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JANUARY 2012 | VOLUME 13, NUMBER 1
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The Legal Project Management Enters Adolescence

The Legal Project Management Enters Adolescence

Legal project management (LPM) is growing up – and growing out, according to Pamela H. Woldow and Douglas B. Richardson. The trend, driven by client needs and client demands, continues to evolve and mature as firms big and small pursue ever more practical approaches to LPM implementation.

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Document Assembly as a Means to Improved Client Service

Document Assembly as a Means to Improved Client Service

The bad economy has given new life to knowledge management, as clients pay more attention to law firm efficiency. Document automation is one method of improving document drafting speed and consistency. Several new products have entered the legal market in recent times, affording opportunities that were not previously available. In this article, John Gillies details his firm's experience with kiiac, a linguistic analysis tool that his firm is using to help generate precedents

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Deciding on Document Automation

Deciding on Document Automation

Document automation can play a critical role in providing legal services in a more efficient and effective manner. In deciding whether to implement document automation, Anthony Kikuta writes, it is important to consider the full range of potential benefits and their relevance to your business, as well as your readiness for document automation and the full extent of the investment required.

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The Impact of the Consumerization of IT on Law Firm Technology

The Impact of the Consumerization of IT on Law Firm Technology

Curt Meltzer, CIO at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, discusses the ways in which the consumerization of technology is pushing law firm IT professionals to embrace new tools at a time when security risks are rising. Nevertheless, he says, the opportunities for enhanced efficiency and improved client service require a fresh look at these challenges.

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HTML5 and What It Means

HTML5 and What It Means

HTML5 is a technology that promises to bring new features that will change how we interact with the Internet. It will also redefine how we use our computers. This article by Don Philmlee outlines and summarizes these new features and their benefits.

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Use of Analytics in Early Case Assessment: Defensible, Reproducible, and Cost-Effective Options

Use of Analytics in Early Case Assessment: Defensible, Reproducible, and Cost-Effective Options

Karen Hendrickson discusses the use of data analytics, which many case teams are looking at to help offset the effects that shortened timelines and cost constraints have had on the early case assessment process. Data analytics, through the use of technology and automation, promises gains in efficiency when plowing through the volumes of documents associated with the review process. At this juncture, these technologies are very enticing and they have a lot of potential, but they're not a universal panacea for managing large document reviews – at least not yet.

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