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Thomson Reuters is announcing two new features today: the Thomson Reuters Marketplace, an online store where users can research, demo, test and buy products and services, and Thomson Reuters Legal Home, a single point of entry where legal professionals can log in and access all their TR products. The Marketplace, introduced as a beta version today and slated for global availability in February, is an open environment where users can test some 50 products. With today’s rollout, many of the products are add-ons or integrations — including from third-party vendors — for TR’s HighQ legal operations and workflow…
To say that Stevie Ghiassi is a busy man is an understatement. In addition to founding Legaler, a secure video meeting platform for lawyers,the Australia-born entrepreneur is the founder of the recently launched Legaler Aid, a charity to support social justice legal cases worldwide, and founder of the Global Legal Tech Report, which will release its final report in December after nearly a year of surveying legal tech around the world.  As if those projects were not enough to occupy his time, Ghiassi, a former professional tennis player, is the founding president of the Australian Legal Technology
Attention legal technology startups: Here is your chance to compete to be featured as a presenter and exhibitor in the fifth-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW, the American Bar Association’s annual legal technology conference, to be held virtually on March 8-12, 2021.  Today officially kicks off the call for entries for Startup Alley, in which 15 startups will be selected to participate in a virtual pitch competition that will be the opening event of this year’s TECHSHOW. In addition to the pitch competition, the 15 finalists will be highlighted on a special Startup Alley section of the conference website. …
Not long after Lucy Dillon joined Reed Smith as global chief knowledge officer in 2015, the firm embarked on a firmwide initiative to develop a culture of innovation. The initiative included giving lawyers billable credit for work on innovation projects and a summer associates program that focuses on legal technology. Innovation projects that resulted from this initiative helped Reed Smith win recognition as Outstanding Law Firm of the Year in 2018 in The Changing Lawyer awards sponsored by Litera, and that culture of innovation has continued in the two years since. Dillon joined me earlier this week for this…
The usual weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable will not be held tomorrow, Nov. 13, due to a scheduling conflict. We will be back at our normal time next Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Free registration is required to attend the weekly live broadcast, but you need only register once to be admitted to all future broadcasts. You can also catch the audio or video of all our prior episodes, either as a podcast or on YouTube. Hope you’ll join us when we return next week.…
In a move to expand the legal transformation services it offers law firms and legal departments, the global company Epiq has acquired Hyperion Global Partners, a major provider of business and technology services to the legal profession. Epiq, formed in 2016 out of the combination of Epiq Systems and DTI, and rebranded as Epiq in January 2018, is best known as a provider of discovery services such as data collection, forensics, information governance, data processing, document review and data hosting. But over the past year, it has steadily expanded its “transformation solutions” business, delivering business management services and solutions…
An email alert service launched today by legal research company Fastcase, COVID-19 Case Alerts, provides daily updates on new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. The alerts, delivered each business day except holidays, provides a snapshot of the latest legal developments on COVID-19, Fastcase says. This includes case decisions from Fastcase, newly filed complaints and pleadings from Docket Alarm, blog posts from the LexBlog network, and legal news from Law Street Media. Items within the alerts are organized by topics, which include business law, consumer rights, labor and employment, insurance,…
For startup companies that go through high-profile incubator programs or whose founders come from prestigious schools, the traditional word-of-mouth referral network works just fine for finding a lawyer to represent them. But for many other startups, it can be difficult to find a lawyer they know they can trust and who is a good fit for their needs. It is often even more difficult for founders of color and founders who are women. A company launched earlier this year called Anü aims to tackle that problem by using artificial intelligence to match startups with the lawyer best suited to represent…
Minor legal infractions from the past can have major consequences in the present when they appear in public records, keeping some individuals from obtaining gainful employment. A unique new app called Legal Tune Up is designed to help Wisconsin residents address that problem. It enables them to access public data to identify legal issues — issues they might not even be aware of — and then resolve those issues on their own. The app was developed by LIFT Dane, a social justice collaboration created to improve the financial well-being of residents of Dane County, Wisconsin. It was designed and…
recent report from the American Bar Association portrayed the nation’s legal deserts – large swaths of the country in which there are few or no lawyers. That report followed from a 2018 paper published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review that documented these legal deserts and rural America’s increasingly dire access-to-justice crisis. Our guest this week is one of the authors of that paper, Lauren Sudeall, associate professor of law and founding faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice at Georgia State University College of Law. We talk about legal deserts and about Sudeall’s other research, in…
Last February, legal news and publishing company ALM launched Legal Radar, a free “automated journalism” product that combined the company’s editorial expertise with artificial intelligence technology to deliver fast-breaking litigation news personalized to the reader’s interests. Today, ALM is introducing the next iteration of that service, rebranded as Law.com Radar and now including news of corporate transactions as well as litigation. While the new product retains a trimmed-down free version, the full version requires a subscription. All paid subscribers to Law.com will receive the service at no extra cost. ALM is also offering a standalone subscription to the service…
Is your law firm using one tool for video conferencing, another tool for phone calling, and another for texting and messaging? This week’s featured resource on the LawSites Resource Center is a free e-book from RingCentral that discusses how law firms are streamlining the number of tools they use in order to work more efficiently from home. The e-book looks at how law firms are adopting technology to keep up with client demands and the new normal of working remotely. Topics covered include: How law firms are getting comfortable with working from home. WFH 1.0 vs WFH 2.0 — what’s…
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A website launched this summer aims to address the justice gap by making it easier for clients to find the right lawyer and by providing lawyers — primarily solos — with free practice management software to reduce their cost of providing legal services. On the front end, Xira is a lawyer-matching site through which clients can search for lawyers who match their legal issue and budget, and then directly book a consultation with the lawyer they choose and meet with that lawyer in a Zoom video call. On the back-end, Xira is a no-cost and no-obligation service for lawyers that…
During a hearing last Friday in the copyright lawsuit filed by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, the judge presiding over the case questioned whether TR’s allegations in its complaint were complete speculation. “Why shouldn’t I understand what you are telling me to be, hey, we’re just completely speculating here that the defendant actually used some of our protected material,” Delaware U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark asked TR’s attorney, Dale M. Cendali of Kirkland & Ellis in New York. “We really don’t know, we just suspect they could not have developed their…
Here are the episodes of my LawNext podcast that got the most listens during October. This reflects episode downloads only during October, not for all time. (By the way, in the all-time tally, the episode that long held first place, my September 2018 interview with Mark Britton, former Avvo CEO, has been bumped into second place by my April interview with legal futurist Richard Susskind.) 1. Rocket Lawyer Founder Charley Moore. 2. Joe Borstein of LexFusion and Basha Rubin of Priori Legal on Turbocharging Tech Adoption. 3. Legalweek Head Mark Fried on Making the Conference Virtual. 4. Lex…