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At Legal Tech, Whirlwinds and Shifting Winds

Law Technology News editor-in-chief Monica Bay attended Legal Tech West Coast this week, where  her technology barometer found both whirlwinds and shifting winds, as she relates at her blog The Common Scold.

The whirlwind, she reports, was the entire show. But she was particularly proud of one program near and dear to her heart: "Green Law: A Leadership Challenge." The program, which Monica moderated, featured presentations by Alvidas Jasin, director of business development at Thompson Hine, who offered a mini version of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth; Bruce Lymburn, partner with Wendel Rosen, Black & Dean, on "The Greening of a Law Firm"; Matthew Heartney, a partner with Arnold & Porter, on developing a green office initiative; and Tony Hoke, global technology purchasing and assets manager at Morrison & Foerster, on the leadership challenge of green law. For those of us who missed the panel, Monica's post includes links to download PowerPoints of the presentations.

As for shifting winds, Monica found them at Legal Tech in the way that e-discovery vendors are shifting their postures from defense to offense. She explains:

"I just wrote a mini-essay in LTN (p5, July) about a huge trend that I've noticed this spring -- that EDD vendors who are changing from a 'reactive' approach to e-discovery in favor of a 'consulting' approach. (That plus a definite power shift to GCs in determining technology tools.)

"Kroll is the latest EDD vendor to announce a new consulting arm -- Ontrack Consulting -- and I'm sure there will be more. Clearly, we're at 'EDD 2.0' -- or maybe 3.0 -- as the focus moves to 'litigation readiness' rather than reacting to a particular lawsuit."

This was not the only trend Monica found bubbling to the surface at Legal Tech. For the others, you will have to read her full post.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 22, 2007 at 05:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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