As lawyers embrace smartphones and tablets, e-discovery vendors race to complete mobile options to manage and perform e-discovery tasks.
It's inevitable that risk-averse Big Law ultimately will fully embrace the cloud. But for now, first adopters are jumping in for e-discovery and back-office tasks, while avoiding web services designed to process client work product.
Corporations eager to exploit their massive customer data risk alienating consumers and regulators if they stumble on privacy and security.
How six Big Law firms stopped dithering and learned to love legal project management.
The legal industry redefines workspace with the explosion of secure mobile devices and safe cloud computing.
Graham Smith and William Bice return to the legal technology community after selling LiveNote and ProLaw to Thomson Reuters. Can they triumph twice?
Scrapping for e-discovery clients, firms seek the right mix of people, processes, and technology.
Destroy legacy data or it can come back to haunt your company
• Auld Lange Syne, by John Chapas II
• Legacy Data Cleanup, by Anne Kershaw
• Collision Course, by Anne Kershaw
• Cleaning Closed Case Files, by Anne Kershaw
Fredric Lederer, chancellor professor of law at William & Mary Law School, says there are three types of trial technology snafus: 1) real or perceived hardware failure, 2) real or perceived software failure, and 3) attorney ineptitude. Freelance reporter Robyn Weisman looks into how to recover from, and prevent, technology disasters at trial.
The report includes:
• Ralph Losey & the E-Discovery Team Training, by Monica Bay
• Chere Estrin & the Organization of Legal Professionals, by Monica Bay
BigLaw's dilemma: How do we keep our own lawyers from sabotaging security systems?
Cloud computing's silver lining is that it helps law firms cut IT costs while requiring minimal in-house technology expertise. Now, thanks to web-based applications, even small firm practitioners can have the equivalent of BigLaw IT services -- but will want practice management tools that are tailored solely for the legal profession.
Lawyers want the cool gear for their work, too. Now firms must make sure those slick tablets and fab phones have state of the art security and solid tech support.
Richard Susskind has been predicting the generations-old model for delivering legal services would fail. Clients will increasingly demand transparency and better, faster, and much cheaper legal services. Reviewing current legal trends, Monica Bay asks, "Is the future on our doorstep?
In the world of electronic data discovery, 2009 was a year to refocus, with providers and consumers shifting away from review and moving toward information management and analysis. And while revenue wasn't pouring in like the apex years, it was climbing back, with a steady if modest growth.
ALM's new Vendor Satisfaction Survey confirms that we're all fed up with lousy customer service.
Judith Flournoy provides a candid report about Loeb & Loeb's experience migrating applications to Thomson Reuter's Minnesota data center.
As social media-savvy young adults ascend to leadership roles in law firms and companies, effective policies protect and promote organizations.
A carefully crafted document management system can help your firm meet its business goals, as well as the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and other compliance mandates.
Implementing a records management program is challenging, but even more so when dealing with autonomous, decentralized business units.
Flat is the new "up," as law firms cope with the seismic upheavals of 2009. George Rudoy and Michelle Mahoney say that across the globe, firms must "reset" their priorities to survive.
For some time I had been looking for a way to improve how our attorneys and management team use their BlackBerry devices, beyond e-mail and typical cell phone use.
Early case assessment makes a lot of sense in any dispute situation. Do you have a winner? Will the costs outweigh the benefits? It's time we leverage the fruits of early case assessment -- an internal exercise geared toward strategy and risk -- toward early case resolution.
These are strange times indeed for the world of electronic data discovery.
Lawyers, whether in-house or outside counsel, are critical partners to organizations that are coming under increasing scrutiny from government regulation of information technology.
Vendors always love good buzzwords — they can generate interest in even the most unglamorous product.
Optimism, a sense of urgency and a good sense of humor are essential attributes for legal technology professionals. Like never before, these traits are being tested by the current global economy crisis.
To be an effective IT leader, think beyond your department borders.
Washington state just banned the use of handheld cell phones while driving.
Without a doubt, cost containment is the top concern of general counsel and law firms alike when dealing with electronic data discovery.
Ultimately, electronic data discovery is all about finding the golden documents that expose the truths of the dispute.
When sailing ships ruled the seas, sailors were very familiar with the act of kedging. If a ship was trapped on a becalmed sea, the captain would order the crew to kedge the ship — move it in the desired direction by dropping a small anchor ahead, and pulling the ship forward. This act was repeated until the wind again filled its sails.
Electronic data discovery raises havoc with trial strategies, risk management, litigation budgets, document retention and traditional support staff jobs. But EDD also brings opportunities. Monica Bay, editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, shows how the legal world is adapting.
One of the most challenging problems facing litigation attorneys is how to work with the massive volume of digital documents produced during the discovery phase of a case.
What if you gave a party, hundreds of people showed up, but almost nobody talked to each other?
By all accounts, software-as-a-service (SaaS) is taking the legal world by storm — and other recent developments, such as virtualization and open source software, are knocking at the door.
In the post-Katrina/9-11 world, planning for business continuity has risen to the top of most firms' priorities. Expecting and planning for the unexpected is no longer just an "IT thing." All facets of your firm must work hand-inglove to prepare for a coordinated response to any disruption to business operation.