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SKILLS Law KM Webinar Session


In our quest to share innovative ideas, here’s an org and an event that legaltech professionals definitely should consider. SKILLS Law – the org – is a 20-year-old *private* gathering of Knowledge Management and Innovation leaders. Here's how they describe themselves:


For years, knowledge management and innovation leaders of the largest global, US, UK, and Canadian law firms have gathered annually in a privately organized meeting to compare notes on current developments in KM, innovation and business of law, also known as the Strategic Knowledge & Innovation Legal Leaders’ Summit, or SKILLS.


This was my first time attending SKILLS – the event itself – and oh, was it good! Sessions are short and sweet, so extremely focused (6 min presentation + 3 min Q+A) with no time to get bored. Even if a topic is not your thing, you only need to wait a few minutes until the next one.


The participants are some of the largest, most innovative, and tech-forward law firms. Of the 12 topics presented by law firms (often with their vendors), seven focused on data, analytics, or AI. That's nearly 2/3 of them! Just a few years ago, you'd be lucky to find one presentation focusing on these topics (emphasis is mine):

  1. State of the Market | Innovation Benchmarking

  2. Zero to Sixty | Starting a Law Firm Data Team

  3. Modern Data Architecture | Surfacing Data for Operations and Analytics

  4. Turning Data into Insights | Solving Goodwin’s Growing Data Needs

  5. Improve Your Performance | Give Your AI Tools a Makeover

  6. Custom KM Platforms | Inside McKinsey's "Legal Playbook"

  7. Training for Different Preferences | DLA Piper Customizes User Experience

  8. Matter Metrics and GO! Team Data Literacy

  9. AI in Practice Management | Machine Learning at Ballard Spahr

  10. Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast | Lessons Learned at CMS

  11. Getting to Grips | Data Integrations and APIs

  12. Amplifying Your Brand | The Key to Adoption and Promotion

Among those presenting were Goodwin, DLA Piper, White & Case, Gunderson Dettmer, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Paul Hastings, Ballard Spahr, Frost Brown Todd, and Freeths. Select vendors were in attendance, many of whom presented together with their law firm clients. See the full agenda here.


Takeaways that we hope to socialize amongst our customers, partners, and friends:

To summarize, SKILLS is an organization that I recommend legaltech innovators stay involved with. Follow them on LinkedIn to stay in the loop.



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