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  • 15 Jul 2014 2:27 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)

    OLP welcomes Leigh Isaac to the Board of Governors.  Leigh is the Director - Records & Information Governance​ for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Washington, DC and the Director of Education of OLP's Information Governance Program. Welcome Leigh! 

  • 15 Jul 2014 2:26 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)
    Join Stroock, Stroock & Lavan; Fagre; Baker Daniels; Special Counsel and OLP in a live webcast on July 24th at 12:00 pm.
    Miss the webcast? You can view the recording right after the discussion 24/7. RSVP: chere.estrin@theolp.org

     

  • 03 Apr 2014 4:44 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES – The Organization of Legal Professionals, an industry group that includes some of the most respected Litigation Support Certification Exam thought leaders in the field, announced today that it has finalized preparations for its Litigation Support Certification Exam certification exam
     scheduled for May 15, 2014.  The exam, developed in conjunction with Pearson Learning Solutions, a $7 billion company that specializes in certification examinations for a wide variety of industries, incorporates content created by OLP members including eDiscovery and legal technology lawyers, consultants and experts. The OLP is the first organization to offer a Litigation Support Certification Exam.


    Candidates for the exam will be able to schedule the date of the examination starting April 3, 2014 through the purchase of a voucher.  The exam will be administered in a secured facility in over 1,000 global locations including the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico,
     Brazil, Venezuela, and South Africa.


         “Lawyers need an effective and efficient way to identify people who possess the skills and qualifications necessary to meet the Litigation Support Certification Exam obligations in today’s litigation,” said Douglass A. Mitchell, a partner and litigator in the Las Vegas office of Boies, Schiller
     & Flexner, LLP who chairs OLP’s Board of Governors. “Given the technically sophisticated, rapidly evolving issues affecting eDiscovery and legal technology, the time has come for the legal profession to adopt a Litigation Support Certification Exam program.  OLP has developed an exemplary
     education and certification process that provides the requisite criteria to fulfill the demand for qualified professionals.”

         OLP’s two-hour certification exam covers five primary areas in Litigation Support. Professionals wishing to sit for the exam may apply by going to the website and downloading the Candidate Handbook at www.theolp.org.

          Over 32 high-profile attorneys, law professors, litigation support managers, consultants, and Ph.D.s have contributed to the development of the content of OLP's Certification Exam.  The process took over 18 months of development.

         OLP’s goal in developing and administering a Litigation Support Certification Examination is to establish a standard that can be immediately recognized as a symbol of excellence and signify that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today's complex legal technology.  The CLSP or Certified Litigation Support Professional designation will be awarded after the candidate passes a rigorous test, has their backgrounds and work experience checked and submits an extensive application.

    About The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP)

         The OLP drives education and best practices and provides certification for those involved in complex litigation support. Through its programs, the OLP ensures the requisite level of competency in complicated disciplines -- including trial support, eDiscovery and legal technology -- is met. It is
     the only organization whose members represent all sectors of the legal profession:  attorneys, paralegals, technical support staff, litigation support professionals, consultants, legal service providers, software developers and the judiciary.


    Past and present members of the Board of Governors include: Browning Marean, Partner, DLA Piper; Herb Roitblat, Ph.D.; Douglass Mitchell, Boies Schiller; Anne Kershaw, Esq. eDiscovery Institute; Linda Klein, Past President, Georgia State Bar Association; Ron Friedmann; Jeff Fowler, O’Melveny & Myers; Richard Granat, Co-Chair of the ELawyering Task Force and  Standing
     Committee Delivery of Legal Services, American Bar Association ; Eddie Sheehy, CEO, Nuix; Steve Lief, EpsteinBecker; Arnold Blair; Cooley Godward; Kevin Cranman, GC, Ericsson; Patrick Oot; Laura Zubulake, Christy Stouffer, Patton Boggs; Tom Gricks, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Fernando Pinguelo, Scarinci Hollenbeck; David Werblow, T-Mobile; Kara Buzga, Mayer Brown; Margaret Morton, Technology Consultant; and other well-known legal icons.

     


           Sign up for the Certification Exam today!  Become a charter member of certified CLSP®’s!

  • 10 Mar 2014 5:14 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES, CA, March 10, 2014 – As reported by the National Security Agency, the internet carries 1,826 petabytes (1.8 billion gigabytes) of information per day; 294 billion emails are sent daily; 1.8 trillion gigabytes comprising 500 quadrillion digital files will more than double in size every two years; and, unstructured data in the enterprise growth rate is estimated at 80-percent annually from 2010 to 2014. Corporate entities, small and large businesses alike, companies of all types will have to develop and maintain information governance strategies that provide them with defensible accountability in a court of law.

    Expert speakers Linda Sharp, Esq., Associate General Counsel for ZL Technologies, and former United States Magistrate Judge Ronald Hedges will discuss data defensibility, sharing their insights and strategies for enterprise-wide unstructured data management to lessen the legal risks of teetering piles of data, in a one hour webinar presented by The Organization of Legal Professionals on March 18th, 2014. In reference to eDiscovery processes and protocols as well as the latest recommendations for electronically stored information (ESI) by the Joint Electronic Technology Working Group (JETWG), Judge Hedges recently affirmed, “I hope that the impact will be a greater understanding by all of the need to talk through ESI-related issues. To that effort, educational efforts are being made across the Nation.”

    ‘Enterprise Hoarders: Maintaining Defensibitlity in an Era of Big Data Stockpiling” is a one-hour webinar that will demonstrate how to unify data sources into a singular, centralized portal of control, and how a coordinated approach can help all branches of business achieve  their “Big Data” goals to leverage for strategic value. More information about the March 18, 2014, webinar and esteemed presenters can be found at www.theolp.org.

    ABOUT OLP:  OLP (The Organization of Legal Professionals) is a professional organization dedicated to providing higher continuing legal education and certification exams to the legal community.  OLP offers comprehensive online and on-demand webinars, courses, training and certification exams for litigation support and eDiscovery.  For more information about the benefits of joining OLP or to learn about OLP’s upcoming events, please visit www.theolp.org

     

      

  • 03 Feb 2014 3:07 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)
    Organization of Legal Professionals welcomes new South Carolina chapter. OLP provides eDiscovery certifications and legal technology to attorneys, litigation support professionals and paralegals. The association has members in 10 countries.
     
    Los Angeles, CA, January 31, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) is proud to be expanding to South Carolina as a new chapter holds its first official gathering February 12, 2014.

    According to Tim Thames, an eDiscovery specialist in Columbia, SC who heads the newly organized group, the area had been home to an active chapter of the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP) since 2008. However, when a competing organization acquired the ALSP in 2012, the Columbia group discovered that somehow it was not included in the merger. After that, Thames called the membership together and it voted to join the OLP.

    “The OLP is more inclusive of litigation-related specialties. We needed a professional organization and the resources provided by the OLP are more in tune with what people here seem to want,” says Thames.

    Jennifer Swanton, eDiscovery Counsel with Medtronic and Member of the Board of Governors and Director of Education at the OLP, will be the featured speaker at the Columbia chapter’s initial meeting on Feb. 1. Swanton, who says she is thrilled to welcome the newly organized group into the OLP, will also advise Thames and the group’s members as it becomes familiar with the OLP.

    “I am proud to welcome our newest chapter in Columbia, South Carolina to the OLP family,” says Chere Estrin, OLP founder and president. “There are several organizations whose mission is to educate and strengthen professions supporting those who practice law, and I am humbled our colleagues in Columbia decided the OLP was the best organization to support those efforts.”

    Established as an organization supporting the growth and education of legal support staff and paralegals in Los Angeles in 2010, the OLP offers comprehensive courses of study for members, including over 100 free webinars a year, professional publications as well as numerous networking and volunteer opportunities. Members include lawyers, judges, litigation support professionals, consultants, paralegals and other professionals from various law-related professions such as e-discovery and law practice management.
  • 18 Dec 2013 2:09 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)
    OLP is offering again its highly recommended eDiscovery Project Management Training.   Don't miss this opportunity to learn eDiscovery as it should be taught. Classes are online, interactive and live. See and speak with your instructor. Check OLP out for other pertinent training such as Litigation Support Project Management Training; Information Governance Certificate Program; Paralegal Trial Specialist Expert Course and Paralegal Management and Team Development Certificate.
  • 22 Nov 2013 2:17 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)
    The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) announces the launch of their new Information Governance Certificate program.  The 11-week course, which begins January 14, 2014 focuses on the creation of an effective information governance leader to meet the needs of today’s law firms.  Courses focus on practical application skills to interactive scenarios in an interactive, web-based, live simulation environment.

    Designed and developed by a leading industry professional, OLP’s online Information Governance Program will provide intensive training that can be applied in a traditional or progressive law firm or in-house legal environment.  

    Program highlights include:
    • Analysis of relevant Information Governance principles, preservation, collection, cost controls and early assessment of records.
    • A comprehensive study of Information Governance systems including common system architecture, storage protocols and its relationship to information management.
    • Practical instruction on projects most likely to be assigned.
    Chere Estrin, President and co-founder of OLP, states, “Our new Information Governance Certificate program is designed to address the critical issues that have evolved with the rapid growth and distribution of electronic data.”  Estrin adds, “The world has come a long way from the days when companies stored all of their sensitive information in file cabinets or in boxes sent to some off-site storage facility.  Now, in this electronic age, information is everywhere – content management systems, desktop computers, laptop computers and mobile devices, cloud-based services, program applications, emails and instant messaging systems, social media platforms, and the list goes on and on.  Information governance is a huge challenge for law firms, and for all businesses, and many just do not have the necessary policies and procedures in place to manage the plethora of electronic data they are faced with.  This has exposed companies to enormous risks and can make their electronic data open to investigation and used as evidence in criminal and civil litigation cases. Individuals that take our program will be given the skills to design, implement and manage an information governance program for any law firm or, if they are an eDiscovery professional, our program will give them the tools to successfully find and analyze electronic data involved in the cases they work on.”

    Allen Brody, Director and general counsel of OLP, states “Our Information Governance Certificate Program helps to fill an ever-increasing demand that law firms face in finding talented professionals that understand the complex technologies that have evolved with the distribution and storage of electronic information.”  Continues Brody, “This program is the perfect complement to our other eDiscovery certificate programs, as well as our CeDP Certification program.”
  • 31 Jul 2013 2:25 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)
    The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) announced today that it has appointed five new members to their Board of Governors  including Richard Granat, Thomas Gricks, David Kearney, Mark Lassiter, and Beth Rauker.  The five new members will join 30 other members that currently sit on OLP’s Board of Governors.

    “We are honored to have these five distinguished professionals join our Board of Governors,” says Chere Estrin, President and Co-Founding member of OLP.  Adds Estrin, “OLP has always been committed to selecting prominent individuals with diverse backgrounds in the legal industry to sit on our Board.  By doing so, it provides OLP the opportunity to draw upon the immense wisdom, experience, and talent our Board members possess.”

    Allen Brody, Director and General Counsel for OLP, adds “We rely on our Board of Governors to guide us in trends, issues and OLP’s contributions to the legal community. Their expertise helps us stay abreast of current issues that impact our programs and certification exams in eDiscovery and Litigation Support.”  Brody continues, “OLP is looking forward to working with Messrs. Grant, Gricks, Kearney, Lassiter, and Ms. Rauker and establishing a long and mutually rewarding relationship with these talented individuals.”

    Richard Granat is a lawyer and recognized expert on the delivery of legal services over the internet.  He is the Founder of Granat Legal Services, P.C., in Washington, D.C., one of the first U.S. virtual law firms.  Granat co-chairs the ELawyering Task Force of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA and serves on the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the Council of the Law Practice Management Section for the ABA. In 2009, the ABA Journal recognized Granat as one of the 50 Legal Rebels – individuals who engaged in changing the legal profession. In 2010, Granat received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of his innovations in the delivery of legal services.  He was awarded the ABA’s James Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and recently named a member of the FastCase50, Class of 2013.

    Thomas Gricks, partner in the Litigation Services Department, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Chair of the firm’s eDiscovery Practice Group, manages the firm’s Litigation Support Department.  Gricks is an approved eDiscovery Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Gricks speaks and writes frequently on eDiscovery issues, and was responsible for arguing the Global Aerospace case, obtaining the first order in the country authorizing the use of predictive coding. 

    David Kearney, Cohen & Grigsby, PC, is a technology and eDiscovery professional with more than 15 years of experience managing technical staff throughout the U.S.  Kearney has earned multiple industry certifications, including Project Management Professional and Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist.  He is part of the instructional design team for OLP’s Litigation Support certification exam.  He regularly speaks on various e-Discovery topics, authors articles, instructs numerous e-Discovery topics, and collaborates with clients and legal professionals one-discovery processes, technologies and best practices.

    Mark Lassiter, lawyer and the founder of The Lassiter Law Firm in Tempe, AZ.  He is an AV® Preeminent Rated lawyer, one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers™ and among the Best of Arizona Attorneys – Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ranking Arizona.  Lassiter chairs the Cloud Computing and Law Practice Management Subcommittee of the Technology Committee of the State Bar of Arizona.  He is a member of the Law Practice Management Section and the Legal Project Management Task Force of the Mergers & Acquisitions Sections of the ABA.

    Beth Rauker. Principal eDiscovery Analyst, Medtronic, Inc.  Rauker’s role at Medtronic includes managing all aspects of eDiscovery for litigation matters as well as government and internal investigations.  Rauker has recently focused on coordinating data retention and eDiscovery issues, email and information management efforts, as well as reducing legal risk with respect to implementation of new business technologies, including social media and cloud solutions. Previously, Rauker was a senior eDiscovery Project Manager for Merrill Corporation.  

    ABOUT OLP:  OLP (The Organization of Legal Professionals) is a professional organization dedicated to providing higher continuing legal education and certification exams to the legal community.  OLP offers comprehensive online and on-demand webinars, courses, training and certification exams for litigation support and eDiscovery.  For more information about the benefits of joining OLP or to learn about OLP’s upcoming events, please visit www.theolp.org.
  • 20 May 2013 2:11 PM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)


    Organization of Legal Professionals
    Creates New Certification Program


    Litigation Support Management Certificate Designed To Meet Market’s Emerging Needs


    The Organization of Legal Professionals (OLP) has announced that it has added a new Litigation Support Management Certificate Program to its Masters Series. This is an  all new, live online, instructor-led, interactive program.

    The seven-course, three-month series focuses on a new kind of professional – one who fully understands today’s litigation support and management needs in a law firm or corporate legal department.

    “There are too few knowledgeable and fully trained professionals who know litigation support from top to bottom,” said OLP President and Co-Founding Member Chere Estrin. “Until now, there has been little or no formal training in this highly skilled, highly paid field. This certificate program will help those who complete the training and pass to stand out from the crowd.”

    According to recent salary surveys, Litigation Support Project Managers on the West Coast earn approximately $125,000 annually, plus overtime and bonus. The demand for Litigation Support Project Managers is even higher on the East Coast, with strong candidates being offered up to $200,000 for management positions.

    “Salaries are on the rise because of a shrinking talent pool,” said Estrin. “As a result, law firms are upping salaries to attract the best talent. Until this point, you could take a webinar here or a seminar there or learn on the job. We wanted to give our members the option to prove themselves with an intensive, graduate-level program focusing on management skills, legal project management, relevant technology, workflow, and the fundamentals of litigation support.”

    The new program will be led by well-known author and speaker David Kearney, a Pittsburgh-based technology, eDiscovery and litigation support professional with more than 15 years of experience managing technical staff throughout the country. Kearney has earned multiple industry certifications, including the Project Management Professional and Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist.

    Designed, developed and delivered by a group of leading litigation support experts, consultants, law professors, senior paralegals, paralegal managers and other top industry professionals, OLP’s new Litigation Support Management Certificate Program is aimed at instructing students specifically in the areas most likely to be assigned them.

    It is also educational preparation for the Litigation Support Certification Exam to become a Certified Litigation Support Specialist (CLSS) offered by OLP. Estrin notes that taking the program does not give students automatic certification. Certification is dependent on taking and passing the CLSS exam.

    “Litigation Support Management professionals must have a solid knowledge base of both legal and technology practices combined with strong leadership and management skills,” said Estrin. “We believe the Litigation Support Management Certificate Program will fill in knowledge gaps and prepare students to put all of the pieces together to become solid Litigation Support Management professionals.”

    Learn more about the Litigation Support Management Certificate Program – which can be taken either as the full  program or as individual courses.

    For more information:  info@theolp.org or call 760-610-5462.

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    About the Organization of Legal Professionals

    OLP is a national leader in legal education and certification programs, particularly in the litigation and eDiscovery areas. Offering more than 100 CLE and other legal education programs each year, The OLP has become known for the quality of the standards it has created and to which its members adhere. Members include lawyers, judges, eDiscovery managers, legal technologists, paralegals, case managers, litigation support
    managers, legal administrators, vendors, software developers, consultants, and other superior legal professionals whose membership in The OLP demonstrates their ability to stand out from the crowd.

     

     

     


     
     


       

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 01 Jul 2011 10:39 AM | Chere Estrin (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES – The Organization of Legal Professionals, an industry group that includes some of the most respected eDiscovery thought leaders in the field, announced today that it has finalized preparations for its eDiscovery certification exam scheduled for July 15, 2011.  The exam, developed in conjunction with Pearson Learning Solutions, a $7 billion company that specializes in certification examinations for a wide variety of industries, incorporates content created by OLP members including eDiscovery lawyers, consultants and experts. The OLP is the first organization to offer eDiscovery certification.

    Candidates for the exam will be able to schedule the date of the examination starting December 1, 2010 through the purchase of a voucher.  The exam will be administered in a secured facility in over 1,000 global locations including the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela, and South Africa.

         “Lawyers need an effective and efficient way to identify people who possess the skills and qualifications necessary to meet eDiscovery obligations in today’s litigation,” said Douglass A. Mitchell, a partner and litigator in the Las Vegas office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP who chairs the OLP’s Board of Governors. “Given the technically sophisticated, rapidly evolving issues affecting eDiscovery, the time has come for the legal profession to adopt an eDiscovery certification program.  The OLP has developed an exemplary education and certification process that provides the requisite criteria to fulfill the demand for qualified professionals.”

         The OLP’s two-hour certification exam covers five primary areas in eDiscovery.  Professionals wishing to sit for the exam may apply by going to the website and downloading the Candidate Handbook at www.theolp.org.  

         Over 50 high-profile attorneys, law professors, litigation support managers, consultants, Ph.D.s have contributed to the development of the content of The OLP's Certification Exam.  The process took over 18 months of development.

         The OLP’s goal in developing and administering an eDiscovery certification examination is to establish a standard that can be immediately recognized as a symbol of excellence and signify that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today's complex eDiscovery environment.  The CeDP or Certified eDiscovery Professional designation will be awarded after the candidate passes a rigorous test, has their backgrounds and work experience checked and submits an extensive application.
     
     
    Sign-up for the Certification Exam today!  Be one of the first! 
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    About The Organization of Legal Professionals(OLP)

    The OLP drives education and best practices and provides certification for those involved in complex litigation support. Through its programs, the OLP ensures the requisite level of competency in complicated disciplines -- including trial support and eDiscovery -- is met. It is the only organization whose members represent all sectors of the eDiscovery profession:  attorneys, paralegals, technical support staff, litigation support professionals, consultants, vendors, software developers and the judiciary.

    Past and present members of the Board of Governors include Laura Zubulake; Browning Marean, Partner, DLA Piper; Herb Roitblat, Ph.D.; Anne Kershaw, Esq.; Linda Klein, Past President, Georgia State Bar Association; Lynne Frances, CEO, Ediscovery-Writer; Ron Friedmann, V.P., Integreon; Tom O'Connor, CEO, Gulf Coast Technology; Eddie Sheehy, CEO, Nuix; Arnold Blair, Esq.; WilmerHale; Kevin Cranman, GC, Ericsson; Patrick Oot; Laura Zubulake, Christy Stouffer, Steptoe & Johnson; and other well-known legal icons.



     
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