July-August 2017 Publisher's Note

Our annual special double issue offers something for everyone, with risk management as a recurring theme. To that end, we offer a number of articles discussing technology. Whether it is being used in litigation, internal or government investigations or for business decisions, it continues to serve as a key tool in identifying and managing risk, making it a cornerstone for law department management.

Blockchain….the technology that has been much talked about in the context of fintech and cryptocurrency, leads off this issue with a look at how this not-so-new technology may have other business applications.

We spoke to Christopher Morvillo of Clifford Chance about The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations, a book he and his colleagues recently published that offers practical advice for navigating cross-border investigations.

Neal Lawson and Bobby R. Williams Jr. of iDiscovery Solutions spell out how data-based discovery has shifted from being all about content to being all about context. And they show us how to build a data picture (p. 16).

Our Special Section dedicated to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act features a number of interesting perspectives on possible plans the Trump administration may have for enforcement. Harvey Kelly, Tarek Ghalayini and Diane Hughes from AlixPartners present survey results detailing corruption dangers across the globe (p. 31). Karl H. Schneider and Sarah Hyser-Staub of McNees summarize the first year of the DOJ’s pilot program for self-disclosure and remediation. We also spoke to Mike Koehler, the founder of the FCPA Professor Blog, about Walmart and how media coverage helps create high-profile cases that may not result in commensurate enforcement (p. 34).

Rebecca Love Kourlis and Brittany Kauffman of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) are our guest contributors to Civil Justice Playbook for this issue. They have outlined their efforts, in collaboration with The Civil Justice Improvements Committee, to help state courts modernize and operate more efficiently (p.  26).

If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or if you have an interest in writing an article, please feel free to reach out. We always value your suggestions. 

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