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Subscribers to Lexis+. the premium legal research platform that LexisNexis launched last year, will now have access to breaking legal news headlines across 76 practice areas with the introduction today of the Legal News Hub. The Legal News Hub provides subscribers with access to headlines and summaries of current news stories from the LexisNexis-owned Law360 and Law360 Pulse news services. Users can view general legal news stories or stories specific to any of the included practice areas or legal topics. Stories can also be viewed by practice area. However, in order to read the full story, a user…
Thomson Reuters’ legal know-how product Practical Law gets a dynamic set of new features today with the release of the Practical Law Dynamic Tool Set, a collection of five distinct tools that allow users to search and interactive with the product’s static content in more dynamic ways. The Practical Law product provides a way for attorneys attorneys to get up to speed more quickly on new matters — especially matters with which they do not have in-depth familiarity — by providing access to practice notes, document templates, checklists, automated documents, matter maps, and other resources. The Dynamic Tool Set is…
Earlier this week, I reported on the unannounced acquisitions by MyCase of two legal technology companies, CASEpeer and Woodpecker. Now there is another stealth deal to report, this time involving the acquisition of Tabs3 Software, which is one of the oldest practice management products in the legal market, having been founded in 1979, and which also owns the cloud-based practice management platform CosmoLex, which it acquired in 2018. In March, Thompson Street Capital Partners, the private equity firm that owned Tabs3 (the company’s formal name is Software Technology LLC), announced that it had sold the Lincoln, Neb., company…
Editor’s note: The first cohort just graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law’s innovative Tech Edge J.D. program, which combines legal, business, and technology education with hands-on skills development and individualized mentorship, all while leveraging the school’s Silicon Valley location. In this guest post, Laura Lee Norris, director of the program, and Mark Michels, lecturer in law, describe the program and how it prepares students for careers as tech lawyers in Silicon Valley. Santa Clara University School of Law graduated its first Tech Edge JD cohort in May 2021. The Tech Edge JD is an innovation in…
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. Having been off last week, we’ll 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, TechLaw
The past year has laid bare, in shockingly explicit detail, the racial inequities of the justice system. Now, LexisNexis and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Law School Consortium have partnered to launch a fellowship initiative for 12 law students to spend nine months working to end this systemic racism and further the rule of law.  On this episode of LawNext, we discuss this initiative with two of the fellows who are participating in it, as well as with the president of the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation, which is providing $120,000 to support each fellow with a $10,000…
News today of further consolidation in the e-discovery market, as Seattle-based Lighthouse, a provider of technology-enabled e-discovery, compliance and information governance services, announced that it will acquire H5, a company that offers technology assisted review and analytics products that work within the Relativity and RelativityOne e-discovery platforms. Lighthouse said that this acquisition marks its first entry into document review, with the addition of advanced search and analytics technology, and experts who can help clients use these tools to find and classify sensitive data and automate key review workflows. The companies did not reveal terms of the deal. “Lighthouse…
The law practice management company MyCase has quietly acquired two legal technology companies in recent months, without announcing the acquisitions to the public. On March 31, MyCase acquired CASEpeer, a case management platform for plaintiffs’ attorneys. Around the same time, MyCase acquired Woodpecker, which provides legal document automation software for solo and small law firms. These are the first acquisitions ever by MyCase, which has previously taken a “build not buy” approach to new products and features. These acquisitions come after MyCase was acquired last September in a $193 million deal by private equity firm Apax Partners. Last…
The international investment banking company BNY Mellon has won a global award for innovation in contracting as a result of its work with the AI-powered contract lifecycle management company Evisort. Global Custodian magazine named BNY Mellon recipient of its Innovation Award for Client Contracting for the bank’s work with Evisort to support the contractual process for customers of its securities custody services. “BNY Mellon partnered with artificial intelligence platform Evisort to remove the pain points from the contractual process for its custody clients,” Jonathan Watkins, managing editor, Global Custodian, said in announcing the award. According to Evisort, it worked…
Four months after its acquisition by a private equity firm, the law practice management and accounting software company AbacusNext has combined with Zola Suite, a SaaS legal practice management software provider, to create what they are calling “the strongest portfolio of legal software solutions on the market.” The combined companies now offer a portfolio of products that includes Zola Suite, AbacusLaw, Amicus Attorney, Office Tools, HotDocs and Abacus Payment Exchange (APX). For customers of 35-year-old AbacusNext, the combination offers them the opportunity to move to Zola’s native cloud platform, which includes all-in-one matter management, time and billing, CRM, and…
Earlier this week, I reported that Alma Asay, the former litigator who founded the litigation management platform Allegory Law, has joined the law firm Crowell & Moring as senior director of practice innovation and client value. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Asay and learn more about why she made the move and what her role will be. Asay had been a litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher when she launched Allegory in 2012 as one of the first cloud-based litigation management platforms. When Allegory was purchased by Integreon in 2017, she became its chief innovation…
As the legal profession continues to transform and evolve, how can a law firm or legal department be “future ready”? What are the characteristics that define future-ready organizations and foretell their continued success? Just out from Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory is its 2021 Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report, documenting the top trends affecting legal professionals and looking at how well prepared law firms and legal departments are to address them. And given that this year’s report comes in the wake of the global pandemic, it considers the events of 2020 and their impact on the profession now and…
The Chicago-based legal technology company Litera has acquired Objective Manager, a UK company that provides a SaaS platform for law firms to use in strategic planning, performance measurement and talent engagement. The purpose of the platform is to enable firms to accelerate their strategic and performance agendas by aligning their people to the firm’s strategic objectives. Litera said that the acquisition will advance its mission to help law firms leverage powerful data insight that informs intelligent and differentiated strategic firm plans, client plans, and people strategies. “We are committed to investing heavily in the development and support of platforms that…
Alma Asay, the former litigator who founded the litigation management platform Allegory Law, has joined the law firm Crowell & Moring as senior director of practice innovation and client value. In partnership with the firm’s clients, Asay will focus on driving efficiency, delivering measurable value, and creating customized innovative service solutions, the firm said in announcing Asay’s hire. Asay was a lawyer for more than six years at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher before launching Allegory in 2012 as one of the first cloud-based litigation management platforms. When Allegory was purchased by Integreon Discovery Solutions in 2017, Asay became its…
After struggling privately for decades with her assigned gender, Gillian Power, chief information officer at the law firm Lathrop GPM in Kansas City, finally made the difficult decision to come out as transgender, first to her family and then to her professional colleagues. Through her journey, she acquired compelling insights on diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. All this week, Litera TV has been celebrating Pride Month with programs that explore issues surrounding DEI in law. For my Law Insights program, Power joined me to share her story and discuss some of the lessons she has learned…
Atlanta-based Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, has named Scott Moretti as senior director of sales for the Eastern U.S. region. Moretti steps into a position held for the past decade by Kevin Standing, who recently retired after some 35 years in the legal industry, 25 of them with Aderant. “Scott knows legal tech and is a proven sales professional and leader,” Chris Cartrett, executive vice president at Aderant, said in a statement provided by the company. “Having spent nearly 20 successful years working in the legal tech industry, we will benefit significantly from…