LOC News

2018 LEDES Board of Directors

Our 2018 Board has been seated.  Our leadership includes:

President – Jane A. Bennitt, Global Legal Ebilling, LLC
Vice President – Cathrine J. Collins, Legal Systems Automation, LLC
Treasurer/Membership – Jim Hannigan, Fenwick & West, LLC
Secretary – Daniel Bodnar, Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker
Standards – Nicholas Puschak, Mitratech
Regional Groups – Philip K. Knight, LSG
Marketing – Valerie Milewski, Mayer Brown

LOC 2017 Board of Directors

President:  Jane A. Bennitt, Global Legal Ebilling, LLC
Vice President:  Valerie Milewski, Mayer Brown
Treasurer:  Keely Kurtas-Chapman, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP
Secretary:  Daniel Bodnar, Thomson Legal Tracker
Standards:  Nicholas Puschak, Mitratech
Regional Groups:  Philip Knight, LSG
Marketing:  Steven Cahill, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Disrupting the Ebilling Status Quo

As part of our campaign called “Disrupting the Ebilling Status Quo,” the LEDES Oversight Committee posted a survey to collect feedback from the legal industry to identify issues experienced by each constituency participating in ebilling — vendors (of third party ebilling systems, ebilling administration tools or LEDES invoice generators, law firm practice management and timekeeping systems that create LEDES invoice files, and BI and benchmarking system vendors), law departments that mandate ebilling, law firms and other legal vendors who submit ebills, consultants, educators and legal organizations concerned about ebilling.

The survey closed on April 1st, and we are happy to report that we had 141 responses, by far our most successful survey to date.

We are organizing the responses for evaluation.  Look for more information on what we found in May, and the follow-on steps that will be taken by the LOC to right the course of ebilling.

We thank everyone who provided feedback on this important topic.

LEDES Oversight Committee To Disrupt Ebilling Status Quo

At our mid-year Member’s Meeting, the LEDES Oversight Committee announced that the time has come to identify and address issues and deficiencies with legal ebilling.  As a standards organization the LOC Board recognizes that the we can recommend but not force standards.  Once we have quantified issues experienced by law firm and law department users, subcommittees will be formed to recommend solutions and standards.  We plan a publishing campaign to influence public opinion and create a demand for better solutions.

We look forward to working with our members to effectuate change.

Check back from time to time for more information on this exciting project.

Are you interested in participating in this effort?  The LEDES Oversight Committee is one of the best association bargains in legal.  Use the Join the LOC feature in the menu to join today.

LOC Changes Membership Structure!

On January 29, 2016 the LEDES Oversight Committee members enacted a change to our membership structure.

Previously membership in the LOC was limited to organizations.  An individual derived their membership in the LOC by virtue of working for a member organization.  Each member organization was able to designate one voting member, an alternate voting member, and an unlimited number of general (non-voting) members for the $200 yearly membership fee.  On initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, each organizational member was able to cast a single vote.  Importantly, when an individual discontinued working for the member organization, the individual lost their membership in the LOC.

In 2016 the membership structure has change to individual membership.  Now all LOC members have the right to vote on initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, and an individual’s membership will continue regardless of their employment status.

The only requirement to become a member in the LOC is that an individual “shall be … working, or having retired from work, in some capacity within or associated with the legal industry.”

The dues for individual members in 2016 are $95 USD.

To become a member, use the application form here.

Proposed IPMM Schema Update

IPMM Development Subcommittee Head Robin Hunziker has advised that information on the proposed IPMM schema has been published as follows:

Licensing Executives Society International – “Invention Disclosures―A Standard Is Needed”, LES Global News, Dec 2014, Vol. XLIX No. 4, pp. 7-8, and can be found here.

Patent Baristas – “Proposed IP Matter Management Invention Disclosure Scheme”, Stephen Jenei, 16 Sep 2014, and can be found here