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Jodie Baker

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Movember Case Study

August 5, 2020 Jodie Baker
The Movember Foundation chose Xakia to coordinate communication among lawyers on three continents and its seasonal secondees. Situation Movember is the world’s leading charity changing the face of...
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Batelco Case Study

June 25, 2020 Jodie Baker
For Noora Sulaibeekh, performance is paramount. As the general counsel of Batelco, the leading telecommunications provider in Bahrain, Sulaibeekh consistently measures her team’s performance and...
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Automate Your LegalOps To-Do List

June 1, 2020 Jodie Baker
These unprecedented events. This uncertain time. The new normal. They are tired phrases by now, but the clichés ring true: We are working in a new reality. As we have discussed, Legal Departments now...
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Survive or Thrive? What Visibility Can Mean for Your Team Right Now

May 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
It’s not your imagination: Everything is harder right now. Workloads are up. In a global survey by Morrison Foerster, 63 percent of general counsel said their Legal Department is busier now. Work...
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Agile for Legal Departments: System for Stress Relief

April 22, 2020 Jodie Baker
The myriad moving pieces of any legal project – who’s doing what, when, what’s next – are hard enough before COVID-19 led to lock-down orders worldwide. Now lawyers are scrambling to work from...
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Are You Ready for a New Way to Work? Three Critical Questions

March 30, 2020 Jodie Baker
Nearly half of in-house lawyers feel stressed either most or all of the time, according to research from Law360. Stressors in the profession are myriad, to be sure, but for many Legal Departments,...
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Take Your Legal Department Remote Tomorrow

March 16, 2020 Jodie Baker
The coronavirus has the world on high alert: Headlines are rife with event cancellations, school closings and quarantines. Some corporations have shuttered offices, among them KKR & Co. in London;...
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Syneos Health Case Study

February 24, 2020 Jodie Baker
Megan Isaacson, Legal Operations Manager at Syneos Health, needed a saner approach to Legal Intake & Triage. She wanted to save her lawyers administrative time and hassle while improving service and...
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Intake & Triage, Part 3: Use Knowledge Management to Save Time and Stress

January 15, 2020 Jodie Baker
This series explores the ins and outs of Legal Intake & Triage – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale. In today’s installment, learn three simple...
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Intake & Triage, Part 2: Keeping Your Business Clients Happy

December 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
This series explores the ins and outs of Legal Intake & Triage – and how a few adjustments to the process can improve your operations, service and morale. Today’s topic: Client communication.  How...
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Why Intake & Triage Matters for Corporate Legal Departments

November 12, 2019 Jodie Baker
It may not be the stuff of compelling legal thrillers, but intake and triage truly is a paramount concern for Legal Departments: Done wrong, it can lead to fumbled projects, duplicated efforts and/or...
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Coca-cola Amatil Case Study

October 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Richard Conway, Deputy Group General Counsel at Coca-Cola Amatil needed a way to capture the team’s “full universe of matters.” This would ensure accuracy in reporting to business units and company...
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Part 4: Build a Stronger Legal Department with Smart Reports

September 11, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science...
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Part 3: Make the GC Happy - Three Keys to Smart Legal Department Reports

August 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science...
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CompareCamp award for Xakia!

August 6, 2019 Jodie Baker
Xakia Receives Great User Experience Award for Legal Case Management Category from Reputable SaaS Review Platform Xakia is honored to have recently received CompareCamp’s Great User Experience Award...
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Reporting for Legal Department Stakeholders, Part 2: CEO and Board

July 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science...
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Six Mistakes You Can Avoid with Business Unit Reporting

June 18, 2019 Jodie Baker
Reporting should be more than a necessary evil: It’s an opportunity to connect with your Legal Department’s stakeholders and share critical information. This series will address the art and science...
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 4) -Why

May 15, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Data Analytics Fundamentals, Part 4: The Why. This is the final instalment in our blog series designed to make the concept of “legal data analytics” less intimidating for Legal Departments....
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'In-House Legal Data Analytics for Beginners' eBook

April 25, 2019 Jodie Baker
Analytics Anxiety? Here's the truth - and a guide. Data and metrics can be overwhelming. We’re here to help: The Xakia team has created a field guide to make legal data analytics accessible for Legal...
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 3) -When

April 2, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Data Analytics Fundamentals,  Part 3: The When. We recognize that the phrase “legal data analytics” can be intimidating for Legal Departments, and we understand. In this four-part series, we...
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In-House Legal Data Analytics (part 2) -What

March 14, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Data Analytics Fundamentals, Part 2: The What. We recognize that the phrase “legal data analytics” can be intimidating for Legal Departments, and we understand. In this four-part series, we...
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Legal Dept. optimisation ... in seconds

February 27, 2019 Jodie Baker
Whether you are a small in-house Legal Department, or you are managing a large team - optimising a Legal Department begins with having visibility and control over your individual and collective...
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In-House Legal Data Analytics - Who

February 21, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Data Analytics Fundamentals, Part 1: The Who.   We recognize that the phrase “legal data analytics” can be intimidating for Legal Departments, and we understand: If your team relies on emails...
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Video: Build your Legal Department Strategy in 1 hour on 1 page

February 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments are so often buried in work that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pause and contemplate strategic projects. However, without a strategic plan, your Legal Department will be trapped...
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Flying Blind? Half of Legal Departments Work Without a Strategic Plan

January 9, 2019 Jodie Baker
Nearly half of corporate Legal Departments are working without a formal plan, according to Xakia’s Legal Operations Health Check. This survey polled in-house lawyers and legal operations personnel on...
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Three Steps to Executing Your Legal Department Strategy

December 17, 2018 Jodie Baker
You put in the work. You talked to your stakeholders, met with your team and completed a Legal Department Strategic Plan. The hard part’s done, right? Not necessarily. According to Harvard Business...
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Legal Department Strategic Plans: Maximum Impact, Minimal Navel-Gazing

December 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
The new year is just weeks away – and for the more than 70 percent of companies whose fiscal year follows the calendar year, it’s a new beginning in more ways than one. If you’re among the half of...
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Legal Depts: Show Me the Money!

November 14, 2018 Jodie Baker
Over half of Legal Departments lack clear view of spending There was a time when legal teams had some wiggle room with budgets — their costs to some extent could vary with the issues that arose. But...
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Make the Most of a Small Legal Budget

October 24, 2018 Jodie Baker
More money, more problems? For small Legal Departments, the opposite may be true: While their budgets may have fewer zeroes than their larger counterparts, the pressure to deliver with fewer people...
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Vexed by Budget Uncertainty? When – and How – to Use Fixed Fees

October 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Lurking in every Legal Department budget is a giant uncertainty: the outside counsel spend. According to Altman Weil’s Chief Legal Officer Survey, law firms account for 49.3 percent of legal budgets...
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The Data-Driven Legal Budget

September 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
Use Legal Data to Improve Your Budget - and Strategy.   It’s not uncommon for the annual budget process to be the only time a Legal...
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Webinar: Select and Implement the Right LegalTech for Your Team

September 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Are you planning to build LegalTech infrastructure for your department? Xakia is excited to bring you an inside look at the approach to LegalTech initiatives adopted by the in-house legal team at...
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White Paper: LegalTech Roadmap

September 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Create a Legal Technology Roadmap in Three Steps   This white paper includes: Why you should have a technology roadmap How to define the composition of your road map How to build your...
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Budget Benchmarks: Where do you Stand?

August 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Budget season approaches – and soon it will be time to turn your attention from the law to the ledger. According to Audit Analytics,...
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Measuring Legal Tech ROI

August 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
On its face, ROI seems pretty straightforward – a basic math equation that determines the ratio between an investment’s profit and its cost. But with legal technology, this can get a little nebulous:...
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LegalTech by the Numbers: In-House Lawyers Share Wants, Needs and Pain Points

July 31, 2018 Jodie Baker
Since Xakia launched the Legal Operations Health Check, in-house counsel on five continents have completed the online assessment. Two months later, their responses provide a quantitative look at the...
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Success Factors for Implementing LegalTech

July 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
Most legal departments will invest in new technology projects this year – but a significant portion of those might be doomed to fail. Indeed, as Forbes reported, 25 percent of technology projects...
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Legal Tech & Small Departments

June 27, 2018 Jodie Baker
The LegalTech revolution seems to favor larger departments – though it’s teams of 10 lawyers or fewer who stand to benefit the most from the time savings it promises. On average, 57.6 percent of law...
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Make your CIO Happy

June 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
In-House LegalTech: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Go to the CIO   When it comes to implementing your legal tech roadmap, the Information Technology Department is a key ally: It can supply funding,...
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Deliver Conference ROI in Four Steps

May 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
If you’re like Team Xakia, you left the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s 2018 Institute with a head full of ideas. Now that you’ve returned, rested and rehydrated – and jumped back into the...
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Workflow Management: Critical Issues

April 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Feats, Failures and the Critical Conversation You’re Not Having Since we launched Xakia’s Legal Operations Health Check earlier this month, we’ve enjoyed studying the responses and patterns from the...
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Legal Operations: Take the Health Check

April 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
The study of legal operations is nothing if not comprehensive: The Corporate Legal Consortium charts 12 core competencies, and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Legal Operations Maturity Model...
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Webinar: The Art of In-House Legal Reports

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Who should receive them? What to include? How do they help your team? Access this webinar to learn: How to craft meaningful reports for three audiences: Legal Department and its leadership team ...
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Advancing Strategy or Fighting Fires?

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
How Data Can Align Your Department with Business Goals   Companies that include the legal function in corporate strategy can achieve long-term competitive advantage and even higher stock market...
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Legal Ops for Small Legal Depts

March 19, 2018 Jodie Baker
Small Law Dept? Get Started in Legal Ops.   Much of the conversation about legal operations centers on mega corporations. Members of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, for instance, have a...
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Q1 nearly over:  where is your legal budget?

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
A recent survey by the Association of Corporate Counsel asked in-house lawyers a simple question: “Is your department spend within budget?” While 54 percent said yes, 37 percent said no, and perhaps...
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Corporate Legal Operations White Paper

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
This white paper is suitable for companies of any size to begin implementing successful corporate legal operations initiatives in four simple steps. ...
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What CEOs Want from Legal Departments

February 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legal operations is based on the honorable goal of optimizing legal services delivery. Some of the more left-brained among us may be passionate about efficiency for efficiency’s sake. But there are...
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Data Driven Efficiency for In-house Legal

February 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
The only thing we enjoy more than a “ripped from the headlines” television drama? True stories of legal departments harnessing the power of data to drive efficiency. (We really love what we do, we...
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Easy, high impact change for 2018

January 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
The new year brings a prime opportunity to pursue positive change. And while we can’t deliver washboard abs or freedom from junk food, Xakia can fulfill more meaningful resolutions: Our software can...
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GC Checklist: who is on the bus?

November 13, 2017 Jodie Baker
The ‘GC Tips and Tricks’ series offers practical pointers for corporate counsel based on the experience of GCs and other senior in-house lawyers. Each edition focuses on a key issue, providing...
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Aussie Legal Tech - Xakia at ACC

November 8, 2017 Jodie Baker
At the ACC Conference in Washington DC in October, there was no fewer than 19 sessions with ‘innovation’ themed content. Xakia took a booth. “Hello,” I would call out to the passers-by (later I...
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Corporate Legal Dept - ready to disrupt

May 9, 2017 Jodie Baker
Much of the commentary on disruption of the legal profession focuses on the uncertain future for law firms and the power of clients to drive and benefit from that disruption. This disruption is most...
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How do legal teams define value?

March 2, 2017 Jodie Baker
Commentary regarding the need for legal teams to demonstrate their value has been plentiful. In this article, we consider what the ‘value’ added by a corporate legal team looks like, and how is it...
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Legal Team Data. Yawn? Too Hard?

January 9, 2017 Jodie Baker
The concept of collecting legal team data is increasingly capturing the attention of General Counsel and Heads of legal, and deservedly so given the benefits it can yield. Yet the concept of data...
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Getting Started on Xakia Matters

December 6, 2016 Jodie Baker
Follow the steps in this infographic to set up your Xakia Matters account and start managing your corporate legal team's matters right away.
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Xakia does matter! ACC NatCon 2016

November 21, 2016 Jodie Baker
Xakia does matter! Xakia had its new matter management software on display last week at the ACC / ACLA National Conference 2016 and enjoyed a fabulous reception from in-house corporate legal teams....
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Corporate Legal Data: Work Types

November 12, 2016 Jodie Baker
Capturing data about a corporate legal function for the purposes of team productivity is a topic of growing interest amongst the in-house legal community. In a series of blog posts we consider how...
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Matter Management: Corporate Legal Teams

November 11, 2016 Jodie Baker
Our infographic shows how Xakia can help you and your corporate legal team to be in control and automate administrative tasks whilst driving improved efficiency in legal output. Use the right tools,...
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