Educational Resources

1. How to Improve the Procurement Process using Lean.

Lourdes Slater gave a webinar to the members of Buying Legal Council on ways to improve the legal procurement process. Specifically, she discussed the different types of DOWNTIME (waste) present in procurement and which Lean tools can be used by buying professionals in order to:
1- take costs out of the supply chain;
2- minimize contract modifications (or T&C excursions);
3- benchmark and cost model; and
4- achieve “win-win”
A power point presentation is available here:

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2. Podcast Managing Processes and Data Security in a WFH Setting

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3. Why Lawyers Struggle to Innovate

In this brief presentation, given by Lourdes Slater at the Law2030 Conference hosted at Pennovation by the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law - and launching UPenn's Future of the Profession Initiative - she discusses some of the reasons lawyers struggle to innovate.

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4. Legal Process Improvement Through Lean Practices

In this workshop - given by Lourdes on Day 1 of LegalWeek 2020 in New York City - she discusses how we can apply Lean concepts to improve legal processes.

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5. Driving Legal Tech Innovation with Process Improvement and Agile Project Management

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6. The Rise of the Technically Competent Lawyer

Competent legal representation requires the knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary to act on your clients’ behalf. Technical competence and skills are a must. Ethically and practically speaking. In this article, we will address two places where lawyers must adopt new technologies in order to competently perform their duties.

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7. Lean Law

There are two ways to make a business more profitable:  increasing prices or reducing cost. Lean management relies on team effort to improve efficiency, speed, and performance by systematically removing waste from a process and increase its flow. Clients demand value. By using a Lean approach to law, the delivery of legal services can be done more efficiently and, as a by product, speedier and less costly.

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