I am looking forward to speaking on a panel at the 11th Annual Law Firm Information and Technology Forum, on April 25, 2013,  sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

The topic is Leveraging KM Technologies and Methods to Grow Legal Project Management.

Here is the description from the conference:

Knowledge Management (KM) has proven to be an effective means to improve the practice of law. Through KM, many firms now have mature technologies  and methods for effectively gathering, searching, and sharing knowledge across their enterprise. Legal Project Management (LPM) is an emerging adaptation of formal project management methodologies applied to client matter management. Although LPM is not directly tied to KM, the unique and developed technologies and practices used in knowledge management can help law firms effectively leverage and grow their LPM acumen into a unique competitive advantage. This discussion will focus on how KM technologies and initiatives can bolster LPM.

Moderator: Martin Tuip, Product Marketing Manager, Recommind
Panelists:

  • Patrick DiDomenico, Director of Knowledge Management, Ogletree Deakins
  • Lisa Gianakos, Director of Knowledge Management, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the official ILTA Announcement:

ILTA 2013: The Catalyst is a four-day educational conference with over 200 peer-developed educational sessions, ample networking opportunities, more than 200 exhibiting vendors and much more!

August 18-22, 2013 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Register now for discounted pricing.

Register by March 31st and get a $150 discount off the standard rate. Check out the SuperPass offering for organizations sending seven or more people.

The catalyst for new ideas, new connections.

A catalyst can be defined as something or someone that causes a reaction or activity between two or more things to create something new. ILTA’s 2013 conference will be a time to make reactions happen that will affect our profession now and for years to come. Join us, and find your catalyst for change!

Sessions: abundant and relevant.

We have a stellar lineup of keynote speakers who take the stage each morning, and attendees will experience various session formats, including hands-on, interactive audience participation, case studies, advanced curriculum, roundtables, lecture presentations and panel discussions. You are sure to have numerous takeaways to use back at the office! The full session lineup will be provided by the end of May.

Networking.

Networking opportunities begin on Sunday afternoon with our Communities of Interest, and they continue throughout the week. Take advantage of the numerous opportunities to meet with your peers face-to-face!

Stay informed; join the conversation.

> Visit the ILTA Conference Facebook event
> Follow the ILTA Conference on Twitter
> Help spread the word: #ILTA13
> Follow the Conference Blog

See Nearby HoB MembersLegalTech NY is next week and it’s time to network.  Over the years, I’ve grown more interested in the easy networking opportunities (since I live in NYC) than the content at this event (I find it a little too e-discovery heavy).  As I was planning my week, I was reminded of a new iPhone app that I recently downloaded.  It’s called Here on Biz.

In a nutshell, the Here on Biz (HoB) app adds location awareness to your LinkedIn account allowing you to connect — and meet up — with people around you.  So, say you’re on a business trip (maybe for a legal trade show in New York) and you want to kill some time by finding other business folks who would like to meet up for some networking.  Here on Biz provides you the way to find others looking to do the same.

How to use Here on Biz. Download the app (link) and sign up by connecting it to your LinkedIn account.  When you launch the app, Here on Biz locates you and shows you fellow Here on Biz users in the area.   Check out the profiles and if you find someone interesting, click the plus sign to add them to your HoB network.  When they accept the invitation, you can start a chat and arrange a meet up.  HoB has been described as Foursquare for business.

As the iTunes page for the app says, “Never miss another business opportunity around you. See other LinkedIn members around you who use Here On Biz and connect/chat with them. Be alerted when other group members or those in your network are nearby while you travel.  No more unproductive evenings alone at the hotel lobby bar while traveling on business. Here On Biz allows you to easily network with professionals around you in real time.”

Another nice feature, that should be applicable to the LegalTech crowd, is the ability to check in at a nearby event.  I haven’t used this feature yet, but When I get to LegalTech, I’ll do so.  I invite you to connect with me on Here on Biz.  And maybe we can connect (for real) at LegalTech.

 

Social.  Networking.

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Knowledge Management and Law Department Peer Groups will be hosting a reception at the LegalTech Conference on January 31 at 5:15 at the Bridges Bar in the Hilton NY Hotel.  the event is sponsored by Autonomy, Bridgeway and Prosperoware.  I hope to see you there.  This is social networking in an analog sort of way.

Register Here

On the eve of the Ark Group’s Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession conference in New York City (Oct. 26-27, 2011), I wanted to tell you about an upcoming KM conference in Sydney, Australia.  Ark Group’s Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, scheduled for March 6-7, 2012 in Sydney,  is sure to be a great conference.

I spoke at this event earlier this year, and can tell you that the presenters and audience were all top notch.  The 2012 conference will surely be excellent.  So, if you’re in or around Sydney in March, you should certainly check it out.

Here is a brief description from Ark Group:

This one-day forum will provide you with opportunities to hear timely and topical knowledge management case studies. You’ll have the chance to interact and network with presenters and attendees from organisations similar to yours and share ideas and how to:

  • Prove the value and ROI of KM and win support for the KM agenda
  • Implement knowledge sharing initiatives that make a difference in the firm
  • Harness the drive for social media and mobile technologies
  • Get lawyers to engage in knowledge management and eLearning
  • Select the projects and technologies that will have the most impact on the firm
  • Establish a culture of sharing and the address the role of leadership in it

There are also post-conference workshops on social media and tacit knowledge transfer.

Click here for a PDF brochure of the event.

Here is a continuation of my ILTA Conference coverage.  ILTA information followed by my brief notes.  Please forgive the typos (I’m typing away quickly just to get the thoughts down on “paper.

From ILTA:

Social Networking in the Legal Industry
Description: Law firms, like virtually every other business today, are discovering the benefits of social networking collaboration. Learn about the use of collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs and discussion forums, and networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Date/Time:     Monday 8/22/2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Location:     Canal C
Speaker(s):

  • David Hobbie – Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Beau Mersereau – Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Katrina Dittmer – Baker & Daniels

My Notes:

This was a standing room only crowd.  They actually had to bring in more chairs and there were still people sitting on the floor.  This session covers non- Continue reading »

The ILTA Conference has begun here in Nashville.  I’ll be attending as many of the sessions as I can (there are so many to choose from).  The first session I attended was a Knowledge Management Peer Group Steering Committee sponsored session called Advances in Document Assembly.

Here is the info from ILTA followed by my brief notes.  Please forgive the typos (I’m typing away quickly just to get the thoughts down on “paper”).

From ILTA:

Advances in Document Assembly
Description: While document assembly applications have been around for a few years, adoption has been relatively slow and usually for niche legal practice areas. However, new technologies may rejuvenate interest.

Date/Time:     Monday 8/22/2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Location:     Canal C
Speaker(s):

  • Peter Krakaur – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Michael Tominna – DLA Piper
  • Ayelette Robinson – Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Yvonne Willis – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Moderator: David Hobbie – Goodwin Procter LLP

My Notes:

Poll: Most people in the room do not currently use DA software.

DH – What is DA?  – Continue reading »

If you’re headed to the ILTA Conference next week, please consider attending some (or all) of the six Knowledge Management Sessions.  Then, immediately following the final KM session, please join the KM Peer Group for our annual conference Cocktail Party on Wednesday 8/24 at 4:30 p.m. in room Delta C at the Gaylord.  The cocktail party is sponsored by Recommind.

The International Legal Technology Association (a.k.a. ILTA) Conference starts next week (Aug 21-25) at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN.  The official conference Twitter hash tag is #ILTA11.

As a part of the ILTA Knowledge Management Peer Group Steering Committee, I had the pleasure of serving as this year’s conference liaison.  The Steering Committee members worked hard to develop six great sessions for the conference.  I hope you attend them.  Here are the summaries of the six sessions:

1. Advances in Document Assembly
Description: While document assembly applications have been around for a few years, adoption has been relatively slow and usually for niche legal practice areas. However, new technologies may rejuvenate interest.

Date/Time:     Monday 8/22/2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Location:     Canal C
Speaker(s):

  • Peter Krakaur – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Michael Tominna – DLA Piper
  • Ayelette Robinson – Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Yvonne Willis – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Moderator: David Hobbie – Goodwin Procter LLP

2. Social Networking in the Legal Industry
Description: Law firms, like virtually every other business today, are discovering the benefits of social networking collaboration. Learn about the use of collaborative tools such as wikis, blogs and discussion forums, and networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

Date/Time:     Monday 8/22/2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Location:     Canal C
Speaker(s):

  • David Hobbie – Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Beau Mersereau – Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Katrina Dittmer – Baker & Daniels

3. It Takes a Village to Deliver Effective AFAs
Description: Learn how KM professionals and key players from finance, IT, professional development, legal project management, records and other areas can collaborate to help law firms implement successful AFAs.

Date/Time:     Wednesday 8/24/2011 at 9:15 a.m.
Location:     Delta Ballroom C
Speaker(s):

  • Tom Baldwin – Reed Smith LLP
  • Toby Brown – Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
  • Pamela Woldow – Edge International

4. How KM Supports Innovative Service Delivery
Description: KM isn’t just precedents anymore. Hear how some true innovators in the field have tied sustainable KM processes and tools to specific legal services in ways that show clear increases in value delivered to clients.

Date/Time:     Wednesday 8/24/2011 at 11:30 a.m.
Location:     Delta Ballroom C
Speaker(s):

  • Scott Rechtschaffen – Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Brynn Wiswall – Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Howard Nicols – Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

5. Creating an Optimal KM Value Strategy
Description:  A sound KM strategy is essential to success. Whether you are just starting a KM program or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll take away insight into how your colleagues have formulated or refreshed their KM strategies to optimal levels, and what did and didn’t work.

Date/Time:     Wednesday 8/24/2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Location:     Delta Ballroom C
Speaker(s):

  • Steven Lastres – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • John Gillies – Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Sally Gonzalez – HBR Consulting LLC
  • Moderator: Patrick DiDomenico – Gibbons P.C.

6. KM Helps Meet the ACC Value Challenge
Description: The Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) has challenged law firms to understand their clients’ business better, be more efficient in their work, be more effective in training junior lawyers, and better budget and manage costs. Find out how knowledge management can help achieve these goals.

Date/Time:   Wednesday  8/24/2011 at 3:30 p.m.
Location:     Delta Ballroom C
Speaker(s):

  • Jeffrey Brandt – PinHawk LLC
  • Thom Wisinski – Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Mary F. Panetta – Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Moderator: David Hobbie – Goodwin Procter LLP

These are all sure to be excellent sessions and I encourage everyone to attend.

 

The Master

Recently, before a conference I attended, someone said to me, “Oh, I know you hate PowerPoint presentations. So do I. This will be horrible.”

To the contrary, I don’t hate PowerPoint presentations (or Apple Keynote presentations, for that matter). I do feel a bit tortured  when someone misuses PowerPoint to kill an otherwise good and interesting presentation. I’m not alone, of course. So many of us have been subjected to so many bad presentations that some people have sworn off PowerPoint altogether.  But for you presenters out there, my advice is: don’t give up hope.  Just give up the bad practices that make bad PowerPoint presentations.

So here are a few points I think are important.  I certainly won’t cover all there is to know about making presentations.  I’m no expert, but there are some great expert resources out there (see below for a list).

Don’t Read Your Slides

Everyone knows this. Everyone says, “don’t do it.”  Everyone hates when others do it. So why do so many people still do it?   Continue reading »

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