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Posts by Colin Levy

Colin Levy
Colin is a sought-after legal tech writer and speaker. He was a key speaker at TECHxpo2019, a conference sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association, and has been featured in Above the Law. He also writes frequently on his blog, which was named by Feedspot as one of the Top 30 Legal Blogs in 2020. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston College Law School and currently lives in Weston, Massachusetts with his husband and two demanding cats.

    Contract Management Blog Articles

    Colin Levy

    Posts by Colin Levy

    Colin is a sought-after legal tech writer and speaker. He was a key speaker at TECHxpo2019, a conference sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association, and has been featured in Above the Law. He also writes frequently on his blog, which was named by Feedspot as one of the Top 30 Legal Blogs in 2020. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston College Law School and currently lives in Weston, Massachusetts with his husband and two demanding cats.

    August 22, 2022

    DNA of an NDA

    Non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs, are a commonplace agreement type. Sometimes they are negotiated but are usually just signed by both parties without much review. They are often implemented in the early stages of business discussions to allow for the free exchange of information, such as pricing models, customer lists, revenue, or other proprietary elements. While NDAs are common, do you know all the key elements of a non-disclosure agreement?

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    June 1, 2022

    Take Pride in Who You Are

    June is a month of many milestones for me. It is the month of my birthday, the month of my wedding anniversary, and many others.

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    May 25, 2022

    Contract Management Term Glossary

    There are many steps that businesses have to go through when creating and executing contracts. From negotiating key elements to finalization and renewal, contract management is a central part of dealing with clients, employees, and partners.

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    May 3, 2022

    Leveling-Up Your Legal Operations

    The legal profession has historically seen itself as unique and exempt from the constraints and concerns that have dominated the business sphere. With the rise of technology and its role increasing in power and influence over how businesses run, the legal profession now is coming around to the idea of not being a cost center and the department of no to a value creator and the department of can do.

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    April 4, 2022

    Ask an Attorney: Wet Signatures vs. eSignatures—Which Is Better?

    You’ve likely heard the term wet signature and may have wondered what the heck is a wet signature?

    A wet signature is simply a signature using a pen, pencil, or seal on a physical document. For a long time, wet signatures were commonly used to represent a binding contract.

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    March 21, 2022

    Understanding and Creating Contract Playbooks

    Contracts are the undercurrent that drives business forward. They define the contours of most business relationships, and are how most businesses make money. As a first-year law student, you are taught the law of contracts: offer, consideration, and acceptance. These concepts are useful for a lawyer, but no one (besides legal professionals) gives much thought to these things. What is far more useful for the business is understanding how contract cycles can be sped up. That's where contract playbooks and contract templates prove their worth.

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    March 16, 2022

    AI: the Future is Here

    Hallways filled with people. Some were dressed to kill, others dressed for comfort. Lanyards, bags, and swag were everywhere. Ah, it was good to be back! 

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    January 10, 2022

    Taking a Dive Into Contract Management

    Contract Lifecycle Management continues to be a fast-growing legal industry sector, but do you know what it is?

    This post is intended to provide a brief overview of what this sector is about. In this post, I will:

    1. State a few underlying principles of CLM.
    2. Answer some frequently asked questions about what CLM is.
    3. Provide some additional resources for further review.

    Contracts are legal documents and, appropriately, are the domain of the legal function.

    Managing contracts, however, is a cross-functional exercise involving several functions including finance, legal, sales, and in larger companies, procurement.

    Jason Smith puts it this way:

    “There's a difference between managing the contract lifecycle (the process) and the contract (the document). The contract document is a legal artifact... the process is a business lifecycle. Once you understand this, the cross-functional concept becomes easier to address.”

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