Past Webinars

You may listen to recordings of our past webinars and access accompanying slides by registering below.

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Webinar #1:  “How to Compete with IBM Watson JD:  Future-proof your practice by improving efficiency now – Part 1"

January 28, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

This Part 1 addresses the business case for knowledge strategy. Topics include:

  • Why clients won’t ask for efficiency, but will instead move to other lawyers who do provide the desired value
  • Why efficiency is about people and process, not technology
  • What we mean by efficiency
  • How efficiency can improve not only the value you deliver to clients but also your financial results
  • How you as an individual lawyer can respond now, whether you practice in a large firm or solo/small firm setting
  • Why knowledge strategy is more powerful than knowledge management



Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Delilah Brummet Flaum
Partner in Charge of Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management, Winston & Strawn LLP and Advisory Board Member of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Chicago

Mary E. Vandenack
Founding and Managing Member, Vandenack Williams LLC. Omaha

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Webinar #2:  "How to Compete with IBM Watson JD:  Future-proof your practice by improving efficiency now – Part 2”

February 25, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

This Part 2 addresses practical aspects of implementing your knowledge strategy. This webinar addresses:

  • Practical tips and tools that every lawyer can use now to improve efficiency, and that work in both large firm and solo/small firm settings
  • How these techniques build on what you already do, making you more competitive while improving your financial results
  • How to introduce these improvements in your practice without disruption

Topics include:

  • The power of checklists
  • Techniques to find prior work product
  • Making time to plan efficiency improvements
  • Working with colleagues to improve efficiency
  • Practice improvements through lessons learned

Faculty

Aileen Leventon (moderator)
Founder and President of QLex Consulting Inc. and Advisory Board Member of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. New York

Kenneth R. Bender
Chief Knowledge Officer and Partner, Paul Hastings LLP. Los Angeles

Marc Lauritsen
President, Capstone Practice Systems and Advisory Board Member of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Harvard, MA

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Webinar #3:  “Introduction to Knowledge Strategy:  More Tips and Tools for Improving Efficiency and Value” 

March 24, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

More practical tips for taking your practice to the next level:

  • Additional ideas for checklists
  • Managing e-mail and contacts
  • Establishing secure remote access to files for solos and small firms
  • Reinvigorating practice group intranet content
  • Improving how practice group meetings are conducted

Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Allison C. Shields
President, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. and Author, How to Do More in Less Time (American Bar Association 2015). Mount Sinai, NY

David A. Sprentall
Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. and Chair, Practice Management Group in ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section. Phoenix

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Webinar #4:  “How to (Re)Start a Practice Efficiency Program” 

Apr. 28, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

You've heard lots of ideas for practice improvement and efficiency projects. Maybe your firm's past efforts have faltered and need a restart. Maybe you haven't tried yet. In either case, which projects should you start with? And how do you get them started?

This program explains:

  • How to conduct a quick needs assessment to learn what efficiency improvements are most needed
  • Why the input should be sought from the practitioners themselves
  • How to prioritize among competing project ideas
  • Why the recommended approach also leads to an improved success rate in implementation

Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Steven G. Hastings
Co-Practice Group Leader of the Commercial Lending Group (and Knowledge Management and Technology Partner), Chapman and Cutler LLP. Chicago

Meredith L. Williams
Chief Knowledge Management Officer, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Memphis

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Webinar #5:  “Checklists for lawyers: Roadmaps for accuracy & completeness” 

May 26, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

When super-efficient lawyers talk about checklists, they aren't making basic to-do lists. The best checklists for improving the efficiency of your law practice are more like roadmaps that guide you through task completion. Learning how to draft effective roadmaps benefits lawyers of all skill levels and practice areas.

This webinar will include a detailed discussion of the following:

  • Examples of roadmaps that work well in both large firms and small
  • How roadmaps allow greater efficiencies in how matters are staffed
  • Roadmaps vs. standardized forms - why roadmaps are superior for providing greater flexibility and safeguards
  • Substance vs. process - the difference between substantive roadmaps and procedural roadmaps, and why you need both
  • How to get started drafting roadmaps that will work for you
  • Using roadmaps as the starting point for a firm-wide efficiency program

Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Thomas H. Kennedy
Partner, Global Head of Knowledge Strategy, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. New York

Daniel J. Siegel
Managing Partner, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and Co-Author, Checklists for Lawyers (American Bar Association 2014). Havertown, PA

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Webinar #6:  “Find Your Stuff When You Need It - The Key Technique for Organizing Your Work Product” 

June 30, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

In this in-depth discussion, you will learn:

  • How to organize your work product and reference material in a group setting for maximum findability, whether your firm is large or small
  • Why this effort should be designed at the practice group level, not firmwide
  • How your system can evolve with your practice, and is complementary to a document management system
  • How this approach lays a solid base for future knowledge management software initiatives

Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Karen C. Buzard
Knowledge Management Attorney, Paul Hastings LLP. New York

Ariadne S. Montare
Knowledge Attorney and Professional Consultant. Montclair, NJ

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Webinar #7:  “How to Accomplish Change in a Law Firm - and Make Those Efficiency Improvements Happen” 

July 28, 2016 - 12:00 Noon, Eastern (30 minutes)

Have you wondered why it's so hard to accomplish change - even modest change - in a law firm? Or to get individual lawyers to follow through on their commitments? This program will explain:

  • Why law firms can be change-resistant environments
  • How behavioral science can explain why this is so, as well as inspire specific workplace techniques for overcoming lawyer resistance
  • How these strategies can be applied to promote efficiency and other knowledge strategy improvements

Faculty

Jack Bostelman  (moderator)
President of KM/JD Consulting LLC and Chair of ABA Knowledge Strategy Interest Group. Former partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  San Francisco

Anne Collier
Founder & Professional Certified Coach, Arudia. Washington, DC

Dr. Larry Richard
Founder and Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC. Wayne, PA