of web, social media, client feedback programs, electronic billing and client portals in relation to their external legal counsel.

8 e-Discovery Tips for In-house Counsel: How Tighter Processes Can Lead to Cheaper Review

The stages of e-discovery become more and more expensive as you move across the EDRM, maxing out when you hit that dreaded money- and time-sucking step: review. And though the entire case team aims to keep costs down, in-house legal tends to feel the most pressure from internal stakeholders. But where do you start? What’s the magical cure for cutting costs? Unfortunately, there’s no single answer. But, by combining process and technology, there are steps you can take to chip away at data volumes, increase your efficiency, and reduce costs.

 

 

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David Perla Of Bloomberg Law, On Technology, Artificial Intelligence, And Liberalization In BigLaw

In 2002 the ABA revised their Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(c) to formally allow for the unbundling of legal services. For the first time, legal process outsourcers (LPOs) entered the market in a material way. One of the most disruptive and successful of the new entrants at the time was Pangea3, an LPO that was cofounded by David Perla, former Monster.com Vice President – Business & Legal Affairs. Seen by many industry experts as the standard for LPOs, it was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 and has since grown to become the “largest pure-play LPO companyglobally.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List June 1, 2015

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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Norton Rose Fulbright releases 2015 Litigation Trends Annual Survey

This year’s survey is the 11th overall and the most extensive in its history, polling more than 800 corporate counsel representing companies across 26 countries on disputes-related issues and concerns. Survey respondents – primarily general counsel – indicated that the increasing number of class action lawsuits and a more litigious business environment were the most important issues impacting their companies.

Internal Audit's Work With General Counsel Doesn't Have to Be a Privilege

The IIA recognizes the importance and complexity of the relationship between internal audit and the general counsel's organization in its professional guidance. Practice Advisory 2400-1 from the International Professional Practices Framework(IPPF), encourages internal auditors to consult legal counsel in matters involving legal issues. It notes there are important distinctions and nuances in the legal system that can "protect information and work performed for, or communicated to, an engaged attorney."

MetLife GC: Lawyers Should Learn to Talk Business

Lawyers are so famously fluent in their own jargon that the rest of the world has furrowed its brow and given this language its own name— legalese. But Ricardo Anzaldua,Executive Vice President and General Counsel at MetLife, says the language of the corporate world is different, more practical, and firm lawyers are too often illiterate.

Cross-Border eDiscovery: An Introduction to Cultural and Legal Obstacles

As the economy becomes more globalized, obstacles in cross-border discovery continue to increase. Get an introduction to the challenges of cross-border litigation in eDiscovery.

Legal Panels and their Pre-Appointment Process – Laying the Foundation

Successful legal panels are all about building deep and trusted relationships that achieve win-win situations for all parties involved.

 

Value-Based Fees, Use of Legal Operations Function Help Companies Drive Time and Cost Savings

Successful legal panels are all about building deep and trusted relationships that achieve win-win situations for all parties involved.

 

 

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Here it comes: Time for a rebirth of the legal profession

The annual cycle of birth, maturity, decline and rebirth got me thinking about the legal profession and the changes it's cycling through, as well. Because of my work as a bar leader, I can point to a large number of very specific instances that many constituents would point to as indicators of a very mature profession that was increasingly showing signs of decline:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List May 15, 2015

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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Corporate Lawyers Can Be More Than Naysayers-in-Chief

In-house counsel can get a bad rap, but with a little creativity, they can enable their companies to do right by workers and the environment.

2015 General Counsel Excellence Report

The role of the corporate general counsel continues to evolve to include new, important areas of focus and responsibilities. While maintaining a firm handle on the traditional functions of the legal department, a just-released survey of general counsel at 127 corporations reveals that their role is increasingly concerned with regulation and compliance, as well as data privacy and related cybersecurity issues.

Building a world class ethics and compliance program

Good Practice Guidance have have called for organizations to develop effective compliance risk mitigation programs and internal safeguards to protect against internal and external threats of corruption and fraud.

In-house: on your mettle

Too many business people believe legal departments are superfluous, reports Jonathan Rayner. The Law Society’s in-house conference heard how GCs can best prove them wrong.

BlackBerry Legal Counsel Talks eDiscovery

Sheila Pierce, director and legal counsel at BlackBerry, recently spoke about eDiscovery: Corporate clients don’t like storing irrelevant data because it costs them money, and on the other hand, outside counsel lean toward preserving more data because they have to appear in court and deal with the opposing side.

 

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Why Legal Directors are Bringing E-Discovery In House

The responsibilities of any corporate law department leader tasked with overseeing e-discovery, whether he or she carries the title of legal director or something similar, revolve around two core business objectives: controlling costs and mitigating risk. ​Of course, in-house counsel often serve in an advisory role, assessing business transactions, steering company policy, overseeing litigation issues and managing relationships with outside firms. But as litigation costs have ballooned in recent years, legal directors have been compelled to turn their attention towards a more pressing area of cost and risk: e-discovery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List May 4, 2015

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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Take Two: Mike Scher busts more compliance myths

What is Compliance 2.0? It's compliance officers untethered from the general counsel, working directly with C-Suiters, and participating in many of the company's most important business decisions. Let's turn now to a few other myths about compliance officers that have no place in our Compliance 2.0 world.

Disrupting or just evolving?

Corporate law departments under pressure to cut costs may be the main driver behind a revolution in the provision of legal services, but when it comes to innovation they may be hamstrung by their own lack of budgets to pull it off themselves. A recent white paper issued by legal technology company Mitratech Holdings Inc. called “Embracing disruption: Six innovations moving legal departments up the value chain,” cited six innovations where the best-run legal departments capitalize on.

Mirror mirror on the wall

New law options are on the menu for most legal departments if a plethora of surveys are to be believed, says ex-general counsel Tim Bratton of Lawyers on Demand. Another day, another research survey. Last month saw the publication of Winmark's annual Looking Glass report, headlined *exciting fanfare* "The Future of the Legal Sector". It's easy to be cynical about these surveys. They make bold predictions, no-one ever monitors if they turn out to be right, we're told the profession is changing and that if we all make technology work a bit better then the lawyers can go home and leave everything to an army of robots programmed by Professor Susskind.

Less But Better” to “More For Less”

Our hapless in-house lawyers had enjoyed many years of relatively good times. They never got all the funds or headcount they wanted or felt they reasonably needed to do the work of a law department, but they weren’t starving. ​Law department budgets grew larger, headcounts increased, and the legal industry enjoyed a peaceful existence. But nothing lasts, and those hapless in-house attorneys reached the point when the story turned dark and stormy.

Lean Six Sigma Principles Can Be Applied In-House

The personal computer revolution started by the Hacker elite in the 1970s has completely transformed the world. From a historical perspective our current computer-based culture is a relative new-born. The first generation of hackers born in the fifties, epitomized by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, have succeeded beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. They have quickly changed our world into an information based society.

 

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The in-house counsel imperative: Legal counsel to business strategist

No matter what technology brings, in-house counsel will continue to be essential to the organization. This is because in-house lawyers are always needed to synthesize information, to add judgment, insight, and wisdom. Dictionary.com explains that the “goal of legal counsel should be to minimize the need to reach out to outside legal resources.” While this definition is a simple one, I think most business people hold similar views of what in-house counsel does. So, is this really all that an in-house counsel does? We know in-house counsel long ago shed the image that they just managed the distribution of files to outside counsel, largely in a reactive, secondary role.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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