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Betsi Roach

CLOC Executive Director

September SALI Update

By Betsi Roach

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Join us Friday, September 23!

Join the SALI Alliance at the Legal Value Network’s inaugural conference, the LVN Conference Experience (LVNx)! You can also join online – email Kelly Harbour at kharbour@goulstonstorrs.com for more details.

Legal Value Network’s inaugural conference, the LVN Conference Experience (LVNX).
Chicago, IL
Friday, September 23, 8:30-9:30 am CT
Chicago Ballroom C

When it comes to the Legal Matter Specification Standard, you believe in the value. You’ve participated in a demo or community meeting. You’ve heard about the building momentum. So, where do you start when it comes to implementation? Which systems? Which codes? How will you keep the standard up to date? Join the SALI Alliance operations team, Chloe Carver from Microsoft, and Sharon Scenna from Intapp on Friday, September 23, at 8:30 am (CT) for practical guidance on how to implement LMSS 2.0 at your organization.

Highlights from ILTACON 

There was a distinct buzz about the LMSS at a packed in-person ILTACON in National Harbor, MD, last month. The SALI Operations team provided an update on LMSS 2.0 and the growing list of varied reference implementations, including Microsoft, Intel, Thomson Reuters, Fastcase, and more. In addition, there is increasing attention on the process of implementation. Damien Riehl shared the typical implementation journey for in-house legal departments and law firms:

We look forward to sharing more examples and guidance on implementation in the coming months! Have an implementation story or question? Reach out to Kelly Harbour (kharbour@goulstonstorrs.com), Jim Hannigan (jhannigan@coblentzlaw.com) or Damien Riehl (driehl@fastcase.com).


The SALI Alliance seeks to improve the legal industry by moving it towards standardizing how we describe legal work. We will simplify and improve the description of legal services by providing a common language represented in an open-source taxonomy. This will provide all players with greater transparency and increase the effectiveness of budgeting and resourcing. Providing a common language for the industry serves as the catalyst for better outcomes and value.

Our work is to produce a Legal Matter Standard Specification (LMSS) and gain adoption in the ecosystem. LMSS is, in essence, an extensive taxonomy, with almost 10,000 nodes. It is actually more than a taxonomy: it not only describes areas of law, services, industries, and player roles, but also captures the relationships among those.


We welcome your input and your involvement! The most complete, practical standard can only be realized by continued contributions and adoption from organizations throughout the legal industry, particularly legal operations professionals and in-house counsel teams.

A link to the standard, which anyone can use at no cost, can be found at SALI.org.

In addition, there are several active and pending conversations to join, including:

  • International working groups
  • Area of law working groups
  • Open forums for questions, feedback, and discussion among current and potential adopters

For more information on the standard, adoption, or getting involved, please contact Kelly Harbour at kharbour@goulstonstorrs.com.