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I will be part of an international media panel tomorrow that will discuss how legal tech startups can get exposure for their companies. Sponsored by the European Legal Tech Association, the free 90-minute panel starts at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Other speakers are: Janet Huerta, Foro Jurídico. Caroline Hill, Editor-in-Chief,Legal IT Insider. Vanita Thind, Kira Systems. Richard Tromans, Artificial Lawyer. Alejandro Esteve, Bigle Legal. Moderator for the program will be Kamila Kurkowska, managing director of Firemind. You can learn more or register at this page.…
Each week, we’re highlighting one of the resources from our recently launched LawSites Resource Center, a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. This week’s featured resource: Future-Proofing Corporate Data Privacy: Budgeting and Solutions to Address. Description: FTI Consulting surveyed over 500 corporate data privacy leaders to understand the solutions, strategies, and budgets companies have planned to address data privacy challenges in the coming year. Publisher: FTI Consulting.…
Ever since its 2008 launch by the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the Cadwalader Cabinet has been recognized as an innovative and practical research and intelligence platform for news and analysis of U.S. financial regulation. Now, a content partnership between Cadwalader and legal research company Fastcase promises to make the platform even more useful to its subscribers, by providing direct links from Cabinet content to primary case law. Through the partnership, which Cadwalader and Fastcase are announcing today, the content available to those who subscribe to the Cabinet platform or newsletter will include custom links that will enable…
Ed Sohn, a veteran managed services executive who last year joined EY Law when it acquired Pangea3 from Thomson Reuters, has now joined Factor, the managed services company that spun off last year from legal services company Axiom, where he will serve as its head of solutions. After starting out as an attorney with King & Spalding in Atlanta, Sohn spent seven years as an executive with Pangea3, the company that pioneered legal managed services and that Thomson Reuters acquired in 2010. Last year, when Thomson Reuters sold Pangea3 to global Big Four professional services firm…
A survey of private equity firms in the U.S. and U.K. finds that a softening market for M&As and fundraising, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is causing them to scrutinize their external legal spend more carefully than ever before. But even as this occurs, many of these firms still lack legal spend management technology and instead still collate and analyze legal spend data manually in Excel. The survey, commissioned by the spend tracking, management and analysis company Apperio and conducted by the independent research firm Coleman Parkes, polled 100 senior in-house legal professionals at U.S. and U.K. private equity…
Among the lessons for law firms that came out of the recession of 2008 was that diversity and inclusion initiatives suffer during an economic downturn, says Bryan Parker, chief executive officer of alternative legal services provider Legal Innovators. It took a decade before the numbers of Black and LatinX attorneys at large law firms returned to pre-recession levels, Parker told me. “We are committed to working with leaders in the law to address diversity and inclusion at every stage of the talent recruitment and development process, to ensure this doesn’t happen again.” Last December, I wrote about the…
Yesterday kicked off the 2020 annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries, which runs all this week through Friday. It is the AALL’s first virtual conference, and it comes at a time when legal information professionals, like so many in the legal profession, face challenges and uncertainty on multiple fronts. Recent years have seen an unprecedented surge in the use of technology and artificial intelligence within the legal profession, and most agree the pandemic will only further accelerate that surge. What does that mean for the future of the law librarian? In my opinion, technology will not…
Here’s one that gets a bit meta. Back in November 2017, LawNext host Bob Ambrogi spoke at BYU Law School about a lawyer’s ethical duty to be technologically competent. The talk prompted the school to explore ways it could help students improve their technological abilities. What resulted was the school’s Legal Technology Initiative, a multi-pronged program to provide law students with technology training and assessment. Initially overseen by Shawn Nevers, deputy director of the law library, BYU this year brought on Tina Wilder, a former practicing lawyer, as an assistant law librarian to assist Nevers and take the…
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,…
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…
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
LexisNexis is today announcing the launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+, that it says takes a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform. The company is positioning this new service not as a successor to its current research platform, Lexis Advance, but rather as a higher-end alternative designed for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform that incorporates the latest powerhouse technologies, including several that are unique to this product. “There will be no phase-out of Advance in the near term,” Jeff Pfeifer, chief product…
David McVeigh, the former executive vice president for global business sales at industry reseearch and advisory firm Gartner, has been named chief executive officer of Axiom, an alternative legal services provider that specializes in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent. McVeigh succeeds Elena Donio, who had been CEO since 2016, taking over in that job from Mark Harris, who cofounded the company in 2000 and recruited Donio to succeed him. Donio will remain with the company as a member of its board of directors. (See my LawNext interview with Mark Harris for an in-depth look back at Axiom’s…
Joining me last week for my Law Insights show on Litera TV was Dennis Kennedy, legal tech and innovation advisor, adjunct law professor, infotech lawyer, professional speaker, author, and podcaster. We covered a lot of ground over the course of our 30-minute conversation. If you’re interested, below is the full recording. For this week’s show, my guests will be Tilly Gray and Mark Young, partners with Cassels and cofounders of its FourLines business division, an initiative that assesses, pilots and implements specialized staffing models, streamlined workflows and current technology to improve both the quality and timeliness of the…