What is the Legal Tech Assessment (“LTA”)?
The LTA assesses how well timekeepers and staff use basic law practice
technology, such as word processing and spreadsheets, to complete
commonly encountered legal tasks. The tasks are embedded in assignments
that constitute a single, continuous work flow. The test takers will
finalize a redlined investors’ rights agreement (word processing). They
will then be given data on dividend payments to investors to investigate whether payments were made equally to all investors (spreadsheets).
Finally, they will prepare an e-filing attaching the agreement and
The results of the LTA demonstrate how proficient, or not, a legal
professional is with the basic technological tools at their disposal.
The results can be used to assess individuals, as well as teams (e.g., a practice group) and organizations (e.g., a law firm). The individual
results of the LTA can be used to create tailored training plans. The
aggregate results can be used as one measure of how efficiently work is
The LTA is not a game of gotcha. The LTA assesses core, labor-saving features of common software.
The OLP plans to offer the LTA to all members via their website at a
20% off discounted rate. “We are excited to be able to offer our members a cost
effective approach to not only assessing their proficiency levels in
basic office technologies, but most importantly to train and validate
their learning via Procertas’ LTA and Trainer’s Edition.” commented
Chere Estrin, President and Co-Founding Member of The Organization of
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The Importance of Basic Office Technology
"Proficient in MS Office" is among the most common untruths. It's right up there with "I have read these terms and conditions" except that most people who claim the former actually believe it. Most of them just happen to be wrong. Legal professionals do not deliberately underutilize the most ubiquitous technological tools of their trade. No one does it wrong on purpose. But we don't know what we don't know. So we persist in a manner that eats up time with low value added work and increases the opportunity for human error. There is a better way. It is time to find out what that way is.
In this 60 minute program, the creator of the Legal Tech Assessment (LTA), Casey Flaherty, will explain why he as in-house counsel tested his outside lawyers and support staff on Word, Excel, and PDF. He will delve into how getting better at the basics improves speed, quality, and job satisfaction. He will speak of the value of competence-based learning and the importance of micro-certifications, especially for those people who are already good but heretofore had no way to prove it. He will also explore how the LTA is one piece of a much larger legal service delivery puzzle. He will discuss the changing face of the legal market and the evolving role of allied professionals within it.
Introduction to the Legal Tech Assessment
The practical and philosophical aspects of his emphasis on data-driven dialogue and deep-supplier relationships are explored in Unless You Ask: A Guide For Law Departments To Get More From External Relationships published by the Association of Corporate Counsel. Among other endeavors, Casey developed a first-of-its-kind competence-based learning platform, the Legal Technology Assessment, to help legal professionals become proficient in the basic technological tools of their trade (e.g., Word, Excel, PDF). Casey lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons.
When: April 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free, Complimentary of OLP and Procertas