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Too busy to read it all? Try these books, blogs, webcasts, websites and other info resources curated by CCBJ especially for corporate counsel and legal ops professionals.

REPORT: Gartner Legal & Compliance

Gartner, a leading research and advisory company, says in a new report, “Behaviors of Effective General Counsel,” that too few GCs are as effective as they could be. It’s a simple equation, according to Abbott Martin, a vice president in the Gartner Legal & Compliance Practice. “General counsel who spend a higher percentage of their time performing strategic work are simply more effective. In an era where corporate success is often defined by assets that legal protects (IP, data rights, reputation) and services legal provides (risk governance), GCs are essential to corporate strategy and must focus their time accordingly.”

Clients of Gartner for Legal & Compliance can access the report free. Others can view the complimentary webinar, “Attributes of an Effective General Counsel,” to learn more.

WEBSITE: TechnoLawyer

TechnoLawyer has been quietly making noise in the legal community for quite some time. Its founder, Neil J. Squillante, a former litigator with Wilkie Farr, continues to serve as its publisher. It’s a great source of information about legal tech and related topics. One of the most-read items each year is its list of the Top 10 Tech Products. According to Squillante, the list is compiled based on “passive voting,” which means click-throughs from TechnoLawyer readers. This year’s winners cover the waterfront from software for creating timelines for litigation to a public record search tool.

Drop by to check out the full list.


Nearly three-quarters of in-house legal departments are currently outsourcing legal services such as contract management and guidance on employment law to external non-law firm providers, according to a survey of 1,058 senior legal practitioners from businesses in 25 countries conducted by Euromoney Thought Leadership Consulting on behalf of EY Law. “Over the past decade,” a report about the survey says, “the legal industry has been filled with anecdotal stories of law departments using non-law firm providers, often utilizing technology enabled [legal managed services] models, to increase efficiency and lower cost. Up to now, however, there has been limited data available to analyze this trend.” Check out that data at EY Law.

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