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Richard Susskind about law firm IT management and cloud computing

Richard Susskind"Law firm CIOs should be working at Board level and have a deep appreciation of the challenges of knowledge management and knowledge sharing"

This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today the third and final part of the interview, where Susskind talks about cloud computing, video conferencing and the changing role of law firm IT management.

Richard Susskind about social media and Legal IT Software Suppliers

Richard Susskind

"Legal IT software suppliers are central players in the transformation of the profession"

This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today the second part of the interview, where Susskind talks about social media and legal IT software suppliers.

Although the uptake of social media by the legal world has somewhat accelerated over the last two years, there is still a big lag, “and this does puzzle me” Susskind says. “I think there's also more specialised systems like Legal OnRamp where actually an online community will go for lawyers and the clients.

Interview with Susskind about new edition of "The End of Lawyers?"

Richard Susskind

Susskind publishes new ways of thinking about the practice of law

This month, a new paperback edition of Richard Susskind’s last book “The End of Lawyers?” will be published. A good reason for Legal IT professionals to interview Susskind and ask him about the current status of the legal industry. Today part 1, about the new paperback edition, embracing change, and the impact of the global financial crisis on law firms.

Christy Burke covered ILTA 2010: the interviews

Burke covers ILTA 2010Christy Burke reports live from ILTA 2010 - All the interviews

Christy Burke reported live from the annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA). During the conference, Christy interviewed visitors and exhibitors and asked them about their companies, new products and impressions of ILTA. Below you will find all Christy's interviews.  

ILTA 2010 – The last days

Well we reach the final day of ILTA 2010 (Thursday 26th August) and for me it was just a morning of sessions before I had to  get ready to leave Las Vegas.

The first morning session was a look at Law Firm economics, “Next Generation Law Firm Economics” (#ORG15). A really interesting look at the economics of a law firm over the last few years and what this means for the future. A couple of snippets that stood out were:

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ILTA 2010 – Wednesday 25th August, day three

Today was going to be “Autonomy day” and for the morning that was the case. The first session I attended was “The Search Is Over with iManage IDOL: Frontend and Backend Perspectives” (#AUT1). Initial feeling about the session was that it was going to be a bit of a sales push for IDOL search, but some of the presenters actually gave a real good “war stories” type run through of implementations.

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ILTA 2010 – Tuesday 24th August, day two

OK this is an update on Tuesday, the conference is so busy that I’m losing track of what sessions came when and when I spoke to various people. But lots on good information gained both from the sessions, the vendors and the people at the conference.

The first session on Tuesday was on email management (#INFO5). The satisfying part was that all the presenters’ firms were having the same difficulties with email as we’re having. A few key points stuck out:

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ILTA 2010 – Monday 23rd August, day one

The first full day at ILTA started with a keynote speech from Jason Jennings who shared his “5 Secrets to Put Strategic Unity on the Fast Track”, you can search for soundbites from the keynote as well as the "5 secrets on twitter as the #ilta10 hashtag has been in full use this week (I expect on Tuesday the hashtag will be busier as the WiFi problems that dogged most on Monday seem to be sorted!). But to save you searching the 5 were:

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Time to sort out search in law firms

This week a couple of things cropped up to remind me of my predictions for the top 5 technologies for Legal in 2010. In particular that I had search at #4 and my thoughts on why I think next year this will be moving up the charts.

First off is my first recent experience on Autonomy iManage WorkSite 8.5 working with IDOL and using search to retrieve email out of a 30m+ document library. As I tweeted at the time it made me want to take my email out of Outlook and put it in WorkSite! The search was so much better than Outlook 2003 Advanced Search (although recently I’ve used Outlook 2010 and the search in that is itself so much better than 2003!).

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Coming Together: A Shared Interest for Legal and IT

Steve AkersThis column is part 2 of "Bridging the Gap Between Legal and IT"

In the first part of this article, we talked about the obstacles organizations face for both IT and the associated processes around ediscovery governance. Now, we’ll discuss what requirements are bubbling to the surface and how the right IT platform can address these issues.

A common vision for control and governance of email and documents that will satisfy legal requirements and address cost and feasibility concerns from the IT department is slowly emerging. The publication of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) has helped a great deal by codifying the common components that the legal department needs and that IT must provide.

Outlook 2010: a legal viewpoint (part 2)

In this second post on Outlook 2010 I’ll be taking a look at the calendar functionality. There are some really nice features that I’m sure will please a lot of lawyers (and if not the lawyers then certainly their secretaries!). There are plenty of screen shots which you can zoom into by simply clicking on the image. So first up is a look at calendar views and there are a few nice touches to point out here.

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