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Emerging Trends, Legal Visionaries & Career Insights

Dear White House: Record Retention is a Big Deal

During the George W. Bush Administration, an investigation found that senior White House Staff were using Republican National Committee (RNC)  email accounts to conduct official business.  The problem was that these emails were not preserved as required by the Presidential Records Act.  How many emails?   Approximately 22 million emails were destroyed. The Committee on Oversight and Government wants to ensure that history does not repeat itself and records are retained … Continue reading

Is Law School Making a Comeback?

After years of challenges and declining admissions, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for law schools.  Are more students are considering law school as a viable career option? The ABA Journal recently reported that LSAT tests administered in December of 2016 increased 7.6% over December of 2015, as confirmed by the Law School Admission council.   Yes, the number has increased.   And that increase is the … Continue reading

Our Newest Legal Visionary: Debbie Reynolds

At Lumen Legal, we enjoy connecting with what we call legal visionaries.  A visionary is someone in the legal field who is setting the pace, thinking creatively and pushing us all to do our best.  This quarter, we spoke with Debbie Reynolds who is an expert when it comes to data privacy and its impact on e-discovery.  As a Director at EimerStahl Discovery Solutions in Chicago, this topic is a … Continue reading

Our Luminary of the Year: Jane Aquilina

At Lumen Legal, we started a special employee recognition program over ten years ago. It’s called the “Luminary of the Year” program after our company name, Lumen Legal.   A “lumen” is a way to measure light and reminds us of the great entrepreneurial work of Thomas Edison. The “Luminary of the Year” program allows employees to recognize each other’s good work. Each time an employee notices a co-worker’s good work … Continue reading

My New December Ritual: Analyzing Legal Industry Surveys

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Many of us have December rituals that include holiday-related activities, including baking, decorating and last-minute gift purchases for loved ones.  Over the past several years, I have added another December ritual that for most people is not viewed as that exciting at all. Amidst the flurry of holiday activity and year-end deadlines, I enjoy taking the time to study all of the latest legal industry surveys and financial reporting data … Continue reading

Can The GRE Replace the LSAT?

For years the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) was the only avenue for prospective law students to gain admission to law school.   But a recent decision by the American Bar Association (ABA) may open the door for some new competition … the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The LSAT has enjoyed a monopoly over the law school admission process for decades.  It was created to give law schools another means to … Continue reading

Our 18th Legal Visionary: Maria Green

This quarter, we had the pleasure of speaking to a new legal visionary, Maria Green.  Maria is the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Ingersoll Rand.  If you’re not familiar with Ingersoll Rand, they’re an international company headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina.  Their products enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency.  Some of … Continue reading

Our Founder to MC the Masters Conference

This week our Founder, Dave Galbenski, will be serving as the Master of Ceremonies at the Masters Conference as it celebrates its ten year anniversary.  The Masters Conference provides practical CLE education for lawyers and litigation support professionals that is delivered by experts with front-line experience.  The two-day conference will be held October 18-19 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. What makes a Masters conference different is its size.  … Continue reading

Georgia on Our Minds: Big Mistakes in Bar Exam Scoring

Imagine finishing your last law school exam and turning toward the daunting task of studying for the bar exam.  While some graduates may allow themselves a small reprieve, others jump right into countless hours of bar review study courses, flashcards and practice tests all in the pursuit of one thing:  positive bar exam results.  And for those bar exam takers who don’t achieve the goal, well some might say that … Continue reading

Measuring Your Legal Department: Metrics, Metrics, Metrics

UK-based market research company Acritas recently surveyed a number of corporate legal departments at companies with at least $1 billion in revenue to better understand how metrics are used to measure success. After studying the responses from more than 1,000 legal departments, Acritas’ report indicates that 25% of legal departments still don’t use any metrics to measure success. Metrics are key data points that allow a business to review, track, … Continue reading

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