Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession (KM Legal)*

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The Knowledge Management in/for the Legal Profession conference series, also often branded as KM Legal…, is organized by the conference division of the Ark Group (previously Ark Group’s Managing Partner Magazine) since 2000. In the past regularly in the USA, continental Europe and the UK, and for a short period in Australia. Currently only the US Legal KM conference is still running.

  • USA & Canada
    Established in 2005, the Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession (KM Legal) conference in New York (USA), since 2020 branded as KM Legal, formerly also known as the Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm conference and for several times located in Chicago, will feature real-world case studies featuring a myriad of perspectives from some of today’s leading law firms. .

    Related conferences:

      2006-2007: The two-day Integrating Information & KM Architectures in the Legal Profession and one-day KM Legal 201: Moving Beyond KM Technology conferences in Toronto (Canada) explore the intersection of legal Information Management with Knowledge Management and beyond
  • Europe
    2000-2019: The KM Legal UK conference in London (United Kingdom), from 2008-2014 branded as KM Legal conference, formerly known as Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession conference (2003-2007) and Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession conference (2000-2002), aims to address the most pertinent challenges facing law firm knowledge management professionals and demonstrates best practice from a range of leading firms. In 2018 KM Legal UK was held together with the Knowledge Management UK (KMUK), branded as Knowledge Management Summit (KM Summit). In 2019 KM Legal UK has become one KM Summit stream next to two others. In 2020 not anymore. Also in 2019 KM Legal UK was supplemented by the Knowledge Management Legal and Professional Support Lawyer (KM Legal & PSL) in order to bring programme highlights from Ark’s London event to legal knowledge managers and professional support lawyers based in the north of England.

    2007-2017: The KM Legal Europe conference in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), unitl 2010 known as Knowledge management for the European legal profession conference, is an event that brings together like-minded knowledge management professionals from law firms across the continent to share best practice, and discuss and debate the latest Knowledge Mangaement developments, the key challenges and issues, and the emerging trends that will affect law firm knowledge management business decisions. In 2018 KM Legal Europe was cancelled and merged with KM Legal UK. Together with the Knowledge Management UK (KMUK) it formed the newly established Knowledge Management Summit (KM Summit).

    Related conferences:

      2002-present: The Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) conference in London (United Kingdom), formerly the The Role of Professional Support Lawyer(s) conference, provides professional support lawyers with the tools to add value, develop a uniquely positioned career and cultivate their roles for the future.

      2007-2008: The Knowledge capture and retention in law firms conference in London (United Kingdom) will examine how best to create, capture and retain knowledge and know-how by hearing from those who are leading the way and driving innovation in this field. By delving beyond the theory deep into the practical application of what actually works and what doesn’t, delegates will leave this event inspired and armed with a wide range of practical ideas to implement in their own firm.

      2006: The two-day Integrating knowledge management into strategic business processes (Capitalising on Knowledge Management to add value and drive efficiency in law firms) conference with workshop, which is inspired by discussions at the ‘Knowledge management for the legal profession’ conference in April 2006, explores in depth the wealth of issues surrounding integration and collaboration. It will provide you with all the inspiration and strategy you need to see through the integration of knowledge management into your firm’s business processes.

  • Asia & Australia
    2011-2013: The Advancing Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession forum in Sydney (Australia), formerly known as the Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession forum, is a one-day connected or collaborative forum with workshops where you hear timely and topical knowledge management case studies and interact and network with presenters and attendees from organisations similar to yours.

    2006: The Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession conference in Singapore is designed to meet the needs of modern law firms who have realised that effective knowledge management is critical to reap financial rewards and gain competitive advantages.

Conference History:

16th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession (KM Legal), October 19-20, 2020, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America Virtual venue
Conference Theme: What is the mission for today’s law firm Knowledge Management function?

15th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 22-23, 2019, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Exploring KM’s potential as an “organizational capability” for leveraging the firm’s experience, data and intellectual capital as a strategic resource, while evolving in step with demands that are reshaping both the practice and business of law
Conference Workshops: Knowledge Management Tools & Technology Roundtables (New)

Legal KM Stream @ KM Summit 2019, 4-5 June 2019 (announced was: 15-16 May), London, United Kingdom
(in conjunction with a Corporate/Charity and Public Sector Knowledge Management Stream, Jun 4-5 – branded as Knowledge Management Summit)

1st Knowledge Management Legal and Professional Support Lawyer (KM Legal & PSL), 5 March 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: Delivering valuable knowledge and support for today’s practice of law
Note: Not to replace Ark’s London conferences

14th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 23-24, 2018, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Addressing KM’s potential as an “organizational capability” for leveraging the firm’s experience, data and intellectual capital as a strategic resource, while evolving in step with demands that are reshaping the business of law

19th KM Legal UK @ KM Summit 2018, 15-16 May 2018, London, United Kingdom
(in conjunction with the Knowledge Management United Kingdom (KMUK), May 15-16 – branded as Knowledge Management Summit)
Conference workshops: Open space peer assist

(POSTPONED, RELOCATED & MERGED) KM Legal Europe 2018, 24-25 January 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Theme: Future-proof your firm’s knowledge management strategy
(NEW date & location: in conjunction with the KM UK & KM Legal UK (KM Summit), 15-16 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

13th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 18-19, 2017, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: The Evolution of Practice Innovation…

18th KM Legal UK 2017, 24-25 May 2017, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Differentiate your firm using Knowledge Management
Conference workshops: Innovation at Linklaters: unleashing an imagination (case study); HMRC: How technology has maximised the value and application of your knowledge (case study); Applying knowledge to guide your clients through the risks and pitfalls of new processes and solutions; FCA: Cultivatng Communities of Practice (case study); Open space peer assist

KM Legal Europe 2017, 18-19 January 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Theme: Hone your firm’s Knowledge Management strategy and processes to deliver improved client service
Conference Workshops: Collaborating with your peers: Share your experiences and approaches to knowledge management and organisational learning; Open space peer assist

12th Annual Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 26-27, 2016, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: The Evolution of Practice Innovation…

17th KM Legal UK 2016: A Knowledge Management and Client Value Conference, 18-19 May 2016, London, United Kingdom
Conferense sub-title: A Knowledge Management and client value conference
Conference theme: Knowledge Management strategy, organisational culture and client value (day 1); Proving value through tools, people, processes and client design (day 2)
Conference workshops: Social media: Efficiencies; Best Practice; Thought Leadership and Business Development On The Go; Creating and managing value through virtual collaboration; Collaboration in Action: designed by you for you (roundtables)

KM Legal Europe 2016, 20-21 January 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Theme: Knowledge Management strategy and organisational culture (day 1); Knowledge Management challenges: People, processes and technology (day 2)
Conference Theme: Inspiring knowledge management best practice in the legal profession
Conference Workshops: Roundtables and sharing of best practice: Share your experiences and approaches on knowledge management and organisational learning; Peer-to-peer dialogue

11th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 21-22, 2015, New York Law School, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: The Evolution of Practice Innovation…

16th KM Legal UK 2015, 20-21 May 2015, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Embedding Knowledge Management objectives in a changing legal landscape through better collaboration and by addressing people, process and technology challenges

9th KM Legal Europe 2015, 28–29 January 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Workshops: Getting a rapid return on your Knowledge Management investment through legal tenders and bids; Using knowledge-based software to provide clients with the advice they need; Knowledge management from a human rights NGO perspective; Connecting social media to a global Knowledge Management audience; Developing a knowledge management culture (roundtable discussion); Shaping this year’s KM Legal Europe conference: share your problems, experience and interests in legal Knowledge Management (interactive session)

10th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 22-23, 2014, State University of New York, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: ?

15th KM Legal 2014, 14-15 May 2014, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Providing you with inspiration, reassurance, and practical guidance to differentiate your offering from the competition

8th KM Legal Europe 2014, 22-23 January 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pre-conference Site Visits (Jan 21): Van Doorne

9th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 16-17, 2013, State University of New York, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Recalibrating for Innovation

14th KM Legal 2013, 15-16 May 2013, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: ?

3rd Advancing Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, 13-14 March 2013, Sydney, Australia
One-day Collaborative Forum (Mar 13) Sub-title: An evolution of knowledge and examining its practical implications to improve business processes
Post-forum Workshops (Mar 14): ?

7th KM Legal Europe 2013, 23-24 January 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Two-day Conference Theme: Responding to new client pressures: Securing a strategic role for KM in European law firms
Conference Workshops: Implementing practical knowledge sharing techniques to deal with complexity at ING Bank (extended interactive session)
Pre-conference Site Visits (Jan 22): Dirkzwager (in Arnhem)

8th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 24-25, 2012, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Recalibrating for Innovation: Knowledge Management as an integral part of the standard processes and workflows that run the legal service delivery machine – enabling law firms to deliver unparalleled breakthroughs om agility and efficiency

13th KM Legal 2012, 15-16 May 2012, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Client-focused knowledge management – delivering competitive advantage
Conference workshops: Gurteen Knowledge Café: Exploring some of the key actionable insights you have taken from the conference

2nd Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, 6-7 March 2012, Sydney, Australia
One-day Connected Forum (Mar 6) Sub-title: Implementing Knowledge Management initiatives that make a difference in the firm
Post-forum Workshops (Mar 7): Social media for lawyers: it’s not all talk…; Designing a simpler, smarter, social knowledge transfer and retention approach

6th KM Legal Europe 2012, 25-26 January 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Workshops: KM Clinic: Sharing your experiences and finding innovative approaches to addressing your key challenges for knowledge management
Pre-conference Workshops (Jan 24): Understanding and realising the four dimensions of Knowledge Management: Personal, team, organisational and inter-organisational

7th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 26-27, 2011, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Developing a practical knowledge strategy enabling new economic models, sharpening your firm’s value proposition to its clients
(announced as: Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm)

12th KM Legal 2011, 11-12 May 2011, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Achieve competitive advantage in a deregulated legal services market with client-focused knowledge management

1st Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, 28 February – 2 March 2011, Sydney, Australia
One-day Connected Collaborative Forum (Mar 2) Sub-title: Facilitating knowledge capture and sharing in law firms
Pre-/Post-forum Workshops (Feb 28/Mar 2): Best practice Sharepoint intranets; How to increase the use of Knowledge Management tools (CANCELLED); Prioritising knowledge transfer and retention during periods of change; Best practices for social Media in your law firm

5th KM Legal Europe 2011, 26-27 January 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Workshops: Next generation Knowledge Management
Pre-/Post-conference Workshops (Jan 25/28): Introduction to Knowledge Management; Future opportunities for Knowledge Management (incl. site visit to Kennedy Van der Laan)

6th Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, October 26-27, 2010, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Developing a practical knowledge strategy enabling new economic models, sharpening your firm’s value proposition to its clients
Pre-Conference Workshop (Oct 26): Knowledge Management and Legal Project Management

11th KM Legal 2010, 11-12 May 2010, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: ?
Pre-conference workshops (May 10): Introducing knowledge management for law firms in 2010

4th Knowledge management for the European legal profession, 26-27 January 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Two-day Conference Theme: Maximising existing resources and managing on a minimal budget
Pre-/Post-conference Workshops (Jan 25/28): An introduction to knowledge management for European law firms; Developing a knowledge sharing culture

5th Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm, October 21-22, 2009, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Creating Value for Your Firm by Integrating, Optimizing and Leveraging Your Knowledge Assets, Tools and Techniques in Support Of Explicit Business Goals

10th KM Legal 2009, 28-29 April 2009, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Demonstrating value, reducing costs and managing on a minimal budget
Pre-conference workshops (Apr 27): Knowledge matters – knowledge in a business context
Post-conference seminars (Apr 30): The role of professional support lawyers

3rd Knowledge management for the European legal profession, 19-22 January 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Two-day Conference Theme:
Conference Workshops:

Knowledge capture and retention in law firms, 12 – 13 November 2008, London, UK
One-day Conference (Nov 12) Theme: Extracting, capturing and reusing lawyer knowledge and know-how effectively
Post-conference Masterclass (Vov 13): Demonstrating the value of Knowledge Management in law firms: Maximising and communicating the value of your Knowledge Management initiatives and team

4th Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm, 27-28 October 2008, University of Chicago Gleacher Center, Chicago, IL, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Building an Effective Knowledge-Based Organization by Leveraging & Integrating Your Intellectual Assets in Support Of Explicit Business Goals

9th KM Legal 2008, 23-24 April 2008, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Driving the value of Knowledge Management to the heart of your firm
Pre-conference workshop (Apr 22): Knowledge matters – knowledge in a business context
Post-conference seminar (Apr 25): The role of professional support lawyers: Securing the evolution of the PSL role

2nd Knowledge management for the European legal profession, 22-24 January 2008, United Kingdom
Two-day Conference Theme: Developing the role and demonstrating the value of KM for your firm
Conference Workshops:

Knowledge capture and retention in law firms, 27 November 2007, London, UK
Conference Theme: Capturing, disseminating and retaining employee knowledge and experience
Co-located Conference: Outsourcing know-how in law firms: Achieving sustainable business advantage through efficient legal services delivery (Nov 28)

3rd Knowledge Management in the Modern Law Firm, October 24–25, 2007, Chicago, IL, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Building an Effective Knowledge-Based Organization by Leveraging & Integrating Your Intellectual Assets in Support Of Explicit Business Goals

8th Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, 24-27 April 2007, London, United Kingdom
Two-day Conference theme: Preparing for the next generation of Knowledge Management

1st Knowledge management for the European legal profession, 30-31 January 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Two-day Conference Theme: Developing the role and demonstrating the value of Knowledge Management in your firm
Pre-conference Workshops (Jan 29): An introduction to knowledge management; Developing an efficient content management and integration strategy

Integrating knowledge management into strategic business processes, 6 – 8 November 2006, United Kingdom
Two-day Conference (Nov 6-7) Theme: Capitalising on Knowledge Management to add value and drive efficiency in law firms
Post-conference Workshop (Nov 8): Communicating to educate: e-learning as a tool in managing knowledge

(CANCELLED?) Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, October 10–11, 2006, Chicago, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Building an Effective Knowledge-Based Organization by Leveraging & Integrating Your Intellectual Assets to Better Manage Finite Resources In Support Of Explicit Business Goals

Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, August 16–18 2006, Singapore
Two- day Conference Sub-title: Embracing Knowledge Management to Meet a Changing Competitive Landscape
Conference Workshops:

7th Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, 25-27 April 2006, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Maximising the value of Knowledge Management for your firm

2nd Knowledge Management for the Modern Law Firm, February 22-23, 2006, New York, NY, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Leveraging Knowledge for Enhanced Profitability By Capitalizing On Intellectual & Informational Resources

1st Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, October 4-6, 2005, Chicago, IL, United States of America
Conference Sub-title: Leveraging Knowledge for Enhanced Profitability by Capitalizing On Intellectual & Informational Resources
Post-conference Workshops: (Oct 6): Making Knowledge Management Client Facing; Developing Matter Centric Taxonomies to Support Enterprise-Wide Business Initiatives

6th Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, 12-15 April 2005, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Driving the value of Knowledge Management to the heart of your firm

5th Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, 24-25 March 2004, London, United Kingdom
Conference theme: Maximising the value of Knowledge Management for your law firm
Pre-conference seminars (Mar 23): The Role of Professional Support Lawyers

4th Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession, 25-26 March 2003, London, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: Successfully capturing your firm’s knowledge to secure long-term competitive advantage
Co-located conference: The Role of Professional Support Lawyers (Mar 27)

3rd Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, 5-6 March 2002, London, United Kingdom
Co-located conference: The Role of Professional Support Lawyers (Mar 7)
PSL conference workshops: A facilitated discussion to share ideas and experience of participants

2nd Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, March 15-16, 2001, London, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: Current and future approaches to the concept and potential benefits of Knowledge Management

? 2000 Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, London, United Kingdom

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