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On Monday, March 23, the practice management company Clio announced that it was committing $1 million to a disaster relief fund to help the legal community successfully navigate the challenges and hurdles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want to ensure lawyers are set up to succeed as well as ensuring their their clients can continue to get the legal help they need,” Jack Newton, the company’s cofounder and CEO, explained. In this episode of LawNext, Newton joins me to discuss why his company created the fund and how it will be deployed. He also shares his thoughts…
The practice management company Clio is announcing today that it is committing $1 million to a disaster relief fund to help the legal community successfully navigate the challenges and hurdles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We want to ensure lawyers are set up to succeed as well as ensuring their their clients can continue to get the legal help they need,” Jack Newton, the company’s cofounder and CEO, told me during an interview on Friday. This funding is being committed to Clio’s existing disaster relief program and will include a range of initiatives from free software and assistance…
The coronavirus pandemic has forced organizers of legal conferences to cancel a multitude of events. Today, a free webinar will explore options for moving these events online, through online conferences, webcasting and virtual summits. It is being presented by Events.Legal. I will be a panelist, along with: Nicole Fisher, health, human rights, and international policy advisor and Forbes contributor. Matt Fok, CEO and founder of eZ-XpoHelp, a virtual event network. Brett Burney, legal technology consultant and past chair of ABA TECHSHOW. Moderating the program will be Chelsey Lambert, co-CEO of Events.Legal and Legal Tech Media Group. The program is…
To help legal professionals who are having to work from home or make other adjustments during the coronavirus crisis, I have created a page where I will track offers of free products and services from legal technology companies and others. I have started it here: Coronavirus Resources. If you have something to add, email me (ambrogi-at-gmail.com) or tweet at me (@bobambrogi). Image by thedarknut from Pixabay.…
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the global legal services provider Integreon said today that it has taken steps to enhance the ability of its employees working from home or other remote environments to provide their services securely, including a partnership with SecureReview, a company that provides a secure infrastructure for remote workers. By providing a highly secure work-from-home (WFH) environment for its global workforce, Integreon says, it is able to continue to provide clients who allow remote work the same quality, productivity and security they would expect from its delivery centers in the U.S., U.K., India and the…
To help solo and small-firm lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australia-based company Legaler is offering its secure online video chat platform free to firms of 10 lawyers or fewer. Legaler’s platform allows lawyers to schedule, host and archive secure video meetings with multiple participants and screen sharing. While Legaler’s starter package is already free, the company is now offering its paid version for free to firms of 10 or fewer lawyers. It includes: Personal meeting room with link sharing. Automated booking tools. File sharing and real-time chat. In-browser audio and video. Screen sharing and cloud recording. Matter-centric archiving. Integration…
Even amid a global pandemic, companies are not exempt from compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which applies to any company that stores or processes personal information about EU citizens, including U.S. companies. Aiming to make GDPR compliance easier for companies, SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is today launching a product to help companies automate GDPR compliance and documentation. The GDPR tool can enable a company to lay the foundation for its GDPR compliance in as little as 30 minutes, SixFifty says. It is an addition to…
As law firms send their staffs to work from home and courts take their proceedings online, coronavirus has caused competence in technology to rise to a new level of urgency for the legal profession. What are the implications of this for lawyers and firms? What will it mean for firms that lag in technology adoption? That is the topic of my column this week at Above the Law: Coronavirus Could Be Tipping Point For Tech Competence In Law.…
On Thursday, March 12, facing the escalating threat of the coronavirus pandemic, Brigham Young University Law School made the decision to close down live classes, send students home, and teach the remainder of the semester online. As it happened, I was at the law school that day, where he was scheduled to interview the school’s head of infrastructure and technology, David Armond, about its law and corpus linguistics initiative. But as we sat down to record, Armond had just come from a meeting with the school’s deans and others in which the school had finalized the decision to…
The legal publishing and blogging company LexBlog has launched Coronavirus Legal Daily, a resource that pulls together blog posts from throughout the world that address the legal issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The resource is updated regularly with blog posts from the LexBlog network, covering legislative and regulatory developments, legal issues relating to the pandemic, court actions, and much more. The resources also allows you to subscribe to receive updates by email.…
LexisNexis responded to the coronavirus pandemic this morning with two free resources designed to keep legal and business professionals better informed about the legal issues surrounding COVID-19 — one a dedicated page on Law360 with legal news updates, and the other a coronavirus resource kit for lawyers. Law360, which is a subscription news service owned by LexisNexis, has opened a free coronavirus page with news, in-depth features and expert analysis and commentary related to COVID-19 and the law. It says its coverage will illuminate how the global pandemic is impacting the legal industry and the practice of law, as well as…
Four years ago, I reviewed the proofreading software PerfectIt, an add-in for Microsoft Word, writing that using it was “like having a virtual, eagle-eyed proofreader on your staff.” Last June, PerfectIt released a major update, PerfectIt 4, that promised faster checking, a new user interface to streamline review and correction of errors, and a major update to its legal stylesheet. I’ve been testing PerfectIt 4 for several weeks now, using it to check a variety of documents — both legal documents and documents of other types. While PerfectIt struck me as pretty close to perfect back when I reviewed…
A lead investor in the $62 million funding round announced this week by Everlaw says he believes the company is on a path to go public, possibly within the next five years. Jesse Wedler, a partner in CapitalG, the independent growth fund of Google parent Alphabet Inc., and now a member of Everlaw’s board of directors, says his firm invested in Everlaw because it has a strong-enough business model that it will not be dependent on capital markets in the future. “We strive for companies that have a path to be large independent businesses and a path to…
The legal technology company Exigent is today unveiling a major update to its contract management software that introduces Scarlett, an artificial intelligence tool for automatic extraction of contract data and enhanced contextual search. The company says that its new CMS automates the sometimes costly and time-consuming extraction and input of contract data. It uses AI to extract key business and legal terms and then make that information accessible as data in a common format. This data is then accessible to users through dashboards or reports generated by the system. The CMS creates a central repository for a company’s contracts, providing visibility…
Case Status, a Birmingham, Ala.-based client relationship management and marketing platform for law firms, is announcing today that it has received Series Seed II investment funding of $1.5 million from Atlanta-based venture investment firm BIP Capital. The company says that the funds will be used to support its continued growth, including the hiring of additional personnel and the development of new feature sets for specific practice areas. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matters from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it…
In writing a year ago about the e-discovery company Everlaw, I noted that it had attracted the interest of some big-name Silicon Valley venture capital firms, having raised nearly $35 million over three years, including being the first legal technology company to receive an investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a firm known for backing a wide-ranging portfolio of successful companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Box and Slack. Today, Everlaw further proved that point, announcing that it has secured a $62 million Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $96.6 million. This latest round was co-led by CapitalG, the…