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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.

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 »

Survey Finds 55% of Law Firms Outsource Some or All of eDiscovery Functions

More than 7 in 10 legal administrators say that funds from their firms’ operations budget must be allocated to activities related to electronic discovery, and more than half are investing in outsourcing some or all of their eDiscovery functions, according to the 2016 Report on Trends Impacting the Legal Industry. Novitex and the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) conducted the ... Read More »

Legal Technology Key to Compliance Risk Management, According to Survey

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Inside counsel believe technology can improve risk management in meeting their compliance obligations and frequently base their new software purchasing decisions on the dual keys of reliability and security, according to AlixPartners’ fourth annual Litigation and Compliance Practices survey. The survey was conducted of 300 general counsel and compliance officers from companies in North America and Europe with revenues in ... Read More »

2nd Annual E-Discovery Day Celebrates Key Role in Litigation

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On December 1st, legal and IT professionals nationwide participated in “E-Discovery Day 2016,” the second annual celebration of the growing role of eDiscovery in the legal process. The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) delivered a number of informative webinars that provided a look back at the evolution of the eDiscovery industry over the past decade, an in-depth look at ... Read More »

Law Firms Turn to Boutique Providers for eDiscovery Expertise

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It’s common for large law firms to maintain a team of experts in the area of eDiscovery, with some firms even building dedicated practices to assist clients with their eDiscovery challenges. But for small and midsized law firms, it’s difficult to justify the allocation of resources needed to create a full-time, in-house team. For firms of this size, an increasingly ... Read More »

A Blueprint for Legal Department Budgeting and Forecasting – Part 1

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Are you accountable for tracking your legal department’s spend? Are you currently using matter budgets, but don’t feel that you have a good way to predict your organization’s future legal spend accurately? Or, is your legal department maybe one of the approximately 40 percent that don’t do any budgeting at all? If you fall into any one of these groups, ... Read More »

ABA Legal Tech Survey Finds Use of Predictive Coding Still Related to Size of Case

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The 2016 Legal Technology Survey Report, published by the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC), documents a common misconception in the legal industry that technology assisted review software tools are only useful in large cases. “There is a myth in our industry that predictive coding and other smart review tools are only useful and cost-effective in large-scale commercial ... Read More »