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Capacity Planning: Assign Work The Right Way

“Why is it that Janet is always able to go to lunch and leave early while I barely have time to go to the restroom?” We’ve all been there at some point in our legal career – lamenting the way work seems to be randomly and all too often, unfairly assigned. As managers, we are […]

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Privacy Regulations for In-House Legal: How Customized Workflow Automation Helps You Face the Unknown

If I had one phrase to describe the current data privacy landscape for legal departments it would be “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy new decade.”  Because of Congress’s inability to pass a comprehensive privacy regulatory scheme, the states now taking it upon themselves to do so. As a result, we may […]

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Post-holiday hump

The first full weekend following New Years is often a busy weekend for taking down all of those holiday decorations, cleaning up after family visits and generally getting reset for the upcoming year.  This process takes a couple of weekends for me (I put up way too many decorations!), and somehow always extends to my […]

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2020: The year of opportunity.

The Year of Opportunity With champagne corks popping and midnight fireworks, we welcome in 2020 as the year of opportunity.  At the dawning of a new decade we have the opportunity to refresh not only ourselves, but also the inner workings of our organization.  Accordingly, we should all plan on making the most of it […]

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa… Our annual letter on behalf of in-house lawyers everywhere. Dear Santa, It’s that time of year again – the time when whiny, ungrateful brats1 beg you for miracles to be delivered in brightly wrapped packages while they instantly forget about all the work put into to make it. Oh wait, that’s just in […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: It Can Be for Lawyers Too

I will never forget my first Christmas as a married couple – I was a new lawyer and my husband was a surgical resident. The week before Christmas, it started.  Every day, my husband would come home from work with an armful of gifts.  And I’m not talking about a cookie tray or a bottle […]

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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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