My first car was a gray Pontiac Sunbird and, being that I was intrigued by manual transmissions, I had to have this feature even though I only knew how to drive an automatic. You may ask, “Why did you buy a new car that you couldn’t even drive?” Well, my rationale was that if the car was purchased, I would have to force myself to learn and face my fear. So, I bought the car and a good friend drove it home for me and, for about a month, I stared out the window trying to get up the nerve to learn how to drive it. One day, after growing tired of catching the bus, I found the nerve to learn and, of course, it wasn’t that bad. I drove that car for 13 years. Although it wasn’t new technology, it was new to me and it was a giant beast I had to conquer. (more…)
Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals go to work each day to address vital issues for their clients. It’s critical that law firms use innovative and advanced solutions to maximize their practice’s productivity.
That’s why we developed Dispatcher Phoenix Legal, our award-winning document workflow application. This legal records management system specifically designed to streamline the processing of case files, affidavits, subpoenas and other legal documents. Dispatcher Phoenix Legal helps our customers with the document-processing challenges that they face every day, driving efficiencies and allowing attorneys to focus on what they do best – the practice of law.
Casner & Edwards, the law firm that was highlighted in a customer success story and blog, used Dispatcher Phoenix to speed their printing process. But that’s not the only way that legal professionals can take advantage of the advanced processing features of Dispatcher Phoenix to work more quickly and accurately.
Your company has undoubtedly invested significant time, energy and money to develop intellectual property (IP) – unique ideas, methodologies and trade secrets – as well as other intangible assets – customer lists, plans for future products, non-public financial information, contracts with suppliers, software source code, and so on.
These information assets are extremely valuable, and often what differentiate you from the competition. In the wrong hands – the hands of a competitor, for example – the damage could be catastrophic.
IT professionals lie awake at night making sure their networks are protected from outside threats. And yet you don’t have to look too far to find high-profile examples of security breaches. The 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures and the release of thousands of private emails and documents was both costly and embarrassing for the company.
Perhaps, it’s another headline-grabbing event that offers an indication of what may be a more common and pervasive threat to your information assets: the release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents by Edward Snowden. Snowden, you may recall, was a contractor working for the NSA when he copied and released classified information without authorization. This wasn’t a hack from the outside; it was the job of an “insider.” (more…)
“Change is the only constant in life,” so said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, around 500 B.C. As I look toward the legal environment in 2017, that saying is alive and well thanks to the emergence of robotics, other workplace of the future solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), the next critical wave of change in law firms.
What is different from Heraclitus’ time is the velocity at which change is occurring. Advancing law firm technology has pushed firms to move uncommonly fast to implement the changes necessary to garner the benefits that are possible for strategic growth and overall survival. The law firm of the future must address these coming influences that are re-engineering how work will be done. What are these influences that I believe will impact the legal arena in 2017? Here are my predictions: (more…)
Ever since I was young, I have had a gift for spotting antique furniture. Even if it had 10 coats of paint and was unrecognizable as a relevant piece of history, I could see past that and find the hidden gem. As a hobby, I go on “antique adventures” throughout New England in the hopes of spotting that piece of furniture to refinish and bring back to its glory days. I do this because these antiques are, indeed, relevant.
Most recently, I spotted an art deco statute that was being used as an outside doorstop for more than 30 years. To my surprise, it was a 1920s original bearing the signature of Mr. Arthur von Frankenberg, one of New York’s well-known artists and sculptors who owned Frankart, Inc. “The Lady,” as I have named her, has been restored and made relevant again. She holds my peppermint treats.
Unlike an old antique that may be pushed into a corner of a barn and forgotten, I have the power to keep myself relevant. The legal space is changing at lightning speed. With cyber and data security continuing to be a threat, law firms migrating to the cloud and information governance along with eDiscovery remain hot topics.
My current role as Konica Minolta’s national legal solutions manager entails following trends in the legal vertical to ensure we stay relevant for our customers and remain an industry leader and trusted advisor.
Over the past few years, I have obtained project management professional certification (PMP®) to understand project management methodologies and the PMI agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP®) to understand agile business intelligence so that Konica Minolta’s legal vertical can move quickly as the market changes while keeping pace with customer demands. For example,
key offerings for the legal vertical are computer forensics, eDiscovery and managed review services. As such, I have obtained the certified eDiscovery specialist certification (CEDS®) to maintain my relevance and joined the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) to network with my peers and to keep abreast of the ever changing eDiscovery landscape.
Lastly, I am almost at the finish line for my master’s degree in law and governance with a concentration in legal technology, compliance and regulations.
The golden rule for every business: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.”
– Orison Swett Marden
More than ever, organizations are keenly aware that they can have cutting-edge products, superior customer service and the best talent but, if they are not keeping pace with their customers’ needs, they don’t have a working formula for success.
In the legal industry, technology trends are rapidly changing. So, all aboard! The train has left the station and keeping pace is more paramount than ever.
Remember the ending of “Indiana Jones,” when the Ark of the Covenant is wheeled through a giant government warehouse, to be stored amid acres of similar boxes? That scene is reminiscent of the hunt a paralegal would undertake to find a piece of evidence, the proverbial needle in the haystack. (more…)