As the world transitioned rapidly to "virtual everything" in 2020, legal leaders made many strategy adaptations to allow lawyers to work from anywhere. While many thought that these pandemic-driven changes would end when lockdown ended, new best practices have kicked off changes that will permanently reconfigure how legal teams do business.
Day two of the 13th annual Legility Symposium showcased a slew of these new best practices:
1. Big data and discovery
Locating, categorizing, processing, and analyzing relevant data has never been more crucial to organizations and their legal teams. Yet, the digital age has only made this process more complex and difficult, with ever-evolving data types, expanding global data protection regulations, and nearly infinite data storage space and methods. Each step presents its own sets of challenges. Legal teams are implementing new controls over their data. Panelists across many of today’s sessions showcased best practices for how legal teams are successfully managing data, implementing information governance programs, and deploying agile methods for managed document review during litigation and investigations. Here’s how Legility can help.
2. Rethinking privilege in the corporate legal department
In-house attorney-client privilege is more complicated than just sending an email and saying, “this is privileged”. Attendees to this session heard from renowned privilege expert Todd Presnell on the court's view of what's privileged, what's not, and how best to conduct day-to-day business to preserve privilege when necessary – without slowing down business operations.
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3. Legal ethics for general counsel of the future
Providing legal advice while mitigating risk and building a culture of compliance within an organization has always been the task of an ethical in-house legal function. With increasing scrutiny on organizations and their legal departments, balancing the need to do business efficiently while maintaining strict adherence to regulatory compliance is more important than ever. With corporate governance coming under the microscope, in house teams need to ensure they have a handle on their responsibilities to their company, to their board, and to their organization as a whole to educate about ethical boundaries, governance programs, and legal governance, risk mitigation, and compliance best practices.
4. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession
The legal industry has made great strides in the past 100 years in terms of diversity – but the journey is far from complete and legal lags behind many other professions. Today’s final general session featured legal trailblazers who use their roles as policy-makers, department heads, and drivers of organizational change to create true cultures of inclusion at their organizations.
From legal ethics for the modern age and best practices for thriving in a post-pandemic business environment to navigating sticky issues of attorney-client privilege, Symposium attendees heard from leading legal experts over this two-day masterclass.