June 19th, 2013 → 9:24 am @ Ari Kaplan
My colleague, Mike Maslanka, an employment law partner and head of the Dallas office for Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, recently published a great article in the Texas Lawyer called: Seven Mindsets of Effective General Counsel. In it, he highlights that “How lawyers think determines how we act. So, to be truly effective, the wise general counsel does not seek answers but rather seeks useful mindsets.”
Those mindsets include:
Ultimately, Maslanka, the creator of the Mike Maslanka @ Your Desk YouTube video series for the Texas Bar (which you can watch here), concludes: “Mindsets progress from aspiration to belief to action. Develop yours, and enjoy the journey.”
May 31st, 2013 → 9:41 am @ Ari Kaplan
I spoke with Tim Corcoran, the principal of Corcoran Consulting Group, which is focused on helping law firms, law departments and legal service providers profit in a time of great change. He is the author of Corcoran’s Law Biz blog and is the president-elect of the international board of directors of the Legal Marketing Association.
As chairman of the 2013 InnovAction Awards, which recognize the innovative efforts of members of the legal community through the College of Law Practice Management, we discussed the background of the accolade and criteria for selection, among other topics.
Corcoran noted that “the definition of innovation is changing,” and as a result he expects to see a variety of entries this year. He highlighted certain changes to this year’s evaluation process, cited the qualities of past winners, and offered helpful advice for prospective nominees.
Listen to our interview below:
May 16th, 2013 → 9:38 am @ Ari Kaplan
I spoke with Garth Landers, the Director of Product Marketing at EMC, a global information management provider, who is responsible for the company’s pervasive governance portfolio.
We discussed the evolution of information governance, its trajectory, and key trends that are impacting that direction. He noted that organizations are increasingly focused on litigation readiness, realizing a measurable return on their e-discovery investments, and drafting practical data policies.
The key challenges are aligning the various custodians of the organization’s most important information and bridging the disconnect between legal and IT. He highlighted that many companies lack the ecosystem for optimal information governance because ownership and accountability are often muddled.
Listen to our interview below:
May 13th, 2013 → 1:11 pm @ Ari Kaplan
I spoke with Michael do Rozario and Brian Borskjaer, Special Counsel and Director of the firm’s Legal Technology Solutions team, respectively, at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a prominent Australian law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
We discussed Casefolio, the firm’s new award-winning document review app, its development, and the user experience, among many other topics. When it received the Lawtech Award For Innovation in Legal IT at the 7th Annual Chilli IQ Lawtech Summit & Awards in 2012, one judge noted: “This iPad app is simply clever, innovative and delivers a truly ingenious and effective solution to the vexed litigation practitioner.”
Casefolio is available for free trial download in the US, UK, Canadian, and Australian iTunes stores. Corrs has also developed a converter that allows documents and metadata to be exported and imported from a range of litigation support databases, including Ringtail, Relativity, and Summation.