In Part 1 of my Knowledge Management Series, I outlined the issues associated with organizing and storing documents by using file folders on a networked shared drive. There are several potential solutions that would help alleviate these concerns. Each solution’s effectiveness may depend on the size of the firm/organization and how well it is implemented.
After several unsuccessful attempts to update the Copyright Act to deal with modern technology concerns, Bill C-11 “An Act to Amend the Copyright Act” (also known as the Copyright Modernization Act) received Royal Assent on June 29, 2012.
In an effort to align Canadian law with International Treaties, the Copyright Modernization Act balances the rights of both copyright holders and users.
This is the first in a series of posts, where I will discuss the benefits of maintaining efficient and resourceful knowledge management systems. Stay tuned to learn about the benefits of document management, task management, creating a precedent database, document assembly and other solutions to help the organization and efficiency of your practice.
For law firms and legal departments, maintaining organized files is of the utmost importance. In previous generations, this was primarily accomplished by having filing cabinets which contained organized files in accordion folders (perhaps sorted by area of law or file type), each of which contained many sub-folders to separate document types such as correspondence, drafts, research, agreements, etc.
While this organizational method seemed to be sufficient in the past, our continued reliance on electronic documents and e-mails has made an electronic system a must for any law firm or legal department.