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This is a live post from the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference, ILTACon 2019. This session is Is Disruption a Threat or an Opportunity? As with all my live posts, please forgive typos and any misunderstanding of meanings. I write this in real time and post as the session ends. The speakers for this session are: Janet Day, Consultant, Janet Day Limited. Moderator Katie DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave Leighton…
This is a live post from the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual conference, ILTACon 2019. This session is Organizing for Innovation, the first of a four part series. As with all my live posts, please forgive typos and any misunderstanding of meanings. I write this in real time and post as the session ends. The speakers for this session are: Joshua Fireman, President, Fireman & Company David Rueff, Shareholder and Chief Client…
Talk of innovation in the legal market has reached a fever pitch. I provide the evidence here and explain why I think it’s happening. My views here will be tested and perhaps changed by an upcoming ILTACON 2019 conference workshop on 20 August 2019 in Orlando, FL. I will co-lead, with Cheryl Disch (Duane Morris) and Joshua Fireman (Fireman & Company), an interactive workshop focused on practical innovation and how organizations can better develop and…
Introduction to Legal Geek Opening Sessions I’m at the Legal Geek North America conference in Brooklyn (on 25 June 2019). It brings together multiple players in legal technology and innovation for a day of rapid fire, 8 to 12 minute, TED-style talks, with a total of 50 speakers in one day. This is the “Making, Designing and Doing” session, starting at 1pm. There are eight (8) speakers. . As is my custom, I live blog…
Introduction to Legal Geek Opening Sessions I’m at the Legal Geek North America conference in Brooklyn (on 25 June 2019). It brings together multiple players in legal technology and innovation for a day of rapid fire, 8 to 12 minute, TED-style talks, with a total of 50 speakers in one day. This is the “Opening Sessions” session, starting at 9:30am. There are eight (8) speakers. . As is my custom, I live blog some conference…
In the last couple of years, I have written blog posts questioning the hype around legal artificial intelligence (AI) and legal innovation? Has the time come to focus on legal technology hype? I think so. In this post, I share some dynamic Twitter exchanges from last week. I’ve not used this exact format before so am trying it out. For each of three Twitter threads, I will make some introductory comments and leave it to…
You may be surprised that a low cost hospital chain in India offers multiple lessons for lawyers. The World’s Cheapest Hospital Has to Get Even Cheaper (Business Week, 26 March 2019) explains how an already-low-cost operation can go even lower. That message may not be music to law firm partners’ ears, but it should sound melodious to clients. The article tells a great story. Dr. Devi Shetty, a masterful heart surgeon is the founder and…
Should law firms invest more in competitive intelligence? In my still relatively new role as Chief Knowledge + Information Officer at LAC Group, it’s a new question for me. Introduction In some ways, whether law firms should invest more in competitive intelligence (CI) is a very old question. Why old? I write about how lawyers can practice better and how law firms can improve their business operations. You may not have noticed, but my…
Introduction Markets change; they shift, they grow, they shrink. Think of change as a curve over time. What shape curve best represents changes in Big Law service delivery? Service delivery here means how law firms – and law departments – deliver legal advice. That includes the mix of labor, the use of budgets and project plans, self-serve options, technology that improves efficiency + effectiveness, and frequency of communicating with clients. Graphing service delivery changes requires…
A couple of weeks ago I presented an interactive session on how law firm libraries can create new value at the Ark conference Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research & Information Services (aka Ark Library). In this post, I share my slides, some session highlights, the voting results of the interactive portion, and a link to my live presentation. Session Goals. I’ve appended my slides below and you can listen to…