There is a term for lawyers who use Latin and other obscure languages to describe legal processes to consumers: “legal”.
But there is no similar term for vendors who use technical and other obscure languages to describe their legal software operations to attorneys.
Admittedly, this dynamic may seem unfair. But now we have The Legal Tech-to-English Dictionary to help us cope.
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Optimization of business processes
- A method to add efficiency to existing business practices, in order to upgrade those practices.
- Referred to as “legal process management” when applied to corporate legal services.
Lawyer 1: Jim, I don’t want to spoil anything here, but our new system looks really good. We absolutely stapled these files.
Lawyer 2: And, the new redwelds look amazing!
Lawyer 1: Can you even to imagine the efficiency savings that we will realize, when we can cover clip copies!
Lawyer 2: ABC Corp is going to be so impressed with what we did here.
- The period of time required to complete a task.
- A Lean Six Sigma concept to reduce the time spent between tasks, or from the start to the conclusion of a deal.
Lawyer 1: Okay, we’re down to 47 minutes to compress a PDF.
Lawyer 2: Soft.
Lawyer 1: ABC Corp is going to be so impressed with what we’ve done here.
See those little McDonald’s drive-thru timers that identify average order processing time. Yes, you need a version of this for your law firm.
- A lawyer or law firm hired by a corporation to assist with legal matters in a non-employment capacity.
- Biglaw, et al.
Corporate lawyer 1: I asked Cabinet Thomas to provide us with a figure for the utilization rate of our projects.
Corporate lawyer 2: Yes and . . .
Corporate lawyer 1: They sent this hand-drawn image of a monkey throwing excrement against the wall of its cage.
Corporate lawyer 2: Yes and …
- Electronic invoicing = online payment and submission of invoices.
- A process by which lawyers can invoice their clients for legal work and receive payment for it.
Corporate lawyer: So, I went through your e-invoicing entries this month, and there are several issues. You have exceeded your daily hours limits, you are using the wrong billing codes, and you have forgotten the passcode “Rumpelstiltskin”.
External advice: Okay, what entries.
Corporate lawyer: All.
External advice: Well, shit.
- Selecting and purchasing legal or law-related services from external providers.
Corporate lawyer 1: I was looking at our current supplier list, and I see a rating here for a monthly ‘Snuggie‘attribution? What is it about?
Corporate lawyer 2: (glancing through the hood of a sleeved blanket) This is really cold in the office, Melinda.
Corporate lawyer 2: Can you fill my pancake robot with dough and light it before leaving? Thank you.
See The procurement process is managed through RFPs (requests for proposals), which is how the company’s legal departments review and select suppliers.
Jared Correia, legal technology consultant and expert, is the host of Non-Eventcast, the featured podcast of Above the Law Non-Event for Tech-Perplexed Lawyers.