The Knowledge Management Peer Group of ILTA is hosting several sessions at the International Legal Technology Association annual meeting next week. Listed below are the KM sessions. 

Monday, August 25, 2008: KM Peer Group Sessions and KM Luncheon

KM1 – Starting a KM Program 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Ellis – Torys, Cherylyn Briggs – Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Nola Vanhoy – Alston & Bird, Mara Nickerson – Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
With all of the KM tools and possible projects flying around the legal industry, it’s hard to know where to start. Everyone has ideas and expectations on what a KM program can achieve. If your firm is just venturing into the KM arena and you are wondering where and how to get started, learn from some who have been there and survived.

KM2 – Experience Management – Case Studies in Tackling a Difficult Challenge 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.
Speaker(s): Catherine Monte – Fox Rothschild LLP, Kathrine Cain – Winston & Strawn LLP, Stan Wasylyk – Michael Farrell Group
A request frequently made of KM or IS professionals in law firms is to implement a way to efficiently track and report the experience of individual attorneys. Doing this can help both sell work and deliver work. However, experience management has proven surprisingly difficult. Just defining the type of work to be tracked can pose a stumbling block, as it can be tough to find the “just right” level of detail between the “too broad” and “too narrow.” This panel explores ways to manage law firm experience through case studies from firms who have made good progress. Each panelist will discuss the business challenge they faced, the tool they built or adapted to address it, the processes they deployed to ensure good tracking and reporting and the results realized.

KM3 – Enterprise Search – Impact on How We Do Business 2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m.
Speaker(s): Robert Guilbert – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Jeff Rovner – O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Rachelle DeGregory – Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Chad Ergun – White & Case LLP
Description: Knowledge workers spend approximately a quarter of their time searching for information, but how successful are they at locating what they are looking for? Our panel members have had enterprise search engines implemented at their respective firms for over a year and discuss the changes they have encountered with enterprise search.

KM4 – Wikis in Law Firms 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Speaker(s): Michael Mills – Davis Polk & Wardwell, Douglas Cornelius – Goodwin Procter LLP, Ayelette Robinson – Morrison & Foerster LLP
Wikipedia has over 2,000,000 articles created and edited by users. Can you have a wikipedia for the knowledge inside your law firm? Wikis provide an easy-to-use platform for capturing content and facilitating collaboration. We discuss some of the technical, cultural and procedural issues you need to address in setting up wikis for your law firm.

Tuesday, August 26 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: KM Luncheon
Longhorn C8&9. Join us to meet and converse with others interested in KM. Pick up your food in Longhorn Hall D (ILTA Bistro) and follow the signs to the adjacent private dining rooms (C8&9.)