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Contributing Writer
This bio page is used to publish submissions by contributing writers. We welcome contributions from the legal community and are especially keen for contributions from our customers. Please review previous submissions published here and the “About Us” section to get a sense for what topics work for this blog. All posts must be original content not published elsewhere for at least 30 days. To submit an idea for consideration please email blsssocial@lexisnexis.com.

The Benefits of Legal Request: A Customer Perspective

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As a legal department administrator, I experience first-hand many of the challenges faced by corporate law departments across the country. My department team members and I receive numerous requests for legal work, and we work on hundreds of matters across various locations. We are always looking for ways to save time, simplify processes, and improve communications. Recently, Eaton Corporation had ... Read More »

CounselLink Impact Awards Part III

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 “With CounselLink, we started realizing a savings in invoicing immediately” The following Impact Awards submission was written by Brenda Simmons, Paralegal for Brasfield & Gorrie LLC. Ms. Simmons is one of three Impact Award winners for 2017. All three winning submissions are being featured in Business of Law blog posts from LexisNexis. Brasfield & Gorrie had fifty years of matters, ... Read More »

CounselLink Impact Awards Part II

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The following Impact Awards submission was written by Dave Voelpel, Legal Operations Manager. Mr. Voelpel is one of three Impact Award winners for 2017. All three winning submissions are being featured in Business of Law blog posts from LexisNexis. Oddly enough, I am not going to write about the $4.7 million cost savings we have realized from CounselLink, or the ... Read More »

CounselLink Impact Awards Part I

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“CounselLink is our light at the end of the tunnel” The following Impact Awards submission was written by Sandy Sullivan, Senior Corporate Paralegal at National Vision. Ms. Sullivan is one of three Impact Award winners for 2017. All three winning submissions are being featured in Business of Law blog posts from LexisNexis. National Vision is the 4th largest retail optical ... Read More »

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Accomplishing More, One Task at a Time

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A few months ago, at a restaurant in Houston, I overheard a manager interviewing a job candidate for an open position. The conversation went something like this: Manager: “Tell me about your ability to multitask.” Candidate: “I single-task. In my opinion multitasking doesn’t produce effective results.” Manager: “I completely agree. Multitasking is a joke.” The men continued what appeared to be ... Read More »

Knowing When To Outsource Product Training

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Most large law firms have learning & development teams that include learning professionals working side-by-side with former assistants who displayed talent and interest in training their peers. These teams tend to handle the firm’s training projects on their own, rather than partner with a vendor. This approach of ‘Inside Only’ can be advantageous, primarily around familiarity with the organization’s culture ... Read More »

7 “Poke the Box” Law Firm Lessons Adapted from Seth Godin

11 “Poke the Box” Law Firm Lessons Adapted from Seth Godin

Take the initiative and good things will happen. Author Seth Godin took the title for his best-selling book, Poke the Box, from the true story of an uncle who built a sort of “busy box” for his son’s crib containing switches, lights and buzzers. Poke one switch and a light turns on. Poke it twice and a buzzer sounds. For ... Read More »

Congratulations On Your New Legal Software! Now What?!

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You did the research. You compared the different options and features and made your choice. You even got the Purchase Order approved (finally). Now it’s time to move into the implementation phase. Set the stage for getting everyone affected by the change, from leadership to staff, working on the same page with these 9 tips for a successful software implementation. ... Read More »

A Blueprint for Legal Department Budgeting and Forecasting – Part 2: Best Practices

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In Part 1 of this 2-part series on legal department budgeting and forecasting, I discussed many reasons legal departments choose to implement matter budgets. I also identified six key benefits that result from implementing a formal matter budgeting process. This concluding installment explores proven best practices for ensuring the effectiveness of the budgeting and forecasting process. First Things First When ... Read More »

Corporate Law Departments Rank Financial Metrics Most Important

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A new LexisNexis CounselLink study conducted in partnership with the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), indicates corporate legal operations professionals rank financial metrics as most important to the legal department. Participants were asked to rate 15 key metrics on a scale of 1 to 10 based on their level of importance to the business. Each key metric outlined in the ... Read More »