Bob Ambrogi

Here are the episodes of my LawNext podcast that got the most listens during November. This reflects only downloads of episodes during the month of November, not for all time. (In the all-time tally, the most listened-to episode is my April interview with legal futurist Richard Susskind.) 1. Clio CEO Jack Newton and VP of Product Mik Lernout on the Changing Landscape of Law Practice. 2. Lauren Sudeall on Legal Deserts and Other Obstacles to Access to Justice. 3. Stevie Ghiassi, Founder of Legaler, Legaler Aid and the Global Legal Tech Report. 4. John Tredennick On His New Company Merlin…
After a week away for Thanksgiving, the Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns today at 3 p.m. ET to dissect and discuss the top news stories of the week. One topic I’m sure we’ll discuss: Yesterday’s avatar-based virtual conference, presented by EDRM for E-Discovery Day, and covered by Niki Black yesterday on Above the Law. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but…
Today is E-Discovery Day 2020, and Portland, Ore.-based Exterro is celebrating in a big way. In a nine-digit deal that it says makes it the only company to address governance, risk, compliance and digital investigations in a single integrated platform, Exterro is announcing that it has acquired AccessData, one of the world’s leading providers of digital forensic investigation technology. Exterro says that the acquisition furthers its vision of empowering customers to proactively and defensibly manage their legal governance, risk and compliance (GRC) obligations while maintaining and ensuring the highest levels of data integrity. Through the acquisition of AccessData,…
Several surveys in recent months have looked at the impact of the pandemic on lawyers, but a survey out today examines the effect the pandemic has had on paralegals and other allied professionals in law firms and legal departments, and it finds that the events of the last eight months have taken a major toll. While paralegals, law clerks and legal administrators are essential to the functioning of law firms and legal departments, many of them report that they have experienced higher workloads, higher degrees of anxiety, reductions in income, and difficulty achieving work-life balance. Thirty-seven percent of those who…
Legal Innovators, a Washington, D.C., alternative legal services provider that aims to promote diversity and inclusion among junior legal hires, has entered a deal with the global engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel to place recently graduated lawyers in its legal department. As I wrote last year when Legal Innovators launched, the company seeks to upend how new lawyers are recruited, hired, priced and trained, and in so doing, help enhance diversity and inclusion in larger law firms and corporate legal departments. Legal Innovators’ formula is to take on the job of recruiting law school graduates, employing them…
Andrew Perlman is one of the nation’s leading forces helping to establish the future of legal education and legal practice. As a professor and now dean at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, he has helped drive the creation and development of programs for teaching about legal innovation and technology. He was founding director of Suffolk’s Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology and its related legal technology and innovation concentration for law students. He also helped establish Suffolk’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab, or LIT Lab, where law students are able to work directly on legal tech and data science…
Over the past month or so, three separate resources have launched, all devoted to serving as a marketplace directory for legal technology products. In short order came the Legaltech Hub, a website aiming to be the world’s most complete directory of commercial legal tech; The Observatory, a creation of the law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe that is a directory of more than 600 legal tech products; and the Thomson Reuters Marketplace, an online store where users can try and buy legal tech products and services. All of  these follow the formal launch last January of Reynen
After Catalyst, the pioneering cloud-based e-discovery company he founded and spent 19 years building, sold last year to OpenText for $75 million, John Tredennick was not ready to sit back and rest on his laurels. Instead, he launched two separate but related undertakings — Merlin Digital Magic, a company developing AI-powered software for investigations, discovery and regulatory compliance, and the Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to the use of open source software to improve access to justice and make legal operations and regulatory compliance more efficient. Now, Tredennick’s new company is about to release a…
In what it says is a first for artificial intelligence contract-analysis platforms in the legal industry, Kira has developed a differential privacy algorithm that protects the confidentiality of text in model training data when a user shares a machine-learning model with other firms or organizations. The differential privacy algorithm prevents an attacker from potentially being able to reverse engineer or infer words from training documents, and thereby reveal confidential client information. It is applied each time a smart field — a machine learning model within Kira — is shared with others using a feature called Smart Field Sharing. “Our Differential…
I was fortunate to have Nicole Black join me earlier this week for my Law Insights show on Litera.TV, where we discussed recent legal ethics opinions relating to COVID-19 and also talked about the essential tech every lawyer should have for working remotely. Niki is a Rochester, N.Y., attorney, author and journalist, and she is the legal technology evangelist at the practice management software company MyCase. Niki is the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-author of the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-author of Criminal Law in
TIME has named two legal technology startups as among the 100 Best Inventions of 2020: the bankruptcy startup Upsolve and the consumer arbitration platform FairShake. Regarding Upsolve, the publication cited its free nonprofit tool for helping people avoid the high cost of personal bankruptcy. “Upsolve’s software fixes that, helping users complete the complex legal paperwork so that they can file for bankruptcy without hiring a lawyer,” TIME said. It said that since Upsolve launched in 2018, it has helped relieve more than $250 million in total debt nationwide. “The cruel irony in America is that it can…
The Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns tomorrow, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly discussion of the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Stephen Embry, publisher, TechLaw Crossroads. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider. Victoria Hudgins, reporter for Legaltech…
Low-income individuals in Wisconsin have a new resource for finding legal help today, as the State Bar of Wisconsin and legal technology company Paladin join forces to launch the statewide Pro Bono Opportunity Portal. The portal, which can be found at probonowi.org, enables attorneys and law students to match their skills and interests with pro bono opportunities available through free legal agencies across the state, including Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare. Through the site, agencies will also be able to post opportunities to the nationwide American Bar Association-led Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal to extend reach for…
Today marks the 18th anniversary of the launch of LawSites blog. My first post was on Nov. 19, 2002. My initial focus was on tracking web sites of interest to legal professionals. Over time, I expanded to cover legal technology and legal media more broadly, and eventually to also include legal ethics and legal innovation. Never did I imagine I would still be at it 18 years later — more “at it” than I ever was in those early days. And never could I have imagined the degree to which legal technology and legal practice would continue to evolve and…
Legal research company Casetext is further extending Compose, its first-of-its-kind automated brief-drafting product, to cover a new practice area, products liability involving pharmaceuticals and medical device. Launched by Casetext last February, Compose helps automate the creation of the first draft of a litigation brief, significantly cutting the time the draft would normally take. When Casetext launched Compose, cofounder and CEO Jake Heller said the product was “poised to disrupt the $437 billion legal services industry and fundamentally change our understanding of what types of professional work are uniquely human.” Initially, Compose covered a limited set of core motions related…
Onit, the Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for corporations and corporate legal departments, has acquired the New Zealand company McCarthyFinch, a provider of a suite of AI-driven contract management software designed to help automate contract reviews and approvals, and is unveiling two new AI products that incorporate the McCarthyFinch technology. McCarthyFinch says its AI platform, authorAI, “reads, writes and reasons like a lawyer,” accelerating contract reviews and approvals by up to 70% and increasing user productivity by more than 50%. Its core product built on that platform, authorDOCS, is a Word add-in for legal document automation.…