The LEDES Oversight Committee has two projects that have provided draft standards for public comment:
The first is from the Ebilling Standards subcommittee, which proposes updates to Ebilling XML 2.0x, 2.1x and 2.2x. The changes are to correct an inadequate field length, add one field and align the standards. You can learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback to the LOC here.
In addition, the IP subcommittee has proposed UTBMS codes specifically for Patent Prosecution matters. This is a really interesting take on using UTBMS, allowing for codes that pair with the USPTO. You can learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback to the LOC here.
The public comment period closes for both projects on July 25, 2022.
I had a demo of a new timekeeping system today that was really interesting. Called ClockedLegal, not only does it have a great mobile capabilities, it auto-codes UTBMS on time entries!
Just back from Legal Tech where I found a new ELM system, LeGuard, that allows clients access to outside counsel WIP in order to manage matters and spend. To my knowledge this is the second system of this type now available. Is legal ebilling evolving in this direction?
The membership of the LEDES Oversight Committee has approved changing from membership by organization to individual membership. The change will facilitate the creation of additional functionality to administer and serve the membership, and allow membership to follow individual members as they move to new employers.