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Convergence of financial, legal, legal department operations, litigation, IP, RIM, organization/staffing, management/HR, technology, info governance, etc. It is visioning the big picture and implementing its individual elements collaboratively and collectively.
Legal Organizations require a quality infrastructure, one that balances costs and risk, internal and external resource usage and both one-time and systematic compliance issues. Additionally, to support a Legal Organization’s efforts and justify its decisions, that infrastructure must effectively value information, and offer reporting mechanisms to demonstrate achievement and to measure results.
State and federal rules of civil procedure and emerging common law, as well as compliance issues within some industries impose significant costs on businesses whether engaged in litigation or not.
E-discovery/e-disclosure has become a daily challenge for General Counsel, the CIO, the COO and the Risk Management Department, as well as for Outside Counsel. All face a choice of policies, procedures and technologies for insourcing (such as by using forensic software and employed staff) or outsourcing electronic discovery processing, management and review. All have responsibility for proper preservation, sharing and management of electronic documents for a matter.
Big data is here. We create more information with less systematic organization everyday. Take a look at your own data and its organization. Ask yourself how much time do you spend looking for information everyday? “That file…where did I save that file. If only I could recall…”
Data privacy and security, plus mobility devices are three additional risk factors in today’s business world. Evaluating and finding your line in shifting regulatory and economic sands is a challenge too.
Evaluation of the different business models in which an internal operation is financed.
Developing an optimal structure that enables the Legal Organization to best serve its customer needs while creating clear lines of departmental authority and responsibility:
The key driver to gain benefit from the understanding of the workflow process – well defined inputs, outputs and purposes – in a business context is that the throughput of the workstream path is modeled in such a way as to evaluate the efficiency of the flow route through internal silos with a view to increasing discrete control of uniquely identified business attributes and rules and reducing potential low efficiency drivers. Evaluation of resources, both physical and human is essential to evaluate hand-off points and potential to create smoother transitions between tasks.
Standardization of key workflow processes supported by records management improves decision-making, information classification and its use. Standardization eliminates inefficiency and offers some means for accountability.
There is a lot of data created every single day. Not all data is created equal.
Examining data’s value window gives us perspective about its optimal life. As we understand data’s life – its usefulness – we can begin to apply appropriate privacy protections, including security, use and disposal policies.
Lead cross-functional teams in outlining a Legal Organization’s information legal technology systems strategy, planning, development, implementation, and ongoing support. This is accomplished by providing leadership and strategic direction in assessing Legal Organization’s technology requirements and providing intelligence to the IT organization regarding business trends, management needs, and business concerns while at the same time educating Legal Organization professionals and managing the expectations of Legal Organization professionals with respect to the realities, challenges, and fundamentals of Legal IT and information governance.
Disasters, departures, and equipment failures are some of the many issues that threaten matter management, operational continuity and recovery. Taking steps to address these risks is good planning. Training your team to think through situations and react well is good business.