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The pandemic has raised a number of ethical issues for lawyers and resulted in the issuance of several ethics opinions addressing those issues. While we once might have thought these issues were temporary, many legal professionals continue to operate virtually, and even when we are fully free of the pandemic, many of us are likely to continue to practice virtually, at least part of the time. Given this, I thought it would be useful to round up the ethics opinions from the last 18 months that address issues relating to the pandemic’s impact on our practices and our clients. Invariably,…
On this episode of How It Works: PracticePanther, a leading cloud-based law practice management software solution that serves tens of thousands of legal professionals in 170 countries. PracticePanther offers features in case management, time tracking, billing, client intake, payment processing, calendaring, e-signatures, and more, all designed to empower lawyers to automate their practices. Joining me to introduce PracticePanther and demonstrate how it works is Brian Gomez, account executive, account executive at PracticePanther and its parent company Paradigm. He provides an overview of the software, and then demonstrates five key features: Using intake forms to generate contacts. Workflow…
Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, is today unveiling a benchmarking tool for law firm billing that is the first product to emerge from the newly minted Aderant Intelligence group.  The new tool, Aderant Intelligence:  Benchmarking, is designed to enable firms to benchmark their billing performance by comparing their own metrics against those of their market and peer groups.  The new tool is available for customers of Aderant’s BillBlast e-billing product in the U.S. and Canada. Aderant is currently offering the product through an early adopter program to gather and incorporate additional client feedback.…
The legal analytics platform Lex Machina, which is owned by LexisNexis, has added a module for litigation involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims under related state laws.  The collection consists of more than 90,000 cases involving violations of Titles II, III and V of the ADA, as well as claims under disability rights laws in states that Lex Machina covers. Like Lex Machina’s analytics for other practice areas, the ADA module provides analytics on judges, courts, law firms, attorneys and parties in ADA litigation. The module includes ADA-specific filters, such as for…
There was a time when the central focus of law school publishing was the law review. But over the years, as more law school professors, staff and alumni launched blogs, they have become a more essential medium for keeping up with legal news, trends and critical thinking. In a reflection of this development, McGeorge School of Law has launched McGeorge Law Today, a publishing portal that brings together in one place the blogs, podcasts and other writings of McGeorge’s faculty, staff and alumni. The McGeorge portal is built using the Syndication Journal product developed by the legal blogging and…
The ABA Journal dubbed Fred Rooney the father of legal incubators. He developed the first incubator in 2007 at City University of New York Law School, spawning the launch of some 70 incubators in the years since, many with Fred’s guidance or based on his model. While most are in the U.S., Rooney is now helping create incubators worldwide, in countries as diverse as the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria and Pakistan. In fact, as we recorded this episode, Rooney was just back from the Gaza Strip, where he was developing an incubator for young Palestinian lawyers funded by the United Nations.…
Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, has named Raphael (Rafi) Shure to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was previously senior vice president and chief client officer. In turn, Shure has promoted two others to global leadership roles in consulting and customer support: Matt Graywood has been named vice president of global professional services, and Samantha Rouse has been named vice president of global customer support. In his new role as COO, Shure will oversee all internal and client-facing operations, including finance, IT, professional services, and customer support, Aderant…
While some organizations wait until catastrophe strikes before adopting an email management system, success often lies in being proactive, not reactive. The right EMS not only improves your team’s productivity but can also enhance your client’s experience. This week’s free featured resource on the Lawsites Resource Center,  The Definitive Guide To Email Management For Mid-Size Firms, discusses email management systems and if one is right for your firm. Topics include: How an effective EMS can help midsized firms stay organized and productive. Critical features to consider when selecting an EMS for your firm. Keys to a successful EMS implementation. Find…
The legal technology company Litera has named Ashley Miller as vice president sales, North America. Miller was formerly at EY, where she was senior manager, legal function consulting. Earlier, she was with Thomson Reuters, where she served as director, legal managed services, and regional manager, strategic accounts. Ashley Miller A 2013 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Miller also worked at the technology and management consulting firm Kraft Kennedy from 2011-2014 as a business development consultant, and from 2006-2010, was a territory manager for LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. “I am excited to join Litera at this time of unprecedented growth and opportunity,” Miller…
Last month, in a marriage of two contract management platforms, Conga acquired Contract Wrangler. For entrepreneur-turned-lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Neil Peretz, it was the conclusion of a journey that began five years earlier, when he founded Contract Wrangler with a vision of a contracts platform that would be more than just a repository, more than able to simply identify key clauses, but that would actually be able to provide answers to what was in those contracts.  What is it like to start, build and then sell a legal tech company? What were the challenges Peretz faced in developing the product and…
The New Jersey-based court reporting company Veritext Legal Solutions, which already provides a variety of deposition and litigation support solutions, has acquired Canadian court reporting company Reportex and its family of brands in British Columbia. As part of the acquisition, Veritext also acquired United Reporting in Vancouver and Kamloops Reporting Services in Kamloops. Both companies, along with All-Star in New Westminster and Island Reporting in Victoria (which Reportex recently acquired), will be integrated into Veritext as part of Reportex, making up the company’s British Columbia arm. Veritext already owned Canadian reporting firms Neesons in Toronto; Royal Reporting in Winnipeg,…
Onit today announced the general availability of InvoiceAI, an artificial intelligence product for first-pass invoice review, and along with it comes a clever promotional video that plays on the threat of AI world domination and legal professionals’ ambivalence around AI. As I reported last May, the Houston company — which provides enterprise workflow products for corporations and corporate legal departments — initially introduced InvoiceAI with limited availability to select customers, promising general availability in the third quarter of the year.  Right on schedule, Onit today is making InvoiceAI generally available, and also has enhanced the product allow it to…
I was in Manhattan on 9/11, where I worked as editor-in-chief of The National Law Journal. In a post here 15 years ago, I wrote about my memories of that day. In that post, I focused on the end of the day. Throughout the day, the editors and reporters at the NLJ and throughout ALM were consumed with covering the story. As shocked as we all were, we also were journalists, scrambling to find out everything we could about the lawyers and law firms who might be among the victims. But when I left the office that night around 9…
Our 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. Attendance is free, but you need to register, which you can do here. Register once and you are signed up for all future sessions. 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, TechLaw Crossroads.…
Hanzo, a company that helps e-discovery and corporate compliance teams preserve and manage data from enterprise collaboration applications and complex websites, said today that it has secured a $10.5 million investment from Recurring Capital Partners.  The company said that it plans to invest significantly in product development to expand and enhance its e-discovery and compliance platform. It also will invest in building up its sales, marketing and support operations. Founded in 2009, and with offices in both the U.S. and the U.K., the company’s technology enables inhouse legal and compliance teams to capture and preserve dynamic data from…
One of the hottest segments of legal tech is contract lifecycle management, which is becoming an increasingly competitive market with numerous vendors jockeying for their share, and where there has been a spate of notable investments over the past year, including the $100 million funding of Ironclad at a valuation of nearly $1 billion. Given this state of the market, it is notable that the technology directory G2 has released its latest grid scores for contract management software. G2 says the scores represent “the democratic voice of real software users” and are created algorithmically based on data sourced from product…