Ark Group’s 14th annual Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession conference will take place in New York City this coming October 23-24, 2018 (at New York Law School). If you are interested in sharing how you and/or your firm has addressed or solved a particular problem or set of challenges in the realm of Legal Knowledge Management, we’d love to consider you for a speaking engagement!
This is your opportunity to share innovative ideas Read more
Readers of the blog know that for the past few weeks, I have been crowd sourcing comments for my KM book that will be published by the ABA in early 2014. Thanks to all who have commented here and sent me emails with other comments.
Last week we talked about disappointment and failure. This week, a more rosy topic: the future of KM. Read more
I’ve spoken before about the importance of user experience (UX) design associated with the development of applications that support knowledge management initiatives and efforts. And in fact, I’m scheduled to discuss the topic again as a part of ILTA’s presentation track at LegalTech NY in 2014. As I ponder this topic, and as I write a section about UX in my forthcoming book about KM in the legal profession, I am reminded of the idea that I presented in my first talk about UX: that we are undergoing a phenomenon that I call the “consumerization of user experience.”
This idea is similar to the familiar phrase “consumerization of IT,” Read more
These days, I’ve been reverting a bit to my college life when I studied philosophy, and revisiting some old texts. Not surprisingly, I’m coming across pearls of wisdom in the writings of the ancient thinkers. This, from Seneca‘s Letters From a Stoic (Letter VI – On Sharing Knowledge), caught my eye and reminded me that there’s nothing new under the sun:
“Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. And if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it.”
Although he studied law, I am doubtful that Seneca suspected, almost 2000 years later, that lawyers and law firms would be challenged by what came to be known as knowledge management. I further doubt that he could imagine that some would question the value of sharing knowledge.
For those of you attending the ILTA Conference in Washington, DC next week, the ILTA Knowledge Management Peer Group will be holding a reception following our conference sessions on Tuesday, August 28, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the foyer area outside of National Harbor 4-5. We hope that you can join us!
A special thank you to HighQ for sponsoring our reception.
In case you missed any of the six Knowledge Management Peer Group Track sessions at the annual ILTA conference this year, you can listen to the audio recordings of them now. And best of all, they are free. Here is a description of the sessions from a previous blog post, and here is a list of the KM sessions (links launch audio):
KMPG1 – Advances in Document Assembly
KMPG2 – Social Networking in the Legal Industry
KMPG3 – It Takes a Village to Deliver Effective AFAs
KMPG4 – How KM Supports Innovative Service Delivery
KMPG5 – Creating an Optimal KM Value Strategy
KMPG6 – KM Helps Meet the ACC Value Challenge
Here is a link to the page with all the conference sessions.
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”).
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
- 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
Poll: Most people in the room do not currently use DA software.
DH – What is DA? – Read more
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.
On October 26, 2010 I attended day one of Ark Group’s two-day Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession conference in New York City. Day one was really a pre-conference workshop on Legal Project Management (LPM), which was wonderfully facilitated by Joshua Fireman, VP and General Counsel of ii3, and Andrew Terrett, Director of Knowledge Management at Borden Ladner Gervais (Terrett is also Certified Project Manager (PMP), which was especially relevant to the workshop).
Joshua and Andrew did a very nice job of presenting a high-level overview of project management, including key definitions, why lawyers need project management, key PM concepts, PM application to legal services and the role of KM in LPM. The second half of the day was spent in work groups hypothetically implementing PM in a case study.
What is the Role of KM in Legal Project Management?
I won’t get into all the details because others have written a lot about the KM – LPM connection Read more
On Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., I’ll be moderating a panel called “How to Increase the Use of Knowledge Management Tools” at the 2010 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Aria Hotel & Casino.
The panel is made up of three fantastic speakers:
Attend this informative and practical presentation and you’ll learn how some of the top legal KM professionals ensure the successful use of KM tools at their firms. Tips include: effective communication, training, branding & marketing, and measuring & feedback.
Here is the description of the program from the ILTA web site:
What does your firm do to ensure that KM tools are fully adopted and used properly? A firm-wide e-mail announcing your new “KM solution” is not enough. This session is targeted to firms with established KM programs, but where there is an ongoing struggle to ensure the KM department is visible and understood. You’ll learn to market, sell and make the business case for your KM tools.
You can download the presentation materials and get more information about the session on the ILTA website.
If you have questions for the panel prior to the session, you can contact them via the links above, or via Twitter. Please use the hashtags #ILTA10 and #KMtools in your tweets.
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