The Legal Ops Podcast is about all things legal operations, legal business and legal technology. It's hosted by Alex Rosenrauch and Elliot Leibu, legal ops professionals with experience and passion for this subject, and deep connections in the industry. Every episode covers a new aspect of transformation, operationalisation and technology implementation, overlaid with the human elements of change management and organisational psychology. If you're interested in the changing nature of legal services delivery, and you want to be a part of it, this is the podcast for you.
User Experience Design for lawyers with Karina Vazirova
Karina Vazirova is a legal innovator, an experienced product developer and a specialist in user experience and design. Her agency, KV Labs, focuses on UX research, prototyping and design. She also co-founded FemTech Lab, Europe’s first FemTech accelerator.
Karina, Elliot and Alex had an insightful chat focused on UX and design in a legal context, including:
* Karina’s journey from being an international chess master to working in legal tech and then starting her own design agency.
* What “user experience” means.
* When user experience should be considered in a legal context.
* How to obtain UX feedback by finding users and asking the right types of questions.
* Why focusing on facts, and not opinions, is important when undertaking UX research.
* The future of legal operations and technology.
Karina Vazirova on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karinavazirova/
KV Labs: https://www.kv-labs.co/
Talking Tech: Summize with Tom Dunlop
In this Talking Tech episode Alex and Elliot interview Tom Dunlop. He's the founder and CEO of Summize, which is a simple, lightweight and easy-to-use tool designed to make it quicker and easier for legal teams to review, summarise and draft contracts.
Check out Summize: https://www.summize.com/
Contact Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pulse: Elliot's new Apple Watch, Ironclad raises $100 million and Australia makes Google pay for news
Alex and Elliot chat about:
* early impressions on Elliot's new Apple Watch
* Spark, a new dashboard covering fundraising and M&A in the legal tech space
* Ironclad raises $100 million with a valuation of almost $1 billion
* a recent court decision involving Uber regarding online acceptance of terms and conditions
* the Australian News Media Bargaining Code, which could dramatically affect the internet search market in Australia and goes to the core of competition and democracy in the country
Ironclad article on shipping containerisation: https://ironcladapp.com/blog/announcing-ironclads-series-d/?hellobar
Legal Department Metrics with Mick Sheehy
Mick Sheehy is a partner at PWC in Australia and head of the firm's NewLaw practice. He is a former General Counsel at Telstra where he developed and led the legal department's innovation program, which later became its legal operations and transformation function.
Mick, Alex and Elliot had a fascinating conversation focused on data and metrics for corporate legal departments. They covered:
* Why metrics are important, and why legal departments have generally been slower to adopt them than other corporate departments.
* Whether or not it is reasonable to expect lawyers to be data experts.
* What constitutes a "metric", and whether or not it must be quantifiable.
* How to decide what to measure.
* How to utilise metrics, including their value in making decisions and framing stories.
* The role of technology and standardisation in the collection and use of metrics.
* The future of NewLaw and legal operations.
Note: This interview with Mick was recorded in late 2020.
PWC New Law team: https://www.pwc.com.au/legal/newlaw-optimising-your-law-department.html
The Pulse: Capital raisings, acquisitions, Apple news and a Christmas message
Alex and Elliot chat about a bunch of legal tech news, including:
* recent capital raisings by BrightFlag and Summize
* a potential tech security vulnerability for Facebook's legal department
* Salesforce's acquisition of Slack
* Cydia's antitrust lawsuit against Apple
* rumours of an upcoming Apple search engine
* thoughts on the new AirPods Max over ear headphones
* a Christmas message and what's coming up on the podcast in 2021
Facebook security vulnerability: https://alaa.blog/2020/12/how-i-hacked-facebook-part-one/
Salesforce's acquisition of Slack: https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/12/01/technology/salesforce-slack-deal.amp.html
Cydia's antitrust lawsuit: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/12/apples-app-store-is-an-illegal-monopoly-rival-cydia-claims-in-suit/
Apple search engine: https://www.fastcompany.com/90583870/apple-search-engine-google-competition
AirPods Max review: https://www.theverge.com/22177494/apple-airpods-max-headphones-review-price-features
Talking Tech: LawVu with Sam Kidd
This is the first Talking Tech episode and what a way to start! Alex and Elliot interviewed Sam Kidd. He's the Co-Founder and CEO of LawVu, which is an NZ-based company selling a legal operations platform to in-house legal teams around the world.
Check out LawVu: https://lawvu.com/
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