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    • 3 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 - 12:00 (EST)
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    Join us for the official launch of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-authors Dr. Orazio Difruscolo, Kelly Hotchkiss (both Swiss Re) and Nick Williams (Proxima) will discuss best practices for DESIGNING A SOURCING STRATEGY.

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    • 17 Mar 2021
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    The Corporate Legal Triumvirate: How To Use Data To Optimize Your Team – And Spend!

    In this session, we will analyze “best practices” for how procurement, legal ops, and in-house counsel can work together and streamline workflows. We will discuss key challenges for procurement when it comes to leveraging data and optimizing workflow across procurement, in-house counsel, legal ops to get the best value from their spend and examine three approaches:

    Model #1 - Involved Procurement:

    • Procurement: Owns law firm relationships and has the most day-to-day impact
    • Legal ops: Run the data systems
    • In-house counsel: Do as they please with no standards on the selection of outside counsel

    Model #2 - Panel Evaluation:

    • Procurement: Evaluate the pricing of panel firms every three years
    • Legal ops: Focused solely on reporting
    • In-house counsel: Select firms off the panel

    Model #3 - Limited Procurement:

    • Procurement: Shielded away from legal & utilized solely for the procurement of basic services (things the entire organization would use). 
    • Challenges for procurement in terms of data adoption & workflows

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    • 24 Mar 2021
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    Calls for greater transparency and predictability in corporate legal spend have only grown louder over the last 12 months, with companies facing a variety of complex new financial planning challenges.

    In this practical presentation, learn about why traditional budgeting and forecasting methods are falling short and how AI is delivering answers for forward-thinking legal departments!

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    • 31 Mar 2021
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    Increasingly, companies are considering the social impact and sustainability practices when choosing service providers, including their panel of outside law firms. 

    What are the best practices to assess law firms’ programs?  What questions to ask?  What initiatives are meaningful and material?  What tools and resources are available to you?  And what about services such as EcoVadis, IntegrityNext, SupplyShift, etc?

    YOUR CHOICES MAKE AN IMPACT: SOCIAL IMPACT & SUSTAINABILITY is one of the chapters in the Buying Legal® Council's latest book "The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services." Order your copy here

    Join Pamela Cone, Founder & CEO of Amity Advisory, and Gayatri Joshi, Executive Director of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), to explore the latest trends in social impact and sustainability considerations when procuring outside legal services.  

    Gayatri will share some highlights of the upcoming Legal Industry Landscape Survey, and Pam will share insights regarding the growing expectations of clients for their law firms to have a positive social impact. 

    Please complete LFSN's survey by February 26 and a copy of the report will be shared with you. Click here



    • 14 Apr 2021
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    Please join us for this webinar on "Getting Serious About Value-Based Legal Sourcing"


    Every business department has a responsibility to monitor and maximize the value it receives from external suppliers, but in-house legal teams may face the steepest challenge.


    In this practical presentation, we’ll discuss:

    • Why evaluating outside counsel services is uniquely difficult
    • Where in-house teams are most likely to make initial progress
    • How to maximize results without compromising relationships 

    Presenters: Stanislav Gejdos (Category Manager, Legal - Syngenta), Alex Kelly (Co-Founder & COO - Brightflag)

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    • 21 Apr 2021
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    Join us for this webinar on "The Paradox of Value."

    The Paradox of Value has troubled thinkers from Adam Smith to Plato, but does it apply to legal services?

    Whether they be planned or unexpected, complex or commodity, how do we truly value the legal services we procure and receive?

    What is it that we value from our legal services - is it the expertise, the outcome, the process, the relationship, the trust, the price or the protection - and does this complex question require an answer before we can effectively negotiate and procure legal services?

    Join us as we explore the paradox of value - and see if what we value is truly being reflected in our professional and commercial relationships. 

    Follow our #LegalValueParadox hashtag on social media to hear from international experts on what is is that they value. Join in and contribute your thoughts.

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    • 28 Apr 2021
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    • 5 May 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-author Steph Hogg (Validatum) will discuss best practices for IDENTIFYING THE RIGHT FIRMS AND PROVIDERS AND SOLICITING PROPOSALS.

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    • 12 May 2021
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    • 19 May 2021
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    • 2 Jun 2021
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    Please join us for this best practices webinar on the topic: "A Time and a Place for Everything” - The Balance Between Legal Operations and Procurement with Darren Guy, Head of Global Legal & Regulatory Operations at AIG.

    • 9 Jun 2021
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    • 16 Jun 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-author Richard Stock (Catalyst Consulting) will discuss best practices for UNDERSTAND PRICING OF LEGAL SERVICES.

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    • 30 Jun 2021
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    • 14 Jul 2021
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    Please join us for the special session "The Newlywed Game - Are you and your law firms a perfect match?"

    There are lots of things left unsaid between law firms and clients. In this session, we discuss the common miscommunication between in-house counsel and law firms from both perspectives - will their relationship be a perfect match?

    Alacrity presents this interesting problem in a fun, interactive format with a panel and many live polls for you.

    This fully interactive webinar will address common issues from the need for transparency, alignment with internal client goals, and making sure both parties are successful. 

    The Newlywed Game, Legal Edition: Certainly not one to miss!

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    • 21 Jul 2021
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    Please join us for this session on "Performance Management."

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    • 28 Jul 2021
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    • 4 Aug 2021
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    • 11 Aug 2021
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    • 18 Aug 2021
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    • 8 Sep 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-authors Steph Corey, Haley Carter, and Sue Krasaway (UpLevelOps) will discuss best practices for NEGOTIATING WITH FIRMS & PROVIDERS.

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    • 15 Sep 2021
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    • 29 Sep 2021
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    • 6 Oct 2021
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    • 13 Oct 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-authors Anja Jähnel, Tina Ksienzyk, and Yannis Theile (BAYER) will discuss best practices for MANAGING FIRMS AND PROVIDERS.

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    • 3 Nov 2021
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    • 10 Nov 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-authors Caroline O'Grady and Lynsey Wood (both Coote O'Grady) will discuss best practices for KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS & HEAT MAPS FOR LEGAL SERVICES.

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    • 17 Nov 2021
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    • 1 Dec 2021
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    Join us for a special session of The Definitive Guide to Buying Legal Services!

    Co-author Jason Winmill (Argopoint) will discuss best practices for ASSESSING FIRMS AND PROVIDERS and HOW TO SCORE LEGAL SERVICES.

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    • 8 Dec 2021
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    • 15 Dec 2021
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Past events

24 Feb 2021 Analytics & Benchmarking: Peer-to-Peer with Andie Lam, Jo Ellen Hatfield, Orazio Difruscolo, and Melissa Miller (EY Law)
16 Feb 2021 The Great Legal Shift of 2021: Procurement’s Role in Adding Value to the Business Bottom Line with Leigh Vickery (Level Legal) & Kevin Kiley (OneTrust)
10 Feb 2021 Analytics & Benchmarking: Expert Roundtable with Connie Brenton, Jim Hannigan, Jon Lane, and Joey Seeber (Level Legal)
27 Jan 2021 Innovation: Peer-to-Peer with Gina Patierno, Jessica Williams, Jon Lane, and Peter Krakaur (EY Law)
9 Dec 2020 A D&I Working Group session: Building Diversity Culture Into Your Legal Supply Chain
2 Dec 2020 Automation of Work/New Technology: Peer-to-Peer Roundtable with Andy Krebs, Lisa Khan, Orazio Difruscolo, and Agustín Sánchez (Thomson Reuters)
18 Nov 2020 The BIG DEBATE: The best solution to reduce outside counsel cost?! (ONIT)
11 Nov 2020 Automation of Work/New Technology: Expert Roundtable with Dr. Eva Bruch, Tim Corcoran, Shamus Rae, and Heidi Stenberg (EY Law)
28 Oct 2020 Strategic Partnering with JeanMarie Campbell, Michael Glasser, and Joshua Zorger (Baker McKenzie)
21 Oct 2020 Cost Management: Peer-to-Peer with Matt Lundin, Lisa Khan, Andie Lam, and Peter Eilhauer (EPIQ)
7 Oct 2020 Cost Management: Expert Roundtable with Akshay Verma, Michael Rynowecer, Olaf van der Linden, Stephanie Corey, and Mark Habbinga (EPIQ)
30 Sep 2020 Efficiency & Productivity: Peer-to-Peer with Andy Krebs, Jennifer Black-Sherman, Mo Zain Ajaz, Tina Ksienzyk. Moderator: Sandy Devine (Factor)
23 Sep 2020 INSIGHTS: Q4 2020/Q1 2021 - What can we expect? An industry intelligence overview with Jeff Grossman
16 Sep 2020 Efficiency & Productivity: Expert Roundtable with Sandy Devine, Bruno Mascello, and Lon Povich
9 Sep 2020 Real Innovation through Client-Firm Collaboration - Matter Intake Automation with Toby Brown (Perkins Coie)
2 Sep 2020 Buying Legal Council’s 2020 Market Intelligence Report: Perspectives
12 Aug 2020 Procurement, the GC’s office and Legal Ops: Living Together (and Thriving!)
6 Aug 2020 The Buying Legal Council D&I Working Group presents: Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Moral and Business Imperative
29 Jul 2020 DATA GOVERNANCE & CONTRACT MANAGEMENT: How you can build security into your contracts
22 Jul 2020 LEGAL VENDOR CYBER RISK PROGRAM: How to deal with problems (and how to avoid them in the first place)
15 Jul 2020 CYBER SECURITY BENCHMARKING: What you need to know now and how to avoid risk
8 Jul 2020 PRIVILEGED DATA: Understanding the cyber security Challenges with your legal vendors
2 Jul 2020 Social Impact and Sustainability: Peer-to-Peer Roundtable with Kelly Hotchkiss, Tom Harvey, and Pamela Cone
1 Jul 2020 Diversity & Inclusion: Peer-to-Peer Roundtable with Adrienne Fox, Rippi Karda, Vance McMurry; Moderators: Milly Parekh and Ruth Estrella Pujols
30 Jun 2020 Social Impact and Sustainability: Expert Roundtable with Adam Roy Gordon, Arnaud Brohé, Carol Kazmer Liffman, and Pamela Cone
25 Jun 2020 A Virtual Discussion with BT and Onit: Optimizing Resources Inside & Outside the Legal Department
27 May 2020 Agile (Legal) Tech Vendor Selection - Learning from other IT Categories with Hervé Legenvre, PhD (EIPM) and Andressa Reis (Heineken)
20 May 2020 Improving the Procurement Process Using Lean Six Sigma with Lourdes Slater (Karta Legal)
29 Apr 2020 How efficient are your legal suppliers? The evolving role of Procurement in driving cost savings AND efficiency when buying legal services with Matthew Peacock (OMC Partners)
22 Apr 2020 Special Session for Members & Friends: Corporate Supplier Diversity - How Corporations are making a difference for Legal Services
8 Apr 2020 Legal Procurement Dialogue Q1 with Lisa Khan, Director Strategic Sourcing (Alexion Pharmaceuticals)
18 Mar 2020 Legal Procurement 101 - Getting Started
4 Mar 2020 Activity-Collared AFAs with David Falstein
26 Feb 2020 A Panel Journey Experience – Crawl, Walk, Run with Reggie Plac (American Family Insurance)
13 Feb 2020 Pricing Legal Services Master Class - Module 4 Why ROIs and LPMs Matter; Managing the Transitions; and Innovation
11 Feb 2020 Pricing Legal Services Master Class - Module 3 Non-Hourly Fee Arrangements and Negotiations to Arrive at a Fair Price
5 Feb 2020 Virtual Legal Procurement Roundtable
23 Jan 2020 Pricing Legal Services Master Class - Module 2 RFPs, Invitations for Strategic Partnering and Evaluating Proposals
22 Jan 2020 Actionable cost data: What it is; why you want it; how you use it with Catherine Krow (Digitory Legal)
21 Jan 2020 Pricing Legal Services Master Class - Module 1 Procurement Strategy and Scope of Work
15 Jan 2020 How SALI Legal Matter Specification Standard (LMSS) helps you specify matters to identify the best resources for legal procurement with Jim Hannigan and Adam Stock
4 Dec 2019 Design Thinking for Legal Services with Kevin Bielawski (Husch Blackwell) and Lann Wasson (Husch Blackwell)
20 Nov 2019 Special Session with the 2019 Legal Procurement Award Winners!
13 Nov 2019 Legal Procurement Dialogue Q4 with Andie Lam - Global Category Sourcing Manager - Legal Services (Novartis)
16 Oct 2019 Compliance 101 with George Martin (Faegre Baker Daniels) and David Sampsell (Digi)
25 Sep 2019 Introduction to U.S. Contract Law with Stafford Matthews (Dentons)
18 Sep 2019 Legal Procurement Dialogue Q3 with Stephanie Arkin - Sourcing Manager
5 Sep 2019 Americas Legal Procurement Conference
30 Jul 2019 APAC Legal Procurement Conference
17 Jul 2019 Webinar: Profiles & Dialogue In Diversity for Legal Services
28 Jun 2019 Winning Proposals Workshop in Los Angeles
26 Jun 2019 Winning Proposals Workshop in Chicago
25 Jun 2019 Winning Proposals Workshop in New York
24 Jun 2019 Winning Proposal Workshop in Boston
11 Jun 2019 EMEA Legal Procurement Conference
5 Jun 2019 Building Trust: A Legal Procurement Change Management Journey with Jose Nicot (Teva Pharma)
22 May 2019 Legal Procurement Dialogue Q2 with Lisa Khan - Director Strategic Sourcing, Professional Services & IT (Alexion Pharmaceuticals)
15 May 2019 Mid-Year Review of your Legal Procurement Strategy and Prep for 2020 with Magen McClintock (KeyBank)
7 May 2019 DACH Legal Procurement Conference
24 Apr 2019 Estimating & Tracking Legal Costs, Tasks & Schedules with Dashboards & KPIs with Mark Lassiter (Lex Projex)
10 Apr 2019 Buying Legal Services – how buyers and sellers can help each other with Geraint Evans (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)
3 Apr 2019 GDPR with Tracy Weir (Baker Donelson)
27 Mar 2019 Legal Procurement Dialogue Q1 with Olaf van der Linden - Interim Management and Consulting Professional Services Procurement (Allotrope)
26 Mar 2019 Diversity & Inclusion: How to Increase Diverse Spend in the Legal Category with Adrienne Fox (Novartis) and Milly Parekh (Johnson & Johnson)
13 Mar 2019 Legal Method, Skills, and Reasoning with Louise Boswell and Tim Sales (CMS)
13 Feb 2019 The RULES - An Introduction to Law Firm Economics with Timothy Corcoran (BringinTim.com)