February 1st, 2012 → 6:30 am @ Ari Kaplan
There is a great sense of optimism at this year’s Legal Tech New York conference. I had the chance to capture some of the perspectives from the show, including:
Samantha Miller, the director of product management for website services at LexisNexis, who discussed Client Center’s 2012 Software & Industry Information Association (SIIA) CODiE Award for Best Legal Solution.
ABA Legal Rebel, Ken Adams, the author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (ABA 2d ed. 2008) and the founder of Koncision, discussing his 2012 alliance with global contracts powerhouse, Business Integrity, makers of ContractExpress.com.
Bob Krantz, the dynamic CEO of Mindseye Solutions discussing the company’s technology and its impact on the discovery process.
January 30th, 2012 → 7:17 am @ Ari Kaplan
In anticipation of Legal Tech, I spoke with George Tziahanas, the senior vice president for legal and compliance solutions at Autonomy. We discussed the rise of meaning-based coding, the convergence of Stratify and Introspect, and the changing landscape for information governance. Listen to our interview below:
January 26th, 2012 → 4:48 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In anticipation of the upcoming Legal Tech New York conference, I spoke yesterday with Steve Harber, the President and co-founder of DiscoverReady, a leading provider of e-discovery services. Steve and I have been discussing fixed-fee document review services and innovations in automated review for a few years. He shared his views on how the market has changed, as well as key trends for 2012 and beyond. Listen to our discussion below:
January 24th, 2012 → 9:40 am @ Ari Kaplan
In anticipation of attending Legal Tech New York next week, I wanted to share this conversation with Paul Unger of Affinity Consulting Group about reinvention in law practice management. He discusses the impact of cloud computing, online learning, and how the use of technology in the courtroom is “breathing new life into what [lawyers] do.” Watch our interview below:
January 12th, 2012 → 8:50 am @ Ari Kaplan
In my column for the National Law Journal online today, I note that the time has come to talk more openly about the cost of a legal education and I don’t mean cheaper, I mean different.
I have been studying the industry for years. I released my report: The Evolution of the Legal Profession: A Conversation with the Legal Community’s Thought Leaders on the Front Lines of an Industry in Transition (underwritten by DiscoverReady) in 2010 and have addressed law students at almost 50 law schools worldwide since the release of my first book, The Opportunity Maker in 2008.
My conclusion: 2012 can be the year to implement a positive shift in the logistics of legal education. The legal academic community has jump-started this discussion by beginning to implement changes to the curriculum, practical training initiatives, and greater transparency in reporting employment statistics.
January 9th, 2012 → 7:18 am @ Ari Kaplan
I have had the honor of addressing students at law schools at colleges throughout North America and at the London School of Economics. As such, I am always interested in spotlighting great resources and speaking with those who provide them. During my visit to LSE, I met with Paul Harris, founder of AllAboutLaw and AllAboutCareers to talk about how he and his team are making career advice more accessible to students across the globe. We discussed why he founded AllAboutLaw in September of 2008 and its growth to about 25,000 members, who regularly access a wealth of information about law schools, courses, internships, jobs, and firms in the UK. Watch our interview below:
January 3rd, 2012 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I had the good fortune of interviewing Tony Williams, the founder of Jomati Consultants and the former managing partner for Clifford Chance, for Reinventing Professional Services and during my visit to London late last year. We discussed trends in the legal profession for 2012 and Williams noted that “Law firms are going through a massive transformation … and it is really just beginning.” He highlighted that law firms are coming to terms with a more sophisticated buyer, globalization, and relatively flat profitability. These factors, among others, are causing firms to think about how they operate, the clients they target, and the markets in which they provide services. In 2012, Jomati will be releasing a report addressing the shape of the new law firm and offering ideas for increasing profitability and competing in new markets, including those throughout Asia and Africa. Watch our interview below:
December 22nd, 2011 → 7:05 am @ Ari Kaplan
During my visit to London over Thanksgiving to speak at the 2011 BigHand User Conference, I met with Andrew Partridge, co-founder of Mondaq about the evolution of content distribution and the value of metrics in marketing. He noted that since the market has changed, professionals are much more focused on who reads their work, why and for how long. Metrics that can profile those readers and permit organic follow-up are increasingly important. Ultimately, content generation is about showcasing your expertise, he notes. “The key is getting to the detailed analytics behind the readership.” Watch our interview below:
December 20th, 2011 → 7:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I read about a recent initiative by Australian software firm, Nuix, to combine its e-discovery technology with a worthy philanthropic initiative and had the opportunity to interview Eddie Sheehy, the company’s CEO. He explained that following the Nuix Exchange in October for clients, judges (from both the U.S. and the U.K.), and prominent thought leaders, including keynote speaker Craig Ball, his team created an initiative to offer the legal community a 10GB version of Nuix Desktop called Proof Finder for $100/copy and donate 100% of the proceeds to Room to Read, an organization that partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish libraries, create local language children’s literature, and construct schools, among other projects. Nuix was able to generate $17,000 in the first 10 days of its campaign. Watch our interview below:
December 16th, 2011 → 9:15 am @ Ari Kaplan
I am in the process of finalizing a research report that will be released at LegalTech NY (click here for last year’s study) for which I spent most of the fall interviewing corporate counsel from across the country. With those conversations in mind, I recently had the chance to speak with David Samia, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Bridgeway Software, a provider of legal management tools for the Fortune 1000. We discussed how metrics are reinventing the way legal departments delivering their services. He shared his insights on changes that metrics are helping chief legal officers make and key best practices. Specifically, he noted that metrics provide a way for law departments to demonstrate the value that they provide to the broader business and recommended that in-house counsel identify their key performance indicators so that the law department can agree with the business unit on how it will be measured. Watch our interview below: