Zen & the Art of Legal Networking

Change is Not Just a Six Letter Word: CLOC Urges Lawyers to Put Ideas in Action

Change - Speedometer Races to RevolutionAt the recent CLOC Institute, Connie Brenton, CLOC President & CEO, along with Chief of Staff/Director of Legal Operations for NetApp gave us a challenge:

Stop thinking about how we can fit into the world around us. Start thinking about how we can change the world around us.”

For many of us, that change has started with sharing what we heard at CLOC with our own corners of the legal ecosystem, and keeping that drumbeat for change sounding. While I plan to recap some of the key sessions I attended, I first wanted to share with you some of the excellent articles that have come out following the conference, which should be further galvanizing the legal industry.

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Week of May 15, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupAfter missing last week’s roundup because I was catching up from CLOC, I am back today with the hottest updates from our lawyers on ILNToday (rather mirroring the temps outside this week in the northeast). Fingers crossed that the weather cools as promised tonight as I undertake my second half marathon tomorrow morning, and go for sub-two hours!

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CLOC: Change is a Drumbeat

clem-onojeghuo-122041Any time you pick your head up from the daily work you’re doing in the legal industry, “change” is the drumbeat that you hear.

Nowhere was that more apparent to me than at last week’s CLOC Institute – for those of you who aren’t familiar with CLOC, it’s the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium. They’re a relatively new group in the industry, bringing together legal operations professionals for networking, education, to share best practices, and really, to drive change. But they’re more than just legal ops – in fact, their mission states quite clearly that this drive for change involves working with “other core corporate legal industry players” in addition to legal operations professionals. Their goal is to “optimize the legal service delivery models needed by small, medium and large legal departments to support their clients,” and they recognize that this can only be done together. 

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Week of May 1, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupThere’s much to discuss in this week’s edition of ILNToday, so without further ado, I bring you the roundup!

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Social Media & Lawyers: You’re Asking the Wrong Question

carl-heyerdahl-181868Does this sound familiar?

  • “I wrote a blog post, but no one called me to give me a case, so blogging must not work for business development.”
  • “LinkedIn is just a rehash of your resume, so it can’t work for business development.”
  • “Twitter is full of people talking about what they had for breakfast, so there’s no way I’m spending any time on there.”
  • “People only use Facebook to see what their friends and family are up to.”

Raise your hand if you don’t think social media works.

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Week of April 24, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re bringing you another great roundup of posts this week here on Zen, and I can tell you that these are not to be missed – so grab your cup of coffee and read through these during your next break!

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ILN-terviews: Juan Felipe Roldán Pardo, VGCD Abogados

JFR PICTUREWelcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network.

For our latest interview, we chose one of our newest ILN members, Juan Felipe Roldán Pardo, a senior associate with VGCD Abogados in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Week of April 17, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupGreetings from rainy and foggy New Jersey, where we’re bringing you this week’s roundup of top articles from around the ILN! Let’s hope it’s true that April showers bring May flowers, and at least in the meantime, you’ll have these substantive pieces to read through to bring you up to date in the latest in the law from our various jurisdictions:

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Using the Client Experience to Up Your Game

zachary-nelson-192289The final session that I’d like to share from the Legal Marketing Association’s Annual Conference this year focused on learning lessons from businesses outside of the legal industry – while there’s something to be said for understanding what your peers are doing within the industry, there’s a lot to be learned from other professionals as well. LMA brought Maggie Watkins, Chief Marketing Officer of Sedgwick LLP to moderate Lynn Skoczelas, Chief Experience Officer of Sharp HealthCare, Lilian Tomovich, Chief Experience Officer at MGM Resorts International, and Susan Letterman White, Founder and Managing Partner of Letterman White Consulting to offer their perspective on how businesses are using the client experience to up their game.

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Week of April 10, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupSince tomorrow is a holiday for us, and much of our Network, you’re getting a bonus post, and the roundup, today! We’ve got a lot of great content for you, so before you head out for a long weekend, take a look through the best of ILNToday this week:

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