And the Winners Are . . .

Just returned from the Legaltech New York technology conference. This was the sixth year that I joied a panel of judges, with Prof. Fred Lederer and Andy Adkins. We review submissions each year and selected winners in Law Technology News’ law firm innovation awards. It is always fun to work with Fred and Andy and to see where law firms and legal organizations are pushing the technology envelope.

Managing Information in Litigation Lifecycle

The 2010 Advocate’s Society Fall Forum included a panel on managing information that you gather and use during the litigation lifecycle, from case intake to trial. I was teamed up with 3 experienced litigators and the director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center for a panel discussion on how to stay on top of the information throughout your case.

Finding Social Media for Marketing, Business Intelligence

The life of the law librarian is never dull and for many years there has been a noticeable shift from traditional legal research to assisting in business development and business and competitive intelligence. How much a law librarian does will depend on the firm and the position of the librarian within it. An increasingly easy resource to tap are the many social media resources – from blogs and their comments to life-streaming services like Twitter or Jaiku – that are available on the Web. Not only are they available, they offer content that may be more off the cuff and informal than other corporate-vetted content. I write about how to find some of this information in this month’s Web Watch in Law Technology News.

Best of ABA Techshow 2009. Twice!

The American Bar Association Techshow 2010 is generating a bit of interest as it gears up, and they are highlighting presentations from the 2009 conference. The two sessions I did with Catherine Sanders Reach were selected and the Techshow blog is linking to free copies of our papers on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cost-effective legal research.

Security in a Wired World

Today I participated in my first teleconference continuing legal education (CLE) seminar. Not only was that a first, but I was with the largest panel of speakers I’d ever experienced at one session and from a variety of backgrounds. The session went smoothly and I picked up a lot of interesting tips and hopefully the content will be useful for the live (and future) participants.

Right Size Your (Legal) Research Published

I wrote a short piece for the Ontario Bar Association, a branch of the Canadian Bar Association, on some tips for managing the costs of legal research. Since research is not a large part of most lawyers’ work, it makes sense to keep tabs on what you’re paying for and how you can save money by balancing your research overhead costs with free resources. As many librarians know, if you don’t watch closely what you’re getting in print and online, you can quickly see your costs rise with little tangible added value. This includes the usual suspects – your local law association libraries, for example – but also some concepts familiar to law librarians that may not be so apparent to lawyers.