Time for another round-up of legal IT and ediscovery people news from CPA Global, DTI, DW Reporting, TRU Staffing Partners, LawBase, NetDocuments and Zylpha – although we actually start with a competition featuring Alexander Fleming as part of its logo…

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CPA Global is supporting the Longitude Prize 2014 – an international challenge, which aims to find a fast, accurate, easy-to-use and cost-effective test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time. By doing so, the challenge will help conserve antibiotics for future generations and revolutionise the delivery of global healthcare.

Longitude Prize opened for entries from around the world on 18 November; it is run by innovation foundation Nesta and is being supported by Innovate UK (the new name for the Technology Strategy Board) as funding partner. CPA Global is supporting the challenge by undertaking a detailed patent landscape study through its specialist patent research subsidiary Landon IP. The results of the study will help provide a benchmark against which the judging panel can compare submissions, both in terms of originality (versus existing technology and solutions) as well as claimed speed, accuracy, and ease of use. The study also indicates the types of organisations that are active in this health technology area and the countries they are from.

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta and Longitude Prize committee member, said: “Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global health challenges of our time, which, if not addressed, could cost millions of lives around the world. Our hope is that the combination of the Prize and greater awareness of the problem will fuel a dramatic acceleration in the search for solutions, many of which may be surprising and come from unexpected sources. We are grateful for the support from CPA Global. The patent landscape study will be a very valuable benchmarking tool for the judging panel when considering submissions.”

 

US: DTI, the largest privately held legal process outsourcing (LPO) company in the US providing ediscovery, managed services and litigation support, announced the recent appointment of sales executive Dan Fragen as director of sales in the Midwest for DTI legal solutions. Fragen will be based in the DTI office in Chicago.

 

UK: DW Reporting, an independent legal finance systems and reporting consultancy, today announced that Samuel Sheldon, a leading legal BI and Elite 3E specialist, has joined the DW Reporting team as a Business Intelligence Consultant. “Samuel has joined us at an exciting time as DW Reporting now boasts over 30 law firm clients and has doubled in size since inception in 2013. He brings that rare blend of in depth business intelligence expertise alongside experience in delivering business change projects within an international law firm,” said Dan Wales, Managing Director of DW Reporting

 

US: TRU Staffing Partners, a search firm representing talent and opportunities in the e-iscovery and litigation support space, has hired two new recruiters. Katelyn King joins TRU as an ediscovery recruiter  with a focus on the Midwest region, including Texas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indiana, Milwaukee and Minnesota. Tammy Hutchinson joins TRU as an ediscovery recruiter with a focus on Washington, DC, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.

 

US: LawBase, a supplier of case and matter management systems, just announced that Mark Seckinger has joined the company as an account director. In this role Seckinger will consult with current and prospective clients as well as help the company overall with the promotion and sale of LawBase to law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies nationwide. Prior to joining LawBase, Seckinger was with DocAuto, where he was responsible for regional sales and channel management. He was also a regional sales manager at Omega Legal Systems, where he worked closely with mid-sized firms across the country. Seckinger will be based in Phoenix.

 

US: NetDocuments just announced today that Troy Bartlett will join the company as Director of Technical Services. Troy brings with him over 20 years of experience in legal document management technology, and will lead the technical services team as they continue building tools and processes to transition firms from legacy systems into NetDocuments’ modern, cloud-based application. Most recently at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins (HBR Consulting), Troy focused on the design, implementation, and centralization of the document management infrastructure for some of the largest and most prestigious global law firms, managing hundreds of millions of documents. Matt Duncan, CEO at NetDocuments commented. “Troy was instrumental in leading the transition of many firms to iManage in the early 2000s and will now help us manage the next legal DMS shift to the modern NetDocuments cloud-based platform.”

 

UK: Zylpha has appointed David Chapman as Head of Marketing. Chapman joins from Expense Reduction Analysts UK., where he was Marketing Manager. Prior to this, he worked for the law firm Warner Goodman LLP. In his new role Chapman will also seek to expand and develop new market opportunities and to manage Zylpha’s partnerships with the leading suppliers of software to the profession including: LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters and Peppermint.