Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Law Technology News Awards Dinner

I spent Tuesday night at the Law Technology News Awards Dinner. Peter Lane, our Chief Information Officer, picked up an award for Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm for our iStaff system.

iStaff is a system designed by our practice managers and attorneys staffing managers to give them information needed for assigning new projects as they come into the firm. The iStaff web interface pulls information from the time and billing system, vacation calendars, current assignments and the attorneys expertise. This allows the staffing managers to better assign work to best attorney based on availability, expertise and experience.

These were the other law firm winners:
IT Director of the Year
John Sroka - Duane Morris

Champion of Technology
George Rudoy - Shearman & Sterling

Most Innovative use of Technology by an In-house Legal Department
Gene Stavrou - Kraft Foods

Most Innovative use of Technology during a Trial
Ropes & Gray Graphics and Litigation Technology Support team

Most Innovative use of Technology for a Pro Bono Project
Wills for Heroes Foundation

I did not keep track of the vendor awards, except that Interwoven won the Document Management System award for Worksite. In talking with Keith Lipman from Interwoven, he promised to combine the various names for the product into Worksite. [I am tired of also seeing Desksite and Mailsite program names, in addition to Worksite. With all those names we still call it iManage.]

Dinner was great. Peter, Angel and I had a great time at dinner and at the photo session.

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