In recent years, a growing number of law firms have been moving to “paperless” or paper-light systems, with electronic records regarded as the “official” record of the organization. Certainly, law firms have come a long way in reducing their usage of paper and helping to save trees — striking a positive note this Arbor Day.
But for many firms, the elephant in the room is the large volume of physical records that have accumulated over decades — extremely costly to store and difficult to manage.
Destroying (and recycling) paper files you no longer need seems like an obvious solution. But where do you even start, when there are hundreds or even thousands of boxes residing in off-site storage with contents that could require several hundred man-hours to pull, review and shred securely?
New ILTA Roadshow Series Sponsored by FileTrail
FileTrail has announced the launch of a new series of educational events in partnership with ILTA, the International Legal Technology Association.
The schedule for its spring 2019 ILTA Roadshow series includes stops in Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Miami, Atlanta and Seattle, from April 23-May 30.
Does your firm have the right systems in place to support its own information governance policy and procedures?
How is your firm ensuring that it is complying with contractual obligations — as well as any applicable regulations — for document retention and destruction?
Off the Record: Q&A Interview on the Evolving Role of Records Management
Many law firms we work with report that the role of the records manager has changed in recent years. A growing number of firms view Records Management as a cornerstone of Information Governance — especially as clients are scrutinizing firm retention policies and as the industry as a whole is moving to embrace electronic documents and records.
In this fascinating Q&A interview with Off the Record, John Churchill, Records Department Manager at Nelson Mullins, shares his experience and insights on how the Records Department helps respond to client RFP requests; its contribution broader Information Governance initiatives; managing compliance with client-specific retention requirements; and the evolving role of the Records Manager within the firm.
Nelson Mullins, an Am Law 100 firm with 25 offices and more than 750 lawyers, has been live on FileTrail since April 2018.
As we look back at 2018, we reflect on a few key findings in ILTA’s 2018 Technology Survey with regard to information governance and records management, which show continued focus and growth in these areas across the 431 firms who responded: