Kunoor Chopra

Kunoor Chopra  been involved in the legal services outsourcing industry since 2004 when she founded LawScribe, one of the pioneer companies in the industry. Her vision has always been to create a platform for customers that provides them with the best, most effective and efficient options to obtain and manage legal services. This means transforming the way legal services are delivered through technology and by providing customers with the right resources for service delivery, domain experts, process efficiencies and complete visibility into the who, what, where and how of services being delivered.

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Dennis Kennedy

Dennis Kennedy is a professional speaker, author, adjunct law professor, podcaster, innovator, and authority on issues at the intersection of law, technology, and business. He is one of the best-known experts, authors, and commentators on legal technology and the application of technology to the practice of law. Dennis helps clients improve processes and systems to drive innovation, value, and efficiency into legal services, provide advice and education, and coach and mentor legal professionals.

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Jae Um

Jae Um is a strategy executive, insights analyst & business designer for fast-changing legal markets, with 10+ years of industry experience. She leverages a highly diverse skillset to generate powerful actionable insights. Jae recently joined the law firm of Baker McKenzie as Director of Pricing Strategy. She is also a contributing author to Legal Evolution, American Lawyer, and other publications covering the legal industry. Jae also founded and is the executive director of Six Parsecs. Prior to her current roles, she served in a progression of high-impact roles in client service innovation & strategic growth at Seyfarth Shaw.

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Dennis Garcia

Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft. He practices “at the intersection of law, technology and business and leads the legal support function to Microsoft's US Enterprise Commercial team - a group of over 2000 sales, marketing, technical and services professionals that manages Microsoft's largest commercial business with its biggest customers.”  He is also an active user of social media and is a fellow blogger.

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David Tollen

David Tollen is one of the industry’s leading authorities on software licensing and cloud computing agreements. He’s the author of The Tech Contracts Handbook, a best-selling manual on the subject from ABA Publishing. And he’s the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C., an IP and IT boutique law firm in San Francisco. David also runs Tech Contracts Academy™, offering a variety of services and tools to help businesspeople and lawyers understand, negotiate, and draft tech contracts. David has a wealth of experience in the IT agreement space and is works to help individuals better understand what a technology contract is and isn’t and the differences between types of tech contracts.

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A Blog Update

When I started my blog, I thought that I was starting it for one clear goal. That goal was to provide a means for me to write about what I have learned from working most of my career in-house and working with contracts. However, as I began writing and sharing my own knowledge, it became clear that there was actually another goal I had in mind that wasn’t clear to me at the time. That goal was to learn about the changes impacting the legal industry and then to share what I have learned with others.

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Finding your way in legal tech

The legal world is one associated with many stereotypes like the image of an individual toiling away in a closed-door office reading pages and pages of documents long into the night with the phone ringing off the hook. Sadly, while the long hours have not yet gone away for many, the tools and processes that lawyers use to perform their work has. Technology has encouraged and sometimes forced upon us many of these changes.

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Data and the Law

The practice of law has, for a long time and, perhaps for some, blissfully existed in a what would appear to the outsider like a static world. The mere mention of change would send shivers down the spine of even the most hardened cutthroat big law firm partner. For those on the outside or the outskirts of the legal profession, whenever you had a problem involving a law, you simply called a lawyer and the lawyer was tasked with solving the problem. Few questions, if any, were asked. Even through the 20th century this remained by and large the way things were when it came to practice of law. 

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Eric Goldman

Eric Goldman is a well-known and very highly regarded expert in the area of internet law. He currently is a law professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. He also has worked as general counsel of an internet start-up and as a technology transactions attorney for a firm in Silicon Valley. I asked him about his thoughts on the relationship between the law and the internet, regulating the internet, and lawyers applying the law to the internet. 

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David Rueff

David Rueff has practiced law for more than 20 years. He also is a certified project manager through the Project Management Institute (PMP®) and is certified in the Toyota Manufacturing Production System (Lean). David leads a team of attorneys and project managers to implement project management for Baker Donelson clients, in-house corporate legal departments and disaster recovery programs. He was responsible for the development of the Firm’s patent pending legal project management model – BakerManage®, the Firm’s Lean model– BakerLean™ and the Firm’s proprietary budgeting tool – Budget Designer™. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his project management expertise and how lawyers can apply project management to the practice of law. 

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Susan Lambreth

Susan Lambreth is a founding Principal at LawVision and the Founder of the LPM Institute.  She is nationally recognized as one of the top leadership, practice group and project management consultants for law firms. For over 25 years, she has helped law firms of all sizes improve their profitability and enhance their lawyers’ leadership and management skills. She is also the author or co-author of six leading books on practice group management and legal project management. 

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Matt Volm

I recently spoke with the CEO of an intriguing legal tech startup called Tali. Matt Volm describes himself as a recovering accountant, rookie fly fisherman, and technology entrepreneur with an MBA from the Berkeley – Haas School of Business. I love taking ideas from concept stage to execution and learning a whole lot along the way.”  Tali is a legal tech startup. Tali is a productivity assistant enabled by voice. Tali seeks to automate time entry for lawyers and other professionals. 

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Patrick Lamb

Patrick Lamb is a true legal innovator. He is a founding member of ElevateNext Law, a business law firm aligned with Elevate Services to build the future of legal services delivery. From maximizing the role of data analytics and project management to unparalleled efficiency and use of non-hourly pricing, ElevateNext is designed to be the “Amazon of law firms.” Prior to ElevateNext, he was a founding member of Valorem Law Group, a business litigation law firm. Valorem pioneered the use of Value Fees for business litigation, believing fees can be fixed and incentives created for any business dispute. Valorem was named by BTI Consulting as one of the 22 firms “Best at Delivering AFAs.” 

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Jordan Galvin

Jordan Galvin is a true innovator and someone who welcomes change and disruption. She is currently Fellow and Innovation Counsel at LegalRnD —The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law. She soon will be moving to Mayer Brown and taking on the role of Knowledge Management Resources Lead. 

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Professor Michael L. Bloom

Professor Michael L. Bloom is the founding director of the Transactional Lab & Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. The clinic is an experiential program giving students the opportunity to work on transactional matters for large multinational companies. Prof. Bloom is also the founder of Praktio, a provider of interactive, online learning games and exercises for developing practical contracts skills and knowhow. Praktio recently joined with two other training tools to form the Legal Launch Kit to help law students acquire the skills they now need to be effective in the rapidly changing law practice world. Professor Bloom is also the co-author of two books on contracts from a transactional perspective: Contracts and Commercial Transactions; and Contracts: A Transactional Approach, both published by Aspen.

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