Knowledge Management

“ReInvent Law:” Real or Memorex?

For years, there was a prominent, and ultimately iconic, billboard in Times Square advertising the Memorex brand of recording tape, displaying an image of a stoner being  blasted back in his chair by music coming from, presumably, a Memorex tape.  Since recording tape has gone the way of camera film, the billboard has long since
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Articles, Business Models, IT, Knowledge Management, Strategy

Competence without comprehension

June 23 was the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, and I was delinquent not to have written about him closer to the date, but I was searching (excuses, excuses) for the appropriate BigLaw hook. Google took the occasion to honor him with one of their famous “Google doodles:”   Don’t recognize the name?  Well, you
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Articles, IT, Knowledge Management

Three E-Discovery Panels at LegalTech/NY Moderated by Yours Truly

If you’ll be attending LegalTech here in New York at the end of this month, this is your chance to stop by and introduce yourself—and even to spend a couple of hours learning all about e-discovery. I’ll be moderating three hour-long panels: the afternoon of Tuesday 31 January from 1:00 pm to about 4:30 pm on
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Articles, IT, Knowledge Management

“Software Is Eating the World”

A couple of weeks ago, Marc Andreessen wrote in The Wall Street Journal a provocative piece called “Why Software is Eating the World.”  Among the observations he makes are: My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take
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Articles, IT, Knowledge Management, Leadership, Strategy

Online Panel on Hosted Lit Support: You’re Invited

This coming Tuesday, November 16, at 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific, I will be moderating an hour-long “virtual panel” (think CNN or MSNBC on your desktop, with each of the panelists and yours truly appearing in their own window) on “Hosted Litigation Support–Buy or Build?” Registration is free and CLE credit is pending. Here’s the
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About the Site, Articles, IT, Knowledge Management

Legal OnRamp Release 2.0

I’ve written previously about Legal OnRamp, but some new developments call for an update. What’s new?  Primarily, the ability of individual law firms to feature their own selected areas of expertise.  First up is Latham & Watkins, with its outsourcing practice.  But a bit of background. LOR was founded in early 2007 with backing from
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Articles, IT, Knowledge Management

Practical Law Company Crosses the Pond

Last week I had a chance to catch up with Jeroen Plink, the CEO for the US operations of Practical Law Company. Jeroen has been with PLC for over 6 years and, in a previous life, worked as an attorney for Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins. Unfamiliar with Practical Law Company? In the UK,
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Articles, Knowledge Management

Lessons From Toyota

Have you ever considered a completely different approach to strategic planning for your firm? An approach kind of like Toyota’s? Let me explain. There are traditional and classic strategic plans, which typically focus on practice group and geographic reach, perhaps with an overlay of a third dimension of client or industry focus. These can be
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Articles, Cultural Considerations, Finance, Knowledge Management, Leadership, Practice Group Management, Strategy

Why KM Matters. With Soundtrack.

Here at "Adam Smith, Esq." I’ve written about Knowledge Management a fair amount, since it’s my belief that knowledge is what law firms sell. But despite the (I believe) inarguable centrality of KM to what we do, there are three enormous problems with it: Too many lawyers don’t understand why it’s of value to them,
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Articles, Cultural Considerations, IT, Knowledge Management, Practice Group Management

Knowledge Management Yesterday and Today

As I approach the 800th article I will have published here on "Adam Smith, Esq." (for those of you keeping score at home, this will be #797), I realize some topics are evergreen.  It may be because they’re just intrinsically fascinating, as Woodward and Bernstein famously characterized the Nixon White House tapes:  "The gift that
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Articles, Cultural Considerations, IT, Knowledge Management, Practice Group Management, Strategy

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