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April Runft

April Runft is a member of the marketing communications team at kCura, specializing in content development.

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5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal Tech

2017-07-27+0000| | IT & Infrastructure, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

5 Secrets to Introducing Lasting Change in Legal TechIf only implementing legal technology change were as simple as buying new equipment and plugging it in. But simply having the right solution isn’t enough.

Organizational change starts with individual change. So whether you’re pushing through a new legal operations process or transitioning to new technology, a smart project plan includes adoption of the “new way” in its definition of success and dedicates resources for change management—the people side of change.

Before you dismiss change management as too soft or “woo-woo,” consider: CEB reports that employees suffering from change-related stress perform five percent worse than average; this equates to a $32.5 million impact to the bottom line per $1 billion in revenue.

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Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to Know

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Cyber Insurance 102: Everything Else You Wanted to KnowSince our first cyber insurance post, serious breaches like WannaCry are making it clear that cyber insurance policies are moving from niche to mainstream.  

Vulnerability has become an onion of concern as organizations seek to protect not only their own sensitive data, but also any client data or system connections for which they may be a trustee, such as during e-discovery and other strategic solutions work.  

“Modern enterprises are becoming painfully aware that 100 percent cybersecurity is an impossibility,” says Judy Selby, an insurance and strategic cyber risk consultant. Instead of focusing exclusively on building cyber defenses, smart companies are taking an enterprise approach to managing cyber risks.”  

And for many, cyber insurance is a step in that direction. 

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Women in e-Discovery: How Will You #BeBoldForChange? [VIDEOS]

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_be-bold-for-change.pnge-Discovery asks each of us to be bold. Whether we’re keeping ourselves up to speed on the latest legal developments, influencing our peers to embrace technology for greater efficiency, or encouraging customers to trust analytics, this industry asks us to challenge “the way we’ve always done it” and pushes us to the edge of our comfort zones.

So it’s fitting that this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “be bold for change.” For women in e-discovery, being bold means having the courage to champion not only legal technology—but ourselves as women in the workplace.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cyber Insurance But Were Too Afraid to Ask

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-cyber-insurance.png“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” Maya Angelou

Businesses are advised to insure themselves against all sorts of dangers, however unlikely. Cybersecurity has joined the ranks of acknowledged business vulnerabilities. That vulnerability is particularly strong among corporations who house confidential customer data as a matter of course, like health providers—and it’s also top-of-mind for law firms, who often hold their clients’ most sensitive business and personal information.

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5 More Tips to Nail Your Next e-Discovery Presentation

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_fest-speaker-promo.pngLegaltech 2017 has wrapped up, officially kicking off the year’s industry conference circuit. Here at kCura, we’ve begun preparations for Relativity Fest, our annual user conference in October.

As we’ve been parsing through attendee feedback from past years to see how we can improve this year’s show, we thought your peers’ insights would be helpful for you, too, as you prepare for your speaking circuit this year or muster up the courage to shine your light at Relativity Fest for the first time.

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As with Holiday Cookies, e-Discovery Calls for Trusted Recipes

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

120616-proj-mgmt-community.pngAs we nestle further into December, we mull over what to bring for the office cookie exchange, looking to our favorite recipes for the steps needed to yield a delicious result. Spontaneous creativity has its place in the world (if Top Chef is wrong, we don’t want to be right), but certain ventures benefit from a structured sequence.

Alas, as any baker who’s experienced a Pinterest fail can tell you, simply “beginning with the end in mind” isn’t always enough. Having a tactical roadmap can make all the difference. What about in the world of e-discovery?

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An Agile Law Firm? It Exists, and It’s Getting Results

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Law Firm

111816-agile-law-firm.pngDuring our recent webinar “9 Habits of Resilient Information Leaders,” panelists revealed that one of the top habits is to “stay agile”—practicing the Agile methodology’s tenets of failing fast and iterating quickly.

Software companies have been using the Agile mindset for over a decade, and other disciplines have followed suit. But does the Agile movement—which emphasizes iterative work, faster timelines, and more adaptable project planning—have legs in the legal industry? At kCura, we’re big believers in Agile development—and it seems like a strong fit for e-discovery services, too, given the emphasis on flexible responses to rapid change and purposeful project management.

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Resilience Tips from Relativity Fest’s Women in e-Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

101716-resilience-tips-fest-womens-luncheon.pngWhat’s the biggest, scariest professional change you’ve lived through, and what did you learn from it? What changes do you see coming in e-discovery? We explored these questions and more at Relativity Fest 2016’s women in legal technology luncheon, The e-Discovery Woman’s Guide to Thriving Through Change.

Dorie Blesoff, kCura’s chief people officer, moderated a discussion about resilience and navigating change with a panel of four professionals with a wide range of legal tech expertise. Panelists included Meribeth Banaschik, attorney and solicitor at Noerr LLP in Germany; Monica Bay, fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and longtime editor of Law Technology News; Yvette Bula, senior director of discovery solutions at Commonwealth Legal; and Cinthia Granados Motley, partner at Sedgwick Law and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law.

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11 Students to Bring an Academic Perspective to Relativity Fest

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

092316-Fest-Scholarships.pngWe’re about to get schooled.

The Relativity Academic Partner Program awarded 11 lucky (and hard-working) law and paralegal students with scholarships to Relativity Fest, the annual conference designed to educate and connect the e-discovery community. The recipients, representing eight schools across the United States, will join us in Chicago October 9-11 with a VIP pass to all the hands-on workshops, industry networking, and notable speakers they can handle.

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Legal Education Matches Made in Heaven

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

091616-Legal-Education-Matches-Made-in-Heaven.pngRemember the stress of choosing a major in college? The pressure of making a decision that will steer the rest of your life? Some students are unicorns who arrive on campus knowing exactly which major is for them. For the rest of us, it’s equal parts exploration, trial, and terror . . . er, error.

According to the Law School Admission Council, some of the most common majors of law school applicants for the 2015-16 year were political science, criminal justice, psychology, and English. As if the traditional options weren’t enough, today’s students have an onslaught of emerging majors to choose from, like unmanned aircraft system operations and social media.

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