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Extensive and unexpected technology expenditures in the past year have motivated C-Level and Director level executives to reexamine and refine justifications for new products and projects. This podcast session will highlight practical tips for the effective creation of a business case.

Questions Glenn will ask Kate:

· Kate, you were pretty excited when we first spoke about this potential topic. Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience and how it relates to the art and craft of building effective business cases.

· “Business Case” is a term of art that can mean different things to different people and in different contexts so let’s start there. What is a “business case”… or more specifically, what is “an effective business case?”

· Based on your experience, where do you recommend people start? What topic or element should they focus on first?

· Once the business goals and objectives are clearly defined, what comes next? What are the other elements that we should think about including?

· This seems like a LOT of information to wade through. How do you balance that against the probability that the C-Level or senior decision maker may not have the time and energy to comb through all these details?

· You described the business case as an “investment in the future success of the project”. What did you mean by that? How does the business case come into play after you get the green light to move the project/purchase forward?

@Glenn Hoxie - Senior Project Manager, Practice Innovation and Legal Solutions, Paul Hastings LLP

@Kate Cain - Senior Director of Knowledge & Innovation Delivery, Fenwick & West LLP

​Recorded on 12-20-2021

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Many junior and mid-level associates are beginning to realize that the billable model is moving towards fixed-fee arrangements. This is becoming especially true during the pandemic, where everyone is looking to cut costs. In this podcast session, we will learn more about how to handle transactions using less lawyer time (through AI or other methods)

@Brian P. Morris - IT Business Relationship Manager, Holland & Knight LLP

@Tobin Brown - Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie​

Recorded on 08-06-2021

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The continued growth of law firms, and the increasing transience of their attorneys, have created many new risks for firms to account for regarding conflicts of interest management.   Increasingly, large international Firms have transitioned to a centralized approach for conflicts clearance, utilizing non fee-earning professionals for this function. 

Despite this, challenges remain - particularly stemming from increasingly restrictive conflicts language within Outside Counsel Guidelines as well as recent US case law.  In this podcast session, the speaker will focus on discussing the unique conflicts challenges faced by US firms with international presence and various approaches to these challenges; how technology and centralization are the key to meeting these challenges; and whether changes to the conflicts rules are needed in order to "modernize" and account for the breadth of today's international law firm and technological advances.

@Tracey Pardo - IS Process Improvement Analyst, Cooley LLP

@Mark Agin - Senior Manager of Global New Business Intake and Information Management, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Recorded on 07-23-2021

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The majority of decision and approval based work are manual workflows. In this brief yet definitive podcast, the speaker will give an in-depth review of identifying processes for workflows, gathering requirements and effectively increasing user adoption. Furthermore, we will touch on the importance of gathering data and organizing it to develop distinct Business Intelligence for productivity and data driven decisions.

@Jack Recinto, Senior Applications Director, Vedder Price P.C.

@Harriet Joubert-Vaklyes, Innovation Project Manager, Greenberg Traurig

Recorded on 5-14-2021

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Description: What is all the talk about legal project management? This discussion, Q&A style, dives in to the ins and outs of project management (PM) and legal project management(LPM) from the beginning phase of looking to implement it in your business or law firm. Why is legal project management important for every organization to take stock in and implement to increase productivity? How can LPM help you and your business become more efficient in your daily workflows and produce greater work product?

Jinni Zieleniewski is a Litigation Support Specialist with the ediscovery and
litigation support group at KMK. Her responsibilities include managing discovery evidence throughout the litigation life cycle, providing electronic document review management and designing and generating electronic document production deliverables in a cost-effective and value-added manner. A member of the information technology group working exclusively in litigation and the ediscovery task force, Jinni bridges the gap between counsel and IT by helping litigation attorneys educate clients about proactive, compliant and cost-effective ediscovery.

Michael T. Clear is a Partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP, where his practice is focused on estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate litigation and business succession planning. Michael serves on the firm's client service delivery task force, which is leading the implementation of legal project management at the firm. He is a co-chair of the Probate and Estates Section of the Fairfield County Bar Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange (CT XPX).

Recorded on 1-10-17

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