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Top stories this week include the first coronavirus casualties in legaltech as e-discovery company DISCO lays off staff. Also in the news: a new legal analytics product from LexisNexis, a virtual legal conference to benefit charity, and a rash of notable hires. Finally, we’re joined from London by Richard Tromans, legal economist and founder of the blog Artificial Lawyer, for his perspective on the pandemic’s potential impact on the legaltech industry.  Story Sources Disco layoffs: Legal Tech Layoffs Begin As DISCO Announces Job Cuts. Layoffs at Fast-Rising Austin Startup DISCO.  Context Company Analytics: LexisNexis Adds Companies to
On the off chance you do not already have enough podcasts to follow, I am launching another — but I promise we will keep each episode short. Legaltech Week is a weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology and innovation. Episodes will be short — 15 minutes or less — and we are aiming to deliver them every Friday(ish). The format will be simple: I’ll start with a five-ish minute recap of the week’s legaltech headline stories. I’ll then be joined by an expert from a revolving panel for brief commentary and perspective. Above is the first episode,…
We have all heard by now the tragic tale of #PoorJennifer, the woman who, while on a Zoom conference, apparently forgot her camera was on as she carried her laptop to the bathroom to answer nature’s call, in full gallery view. As we all adapt to this new world of online meetings, there are sure to be any number of goofs, gaffes and blunders we’ll wish we could erase. Having seen (and, no doubt, committed) a few myself, I compiled a list of 10 blunders to avoid on Zoom. It is my column this week at Above the Law: 10
Sixteen months ago, LexisNexis introduced Context, an analytics product that did what no other analytics product did, which was analyze the language of a judge’s opinions to identify the cases and arguments the judge finds persuasive. Later, it expanded Context to cover not just individual judges, but also entire courts. Today, LexisNexis is launching a further expansion of the product, Context Company Analytics, which will be available to subscribers of Lexis Advance. This is now the fourth module for Context’s analytics, as the original release also covered expert witnesses. Still in development are lawyer and law firm analytics. To…
Litera’s business continuity series, which began last week, dives into the unprecedented challenges we are all facing and looks at how technology can help provide what law firms need to continue serving their clients, even while their teams are working remotely, unable to travel or meet face-to-face with clients, and otherwise disrupted from their regular routines. We’re seeing some major changes within the legal industry, where the coronavirus pandemic has spurred lawyers—however reluctant they may have been before—to take a much-needed leap forward in their acceptance and use of technology, especially remote work technology. The challenge is that this change…
Case Status, a client communications management and marketing platform for law firms that earlier this month raised $1.5 million in seed funding, is today announcing that it has hired Keith Lee, founder of the LawyerSmack online legal community, as chief marketing officer, tasked with directing the company’s continued growth and expansion across the industry. A former practicing attorney in Birmingham, Ala., Lee is known to many as the founder in 2018 of LawyerSmack, a popular online lawyer community that he originally organized as a Slack group. He is also founder of the legal blog Associate’s Mind, which has…
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic scrambled any sense of business as usual last week, the document-automation company Litera seemed to stay a step ahead, becoming one of the first major legal technology companies to take steps to continue operations, quickly pivoting to develop a lite version of its deal-management platform to offer for free, and completing the notable acquisition of Best Authority. Litera has been a company on the move since 2016, when a $100 million investment from K1 Investment Management led to the combination of four document-technology companies – Litera, Microsystems, XRef and The Sackett Group…
As countless face-to-face legal conferences have been cancelled or postponed, the legal practice management company Rocket Matter has unveiled plans to hold a two-day virtual conference, with all proceeds going to charities to help people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Rocket Matter says the conference, which is dubbed Rocket Aid, will include online networking and CLE, and is intended to help lawyers connect in this time of social distancing, while also generating much-needed assistance for people most affected economically by the coronavirus. Rocket Aid is scheduled to stream live, online on April 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to…
The news just keeps coming from document-automation company Litera in recent days. After last week’s announcements of its acquisition of Best Authority and roll-out of a free version of its deal-management platform, it is today announcing a notable hire. Alma Asay, the founder and CEO of the cloud-based litigation management platform Allegory Law, which she sold in November 2017 to legal services provider Integreon, has joined Litera as a domain expert and advisor to Litera’s customers, with particular focus on litigation. In particular, Asay will be part of Litera’s launch this week of Litera TV, a new series…
As legal technology companies step up to the plate and offer free products and services to help the legal community get through this time of crisis, LawToolBox is extending an offer that can help get firms up and running on effectively managing all their matters through Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. LawToolBox is legal calendaring and deadline management software that integrates with a number of platforms. But through its integration with Office 365 Teams, it effectively becomes a full matter management suite for litigation groups, combining matter-level calendaring, document management, collaboration, contacts and more. As legal teams struggle…
PacerPro, a company that provides automated distribution of federal court filings, said today that it is offering three months of free access to its service, as a well of helping legal professionals transition to remote work. PacerPro’s service automatically sends notices of new filings, together with their associate PDFs, to everyone on a litigation team, within moments of the filing. PacerPro also provides access through its website to all your federal case dockets and documents and an enhanced interface for searching and tracking cases on PACER. “All of us are trying to figure out how to help each other,…
The document technology company Litera has acquired Best Authority, which is possibly the leading standalone product among legal professionals for generating tables of authorities in legal briefs. Best Authority, developed by Levit & James Inc., is in use at over 90% of Am Law 100 law firms has over 1,000 customers in total. An add-in for Microsoft Word, it automatically finds and marks all the legal citations in a brief and generates a TOA. Although Litera already has a TOC-generator of its own, CEO Avaneesh Marwaha told me earlier this week that the company had been planning to further…
Fueled by interest in its new brief-automation product, the legal research company Casetext said today that it has raised $8.2 million in new funding in a round led by “one of the top revenue-generating law firms in the country.” It did not disclose the name of the firm. Casetext cofounder and CEO Jake Heller said the additional funding would be used to invest more heavily in Compose, the product the company unveiled last month that automates the creation of the first draft of a litigation brief. This brings the total investment in Casetext to over $40 million. Several existing…
As working from home becomes the new normal for legal professionals, a new daily podcast highlights their stories. Called In Seclusion, the podcast is hosted by Greg Lambert, chief knowledge services officer at Jackson Walker and better know to many as a blogger at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog and cohost of another podcast, The Geek in Review. Having launched the podcast just this week, Lambert already has three interviews posted: Each episode clocks in at fewer than 15 minutes, so feel free to binge.…
As many businesses across the United States struggle to deal with the employment issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, today released a free automated tool to help them develop essential policies on working from home, sick leave, and other critical issues. Readers may remember that I wrote about SixFifty just last week, when it launched an automated product to help companies automated GDPR compliance and documentation. This new COVID-19 tool uses automated policies developed by Wilson Sonsini’s employment attorneys and a questionnaire system that…
As the COVID-19 pandemic has stymied standard ways of closing deals and signing documents, Litera said today it is offering six months of no-cost access to a lite version of its deal-management platform Litera Transact. In a message sent to Litera customers today, CEO Avaneesh Marwaha said that he is hearing from law firms that standard deal processes are not possible for lawyers working from home offices, and that many lawyers are still putting themselves and others at risk by using couriers to obtain signatures and visiting post offices to mail documents. “We recognize that we have technology in…