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Jeffrey K. Brandt is a former AmLaw 100 Chief Information and Knowledge Officer with over 25 years experience in the field of legal automation. He is the owner of Brandt Professional Services and the Editor of the PinHawk Technology Digest. You can connect with Jeffrey on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter @jeffrey_brandt.

Law firms are notoriously averse to change and technology, but who is to blame? Is it lawyers themselves, senior management, or the CIO and Legal IT staff?
IT Due Diligence: Advice for the CIO

After a record-setting year in 2013, the pace of US law firm mergers carries on unabated, with 22 deals announced as of April 2014. So with potential merger activity in your firm's future, how does IT best prepare?
Can Lawyers Learn to Love IT?

According to ILTA's new Legal Technology Future Horizons report, learning to love IT will be the most difficult emotional shift for lawyers in the next decade. Jeff Brandt explores the role of fear and deficiencies in Legal IT adoption.

It is the time of year for reflection, projections and resolutions. What was 2013 like? What will we do in 2014? What kind acts can we promise to do, or what self-improvements can we instigate? 2013 was an interesting year. I think 2014 promises to...

It is said that law firm users can only use maybe 20% of the IT tools given to them. So imagine what cost savings and efficiencies could be uncovered if they knew how to use more. Jeff Brandt outlines the benefits of IT training in law firms.

I was part of a panel presenting at the ILTA educational conference in Las Vegas last month. Our subject, for the second year in a row was, "What's New and Cool in Emerging Technologies?" We talked about all the obligatory subject matter: Windows 8, advancements in eDiscovery, Office 365 and the cloud, the latest in mobile devices and a variety of other things. It was a fun subject and well received. But let me say, it's not just about the technology.

For its 36th Annual Educational Conference this year, ILTA chose "The Catalyst" as its theme. "A catalyst can be defined as something or someone that causes a reaction or activity between two or more things to create something new. The ILTA 2013 conference will be a time to make reactions happen that will affect our profession now and for years to come. Join us. And find your catalyst for change!" That's all well and good, but how do you actually BECOME a catalyst?

In Part 1 of this blog series on law firm security, I discussed how security has traditionally been an uphill battle with lawyers. But with mounting client pressure and an increasing number of security breaches, the mindset and attitude around law firm security is starting to shift.

Back in March of 2012 I had some very harsh things to say about law firm security in my post, When Good Enough - Isn't. I tried a humorous tact, providing "helpful" suggestions for Responses to a Breach of Client Data.

With ILTA just around the corner, Jeffrey Brandt offers some practical advice on how to make your legal IT budget stretch a little further this year.  All law firms are looking to better manage costs, and to many firms that has...