Tomas Medina - Mitratech
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Will computers replace lawyers?

When I was a law student in the late 1980s, legal technology was used only to conduct legal research via proprietary applications. The idea that computers could undertake other legal tasks seemed like science fiction. Of course, legal technology has come a long way since the 1980s, and, as noted in our white paper, ”Embracing […]

Knowledge Management: The Key to Innovation in the Law Department

Knowledge management – the process of capturing, distributing, and using information – is not only an important innovation in and of itself for the legal department, it is also the legal department’s foundation for continued innovation. Knowledge management tools and processes maximize the value of the legal department’s services by creating a foundation of knowledge […]

Recap of LegalTech 2015

Last week, I had the privilege of attending LegalTech in New York City. This year’s show was particularly exciting as Mitratech unveiled Lawtrac 4.0, the most up-to-date matter management and e-Billing solution on the market. The overwhelmingly positive response to Lawtrac 4.0 from clients, prospects, and analysts has been very gratifying. There were plenty of other […]

The Intersection of Contract Management and Compliance

When you think of contract management, do you think “compliance”? Most likely the answer is “no,” but that may soon change. An initiative was recently completed to standardize contract clauses related to compliance with anti-bribery regulations. The idea is that by having standard clauses, less time will be spent by in-house attorneys negotiating over these […]

Reflections on ACC New Orleans

Our trip to the Association of Corporate Counsel meeting in New Orleans provided a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from general counsel at several medium-sized corporations. What I was most struck by was how several general counsel had recently transformed their legal department to align with their business’ strategic goals. At a session called, “Who […]

Inaugural Lawtrac Regional User Group

The first ever Lawtrac regional user group was held in Chicago yesterday, and it was a fantastic day of sharing knowledge and learning new skills. Lawtrac users from legal departments in the Chicago area got together to discuss best practices and tips for using Lawtrac. Joining them for the conversation were several Mitratech representatives from product […]

Legal Departments Identify Top Challenges and More Efficient Management of Matters Rises to the Top

Mitratech recently surveyed legal departments across the market (including clients and non-clients), ranging in size from under 3 to over 250 attorneys. Fifty-seven percent of the responses came from non-Mitratech clients and 43% came from Mitratech clients. Within the survey, we asked law departments to rate challenges related to managing their legal department operations. Overall, […]

Leveraging third-party funding to transform the legal department into a “profit center.” Would you try it?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the role of legal departments shifting from that of a business’s cost center to value generator. Often, “value generator” means the legal department strategizes with the business to achieve desired outcomes. However, many legal departments are taking this mission to a whole different level by creating a […]

Limited Social Media Contributions by Corporate Counsel – Why?

Legal industry blogs, industry newsletters, law firm authored content, LinkedIn articles, and more: there’s so much potentially useful information that you can access every day. As an in-house lawyer, how do you decide what to read, who to trust, where to engage, and how to use the information? A just published survey of in-house counsel […]