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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced today that Scott Bales, its Executive Director, will step down effective July 31, 2020. Bales said he has been honored to lead IAALS over this past year but has concluded that IAALS will benefit by having an Executive Director who resides in Denver, which his family circumstances preclude. Bales retired from Arizona’s Supreme Court in 2019 and has been commuting between his home in Arizona and the IAALS office on DU’s campus. “Working with the tremendous team at IAALS to improve our…
Earlier today, I reported on the motion to dismiss filed by ROSS Intelligence in a lawsuit filed against it by Thomson Reuters. Now, a TR spokesperson has issued a statement in response to the motion. Here is the statement: “Nowhere does ROSS deny that it surreptitiously stole content from Westlaw. It did this without our consent to build its competing product. The stolen content included far more than just caselaw: It was the highly creative and original copyrighted work of Westlaw’s thousands of attorney-editors, which includes our proprietary commentary, analysis, and organizational system. ROSS’ persistence to gain access to Westlaw,…
This week we talk privacy, piracy, and intellectual property. Before the lockdown, I sat down with Chris Mohr, VP for Intellectual Property and GC at Software and Information Industry Association. Working at the heart of the US federal government in Washington DC, Chris tells us about life as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill and how he navigates the challenges posed by different global approaches to intellectual property. He also talks about the intersection between IP and privacy law and the Constitution, as most data is effectively speech for Constitutional purposes, there are fundamental conflicts when people’s privacy rights are at…
Big Four professional services firm Deloitte said today it has launched a Legal Business Services practice in the U.S., which it says is a “comprehensive suite of legal management consulting and technologically-enabled legal managed services for corporate legal departments designed to accelerate the transformation of the business of law.” One of the world’s largest providers legal business services, Deloitte says the launch is the next phase in its global expansion to transform the business of law. “Chief legal officers (CLOs) can apply Deloitte’s deep industry knowledge and its breadth of technical capabilities to meet a variety of strategic needs, including…
After legal research goliath Thomson Reuters sued legal research startup ROSS Intelligence on May 6, alleging that it stole content from Westlaw, ROSS responded with a vow to fight the lawsuit, denying it did anything wrong and portraying the lawsuit as an anticompetitive tactic by TR to squelch an up-and-coming competitor. Today, ROSS filed its first formal response to the lawsuit, filing a motion to dismiss in the U.S. District Court in Delaware in which it made good on its vow to fight. The brief in support of the motion calls into question TR’s claims of copyright in case headnotes…
This year has brought an increase in remote work across industries, including throughout the legal world. And this shift from office to home is not going away anytime soon. Lawyers are tasked with finding new solutions to this new working norm.   Remote work benefits   Benefits of remote work include more flexible scheduling, less commuting, increased productivity, and more time to spend with family and loved ones. Working from home also can mean that attorneys are spending less time on work since they’re not staying at the office until late hours of the night.   Remote work environments also…
It’s all bets off in 2020. So what’s next for higher education organizations? We consulted the experts to reveal the top higher ed trends in tech, marketing and enrollment. Right now, it’s hard to make predictions, especially when it comes to higher ed. Currently, more than 1.2 billion students have been affected by global lockdowns and today’s colleges and universities are working tirelessly to ensure their organizations stay resilient in the face of a new normal. With so much in flux, we reached out to some of the brightest minds higher ed to get their best predictions on how the…
Is your higher ed CRM putting you at legal risk? Find out if your CRM can help you attract new students without violating the latest regulations. The difference between a CRM that allows you to confidently enroll thousands more students each year and a CRM that costs you thousands of dollars in regulatory fines lies in one simple word:  Compliance. A compliant higher ed CRM will help you recruit and enroll hundreds of new students month after month, while ensuring that every interaction between your staff, students, and applicants stays well within the current regulatory requirements. But unfortunately, not at…
We are back again today at 3 p.m. Eastern time with our roundtable of legaltech journalists discussing their takes on the week’s top news stories. It is free to attend the Zoom webinar, but you must preregister. You’ll be able to ask questions of the panelists and share your own thoughts on the week’s news. This week’s line-up of panelists features: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider. Victor Li, assistant managing editor of the ABA Journal. Molly McDonough, media consultant, former publisher and editor-in-chief of…
Two legal technology companies said this week that they are offering free access to their products to attorneys involved in civil rights matters. Legal research company Casetext is offering free access to its Compose brief automation for Title VII motions through the remainder of the summer. The company was inspired to do this, it says in a blog post, in celebration of the historic ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court held that an employer violates Title VII when it fires an employee for being gay or transgender. As I wrote when it launched
Planning in pandemic times can seem like the ultimate oxymoron. So much is uncertain. Many solo and small firm lawyers are specially threatened by current events because their client base consists primarily of middle-class individuals and/or small businesses. The fates of many small businesses still hang in the balance and many who considered themselves middle-class found themselves filing for unemployment benefits, some for the first time ever. Courthouse closures or restrictions impacted many of these lawyers. There are many changes resulting from 2020. More clients will be interested in more “touchless” legal services and videoconferencing going forward. But solo and…
Justified outrage over the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans is prompting overdue efforts to address police brutality and other law enforcement practices impacting communities of color. But the legacy of racism that blights our criminal justice system also creates inequities in our society more broadly, and the nationwide protests have served as clarion calls for reassessing how both we as individuals and our institutions can better promote civil rights, equity, and inclusion. IAALS joins others in this process of listening, reflecting, and recommitting ourselves to these goals because they are central to our vision of a justice…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.), Of Counsel at Jones Day. Judge Williams discusses diversity in the legal profession, COVID-19’s potential to impact diversity efforts, and what lawyers and judges can do to help fight systemic racism. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:49 – The death of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis sparked protests that devolved into riots in many cities across the country. What’s the lesson for the legal profession? 4:14 – The legal…
Not much has changed for women of color attorneys at law firms over the past 14 years, according to a study released last month by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession. Despite the legal profession’s increased diversity efforts, the percentage of women of color partners remains stuck below 4%. Moreover, women of color face the highest rate of attrition from law firms, which struggle to create inclusive cultures where the contributions of women of color are recognized and rewarded. In Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers