ILTA KM Champions, Past And Future

12 Mar

Post By David Hobbie, ILTA KM Blogmaster

Chris Boyd recently announced the opening of the ILTA KM Champion award.  It will be granted at the 2012 Conference, to be held August 26-30 in Washington DC (registration is now open, by the way!).  His announcement:

The KM Champion uses knowledge management resources to help his or her organization share knowledge effectively, deliver excellent service to clients and achieve its business goals.  Resources include (but are not limited to) model and sample documents, document assembly, matter profiles, enterprise search, expertise location, experience management, Web 2.0 collaboration tools (blogs, wikis, etc), KM support for AFAs or project/matter planning, and client-facing knowledge-sharing tools.  The award is given specifically for accomplishments since January 1, 2011.

Last year’s KM Champion was Scott Rechtschaffen of Littler Mendelson.

 You can nominate yourself or someone else for the KM Champion award here.  Nominations are due by March 31; after that, all qualifying nominees will be asked to complete an application form, which the award judges will review.  There are many KM champions out there, so please throw your hat – or that of a peer whose KM accomplishments you admire – into the ring!

For more information about ILTA’s 2012 Distinguished Peer Awards program, please go here.

If you want to hear about what kind of accomplishments justify awards such as KM Champion, Project of the Year, or Innovator of the Year, ILTA also recently announced a March 29 2012 webinar that will feature last year’s awardwinners.  The full announcement:

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Central / 10:00 a.m. Mountain / 9:00 a.m. Pacific.

At ILTA’s 2011 annual educational conference, Bryan Cave and Littler Mendelson were awarded Distinguished Peer Awards for Innovator of the Year and Project of the Year, respectively.

Bryan Cave’s Innovator of the Year award recognized John Alber and his teams for developing a structural approach to innovation and a series of innovative systems. Bryan Cave has adapted an approach to innovation that mirrors the R&D functions found in the best companies.

Littler’s Project of the Year award recognized Scott Rechtschaffen and his team for the development of Littler CaseSmart, an innovative case management solution that combines a Littler-developed proprietary technology platform, rigorous quality assurance measures and an alternative staffing model to streamline the way cases are managed.

Come join John and Scott as they give an overview of their projects (as they did at the 2011 annual conference). They will also provide updates on the continued effectiveness of their projects, new successes and obstacles, and the impact their work has had on other areas of their firm’s operations and on the delivery of legal services.

 If you’d like to Tweet during this session the hashtag for the Knowledge Management Peer Group is #ILTAKM


Scott D. Rechtschaffen serves as Littler Mendelson’s Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO). He leads the firm’s efforts to provide innovative client services by integrating new technologies and work processes that enable attorneys and clients to access the firm’s collective knowledge and experience. Scott has been a key member of the multidisciplinary team that developed the award-winning Littler CaseSmart approach to legal case management. Scott oversees the Knowledge Management Group’s work on the firm’s electronic and print publications, the internal search engine, the firm’s intranet portal, extranets and online subscription services.

John Alber is Bryan Cave’s Strategic Technology Partner, overseeing three technology-enabled groups at the firm: the Client Technology Group, the Practice Economics Group and the Accelerated Review Team. The groups under his leadership develop innovative service solutions and Web-based, client-facing, decision-making support, training and communication tools. The groups also develop internal decision support, knowledge management, project management, project estimation and client intelligence systems for the firm. John has written and spoken widely on legal technology subjects and received a number of awards, both in the legal field and in information technology.

 REGISTER online here

 Fee:  The fee is PER CONNECTION and is $50 for ILTA members and $150 for non-members.  You will receive connection (both phone and internet access) information upon receipt and processing of payment.

 Questions?   Please contact Kristy Costello at 512.795.4674 or


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