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Certifiable! The Value of Certifications to Your Career - CIPP, CIPM and CIPT with IAPP

Posted by ilta on 27th August 2015

Certifiable! The Value of Certifications to Your Career - CIPP, CIPM and CIPT with IAPP

Description: Is a certification in information privacy right for you? Find out as Doug Forman of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) talks about the history and benefits of the Certified Information Privacy Professional, Manager and Technologist (CIPP, CIPM and CIPT) certifications with Jim Merrifield, IGP, CIP, in the second of a series of ILTA podcasts on industry-related certifications.

Speakers:
Jim Merrifield is the firm-wide Information Governance Manager at Robinson & Cole LLP and co-founder of the first ever conference focused exclusively on information governance, InfoGovCon. He is a respected advisor in the IG community and an active member of several industry associations including ILTA, IAPP and ARMA. Jim's information governance experience includes deployment of enterprise programs, policy development and enforcement, creation of disposition programs, technology solution evaluation and consulting services. He is a certified information governance professional (IGP), has written for numerous publications, blogs at R+C Data Privacy & Security Insider and TechTarget, and frequently speaks on information governance and data privacy issues. Contact Jim at jmerrifield@rc.com.

Douglas Forman is the Certification Director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a professional membership organization that offers education, events and certification to those who work in information privacy. Before arriving at the IAPP, Doug spent eight years developing standardized assessments for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware and others. He can be contacted at dforman@iapp.org.

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Maintaining Confidentiality of Client Information

Posted by ilta on 17th August 2015

Maintaining Confidentiality of Client Information
Are you getting pressure from your clients to improve the confidentiality of information in your firm’s possession?  Have you been asked by your lawyers why their ethical obligations aren’t enough to satisfy clients?  Have you considered locking down your document repositories as a response?  Listen to two veteran law firm technologists discuss their experience with these issues and more.
Scott Christensen
Scott Christensen is currently a CIO at Large, serving in technology leadership positions with national and global law firms over the past 25+ years. At Edwards, Wildman Palmer LLP, Scott served as the Director of Technology (US) and Information Security. Prior to Edwards, Wildman, he was the IT Director at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP. He has served in numerous industry volunteer roles including six years on the Board of Directors for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), and two years as ILTA’s President.  He served on the planning committee for ILTA’s 2014 and 2015 LegalSec (Information Security) Summit, and is a member of the Law Firm Information Governance Task Force, an IG ThinkTank sponsored by Iron Mountain. 
 
He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences including ILTA, ARMA and ALA on the topics of leadership, hiring and retaining staff, information governance, information security, electronic records management, risk management and cloud computing. He enjoys teaching occasional college courses in the areas of Computer Science and Business Management. Scott also has experience serving on the Board of Directors of other non-profit organizations with oversight over finance, personnel and governance matters. 

Brian Donato
With 28 years of experience ranging from software developer to process engineer to security officer to IT director, Brian Donato brings a broad technology and business background to his current position of CIO at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP where he has worked for the last 17 years.  Brian is married with 4 kids and 1 dog, all currently connected to the Internet of Things. 

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Taking Lessons from SeyfarthLean

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Nearly 10 years ago, Seyfarth Shaw blazed a trail as the first major law firm to apply Six Sigma and Lean process improvement methodologies to better serve the needs of their clients.

Starting with process improvements in law firm operations, Six Sigma and Lean thinking have become pervasive throughout the culture of Seyfarth and changed the way Seyfarth’s legal teams deliver services to clients. Seyfarth used these process improvement methods to drive value for their clients through more efficient delivery of legal services, better quality of services, lower cost and greater budget predictability. Spurred by overwhelming demand from their clients, Seyfarth is again breaking new ground with the formation of SeyfarthLean Consulting, a dedicated team of 30 technologists, legal project managers, data analytics specialists and process improvement professionals who work with clients and law firm partners to improve the delivery of legal services.

James Kittle spoke with SeyfarthLean Consulting directors Kim Craig and Andrew Baker to learn more about their efforts. (Read the article in the Summer 2015 Peer to Peer)

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Angela Dowd

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Angela Dowd, Director of Practice Innovation at Burns & Levinson, LLP.

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Toby Brown

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Toby Brown, Chief Practice Officer at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.

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Ask the Expert: Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow with Ted Theodoropolous

Posted by ilta on 13th August 2015

Leaders within law firms and legal departments have identified that business and legal process improvements are mandatory to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. This topic is a great fit for ILTA's Law2020 initiative that focuses on ways in which legal organizations must adapt to thrive in the future. We enlisted three of your ILTA peers to share their thoughts on improvements to make today for a better tomorrow, and they shared visions of the future. You can read the article that includes all three perspectives in the Summer 2015 edition of Peer to Peer.

Here is our interview with Ted Theodoropolous, President of Acrowire.

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Starting as KM Leader at a New Firm

Posted by ilta on 7th August 2015

Description: ILTA's Knowledge Management Peer Group is pleased to present this podcast featuring the perspectives of KM leaders Gina Lynch of Paul Weiss and Ali Shahidi of Cooley, both of whom recently joined these firms to lead their KM programs. Gina and Ali discuss their KM roles at their prior and current firms, how and why Paul Weiss and Cooley have defined the scope of KM, and their short- and long-term project priorities. They also provide useful thoughts on the benefits of longer-tenured KM leaders taking a fresh look at their firms, practices and resources.

Speakers:
Chris Boyd is the Senior Director of Professional Services for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), a 700-attorney firm, leading the teams that recruit, develop and retain the firm's attorneys. In the areas of knowledge management and professional development, Chris and his team design, develop and market learning tools that give each WSGR professional the skills and knowledge required to deliver maximum value to clients. These tools include substantive legal training programs, professional skills group classes and one-on-one coaching, model and sample forms, profiles of past deals and cases, and expertise locators.

Gina Lynch is the Director of Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where she is responsible for all knowledge initiatives and is currently working on information governance standards, workflow solutions and client site strategy. She has been leading knowledge initiatives in global law firms for over 20 years, and prior to joining Paul Weiss worked at Bingham McCutchen as the director of knowledge services, overseeing the library and CI teams. While there, Gina co-chaired the team that implemented an award winning Intranet that drove key metrics around business intelligence, financials, clients and matters to firm partners and business group managers.

Ali Shahidi is the Director of Knowledge Management & Research Services at Cooley LLP. With over 20 years of experience in the legal industry, Ali oversees the firm's knowledge management, business analysis, practice innovation, application development, library and research services functions.

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