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July 2013: Knowledge Management

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KMSTANDARDS IN PRACTICE KMStandards in Practice by Andrew Baker and Dustin Robinson of Seyfarth Shaw LLP KMStandards, formerly known as KIIAC, has garnered a lot of attention within the legal industry — from law firms, corporations and the Association of Corporate Counsel. The premise of the tool seems to have come out of the most recent "Star Trek" film. The application enables easier creation of precedent documents by ingesting sample work product and then highlighting trends in construction and helping the operator pinpoint standard language in a given clause. From this analysis, a new document that best represents the structure and typical language of a particular document can be built … and built quickly. In essence: large sample of documents + analysis engine = "voila!" a new best practice document. However, the formula is never that straightforward, as we have found during our efforts to be opportunistic and innovative in the use of the KMStandards tool. FIRST STEPS Over the last eight years or so, our firm has worked to take elements of Six Sigma and Lean and combine them to fit within the legal landscape. This hasn't been an easy journey, but we've benefited tremendously. Our services are more efficient and there is a more systematic focus on what clients

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