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My Tweet (featured below) gave rise to multiple related and robust conversations, especially about the legal talent that BigLaw (large law firms) hire versus the talent that the Big 4 hire. And I suspect that alternative legal service providers align with the Big 4 for purposes of this talent conversation. The conversations highlighted for me the question of whether the Big 4 can achieve substantially different results, costs, or outcomes by hiring the same legal…
On Friday morning (1 November 2019) I Tweeted (screenshot): [The original LPO Are Disputing article cited in that Tweet is here. I dashed off this post in about 15 minutes on Sunday morning to inject into the Twitter conversation. Apologies if some context is not clear.] My Tweet gave rise to multiple related and robust conversations, especially about the the legal talent that BigLaw (large law firms) hire versus the talent that the Big…
This is a call for and invitation to new voices to join the annual Knowledge & Innovation Summit, hosted by White & Case LLP on February 6, 2020. We seek legal innovation speakers. For over 15 years, knowledge management leaders of largest US, UK and Canadian law firms have gathered in a privately organized meeting to compare notes on current developments in KM, innovation, and the business of law. As many of our participants have…
This is a live post from the Ark Knowledge Management conference; the title of this talk is Legal Enterprise Search at the Crossroads. The presenters are Harris Tilevitz, Chief Technology Officer, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Douglas Freeman, Knowledge Systems Manager, White & Case LLP Kate Simpson, National Director of Knowledge Management, Bennett Jones LLP Moderated by Brenton Miller, Brenton B. Miller Consulting Moderator Brent says enterprise search decisions are all about…
This is a live post from the Ark Knowledge Management conference; the title of this talk is Building your Firm’s Book: Knowledge Management and RFPs. The presenters are Robert Gretch, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP Catherine Egan, Client Development Operations Manager, O’Melveny & Myers LLP Elizabeth Kennedy, Director of Strategic Business Development, Mayer Brown Moderated by Anna McGrane, COO, PacerPro As with all my live conference blogs, I post as a session ends. So…
A classic scene in the movie THE GRADUATE explains to the young protagonist (Dustin Hoffman) that the future lies in plastics. Spool forward 50 years and the concept to replace plastics is data.  ARK Group’s upcoming legal KM conference—October 22-23 in New York—poses the question “What is the mission for today’s law firm Knowledge Management function?”. The answer is not exactly data, but the mission definitely turns on mastering data. As the conference program…
Can we anticipate lawyer’s know-how needs? That is, can we push information to them rather than asking them to pull it. At the Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession by Ark Group on October 22, 2019 in NYC, a session I lead will address this question. My panelists and I will not answer the question. Rather, we will lead an audience interactive discussion. And we may not reach conclusions – we view the session as…
With my move to LAC Group this year, I spend more time thinking about visual intelligence. LAC provides competitive intelligence and business research. We think about how to present findings to tap visual intelligence in a way that engages the audience. Engagement is key so the audience understands data and issues and makes the best decisions possible. I find the need for better visual intelligence so compelling that it will feature in two of my upcoming…
I report here on best practices for legal innovation, based on the results the August 20th the Innovative Thinking Workshop at the ILTA annual conference that I facilitated with Cheryl Disch and Joshua Fireman. I start with my synthesis of and commentary on findings based on input from 60+ participants working in eight groups during our 90 minute workshop. Sections after my conclusions cover highlights of participants’ answers to some questions, information on how…
I left the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference, #ILTACon 2019 in Orlando, on Thursday morning. Here are my impressions and thoughts. FIRST, A BIG THANKS. The rich variety and high quality of sessions depend on the dedication of many volunteers. Likewise, the smooth conference operations also depends on volunteer to direct traffic, help first time attendees, and take care of so many other support jobs (including driving golf carts between adjacent properties!). So…