Formation of a Knowledge Management Department in a Law Firm

The following extract of my article (for Ark Group’s publication – The Evolution of the Law Firm Library Function: Transformation and integration into the business of law) was published on July 24, 2018 by Daniel Smallwood on LinkedIn.  

It supplies an exclusive insight into the absorption of my firm’s library functions into the knowledge management department, addressing the impetus for the change, its execution, what went well, and what went wrong. 

As Daniel notes in his post,  I will also be co-chairing, with Joshua Fireman, Ark Group’s 14th annual Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession conference taking place October 23rd & 24th in New York. Read more

Patrick DiDomenico Ensures Knowledge is Shared Among Attorneys

The following is an excerpt from an article in Profile Magazine.

Patrick DiDomenico is ushering in a new era of efficiency and innovation at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. While the renowned labor and employment law firm has grown to nearly nine hundred attorneys throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, the chief knowledge officer is ensuring the firm’s innovative resources are accessible to all. In doing so, DiDomenico is exposing the crucial function of a role often missing from leadership circles.  Read the rest of the article here…

Call for Speakers and Ideas: Ark KM Conference – Oct 2018

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!

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The Future of Knowledge Management: Collaboration and Interaction – Law Schools Promoting KM

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 11 of my book, Knowledge Management for Lawyers, called “The Future of Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession.”

11.2 Collaboration and Interaction.

It is difficult to talk about the future without talking about technology. But the future of KM is not just dependent on advances in technology, although such advances will certainly play a significant role. There is an underlying factor that I believe is equally—and perhaps more—important. That is the nature of how people interact and work. With the popularity and proliferation of social media and social networking, we are seeing a change in the way people interact and behave. People are becoming more collaborative and willing to share. People are more forthcoming with information that, in a bygone era, was once considered better kept confidential. Helping others and sharing information is becoming the new default behavior. This new mindset, characterized by collaborating, cooperating, and sharing information and ideas, is the breeding ground on which knowledge management thrives and grows. This cultural shift, on a societal scale, is a factor that will predispose younger generations (some of whom are already law students and in the workforce) to embrace knowledge management.

There is also an indication of the mindset change in the way we are training our future lawyers. Several law schools have programs that stress the importance of innovation and try to prepare our future lawyers for a different kind of legal industry:

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Amazon Kindle Version Released: Knowledge Management for Lawyers

km book with amazon buttonI’m happy to report that my book, Knowledge Management for Lawyers was just released on the Amazon Kindle Platform!

Published in 2015, it took a few months to get it listed at Amazon and a few more for the Kindle version, but the wait is over. This will be especially helpful for those who were interested in buying a copy, but held out because, like me, you’ve gone paperless.

And from the inside [virtual] book flaps…

Praise for Knowledge Management for Lawyers

“Are you a KM evangelist? Patrick DiDomenico’s book Knowledge Management for Lawyers will turn you into one. An easy-to-read, well-organized handbook that should be compulsory reading for any lawyer, it captures the reader’s Read more

Knowledge Management For Lawyers — Book Released on Amazon

km book with amazon buttonI am excited to report that my book, Knowledge Management for Lawyers is now available on Amazon.com. Published in 2015, it took a few months to get it listed at Amazon, but the wait is over. This will be especially helpful for those who were interested in buying a copy, but held out because of the high shipping costs on the official ABA site.

And from the inside book flaps…

Praise for Knowledge Management for Lawyers

“Are you a KM evangelist? Patrick DiDomenico’s book Knowledge Management for Lawyers will turn you into one. An easy-to-read, well-organized handbook that should be compulsory reading for any lawyer, it captures the reader’s Read more

Technology Gadgets for Lawyers 1-10

I had the great pleasure of hosting a presentation called Tech Gadgets: Those You Need, Those You Want and Those That Make You Wonder at the 2015 ILTA Conference in Las Vegas. It was a lot of fun to research and review dozens of tech gadgets. And even better, I crowd-sourced the job and asked my fellow ILTA members to send me their recommendations for gadgets to include.  Below are the first 10 gadgets we reviewed in the session. Look for the rest of the gadgets in future posts. Read more

Upcoming Presentation: Building Cross-Departmental Collaboration for Effective Law Firm Knowledge Management

I’m really excited to head back to Sydney, Australia to participate in Ark Group’s Knowledge Management and Innovation 2015 Conference on November 24-25, 2015 at Rydges Sydney Central.

I’ll have the pleasure of speaking on both days of the conference.  On day one, I’ll be presenting a short session on KM and technology called “Working Backwards to the Technology.”  The session will focus on how user experience design enhances the delivery of professional services.

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What the Amazon Echo Taught Me About Knowledge Management (Hint: UX)

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Update June 23, 2015: Amazon Echo is now available to everyone (you no longer need to be invited). Get it here.

Have you met Alexa? She is the voice of Amazon EchoAmazon.com’s new artificially-intelligent device that listens to you and answers your questions. And with the latest software upgrade, it (she?) has entered the home automation arena and can perform some tasks around the house.

If you are still trying to wrap your head around this, think of Echo as Apple’s Siri technology inside a black cylinder about nine inches high and three inches in diameter, with a blue-green LED circle around the top rim. Unlike Siri (designed to be mobile on Apple’s iPhone and iPad), Echo plugs into an electrical outlet, connects to your WiFi network, and Read more

KM Webinar: ILTA Conference Encore: The Knowledge Management Sessions

ILTA Conference Encore: The Knowledge Management Sessions

Join ILTA for this Webinar on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. GMT / 12:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. CDT / 10:00 a.m. MDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT.

REGISTER online here.

Description:
If you missed any of the knowledge management track sessions at the ILTA Conference — or if you just want a reminder of the great stuff you saw — join session speakers from each of the six KM sessions as they boil down their presentations into 10-minute snippets. This will be a fast-paced, intense review of the excellent KM content from the conference. We’ll review the following sessions: Read more