Legal Agile Toolkit

WHAT IS IT AND WHO IS INVOLVED?

Digital Communication and integration between industries foster a seemingly ever-growing speed of change. The discipline of law is in many parts still using the same procedural setup and methodologies as decades ago—which may lead to frictions. This project identifies methods and tools to identify potential for digitalization in legal processes to make them more efficient and enable collaboration in rapidly changing settings. For this purpose, we create an overview of existing tools, describe their properties and how they can be applied in the legal field.

We are an open project group, initiated by a lawyer and an IT expert, both experienced in agile software development. Further interested people are welcome, and we look forward extending the interdisciplinary view. The group is in regular discussion with the group working on LLI’s own agile working environment.

WHY DO WE THINK IT IS USEFUL?

Providers of services in the field of law, such as corporate legal departments, law firms but also public entities such as courts and administration regularly face the fact of delivering services quicker and cheaper—and to adapt to changes without delays. These requirements mandate for a toolkit they can use to address these requirements. We aim to provide input to people involved in such processes, create material they need to find the best solutions for their specific challenges, educate them about findings other professions already had and to learn interdisciplinarily. The approach allows to learn from existing approaches in order to establish design patterns from which legal teams and organizations may choose the ones that best leverage their expertise.

HOW DO WE GET THERE? WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

The project will be run in several steps, each of which enables us to learn from the earlier works and results. We aim to start small and to use iterations as necessary to create improved versions of the deliverables:

  1. We will create a collection of known toolboxes and other works we can rely upon (a first version is estimated to be published in Q1 2020)
  2. We will specify criterions based on which applicability can be evaluated and of leading questions (probably also within Q1 2020)
  3. A collection of tools that can serve as basis for agile legal work, sorted based on the criterions established in step 2 (a first version is planned for Q2 2020)

There will be a regular exchange, the rhythm of which will be established within the project working group. Work status and results will always be openly available to all LLI members of the project within our collaboration environment.

Feedback and collaborators welcome! Please drop a line to Bernhard Waltl or Baltasar Cevc.