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Legal Operations Insights from Google's Mary O’Carroll

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community

blog_bloomberg-conversation-with-mary-ocarroll.pngOriginally published as a live, developing conversation on Bloomberg's Big Law Business (to see how these work, follow March 15's new discussion), this interview between ReplyAll co-founder Zach Abramowitz and Google's head of legal operations, Mary O'Carroll, discusses the changing landscape of legal operations and how the modern corporation is keeping up.

As Dan Carmel, CMO of iManage, recently told me, “The profile of the customer is changing.” Industry insiders I’ve spoken with estimate that more than half of the Fortune 500 companies employ at least one person in legal operations, while some estimates are much higher. Consider that the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s (CLOC) conference last year had around 500 attendees while this year they are expecting closer to a thousand attendees at their conference in Las Vegas.

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

2017-03-28+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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At the Border and Beyond: e-Discovery Aspects of Criminal Matters and Investigations

2017-03-28+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

blog_at-the-border-and-beyond-ediscovery-aspects-of-criminal-matters.pngAs we discussed at Legalweek’s Legaltech 2017, e-discovery has been a crucial part of complex commercial litigation, but it hasn’t been a traditional priority in criminal matters.

Times are changing.

With the proliferation of digital data, e-discovery is not only becoming more of an issue in criminal matters—it’s sometimes becoming just as important as it is in civil litigation.

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4 Qualities Modern Corporations Need in Their Legal Teams

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

blog_4-modern-qualities-corps-need-legal.pngThere is plenty to be said about how the litigation attorney’s day-to-day has evolved with the advent of big data, increased litigation, and high-tech e-discovery. Undoubtedly, in-house legal teams have undergone the same evolution—so how has this changed what the modern corporation needs from its legal department?

In short, a highly effective in-house team requires more than just legal prowess. What other qualities are key in producing value for their companies?

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Survey Says: Analytics Making In-house a Home

2017-03-28+0000| | Information Governance, Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel

blog_analytics-is-making-in-house-a-home-.pngIn January, members of the World Economic Forum met at their annual Davos summit to discuss analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI), topics with enough potential to have global business leaders expressing both optimism and fear:

"It's not like we actually have economic growth today. So we actually need technological breakthrough, we need AI ... Our responsibility is to have the AI augment the human ingenuity and augment the human opportunity." - Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO 

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5 e-Discovery Attitudes to Get You Through ‘til Spring

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-ediscovery-attitudes-to-get-you-through-spring.pngWhether you’re knee-deep in snow or wishing you were, suffering from an acute lack of vitamin D, or just waiting for the flowers to start blooming again, we’ve all experienced it: the winter rut. There’s nothing quite like dreary weather and flight delays to get you itching for a nice dose of spring.

In fact, it’s well known that productivity at work tends to fall during the winter months. Cabin fever, failed resolutions, and chilly conditions can and do have a negative impact on job performance. But if you stay positive and adopt the right mindset, you’ll do just fine as you await the sunny company of the daisies in your window box.

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5 Tactics to Improve Your Security in 2017

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_security-tips-security-bill.pngThere are few modern catastrophes more frightening to today’s corporation than a data breach. When critical data is compromised, everyone suffers: employees, customers, CEOs, and legal teams must all face the consequences.

Fortunately, even as would-be hackers with ill intent get smarter, technology is getting smarter, too. There are ways for every organization to protect themselves against threats, cyber and otherwise.

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e-Discovery in 2017: Back to the Future?

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_is-ediscovery-going-back-to-the-future-in-2017.pngEditor's note: this article originally appeared in Legaltech News.

One could argue that 2016 was the year e-discovery started “trending,” with a certain presidential candidate’s emails dominating the news cycle for much of the second half of the year. But the limelight wasn’t the only notable thing about e-discovery this year—new technologies, several high-profile cases, and notable mergers and acquisitions have left many of us wondering what’s next.

As we embark on new adventures in 2017, we talked with members of the profession and the industry about what they think is on the horizon and gathered seven predictions—five things we’ll expect to see in 2017, and two things we won’t.

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e-Discovery Star Wars, Episode II: Defending your Galaxy

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Litigation Support

122016-rogue-one-part-2.png"Plug in. He should be able to interpret the entire Imperial computer network." – Obi-Wan Kenobi, speaking about R2-D2 seconds after accessing a “secure” Death Star control room

In our last post inspired by the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we looked at how lessons from the Star Wars films reveal three key ways that every organization can better secure themselves against modern cyber threats: don’t be arrogant, keep an active imagination, and create a culture of security. William Lederer, chief security officer at kCura (respectfully and affectionately known as “Security Bill”) helped provide some insights into how these tactics can impact an organization’s security strategy.

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Save Yourself from Holiday Lethargy with These CLE Opportunities

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

121416-ediscovery-education-opps.pngAhh, December. That time of year where trees and rooftops twinkle and Mariah Carey warbles on about what she wants for Christmas. It’s a season of love and celebration—and of course an opportunity for almost everyone, kids from age 1 to 92, to get a few days away from their day jobs.

But when your feet are sore from shopping and your will exhausted from dodging controversial topics at the dinner table, don’t let your mind atrophy. Instead, squeeze in a few minutes here and there to brush up on your e-discovery knowledge, make plans for the coming year, and maybe even earn a few CLE credits along the way.

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