Commentary

Technology in the legal space

The required skillset of 21st century lawyers is different from earlier generations’. The legal field has undergone a dramatic technological transformation, and many legal functions have evolved accordingly. And yet, even with all the change that’s already occurred, the innovative tech surge has likely just begun. Here are three reasons why you should embrace technological
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Meeting and Exceeding Client Expectations

Clients are demanding more for less.  It has become almost cliché, and yet — like many clichés — one that contains a central truth which legal practitioners ignore at their own peril.  Given the increased transparency into legal processes and pricing, the competitive environment created by the economic downturn, the increase in legal outsourcing options,
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Joshua Gilliland, of Bow Tie Law, Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry understands ediscovery. More importantly, his opinions have the classic “IRAC” analysis of Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. This makes Judge Cherry’s cases on the form of production—like Dixon v. Experian Info. Solutions, Inc.—very educational reading.   Form of Production Overview A producing party can state
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Moving Towards Strategic Legal IT

Last month, David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research offered a very insightful analysis of barriers to technological change in the legal space. He called out specific challenges to innovation faced by both IT and legal teams at firms. Based on his analysis, David provided six ideas that could help turn the situation around: Create insight
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Document De-Duplication

A great guest post from Josh Gilliland, of Bow Tie Law, about lawyer responsibility: What is an attorney’s Duty of Loyalty to review discovery documents before producing them to an opposing party? That issue recently arose in Price Waicukauski & Riley v. Murray, a summary judgment battle between a client and his former attorneys. The
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Language evolves.  Hyphenates evolve rapidly.  For example, remember when email was ‘e-mail’?  Over time—whether by design, accident, or sheer laziness—that hyphen faded from use, and eventually the keepers of the style keys had to recognize this change. Even the Chicago Manual of Style acknowledges that hyphenates have a short shelf life.  “With frequent use, open
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