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Ipro Announces the Return of The Sedona Conference Tracks for 2018 Innovations Event

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Tempe, Ariz.- Ipro Tech, LLC, a worldwide leader in eDiscovery solutions, announced today that The Sedona Conference will once again be offering several new learning sessions at its signature Ipro Innovations 2018 Conference, scheduled for April 30 through May 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Sedona Conference sessions will be consistent with its mission to drive the reasoned and just advancement of law and policy by stimulating ongoing dialogue amongst leaders of the bench and bar to achieve consensus on tipping point issues. Jerami Kemnitz, Chair of the eDiscovery Strategy & Advocacy group at Fredrikson and Byron will be leading the panel sessions. “The eDiscovery landscape is constantly changing. We are looking forward to sparking dialogue on recent case law and rule changes, updates on international data privacy regulations and practical guidance for handling investigations.”

The Sedona Conference sessions, for which Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) accreditation will be applied, are among over 50 other informative breakouts that cover eDiscovery best practices and getting maximum use of Ipro technology. Ipro Innovations 2018 is free to attend and held at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, which also offers visitors two golf courses, a spa, several live entertainment venues and a casino.

About IPRO TECH, LLC

Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced eDiscovery software solutions, and now includes trial preparation and presentation tools. Ipro’s ADD Automated Digital Discovery workflow platform helps users organize, review, process and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity, assisting customers to be more efficient and cost-effective than ever before. To learn more or to schedule a demonstration of the ADD software, visit iprotech.com.

Technology & Millennials: Why Your Firm Needs Both

Within the last few years, technology has gradually integrated into all aspects of the legal industry, which means it no longer relates solely to internal functions such as time and billing records. Technology is an essential part of the legal supply chain as it is used to streamline services, reduce costs, and make services accessible to smaller companies. We see technology used in every facet of legal practice, from marketing and client relations to discovery and trial presentation.

So what does this mean for litigators? They must be prepared to use available technology to make their practices more efficient and serve their clients’ needs. Otherwise, litigators risk falling behind in today’s fast-moving legal market.

But what we have seen over and over again are lawyers who don’t embrace new technology. Many live by the mantra, “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.” However, as these litigators hesitate to put down their padfolio in exchange for a laptop, they are limiting their effectiveness with a case.

But don’t dive headfirst into an intense study of all the possible technological solutions available. You actually don’t need to worry about understanding the ins and outs of all legal technology. Just hire some millennials.

We have been told countless times that millennials and technology go together like bread and butter. But why are young people and tech so inseparable? Millennials may have fewer walks around the block than you, but those walks have been immersed with technology. They saw the creation of AOL and the advancement of the iPhone; using technology, whether unfamiliar or well-known, comes naturally. Even their time in law school was more technology-infused compared to that of prior generations. The key to success in any industry is to allow millennials to leverage their innate technological abilities.

The best place to start is being willing to grasp new technical concepts; then quickly and efficiently apply the latest technology to the practice of law. Firms of all sizes should rely on their young millennial lawyers to insert technology into their practices wherever possible to avoid falling behind. Strive to provide opportunities for young millennial lawyers to take leadership roles on firm committees designed to bring technological advances to the business. Giving them a voice concerning technology will allow your firm the company to embrace technology for the better. Additionally, it will provide your young lawyers with a chance to take a leadership role in the firm early on in their career, giving them a vested interest in the growth and success of the company.

Working with millennials and technology can be unfamiliar and require some adjustments, but it will make all the difference for your firm, starting now.

How to Have a Work/Life Balance in a 24/7 Working World

We hear it all the time:

“I can’t have lunch; I’m slammed.”

“I would, but I’m wrapped around the axle.”

“I can’t train the new guy; I’m too busy.”

“I can’t make the game because I have a deadline.”

And the list of excuses about work goes on and on.

Let’s face it, eDiscovery is hard. We all know the challenges of working within and servicing the litigation profession and yet, we are still here. Times are tough, data is growing, and finding the people we need on our staff is like searching for a pink unicorn.

I have learned the hard way just how demanding our industry can be. I put in the long hours, skipped time with family, worked through every vacation and just about reached my breaking point. Fortunately, I learned a few things along the way that had I known 15 years ago, my life would have been much more in balance. As a leader, I try to leverage my experience to help my team and colleagues work smarter, not harder.

My secret formula? Process + Workflow + Technology + People = Balance

First, inefficient processes are the broken foundation that creates chaos in a business such as ours. Starts and stops, single-points of failure, and relying on that one person who remembers everything is a recipe for disaster. Evaluate the processes, find the waste, eliminate unnecessary steps, and create a system that works for you. Document and distribute processes and procedures to all staff, and make sure they understand those methods. Accountability will become much easier.

You have documented processes, but what is the workflow? How many people are touching, editing, and approving a given project? Where are all the places that the project sits and waits? Automate as much as possible to ensure that the ball keeps moving even when key staff are unavailable or working on other projects. Be sure to build in reliable tracking mechanisms throughout the process to ensure that all necessary information is available to everyone.

When it comes to tracking and workflow, it is important to leverage technology solutions to keep everyone in the loop and make information available universally. Transparency in projects creates a better and stronger working environment and reduces emails and phone calls trying to figure out what is going on. A centralized system is critical to reliable processes and smart workflow.

Finally, empower the people on your team to make appropriate decisions rather than create a bottleneck by making everything go through you. Allow your employees or teammates to take full responsibility for their job and be available to help when necessary. Also, cross-train other staff or junior members of the team to create a dependable bench. Scalability is challenging to do when only a couple of people have the skills and understanding to do a specific task. Be prepared by having a diverse team that can cover for each other in the event of vacations, illness, and turnover.

Is every day going to be a perfect balance of productivity and time at home? Probably not. But by creating an environment with the right technology, efficient processes, fluid workflows, and dependable people, you’ll be capable of accomplishing so much more while still enjoying the great little moments that life will bring you.