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Why One Stop Shops Will Rule The World

Richard HallNo one can debate the “megastore effect” on our personal lives.  There is something compelling about the ability to visit a single store and shop for a refrigerator, laptop computer, cell phone, car stereo and then grab a snack in the restaurant.  Even better, great “megastores” today provide highly experienced consultants to help with your selection.  Why do we shop there?  They us save time while providing a great selection, low prices, and high quality service from a single company.

Imagine this same approach with your legal department.

Law firms and house styles

Anyone in a law firm will probably have a smile on their face reading those words or possibly they will feel a shudder, it’ll all depend on what your job is in the firm. For those that are new to law firms a short definition may be in order, so to quote Wikipedia:

a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organisation or field. The implementation of provides uniformity in style and formatting of a document.

I have one wish when it comes to house styles. One style to rule them all!

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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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