Required Reading

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.

Website: Dewey B Strategic

Dewey B Strategic, named for Melville Dewey, inventor of the eponymous decimal classification system, was founded 10 years ago by Jean P. O’Grady, who has over 30 years of experience developing strategic information initiatives for Am Law 100 law firms. It’s tagline – “risk, value, strategy, innovation, knowledge and the legal profession” – would seem to cover the waterfront, but that would do a disservice to O’Grady. Her knowledge and interests are incredibly wide-ranging, which makes Dewey required reading. That’s especially the case when it comes to the 2020-21 Hits and Misses Survey, which asks responders what they bought in 2020 and what they plan to buy in 2021. COVID was certainly a challenge as a “gray literature” emerged that major publishers were not prepared to track. “It was ‘the year of the skunkworks’ for many librarians and knowledge managers, who scrambled to capture and analyze the torrent of local, state and national materials,” O’Grady writes. So what were the hot products? ALM Legal Radar, Casetext Compose, Bloomberg Law, HiQ, Lexis + and Westlaw Next, according to the survey.

Newsletter: Legal IT Insider (aka The Orange Rag)

“The Future Is Bright,” reads the tagline of Legal IT Insider, “The Future Is The Orange Rag.” And, we might add, the present. A terrific UK-based global publication edited by Caroline Hill, a former solicitor with Norton Rose Fulbright, senior reporter at Legal Week and news editor at Legal Business who ditched her city lawyer career to follow her passion for writing. Thank goodness she never seems to have looked back. The Rag, which indeed is bright, is an invaluable source of news and information about the rapidly changing Legal IT ecosystem. Each of the 10 annual issues bustles with insight and imagination about everything from legal tech company M&A to new product development and deployment to expert commentary to significant moves among the legal technocracy to . . . well, you name it. When it comes to the Orange Rag, the future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades (hat tip Timbuk 3).

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