As the name suggests, Google Workspace is a workspace for productivity. It is a collaboration platform that unifies chat, email, voice and video calling, and content management, empowering teams to work from anywhere. During the global pandemic, applications that power remote work have certainly gained rapid traction, often without time to map out governance policies and ediscovery playbooks. Spending time developing information governance strategies and testing your ediscovery practices for newer data types can’t forever be kicked like a can down the road. Like Slack and other collaboration tools, the content within Google Workspace is relevant for ediscovery. Therefore, companies…
Legal professionals agree that the pandemic accelerated the critical role of technology in the future success of their law firms and legal departments, but only a third believe their organizations are well prepared for addressing technology’s increasing importance. This is a key finding of the 2021 Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report, the third year that Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has conducted this survey, designed to provide insights into how the legal profession is evolving and how prepared legal professionals are to face the future. It polled 700 legal professionals across the U.S. and Europe working…
From : Blog Entry>>Peter’s Blog EntryPlease enjoy this blog post tip co-authored by Matt Maslow, Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada, and Peter Sanford, Director, ‎Deloitte Canada. Those of us of a certain age grew up expecting that by now we would have the Jetsons’ robot maid, Rosie, simplifying our lives. Yet so far, all we have is the Roomba vacuum cleaner.   — Juan Enriquez Well Mr. Enriquez, we are here to respectfully disagree. In the context of eDiscovery, the advent of Artificial Intelligence has changed the way that [More]
Question: What do the Iranian national football team, NFTs, Hotel Rwanda and tennis great, Andy Murray have in common? Answer: Stevie Ghiassi, Co-founder of Legaler and Legaler Aid. And my guest this week! In this episode, Stevie chats with me about his unlikely journey from running a chain of souvenir shops to becoming a legal tech entrepreneur. He also talks about the important work that Legaler Aid is doing, and ways in which legal tech and blockchain have helped them pivot after Covid took away traditional fundraising streams. Yet again we’re seeing innovative ways that cryptocurrency and blockchain are being…
From : Blog Entry>>ILTA’s Blog Entry(Chicago, IL) June 14, 2021 – The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) is pleased to announce one of the ILTACON 2021 Keynote Speakers, Dr. Mae Jemison.   Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. Jemison has been active in volunteerism, activism, and is an author and speaker. For more information on her many leadership roles and career accomplishments, please click here .   ILTA is pleased to [More]
From : Blog Entry>>Ragav’s Blog EntryVirtual Assistants — Next-gen solution to mitigate administrative challenges Law firms and lawyers managing business in a digitally tech-savvy environment, need to consciously capitalize on emerging automation technologies to better manage their workflow and client experience. Typically, lawyers spend about 40% of their time in scheduling meetings, searching for relevant documents and managing volumes of case history databases. These challenges become exacerbated when handling multiple clients [More]
Just a year after its founding the legal tech startup Anü has shut down, having struggled to find customers and develop the right business model. As I wrote about Anü in a post last November, it set out to solve the problem of startup founders unable to find the right lawyer, particularly founders of color or who are women. It used artificial intelligence to match startups with the lawyer best suited to represent them. It was founded by a lawyer and data scientist who met while pursuing advanced degrees at Cornell University. Tiyani Majoko was a lawyer in South Africa…
The Friday Legaltech Week live journalists’ roundtable is back today at 3 p.m. E.T., when a panel of journalists and bloggers discuss the top stories in legal technology and innovation. We were off last week, so we have two weeks to catch up on. Attendance is free, but you need to register, which you can do here. Here are some of the stories we’re planning to discuss, with others still to be determined: Our panelists change from week to week, but our usual line-up includes: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Stephen Embry, publisher, …
I reported here last week on a statement issued by a committee of Massachusetts’ highest court recommending that law firms and other legal employers permanently adopt flexible working options as their standard, rather than as the exception. Maintaining flexibility in individual working arrangements serves the dual purposes of enhancing lawyer well-being while also advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, the committee said. On Wednesday, for my Litera TV show, Law Insights, I discussed the statement with Heidi S. Alexander, who is executive director of the committee that issued the statement, the Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being of the Massachusetts Supreme…
Progress is often just the start. This is certainly true for the generations of LGBTQ lawyers who reflected on their journeys in the legal profession to celebrate Pride Month 2021. Pride Month commemorates the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising, when New York City’s gay community stood up to continual harassment by authorities. Over 50 years later, the LGBTQ community continues to fight for legal rights such as nondiscrimination and parenting protections. In the legal profession, there has been some improvement in LGBTQ representation. NALP’s latest diversity report indicates that the overall percentage of LGBTQ lawyers increased approximately one-third of a percentage point in 2020, rising…
When I applied to work for Hanzo nearly five years ago, I had to decide what to put on my resume. It was already a very busy document, and not everything could be included. When I applied, I had been involved with LGBTQ activism on and off for 15 years. The most far-reaching step I took was to found the LGBT group at the international physics laboratory, CERN. It was not an easy task, and it changed the culture at CERN in a positive way, not just for LGBTQ+ people, but for everyone. Creating that group is a great source…
Staggering new data reveals just how differently workplace stressors and the pandemic have affected the mental health of attorneys. Notably, roughly 31% of Black lawyers said they have contemplated suicide during their legal career. This is a significant increase from the approximately 23% of Hispanic and Latino attorneys, 20% of Asian attorneys, and almost 19.4% of white attorneys who reported the same tendencies. The data is part of ALM’s 2021 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Survey, which asked 3,200 law firm attorneys and staff about COVID-19’s impact on their well-being and how their firms have responded. While it’s clear…
The CLE completion deadline is quickly approaching for Illinois attorneys with last names beginning N-Z. By June 30, 2021, attorneys in this group must complete 30 hours of MCLE credit for the 2019-2021 reporting period. Six of those hours must be professional responsibility (PR) CLE in the area of professionalism, civility, legal ethics, diversity and inclusion (D&I), or mental health and substance abuse (MHSA). Of those six hours, attorneys must complete either one hour of D&I CLE and one hour of MHSA CLE, or the year-long Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. To avoid a late fee, attorneys with last names beginning N-Z…
In May, the National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School published the latest iteration of the Justice Index, a national survey of state civil justice policies that provides “a snapshot of the degree to which each U.S. state has adopted best practices for ensuring access to justice for all people.” The NCAJ examined policies across four civil justice areas—attorney access, support for self-represented litigants, language access, and disability access—and assigned a score to each state, based on the extent to which they’ve adopted those policies. In this year’s Justice Index, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and California…
I decided last weekend that it was time to kill off some of my innovation ideas and projects, both personal and professional. And my timing might have been right because yesterday I watched a great Strategyzer webinar called “Why Killing Ideas is Key in Innovation,” featuring Alex Osterwalder, Tendayi Viki, and Uwe Kirscner. A replay is available here. From the webinar description: “Here’s how world class innovators, we call them Invincible Companies, find the winners. They invest small amounts of resources in a large number of teams to test and adapt their ideas. They then kill at least half…