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A Discussion on Advancing Legal Project Management

Posted by ilta on March 20th, 2017

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?

Speakers:
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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Learning Management System Deep Dive Series - Course Scheduling

Posted by ilta on December 27th, 2016

Description: Because it is one of the main functions of an LMS, we're looking at course scheduling this month. In this podcast, we'll touch on everything from developing a strategy on how much and when to offer classes, as well as the challenges with scheduling training virtually or across multiple offices. Do you segregate classes by role and what challenges or benefits has that presented with scheduling? Are other departments in your firm using the LMS for scheduling? Finally, how do you promote or communicate your class schedule?

Moderator: Michelle Spencer's skills reside at the intersection of people, processes, technology and learning. She can translate technology for non-technical people and manage projects by getting groups connected and communicating, enabling them to work effectively towards their end goal. Michelle is adept at managing learning and IT projects from both the technical and human perspectives. She uses her knowledge -- gained from three decades spent on both legal and IT project teams -- to help your team. Contact Michelle at michelle@legallearningnetwork.com.

Participants:
Sean McGinty is the Senior Learning and Development Engineer at Carlton Fields, where his focus is on instructional design, audio/video production, LMS management and instructor lead training. He has worked in legal for over nine years and has over 20 years of experience in learning and development, spanning multiple industry groups. Sean holds several certifications in instructional systems design and learning and development software packages.

Claire Morris is an IT Training Manager for a leading international law firm. An accomplished professional with over 15 years of legal technology experience, she is passionate about developing the technical skills of all staff members. Claire creates new and innovative learning programs to deliver essential skills and make the best use of firm technology. She understands the unique culture of a law firm and that providing a full variety of learning methods is key to creating an environment where all can learn.

Lida Pinkham has over 20 years of experience leading technology learning in industries including higher education, libraries, banking and law firms. Since joining Ice Miller in 2014, she has led the technology training team to expand technology learning to a variety of formats, partnered with HR to develop a learning and assessment program for secretaries, and increased usage of learning materials and the LMS by over 200 percent, developing a culture where all are empowered to learn and develop. A Microsoft Office Certified Specialist with a Master of Education, Lida is involved in the Association for Talent Development, organizes a monthly legal technology trainer lunch and is a member of the Midwest Legal Technology Trainers steering committee.

Recorded on 12-19-16

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ILTA Radio - Ask the Expert: The Ins and Outs of Professional Development and Leadership - Scott Christensen

Posted by ilta on December 21st, 2016

As we enter and rise through the ranks of our organizations, we face the opportunities and challenges afforded by two separate yet interlaced aspects of employment: professional development, bettering ourselves and accomplishing goals, and leadership, the responsibility of finding ways to best serve those whom we manage and help them accomplish their goals.

 

To explore this further, we asked three of your ILTA peers to share their experiences, advice and tips. Read the article that summarizes all three perspectives in the Winter 2016 Peer to Peer

Featured in this episode: Scott Christensen, Senior Associate at Olenick & Associates, speaks about professional development. 

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ILTA Radio - Ask the Expert: The Ins and Outs of Professional Development and Leadership - Charles Baldwin

Posted by ilta on December 21st, 2016

As we enter and rise through the ranks of our organizations, we face the opportunities and challenges afforded by two separate yet interlaced aspects of employment: professional development, bettering ourselves and accomplishing goals, and leadership, the responsibility of finding ways to best serve those whom we manage and help them accomplish their goals.

 

To explore this further, we asked three of your ILTA peers to share their experiences, advice and tips. Read the article that summarizes all three perspectives in the Winter 2016 Peer to Peer

Featured in this episode: Charles Baldwin, Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, speaks about leadership.

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ILTA Radio - Ask the Expert: The Ins and Outs of Professional Development and Leadership - Brian Donato

Posted by ilta on December 21st, 2016

As we enter and rise through the ranks of our organizations, we face the opportunities and challenges afforded by two separate yet interlaced aspects of employment: professional development, bettering ourselves and accomplishing goals, and leadership, the responsibility of finding ways to best serve those whom we manage and help them accomplish their goals.

To explore this further, we asked three of your ILTA peers to share their experiences, advice and tips. Read the article that summarizes all three perspectives in the Winter 2016 Peer to Peer

Featured in this episode: Brian Donato, Chief Information Officer at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, speaks about leadership. 

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The Evolution of the Business of Law: The Legal Supplier Ecosystem

Posted by ilta on December 5th, 2016

Description: Twenty years ago, law firms handled most of a company's legal needs. The internet revolution and the great recession have both caused law departments to question this traditional model, and spawned a dizzying array of legal technologies and alternative legal service providers. By 2020, leading companies will have assembled a variety of these solutions into integrated ecosystems for delivering legal services with greater quality, efficiency and flexibility. In this podcast, two leading commentators share their views on what these ecosystems will look like.

Speakers:
Liam Brown helps general counsel and law firm leaders design and implement successful strategies to improve effectiveness and efficiency. In 2011, he launched Elevate, a business of law provider of strategy, operations, technology and talent to legal departments and law firms worldwide. The company has won numerous awards and honors, most recently ranking #53 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list. Liam was previously the founder, president and CEO of Integreon, Inc., a global LPO he led to annual sales of $150 million before selling his stake to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the president, COO and co-founder of a pioneering Web 1.0 virtual data room technology company (now Merrill DataSite), which he sold in 2001. Liam is a frequent speaker and writer on trends in the legal sector, an active investor in emerging legal technologies and an executive coach for startup founders.

Bill Mooz has over 30 years of experience in helping law departments, law firms and businesses improve their operational efficiency and profitability. After graduating from law school, Bill clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, then joined Holland & Hart, LLP where he co-founded and managed the firm's office in Boulder, CO. He moved in-house in 1997, serving as deputy general counsel in charge of legal support for a multi-billion dollar BU at Sun Microsystems, and later headed M&A diligence and integration and contracting infrastructure for VMware. In these positions, Bill has led multiple transformation projects involving contracting, M&A, joint ventures and license management. He also founded the Tech Lawyer Accelerator program at Colorado Law, which teaches the next generation of lawyers how to deliver accelerated value to clients in the high-tech industry.

Recorded on 11-28-16

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CIO and IT Director - First 100 Days

Posted by ilta on October 31st, 2016

Description: Listen in as ILTA member Amanda Sturgeon interviews Adrian White, the CIO at WilmerHale, about the plans, culture adjustments and lessons learned related to his 2016 transition into his current position.

Speakers:
Amanda Sturgeon
has worked at Bryan Cave LLP for close to 10 years. She is currently part of the firm's client technology department, where she is a senior member of the client lawyer collaboration team. Most of Amanda's time is spent consulting, training and developing new technology that helps lawyers better share real-time content and data with their clients. Her passion is strategizing innovative ways to solve common pain points for lawyers and clients.

Adrian White is the Chief Information Officer at WilmerHale, leading the firm's technology, library, records and knowledge management staff and services. Adrian rejoined WilmerHale in early 2016, after almost four years as the CIO at Arnold & Porter. Before leaving for A&P, he was with WilmerHale for over 13 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility involving systems architecture, knowledge management, library and research services, project management and nearly all forms of technology services. Adrian holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law.

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Learning Management System Deep Dive Series - Managing Content

Posted by ilta on October 31st, 2016

Description: In this installment, several of your law firm training peers discuss how they are managing training content and share the strategies they've developed to drive learners to access the content in their learning management systems (LMS).

Moderator: Michelle Spencer's skills reside at the intersection of people, processes, technology and learning. She can translate technology for non-technical people and manage projects by getting groups connected and communicating, enabling them to work effectively towards their end goal. Michelle is adept at managing learning and IT projects from both the technical and human perspectives. She uses her knowledge -- gained from three decades spent on both legal and IT project teams -- to help your team.

Speakers:
Elizabeth Greene
is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Fennemore Craig, P.C., where she is responsible for creating and managing staff retention and development programs, including rewards and recognition programs, to instill a team-based culture within the firm. Elizabeth architects training program platforms to support continuous skills assessment and development, and measures the effectiveness of the human resources programs.

Sean McGinty is the Senior Learning and Development Engineer at Carlton Fields, where his focus is on instructional design, audio/video production, LMS management and instructor lead training. He has worked in legal for over nine years and has over 20 years of experience in learning and development, spanning multiple industry groups. Sean holds several certifications in instructional systems design and learning and development software packages.

Claire Morris is an IT Training Manager for a leading international law firm. An accomplished professional with over 15 years of legal technology experience, she is passionate about developing the technical skills of all staff members. Claire creates new and innovative learning programs to deliver essential skills and make the best use of firm technology. She understands the unique culture of a law firm and that providing a full variety of learning methods is key to creating an environment where all can learn.

Lida Pinkham has over 20 years of experience leading technology learning in industries including higher education, libraries, banking and law firms. Since joining Ice Miller in 2014, she has led the technology training team to expand technology learning to a variety of formats, partnered with HR to develop a learning and assessment program for secretaries, and increased usage of learning materials and the LMS by over 200 percent, developing a culture where all are empowered to learn and develop. A Microsoft Office Certified Specialist with a Master of Education, Lida is involved in the Association for Talent Development, organizes a monthly legal technology trainer lunch and is a member of the Midwest Legal Technology Trainers steering committee.

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ISO 27001 - An Overview of the ISO Process

Posted by ilta on August 26th, 2016

Description: In this second episode in a series, we continue our discussion about the ISO process. In the first episode, we explored how to understand and pitch ISO 27001's value to firm management. In this session, we take a deeper dive into the actual process of applying for and achieving ISO 27001 certification. Topics include:

  • What does the road map look like?
  • What is the scope?
  • Which offices are included in the scope?
  • What resources do you need to assign?
  • How long does it take?
  • How to begin?

Speakers:
Mark Combs, the CIO at Steptoe & Johnson, has expertise in information security, technology, strategy, people and project management. He has provided leadership for all areas of IT including networking, telecommunications, PC and application support, project management and data center operations. With 18 years of healthcare IT experience, Mark has previously served in a number of management and security roles. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems and a Certified HIPAA Security Specialist.

John Verry, Pivot Point Security's Managing Partner, is an ISO 27001 Certified Lead Auditor. He established and directs Pivot Point Security's ISO 27001 practice area, focusing on the legal vertical. John helps law firms, e-discovery firms and service providers to law firms discover how ISO 27001 can reduce the security, compliance and attestation challenges that law firms are wrestling with, and gain ISO certification in a proven, efficient and fiscally sound process.

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ILTA Radio: Trial Support A-Z Series - Trial Technology

Posted by ilta on August 25th, 2016

Description: In this episode of the Trial Support A-Z series, we discuss in-court room trial technology and war room set ups. Topics covered include:

  • Court room technologies - software and hardware needs
  • Court room standards and protocols - judge standing orders and court room personnel
  • War room set ups - identify the best locations, equipment and layouts

Speakers:
Christopher Acosta
, the Director of Practice Support at Nossaman LLP, consults with practice groups and clients on e-discovery, data governance and efficiencies in legal project management. He handles the firm-wide coordination and promotion of practice technology, identifies and evaluates new practice technologies, and manages practice support staff. Christopher built the firm's first litigation support department, establishing standard protocols and procedures.

Christopher Puente is the Manager of Litigation Support at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, where he leads coordination of current and new technology applications firm wide and consults with practice groups and clients on e-discovery matters. He oversees the litigation support and trial support teams.

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