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DataCert, Inc. - The leading global provider of software and services for the legal industry

August 24, 2010 07:00 ET

DataCert's Final "Generals of the Revolution" Forum Unites Global Legal Industry Leaders to Outline Strategies for Changing Legal Service Delivery

Global Thought Leadership Series, Featuring Author Richard Susskind, to Culminate in New York City

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 24, 2010) -  DataCert, Inc., the leading global provider of software and services for the legal industry, will gather some of the world's foremost legal counsel for the final installment of "Generals of the Revolution," a global event series designed to examine fundamental shifts in the legal industry and identify necessary strategies for driving critical change in legal service delivery. The concluding event, which will feature a keynote address from Professor Richard Susskind, author of The Future of Law and The End of Lawyers?: Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services, and panelists from organizations such as AOL and Qwest Communications, will take place on Wednesday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10019.

"The practice of law is changing dramatically and, to ensure legal service delivery is efficient and effective, we must work together to bridge the widening gaps between in-house counsel and law firms in the areas of collaboration, technology, and sourcing," said Rich Baer, executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer, Qwest Communications. "Those who are successful in meeting such challenges will do so by, among other strategies, leveraging advanced collaborative technology. DataCert's 'Generals of the Revolution' series provides the environment necessary for legal counsel to participate in a critical dialogue that will lead to technology changes that positively transform the way in-house and outside counsel interact."

The event will include a panel discussion during which leading legal executives will offer insight concerning industry challenges identified at previous seminars and the strategic changes that must be embraced and implemented to improve legal service delivery and process analysis and reduce costs. D. Mark Poag, DataCert's senior vice president and general counsel, will moderate the panel.

"DataCert has the responsibility to provide thought leadership to the legal marketplace because technology-driven innovation is the essential component to moving the industry forward," said Poag. "Many of my colleagues theorize the current trends, such as legal process outsourcing, were inevitable, but note the economic downturn accelerated their adoption. As we move forward, technology will be the driving force that ensures legal service delivery is more customized, efficient, and cost effective." 

"Generals of the Revolution" events have been previously held in London, Houston and Palo Alto. Panelists for the series' culmination in New York City include:

  • Richard Susskind, IT advisor to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and emeritus professor of law at Gresham College, London
  • Richard Baer, general counsel and chief administrative officer, Qwest Communications
  • J.L. Novak, general counsel, AOL Paid Services, AOL
  • D. Mark Poag, senior vice president, marketing and general counsel, DataCert
  • Howard J. C. Nicols, partner, Squire Sanders

For more information about "Generals of the Revolution," including instructions on complimentary registration for qualifying counsel and the program agenda, please visit

About DataCert, Inc.

DataCert is the leading global provider of software and services for the legal industry. Offerings include its technology platform, Passport, and legal and IP spend and matter management software and services. Clients look to DataCert solutions to strategically manage their departments, reduce legal costs, and optimize operational efficiencies. In addition, DataCert offers Stack, an expert witness service that enables clients to uncover and control hidden costs related to expert witnesses. DataCert has law firm, vendor, and agent connections in more than 150 countries and its customers include 71 Fortune® 500 corporations, 53 Global Fortune® 500 corporations, and 100% of the AmLaw 200. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter for real-time updates

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