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Top 5 “Must Do’s” For The First GC

I’ve done the first GC thing a couple of times now, and each time I do I learn something different.  But a few lessons have remained constant through every industry, role and political environment. I originally picked up these tidbits of gold from mentors and colleagues who had been where I was and had turned […]

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Selling the Cost of Legal Operations

You are sold! A true believer in the benefits that implementing a complete legal operations management solution like ALOE will achieve. One little problem – your company is so cheap that they don’t even provide pens or other basic office supplies. How are you going to sell the cost of implementing new software and the […]

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Does One Size Fit All?

It seems like the very minute I got my first general counsel title, I started getting pitches for “great solutions” that will make my professional life so much easier. Starting with a lot of e-discovery companies who really got the whole legal tech world going, there’s been a never-ending stream of salespeople pitching me a […]

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Contract Lifecycle Management for In-house: How Cats Can Fix Your Law Department

For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. Put another way, […]

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Web-Based Contract Management: The Evolution From Teenage Angst To High School Graduation

Over the past few weeks, social media posts about senior pranks, and college plans, and scholarship awards, and military commitments, and trade school admissions, and gap years, and prom dresses, and new jobs, have forced me to focus on the great accomplishments of the children of our friends and family members as they graduate from […]

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3 Easy ways to improve in-house legal workflow

We’ve all heard the tips and read the trends about how in-house lawyers should be managing their legal work: more and more are bringing work in-house; law firms are forced to offer value or hybrid billing; legal ops professionals are critical for making in-house departments more efficient; standard processes should be systematized; routine contracts should […]

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How Contract Management Is Like Herding Toddlers

Remember the scene in Cheaper by the Dozen where the frog gets loose on the breakfast table and all twelve kids and both parents destroy the entire kitchen trying to catch the frog? You can refresh your recollection of the complete chaos that ensues here. I am often reminded how contract management is like herding toddlers […]

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Legal Project Management – A Method For Saving Your Sanity

It’s late Friday afternoon, you’re watching a stream of colleagues leave the building for a team-building happy hour activity, and there you sit, with a thousand unfinished items on your to-do list that were supposed to be done by close of business. You’re used to this, of course, because you work in legal and legal […]

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Law Project Management Software Makes Spring Cleaning Easy

Ever get to the end of the Quarter and notice your legal ops need a little “spring cleaning?” Maybe you’re not sure if every contract was actually signed and filed. Or, that dispute files were docketed and updated. Or, that management reports were created and submitted. Or, that employment investigations were finalized. If you answer […]

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Legal Operations is not an accident

Legal Operations is not an accident. For at least the last decade, in house legal teams have been told to bring more work in-house while their overall budgets have been cut. The ‘do more with less’ mantra has become so ingrained in our minds that it’s now taken for granted that we annually examine our […]

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