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The growing use of legal analytics is rapidly transforming the practice of law. Within law firms, analytics drive litigation strategy, business development efforts, and hiring decisions. Within corporate legal departments, analytics drive outside counsel hiring and internal business operations.  In a special episode of LawNext recorded live during Legalweek 2020 in New York City, we bring together a super session of leading experts to discuss this new world of data-driven law.  Joining me for this special episode are: Eric M. Falkenberry, litigation partner at DLA Piper, where he specializes in the assessment, quantification and transfer of litigation risk through…
As reported here yesterday, the American Bar Association House of Delegates voted to approve a resolution calling on states to consider innovative approaches to the access-to-justice crisis, including consideration of regulatory innovations that could improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of civil legal services. But some were critical of the final version of the resolution (Resolution 115) because of a last-minute revision that added a fourth clause that said, “[N]othing in this Resolution should be construed as altering any of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 5.4, as they relate to nonlawyer ownership of law firms,…
An Arizona litigator and former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation has been named as the new chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation, a program whose mission is to encourage and accelerate innovations the improve the affordability, effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility of legal services. The new chair, Don Bivens, is a partner in the Phoenix firm Snell & Wilmer, where his practice focuses on complex litigation and corporate investigations. He is the husband of ABA President-elect Trish Refo, who is also his law partner. Bivens takes over as…
At the midyear meeting of the American Bar Association in Austin, Tex., today, the House of Delegates voted to approve a resolution calling on states to consider innovative approaches to the access-to-justice crisis and, in particular, to consider regulatory innovations that could improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of civil legal services. But some saw the version of Resolution 115 that the HOD approved as watered down — or, as one observer put it, “defanged” — to address concerns that it would be read as endorsing nonlawyer ownership of law firms or the delivery of legal services by providers other…
In just over a week, on the opening night of ABA Techshow in Chicago, 15 legal technology startups will take the stage in a pitch competition, where each will make its case for why the audience of Techshow attendees should vote for it as the most innovative. This will be the fourth annual Startup Alley pitch competition at Techshow — a tradition that started in 2017. Again this year, as I have every year, I will serve as moderator. As I’ve been getting ready for the 2020 pitch competition, it got me wondering whatever happened to the startups that participated…
For legal professionals, it can be a challenge to keep up with the legal news that matters to your practice. Later this month, ALM, the publisher of Law.com, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and other legal publications, will release a product designed to address that challenge: Legal Radar, a website and app that uses artificial intelligence to rapidly deliver legal news personalized to the reader. “Legal Radar combines the expertise and power of the ALM newsroom with AI and high-speed data processing to create a personalized news feed that’s very rapid and very broad…
Large companies have a problem: Keeping tabs on their hundreds or even thousands of contracts and knowing what is in them. The legal technology company Knowable believes it has a solution to that problem: Technology that translates contract language into structured data to give companies a broad understanding of what contracts they have, what is in those contracts and what parts of the business they affect. Yesterday, Knowable formally announced the launch of this contracts management platform, which uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human intelligence — what Knowable calls its “lawyer-in-the loop model” — to turn contract language…
Thomson Reuters is releasing a new Legislative Insights tool today on Westlaw Edge that uses artificial intelligence to track legislation, predict the likelihood of its passage, and identify the industries it will likely impact. The tool uses machine learning and natural language processing technology developed by Skopos Labs, a New York-based AI company in which Thomson Reuters is a major investor. The company has developed what it calls Automated Predictive Intelligence that predicts the impacts of policy-making on companies and markets. The tool combines that technology with the legislative content available in Westlaw Edge with the goal of providing…
Thomson Reuters is releasing a new Legislative Insights tool today on Westlaw Edge that uses artificial intelligence to track legislation, predict the likelihood of its passage, and identify the industries it will likely impact. The tool uses machine learning and natural language processing technology developed by Skopos Labs, a New York-based AI company in which Thomson Reuters is a major investor. The company has developed what it calls Automated Predictive Intelligence that predicts the impacts of policy-making on companies and markets. The tool combines that technology with the legislative content available in Westlaw Edge with the goal of providing…
As I wrote last year at Above the Law, for legal research, brief analysis is the new vogue. After legal research company Casetext introduced the first brief analysis tool in 2016, CARA, other companies followed suit with an array of brief analysis products own, including Clerk from JudicataVincent from vLexEVA from ROSS Intelligence, and Quick Check from Thomson Reuters. Last July, Bloomberg Law announced its plan to launch a brief analyzer of its own, providing a preview of a prototype during an event at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting. Today, Bloomberg Law…
As corporate legal departments seek to control costs and drive innovation, how can better use of data, metrics and analytics help? How are corporate counsel using analytics to measure and improve performance internally and among outside counsel? These questions were the topic of a special episode of LawNext, recorded live during Legalweek 2020 in New York City with a panel of four corporate counsel and executives who are leaders in law department innovation. My guests for this special episode were: Jason Barnwell, assistant general counsel-modern legal at Microsoft, where he leads a team tasked with driving legal department innovation.…
It was major legal industry news last April when international business and legal services powerhouse EY entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters to acquire Pangea3, the legal managed services business. Now, 10 months later, EY has laid off at least some of the U.S.-based lawyers who came with the deal. While precise details remain uncertain, reports indicate that EY has let go some 20-30 lawyers who work for it in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota and the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. At least some of those who were laid off were former Thomson Reuters employees who moved…
Three years ago, Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions introduced LegalVIEW BillAnalyzer, a service for in-house legal-bill review teams that combines machine learning and other advanced technologies with human expertise to help review law firm invoices and ensure that they accurately and consistently adhere to billing guidelines. Today, ELM Solutions is introducing a variation on that product, the LegalVIEW BillAnalyzer Data Service, a managed service designed to provide bill review teams with AI and data analytics technology to improve their efficiency and reduce legal spend. Jeffrey Solomon, senior director of data analytics and artificial intelligence products at ELM Solutions, told me…
The practice management company Rocket Matter is announcing today that it has acquired LexCharge LLC, a payment processing company that specializes in handling payments for legal professionals. The LexCharge payment technology will now be integrated within the Rocket Matter platform, to create a consolidated, streamlined experience for law firms for time capture, billing, invoicing, payments and financial monitoring. Rocket Matter will discontinue its Rocket Matter Payments brand. At the same time, LexCharge will remain a standalone brand and the service will remain available to customers who are not Rocket Matter subscribers. “After a banner year financially for Rocket Matter,…
Fresh on the heels of its $15 million Series A funding round in December, the artificial intelligence contract management company Evisort is today announcing plans to release a new workflow module that will offer pre-signature contract-generation and approval workflows in combination with the company’s post-signature contract analytics. Evisort says that the new module, slated for release in the second quarter of this year, will enable companies to unify their contracting process within a single, centralized framework.   Those attending Legalweek this week can the module demonstrated at the Evisort booth, which is Booth 3008 in Americas Hall 2, or by scheduling…
With Legalweek starting tomorrow, MaxVal, a Silicon Valley-based intellectual property software company, is today announcing the release of a major update of its IP management system. Symphony 3.6 is “an innovative leap forward” for the product, the company says, providing new analytics, intelligence, reporting, and automation features. The new release introduces the Analytical Insights Module, an advanced reporting engine capable of integrating data from different sources to provide complex, powerful analytics. The Symphony dashboard. Built using Salesforce’s Lightning platform and Einstein Analytics, the Analytical Insights Module simplifies the aggregation of disparate patent, financial and other external data to produce IP data…