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Just three weeks after introducing its generative AI legal research product Lexis+ AI, LexisNexis is keeping the momentum going, today introducing two more products that use generative AI.
One, Lexis Snapshot, provides AI-generated summaries in alerts of new case filings. The other, Lexis Create with Lexis+ AI, brings generative AI drafting assistance to the Lexis Create add-in for Microsoft
Continue Reading LexisNexis Unveils Two New Generative AI Products

Pre/Dicta, a litigation analytics platform that predicts how federal court judges will rule, is expanding to cover new motion types and also to predict litigation timelines.
Until now, the product, which launched in July 2022, covered only motions to dismiss, claiming to predict how a judge will rule with an accuracy rate of 85%.
Now, the product is
Continue Reading Litigation Prediction Platform Pre/Dicta Expands Into New Motion Types and Case Timelines

The first two episodes of my new podcast, LawNext PR, have now been posted:

As I explained in a recent post, LawNext PR is a sponsored podcast series focusing exclusively on the latest news announcements coming out of the world of legal tech.
In each episode, we’ll interview legal tech companies about their breaking news – new products or
Continue Reading Now Available: First Two Episodes of the New ‘LawNext PR’ Podcast, Featuring Law Insider and PracticePanther

For anyone scrambling to get a Startup Alley application in under the wire, I have good news. Today’s deadline has been extended to Monday. The official (and final) deadline for applications is now Monday, Nov. 13, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
This is your last chance to apply for a spot in the Startup Alley competition at the American Bar
Continue Reading Important: Startup Alley Deadline Extended to Monday!

Live today at 3 p.m. ET on Legaltech Week, the show where a panel of journalists and bloggers discusses the week’s top stories in legal tech and innovation, we’ll be joined by “legal technology maven” Colin Levy to hear more about his new book, The Legal Tech Ecosystem.
Other stories on tap:

  • Launching Today: Traact Is An All-in-One, ‘Tech

Continue Reading Live Today on Legaltech Week: Colin Levy Joins Us to Discuss His New Book, The Legal Tech Ecosystem

“The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
No doubt, you’ve seen that William Gibson quote countless times. But it seems particularly pertinent to the 2023 Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report published this week by Wolters Kluwer, the fifth edition of this annual report.
After all, the very premise of the report is that some law
Continue Reading Is the Future Already Here? A Look At Wolters Kluwer’s 2023 Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report

Following the recent death of Monica Bay, longtime editor-in-chief of Law Technology News and an icon in the legal tech community, many have asked me about memorial services. I can now report that two services have been scheduled, one in San Mateo, Calif., and one in Manhattan.
Here are details:

  • San Mateo: Thursday, Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m., at the

Continue Reading Memorial Services Scheduled for Monica Bay in Both California and New York

The e-discovery company DISCO said today it has entered into a long-term license with the international legal research company vLex to obtain access to its U.S. primary law library of cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions.
The company said it will incorporate the legal research data into its core platform to create a marriage of factual development and legal
Continue Reading DISCO Licenses vLex Library In Move To Combine Legal Analysis with Factual Analysis within Its Platform

Technological advancements are reshaping industries and creating new ways of working, from the rise of the cloud to 5G and the mass adoption of large-language models and AI. But law firms, typically known to be slow to change and risk averse, are grappling with their own challenges alongside these advancements—paper-based documentation and fax machines are no longer tenable.
In a
Continue Reading Five Challenges Shaping the New Legal Paradigm

Handling corporate functions such as entity management, board management and matter management can be complicated and time-consuming. But for corporate legal departments seeking to automate these functions, their choice of products is largely limited to point solutions, requiring multiple, siloed products to address multiple functions. Even worse, some of the available products are antiquated applications that simply adapted paper workflows
Continue Reading Launching Today: Traact Is An All-in-One, ‘Tech First’ Platform for Managing Corporate Legal Functions

We devoted last Friday’s Legaltech Week to a tribute to Monica Bay, the longtime editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, who died last week from complications from a neurological disease. In addition to sharing our own remembrances, we invited members of the audience to come on cam or mic and share theirs.
Among those who did were John Tredennick, Cathy Kenton,
Continue Reading If You Missed Our Legaltech Week Tribute to Monica Bay, Here’s the Video, Along with the Chat Transcript

Did Pras Michel’s lawyer botch his defense by relying on an AI program to create his closing argument? That’s what the former Fugees rapper claims in asking a court to overturn his April conviction in an illegal foreign influence scheme.
Michel says his lawyer, David Kenner, made a “frivolous and ineffectual” closing argument because he relied on an experimental AI
Continue Reading On LawNext: Did Using Cause Pras Michel’s Lawyer To Botch His Defense? Cofounder Neil Katz Says That Is ‘Total Nonsense’

Legal tech startups: Don’t miss out! Friday is the deadline to apply for a spot in the Startup Alley competition at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW 2024, which takes place in Chicago Feb. 14-17, 2024.
Out of all the entries received, 15 startups will be selected to participate in a live pitch competition that will be the opening event of
Continue Reading Down to the Wire: Deadline for Applications is Friday, Nov. 10, for ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley

Even amid a highly variable and possibly decelerating U.S. economy, smaller law firms are showing greater optimism about their futures, as evidenced by the face that they are either maintaining or increasing their 2023 budgets across most key categories, according to a survey report released today.
More than 75% of firms are either maintaining their budgets or increasing their spending
Continue Reading Exclusive: Economic Optimism Among Smaller Law Firms Drives Increased Spending, But They Still Face Challenges Meeting Client Demands, New Survey Finds

In the wake of this week’s heartbreaking news of the death of legal tech icon Monica Bay, it has been heartwarming to see how many lives she touched and friends she made over her nearly 20 years as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News and 30 years at ALM.
Now, I’d like to invite you to share some of your
Continue Reading Friday on Legaltech Week: Bring and Share Your Monica Bay Stories and Celebrate Her Life

Many readers of this blog already follow my LawNext podcast, where I interview the “innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in law,” and our Legaltech Week podcast, where a panel of journalists dissects the week’s news in legal tech and innovation.
Today I want to let you know about a new show we’re introducing: LawNext PR,
Continue Reading Introducing LawNext PR, Our New Podcast for Legal Tech News, and A Chance to Win A $50 Gift Card