The LEDES Board of Directors has authorized the creation of an API Development Subcommittee, with Nicholas Puschak and Daniel Bodner serving as co-chairs. The subcommittee will develop and publish a software API that will enable direct application-to-application exchange of legal invoices and other information. The goal of this subcommittee is to define an industry standard REST Software API specification that will allow law firm time and billing applications to communicate directly to the corporate legal department matter management and e-billing applications, allowing law firm users to simply work within their time and billing applications to view the status of an invoice and to submit invoices, accruals and other legal data, eliminating the need to manually create and upload LEDES files to various systems. Participation in this effort is limited to LOC members. For more information, email us using the Contact UTBMS feature here.
The next annual meeting of our members is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon Eastern. The meeting coincides with the annual LegalTech Conference at the New York Hilton.
The New York meeting will be hosted by a law firm that is local to the New York Hilton. Members must RSVP to attend the meeting on-site, and will need to clear building security. Lunch will be served.
A webinar has been set up for attendance by members in other locations.
To RSVP for the New York meeting or to receive webinar connection instructions, please email loc@LEDES.org.
The LEDES Oversight Committee Board of Directors has authorized the creation of a subcommittee to consider updates to the IP Invention Disclosure Schema. Robin Hunziker, who spearheaded creation of the original standard, is leading this effort.
A draft version of the proposed revisions can be found here, as well as a link to a survey to collect public comment on the changes.
LOC Regional Group Director Philip Knight advises:
The next London regional meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 16th 2018 at 10:00 a.m. GMT. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a channel for dialogue and feedback to the LOC and a platform to air your views, pool your knowledge and experience, network with peers. We can discuss existing and upcoming standards, propose new standards, address regional concerns, talk over topics in the website forum, put forward questions for the LOC Board, review LOC membership matters and share information. Both LOC members and non-members are welcome.
The meeting will also be broadcast via webinar.
If you wish to attend please use the Contact UTBMS feature on this web site for more information and to RSVP for the on-site meeting or the webinar.
The LEDES Oversight Committee has issued a survey to collect feedback on issues that exist with ebilling as part of our campaign called “Disrupting the Ebilling Status Quo.” The survey, open until April 1st, will identify areas where the LOC has an opportunity to create or change standards, offer training and to publish about best practices — all intended to make the process more rational than it is today.
The survey can be found here. It will take some time to respond to this survey, the length of time depending on the type of organization for which the respondent works.
We appreciate your participation in the survey; all respondents who provide an email address will receive results from the survey.
At our mid-year Member’s Meeting, the LEDES Oversight Committee announced that the time has come to identify and address issues and deficiencies with legal ebilling. As a standards organization the LOC Board recognizes that the we can recommend but not force standards. Once we have quantified issues experienced by law firm and law department users, subcommittees will be formed to recommend solutions and standards. We plan a publishing campaign to influence public opinion and create a demand for better solutions.
We look forward to working with our members to effectuate change.
Check back from time to time for more information on this exciting project.
Are you interested in participating in this effort? The LEDES Oversight Committee is one of the best association bargains in legal. Use the Join the LOC feature on www.LEDES.org to join today.
On January 29, 2016 the LEDES Oversight Committee members enacted a change to the organization’s membership structure.
Previously membership in the LOC was limited to organizations. An individual derived their membership in the LOC by virtue of working for a member organization. Each member organization was able to designate one voting member, an alternate voting member, and an unlimited number of general (non-voting) members for the $200 yearly membership fee. On initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, each organizational member was able to cast a single vote. Importantly, when an individual discontinued working for the member organization, the individual lost their membership in the LOC.
In 2016 the membership structure has change to individual membership. Now all LOC members have the right to vote on initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, and an individual’s membership will continue regardless of their employment status.
The only requirement to become a member in the LOC is that an individual “shall be … working, or having retired from work, in some capacity within or associated with the legal industry.”
The dues for individual members in 2016 are $95 USD.
If you are interested in participating in legal data exchange standards development, you can become an LOC member by using the application form here.
The LEDES Oversight Committee is pleased to announce that proposed M&A UTBMS codes, developed by a subcommittee of the ABA and provided to the LOC for review and endorsement, are available for public comment until Friday, 8 January 2016. Click here for more information and a link to provide feedback.
The LEDES Oversight Committee is seeking volunteers for a new Development Subcommittee to create an UTBMS code set for Mergers & Acquisitions work.
The Subcommittee, which will be led by Linda Hovanec of Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, will focus on creating the new M&A UTBMS Code Set. The subcommittee will meet periodically to draft the suggested codes, publish the set for public comment, and then attend to ratification of the new standard. If you are interested in participating in this effort, use the “Contact UTBMS” feature on this website.
Look for more on this effort in the coming months.
LOC members will convene for our annual meeting on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. Eastern. The meeting will be held during the Legal Tech New York Conference in the 2nd floor Mercury Ballroom at the New York Hilton (1335 Avenue of the Americas). This is an open meeting and non-members are welcome to attend. Our thanks to ILTA for providing on-site meeting space.
Simultaneously, we will convene a meeting of our U.K. members to allow them to participate in the meeting as a group. A venue for this meeting has not been finalized. To volunteer to host the London meeting or to RSVP to attend, please email Philip Knight (email@example.com). On-site attendees for the London meeting should allow extra time to clear building security