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Who knew the topic of legal holds is so engaging? Articles about litigation holds turn out to be some of our most popular reads. We’ve written in the past about litigation hold triggers and the duty to preserve evidence as well as the privileged nature of legal hold communications. But, a lawyer’s duty to prevent evidence destruction does not end by hitting send on a legal hold email. Both in-house and outside counsel are…
  Generally, legal hold notices (also called “litigation holds”) are privileged, protected by the attorney-client privilege or work product doctrine. See, e.g. Gibson v. Ford Motor Co., 510 F. Supp. 2d 1116, 1123 (N.D. Ga. 2007). However, the privileged nature of legal hold letters may be lost if a party spoliates evidence (destroys evidence) or fails to observe appropriate document and ESI preservation procedures.   What is a Litigation Hold? Litigation holds are…
  The number of legal operations, or “legal ops”, positions is growing as companies try to reduce legal bills and increase legal department efficiency. But where should a legal operations manager start to revamp a legal department?   We talked to a few pros for advice.   Legal Departments With Legal Ops Professional = More Mature Legal Department   A few years ago, legal industry analyst Jordan Furlong presciently noted on his Law 21 blog,…
Legal operations (or “legal ops”) is becoming a more common and mature position within in-house legal departments.   According to a 2018 “flash survey” of Chief Legal Officers by Altman Weil, 75% of legal departments with 50 or more attorneys have at least one person managing legal operations and half of the smaller legal departments surveyed reported having a legal operations manager. That number is sure to grow as companies try to reduce legal bills…
Legal operations (or “legal ops”) is becoming a more common and mature position within in-house legal departments.   According to a 2018 “flash survey” of Chief Legal Officers by Altman Weil, 75% of legal departments with 50 or more attorneys have at least one person managing legal operations and half of the smaller legal departments surveyed reported having a legal operations manager. That number is sure to grow as companies try to reduce legal bills…
When governments imposed COVID-19 work from home orders, some legal departments and law firms were better prepared than others to support remote work. As former Big Law litigator turned legal innovation and tech evangelist Stephen Embry recently noted, if lawyers really want to deliver value to clients nowadays, one of the best things lawyers can do is get their client’s work done competently, efficiently and with as little disruption as possible. Technology can most…
When governments imposed COVID-19 work from home orders, some legal departments and law firms were better prepared than others to support remote work. As former Big Law litigator turned legal innovation and tech evangelist Stephen Embry recently noted, if lawyers really want to deliver value to clients nowadays, one of the best things lawyers can do is get their client’s work done competently, efficiently and with as little disruption as possible. Technology can most…
(Updated March 30, 2020) In 2012 the American Bar Association amended Comment 8 to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Duty of Competence) to address changes in technology. The Comment now reads: “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements…
(Updated March 30, 2020) In 2012 the American Bar Association amended Comment 8 to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Duty of Competence) to address changes in technology. The Comment now reads: “To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements…
  As the world hunkers down at home over the next few weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we offer a few reading suggestions to pass the time. One we wrote, two were written by others, but all geared toward legal teams.   Legal Teams and Crisis Mode First is a great post by Sterling Miller. Sterling has 25 years of in-house legal experience including stints as General Counsel for Marketo, Sabre Corporation…