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A blog covering legal technology, legal ethics and innovation in law.

As part of its response to the coronavirus crisis, the document automation company Litera has launched Litera TV, a daily live stream of interviews, educational programs, and tips around legal tech and legal practice. I am thrilled to announced that starting tomorrow, and for at least the next four weeks, I will host a half-hour episode on Litera TV, Law Insights, a weekly independent look at the legal industry in which I will be discussing legal practice, innovation and technology with leading experts, innovators and entrepreneurs. To kick it off tomorrow, my guest will be Ralph Baxter, former…
In Australia, as elsewhere, COVID-19 is creating a surge in the demand for legal help, especially among low-income individuals, as people face job losses, evictions, bankruptcy, domestic violence, and end-of-life issues. Further complicating the situation there is that parts of the country are still recovering from the bush fires that only recently were extinguished. With face-to-face legal help not possible, technology is a critical tool and effective tool in meeting the demand for help, as Justice Connect, an Australian legal services charitable organization, is demonstrating. In recent years, it has developed a number of innovative tools to help people…
The first in a new series of planned reports on legal tech globally looks at the market in Australia, where it finds good and bad — a vibrant and kaleidoscopic industry, but one where women are under-represented as founders or cofounders of companies. “Our inaugural report on Australia’s legal tech companies reveals a vibrant, thriving and kaleidoscopic market, home to a diverse range of companies at many different stages of development,” said Stevie Ghiassi, director of the Global Legal Tech Report, board director of the Australian Legal Technology Association and CEO of Legaler. This is the first in a…
In what appears to be a first-of-its kind member benefit, the Kentucky Bar Association has entered into an affiliation with two legal research companies, Casemaker and vLex, to offer its members free access to both platforms, plus access to vLex’s artificial intelligence research assistant, Vincent. While virtually every state bar offers its members access to a legal research service — typically either Casemaker or Fastcase — this offer appears to be unique in offering access to two distinct services plus an AI tool. As I reported in 2017, Casemaker and vLex already had joint licensing agreements in…
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University in Toronto is presenting Lawyering From Home, a series of online discussions focused on supporting legal professionals as they adapt to working remotely. I will be this week’s guest speaker for a program on “Key Tech Tools for Lawyering from Home.” The program is Monday, April 6, at 1:30 p.m. ET. It qualifies for one hour of Professionalism Content. Register here.  …
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,…