LEDES Oversight Committee

LOC Meeting Notice

The LOC mid-year meeting will occur during the ILTA educational conference, this year at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.  Our meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, 22 August.  A meeting will also convene in London for members there.  If you are not in attendance at either location, the meeting will be broadcast via webinar.

The meeting will include a detailed report by API Development Committee head Nick Puschak.

To RSVP for the London Meeting or to request webinar access, please contact the LOC here.

New API Subcommittee Forming

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.

IP Invention Disclosure Schema to be Updated

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.

Disrupting the Ebilling Status Quo

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.

LEDES Oversight Committee To Disrupt Ebilling Status Quo

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.

LEDES Oversight Committee Changes Membership Structure

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.

New UTBMS Subcommittee Forming – Volunteers Sought

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.