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The past ten years have ushered in many changes to the legal landscape, including the introduction of New Law firms, specialists in legal process innovation, and a plethora of new technology companies. However, many law firms were still slow to engage even as new competitors emerged and client demand for more efficient legal services grew. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, it has become even more apparent that today’s legal market requires a new…
At the beginning of the year, managing partners at leading law firms were reasonably optimistic about growth in 2020—and then COVID-19 happened. In the past few months, there have been layoffs and salary reductions, deferments, and even rescissions of incoming associates’ offers. For those of us (myself included) who graduated in the wake of the 2008 recession, it feels like Groundhog Day, but worse. This time around, it’s not only an economic crisis…
Helen Burness is the Director of Saltmarsh Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer of She Breaks the Law—and it can be said that she lives and breathes legal marketing. After years of working at the forefront of change in the legal industry, she is now on a mission to make purpose-led, innovative businesses in the legal industry visible, to give founders and their businesses a voice, to accelerate business growth and success, and to keep driving…
Although cities around the world are in different stages of re-opening, Covid-19 has left an indelible mark on the business world. In particular, the topic of automation is receiving a great deal of attention. While some businesses may return to the office, it is likely that many will remain remote for the foreseeable future given the uncertainty with the pandemic. This means working from home will continue to be the norm for countless individuals. Companies…
You may have heard of document automation, which is on the rise in the legal field—but what is it, and why does it matter? Document automation, also known as document assembly, is the automation of the process of document creation. For example, if you are a lawyer that often creates intake documents, Service Agreements, or NDAs, document automation would facilitate the creation of the first draft of these documents. It is important to note…
Gillian Power is the Chief Information Officer at Lathrop GPM. In her role, Gillian is responsible for aligning the strategic direction of the firm’s technology, information governance and management and information services. She serves on the firm’s enterprise risk management committee and culture diversity and inclusion committee. Gillian is an active member of the legal technology community, having served for five years as a committee member, including two as a thought leader for the annual…
Every legal matter, regardless of topic or practice, can be considered a project. As such, project management is critical to complete a matter successfully and within a timely fashion. And as this industry becomes increasingly competitive, lawyers often need to perform the role of a project manager. So, what should lawyers know about project management? Project Management comes down to scoping your client’s needs accurately before starting any substantive work. Legal project management (LPM) is…
Jerry Levine is Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IPSoft, a leading cognitive (AI) computing and autonomic technologies company. As IPSoft’s first in-house counsel, Jerry has implemented corporate policies to bring the company’s legal strategies into a new phase of sophistication. Prior to joining IPSoft, Jerry founded and managed his own law firm and held a number of roles within alternative legal service providers and legal technology companies. Jerry has been recognized on the…
Technology is shaping the practice of law and changing how legal services are being delivered. Formal Opinion 477R of the ABA recognizes the increasing impact of technology on the practice of law and the duty of lawyers to develop an understanding of that technology. Since 1983, the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 has read: “A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation…
For many attorneys practicing at a law firm can be boiled down to some fundamental tasks: drafting documents, doing some form of legal research, business development, or administration. That’s all well and good, but where does a young attorney hone these skills? One would think that the answer to that is obvious: in law school. However, in most cases, that actually isn’t true. Let’s look at these activities in more detail and see just what…