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Law Day Infographic:  Brief History of the Magna Carta

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Among all the people who have served as U.S. President, the majority had roots in the profession of law before rising to this nation’s top office.  President Eisenhower, who led the allied effort in Europe during World War II, is among the fewer that did not. Even so it was this former general who first established Law Day.  According to ... Read More »

4 Takeaways from the #LMA15 Panel of GC [LMA Recap]

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A 3-person panel of GCs made a noticeable impact on attendees at the 2015 LMA Conference.  In many ways it proved to be a focus group of sorts for the very people charged with helping law firms win new business, which originates with the corporate legal department. If we were to summarize what we heard from a panel in a ... Read More »

Metrics Strengthen Inside and Outside Counsel Relationships

Metrics Strengthen Inside and Outside Counsel Relationships

The legal community has some of “the worst papered relationships in the known universe,” according D. Casey Flaherty, a former litigator and in-house counsel with Kia Motors America. The disconnect, he says, is in documentation. The inside/outside counsel relationship is often awash in conflicting, outdated forms – the inside counsel billing guidelines, the outside counsel engagement letter – that either ... Read More »

4 Key Implications of Early Case Assessment Technologies

4 Key Implications of Early Case Assessment Technologies

Note: The following is a guest post from Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line within the LexisNexis software division. According to Gartner, by 2020, information will be used to reinvent, digitalize or eliminate 80 percent of business processes and products from a decade earlier. That trend line appears to be right on track in the ... Read More »

3 Classic April Fool’s Pranks for Lawyers

3 Classic April Fools Pranks for Lawyers

Lawyers.com published a piece a few years ago which still seems like sage advice for April Fool’s pranks.  It advised the legal community should avoid jokes that involve the police, “creates a panic,” or causes damage or injury to people or property. We’d like to think we’re following the spirit of that advice while also taking liberty to celebrate April ... Read More »

5 Tips for Improving Corporate Legal Maturity

5 Tips for Improving Corporate Legal Maturity

Experience and dozens of engagements with corporate legal indicate that most law departments fall between somewhere between the third and fourth levels of the corporate legal maturity model. Few organizations fit squarely in any one stage, but we find most in-house teams have some technology deployed and are working towards integrating information. “Growing up is hard to do,” as the ... Read More »

6 Staggering Big Data Statistics Pave the Way for eDiscovery

6 Staggering Big Data Statistics Pave the Way for eDiscovery

Note: The following is a guest post from Daryn Teague, who provides support to the litigation software product line within the LexisNexis software division. The impact of electronic discovery on our industry is often measured by legal professionals according to the amount of time, expense and headaches it has introduced to the litigation workflow. So perhaps a quick journey through ... Read More »

Benchmarking Corporate Legal Department Maturity

Benchmarking Corporate Legal Department Maturity

“Most of us spend time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important,” according to Stephen R. Covey. The sentiment of the late author was reflected in the third habit – put first things first – of his bestselling book, 7 Effective Habits of Highly Effective People. Benchmarking is an effective and data-driven way to determine ... Read More »

Hot Legal Links and the Top 10 Posts You Might Have Missed

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In the year that’s passed since we launched this little blog, we’ve been amazed at the growth in readership. In 12 months or so, this blog has earned hundreds of thousands page views (and that continues to grow).  A huge “thank you” is in order for reading, engaging, sharing and otherwise, spending a few moments of your day with us. For ... Read More »

Monica Bay:  You Can’t Practice Law without Technology

You Can’t Practice Law without Technology

Three formative early notions may well have shaped her legal and legal reporting career. First, as an “temp” secretary and paralegal at a law firms while paying her own way through law school, she recalls “what it was like to be invisible as a non-lawyer.” She understood, indeed experienced, how important non-lawyers are to the business of law. Second, law ... Read More »