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The Legaltech Week panel of journalists is joined this week by Jack Newton, cofounder and CEO of Clio, to discuss new research findings on COVID-19’s impact on the legal industry. With findings based on both anonymized customer data and surveys of lawyers and consumers, the research suggests business may be picking up for law firms, but there are still reasons for concern. Newton discusses the findings and takes questions from the panel and audience. Also, our panelists discuss their top stories of the week. This week’s panelists are: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at…
On Wednesday, I interviewed Haley Altman for Litera TV, following news last week that Litera had named her its global director of business development and strategy. Altman is a former lawyer who, in 2016, founded the transaction management platform Doxly. Last year, she sold Doxly to the document technology company Litera, joining the company as general manager of transaction management. Our conversation Wednesday ranged from a discussion of her new role, to how she founded Doxly, to her experience as a woman entrepreneur in legal tech. If you missed it, here’s the recording. [embedded content]…
As I reported Wednesday, Clio was out this week with its latest research on the impact of COVID-19 on law firms and clients. Tomorrow on our weekly Legaltech Week journalists roundtable, Clio CEO Jack Newton will be our guest to discuss the research with the panel. The program is Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Panelists this week will be: As usual, I’ll moderate. Registration is free but you must register to attend. You’ll be able to ask your own questions as well. Register here.…
Each week, we’re highlighting one of the resources from our recently launched LawSites Resource Center, a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. This week’s featured resource: Part of an In-House Legal Team That’s Currently Working Remotely? Here’s How to Manage your Matters. Description: In these uncertain times, and even in the future, having the necessary tools to work remotely is critically important. Access this complimentary guide and learn valuable tips that can help legal teams maximize their efficiency. Publisher: LegalFiles.…
Call it an app-etite problem. Research says that large companies deploy an average of 163 different apps, and that companies of all sizes use an average of 88 apps, many of which are knowledge or communication apps for email, chat, collaboration, document management, customer services, and the like. All those different apps create not just a knowledge-management problem, but, for legal departments, problems related to information governance, discovery and security. All of which leads to news today of a $27 million Series B investment in Onna, a company whose product integrates all those disparate workplace apps, enabling companies…
Last month, I reported on research into the impact of COVID-19 on law firms and clients, compiled by the practice management company Clio, based on anonymous data from its customers and from surveys of lawyers and consumers. While that research found that the pandemic had caused a sharp drop in new legal matters coming to law firms, new data out today from Clio shows signs that the legal market is recovering, with a spike of new matters through the first week of June from -26% to -14% compared to baseline. While still negative compared to baseline, Jack Newton, Clio…
At BYU Law in Provo, Utah, a first-of-its-kind technology platform is enabling legal researchers to explore the meanings of legal words and phrases by examining the contexts in which they historically were used. The Law and Corpus Linguistics platform enables users to examine large collections of historical texts to help determine, for example, what early drafters meant by a phrase such as “bear arms.” In this episode of LawNext, my guest is David Armond, head of infrastructure and technology and senior law librarian at BYU Law, who was instrumental in helping create and launch the platform. We discuss this…
The 2020 Clio Cloud Conference is being moved to a venue apropos of its name — the cloud. The practice management company Clio, which has staged the law practice and technology conference annually since 2013, has pulled the plug on the physical conference that had been scheduled for Oct. 15-16 in San Diego. In its place, Clio will present the conference as an entirely online, four-day event, Oct. 13-16. The company says it will be “a re-imagined virtual experience” at which “attendees can expect a high caliber of educational content, networking opportunities, connections with speakers, and social experiences.” Jack…
The document technology company Litera has acquired Bestpractix, a three-year-old, Israel-based company whose platform for contract review, negotiation and drafting uses natural language processing and machine learning to provide contract-drafting recommendations based on both a firm’s own previously negotiated agreements and on publicly available agreements. Founded in 2017 by CEO Omer Hayun, a former corporate lawyer, business consultant and NLP expert, and backed by Spinach Angels, an early stage angels group based in Israel, Bestpractix counts a number of Am Law 100 law firms as customers. Both Omer Hayun and Elad Hayun, CTO of Bestpractix (who is…
The Legaltech Week panel of journalists is joined this week by Rohan Pavuluri, cofounder and CEO of bankruptcy platform Upsolve, to discuss his recent article arguing that rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law — rules that he says give lawyers a monopoly on providing legal services — effectively work to promote racial inequality.  Also, we’re joined by a new panelist this week: Victoria Hudgins, reporter for Legaltech News, for our usual roundtable on the week’s top stories. The weeks’ other panelists are: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Caroline Hill,…
Haley Altman, who joined the document technology company Litera in August 2019 when it acquired the transactions management company she founded, Doxly, has today been named Litera’s global director of business development and strategy. In this new role, the company said, Altman will focus on expanding customer development opportunities and helping to define and execute the strategic vision of the company, all with the goal of strengthening how customers engage with the Litera brand and overall product suite. “Haley has demonstrated leadership qualities above and beyond her position and her extensive experience as an entrepreneur and former lawyer is indispensable,”…
Our weekly journalists’ roundtable is back again tomorrow, at an earlier hour this time. Join us as our panel of legaltech journalists discuss the top stories of the week. We’re convening at an earlier hour this time: Friday, June 12, 11 a.m. ET. It is free but registration is required. REGISTER HERE. Panelists this week: We’ll broadcast it as a Zoom webinar and also put it out on Facebook live. If you missed last week’s roundtable, catch it here.…
Mark Cohen is a true thought leader in the legal world. An accomplished litigator at both the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice, he turned his attention to the business of law nearly 20 years ago, founding one of the first legal process outsourcing companies and then cofounding innovative law company Clearspire. He is now a legal business consultant through his firm Legal Mosaic and regular contributor to Forbes. He is also now taking on a new role, as executive chairman and cofounder of the Digital Legal Exchange. Cohen joined me yesterday on my Law Insights program…
A new partnership announced today between the American Bar Association and practice management company Clio gives Clio customers free ABA memberships and ABA members discounts on Clio’s annual plans. Under the agreement, any Clio customer with an annual subscription can get free one-year membership in the ABA. The offer extends to anyone who purchases a Clio annual subscription by Dec. 31, 2020. The partnership gives ABA members 10% discount on Clio’s annual plan. The ABA membership for Clio customers is for both new and returning ABA members. Like all ABA memberships, it includes membership in the ABA’s Law Practice and Solo,…
The Washington Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to end the state’s pioneering Limited License Legal Technicians program, a first-of-its-kind program that the court created in 2012 in an effort to help address the unmet legal needs of residents who could not afford a lawyer. Washington’s LLLT program was the first in the United States to license paraprofessionals to give legal advice without the supervision of a lawyer. The state licensed LLLTs only in family law and with a narrower scope of practice than an attorney. (I wrote an in-depth look at the program for the ABA Journal in 2015: Washington
The International Legal Technology Association had seemed to be on the fence about whether to retain a physical aspect of its annual ILTACON conference in August, but now it has decisively come down on the side of a virtual-only conference. The ILTACON website now says that the conference will be entirely virtual, describing it as “the virtual experience for the global legal technology community.” The online-only conference has been renamed “ILTA>ON” and will be held Aug. 24-28. In April, when I interviewed Joy Heath Rush, ILTA’s CEO, for my Law Insights episode on Litera TV. I asked her…