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A new Survey reveals that close to 70% of lawyers are not even adequately competent with technology or are at least perceived not to be.
On Wednesday, Relativity Fest 2021 featured a panel discussion of Ari Kaplan’s annual General Counsel Survey. This Survey is the third such Survey done by Kaplan jointly with Relativity and FTI Technology. On
Continue Reading Lawyers’ Technological Incompetence: Ethics and Clients Be Damned

A Relativity Fest Panel today provided their top takeaways of the impact of Covid on the legal profession. Here’s the Panel’s top ten and my top three.

Relativity Fest 2021 kicked off today. Like last year, this year’s version is a completely virtual. (Will we ever have a live conference again?). Relativity provides secure, end-to-end legal & compliance software
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Jessie Yount of posted a fascinating article about why legal talent is still flocking to virtual law firms earlier this week. It was initially assumed that virtual firms’ opportunity for remote work was the catalyst for their growth. But virtual firms remain attractive even though many traditional law firms have by now embraced, however reluctantly, remote work.
Continue Reading The Great Resignation: Will It Drive a Stake In The Billable Hour?

Level Legal today announced some impressive new hires. Level Legal provides global legal services supporting law firms, in-house legal departments, and government agencies. It specializes in privacy, compliance, regulatory, antitrust, and eDiscovery issues. According to its recent press release, “Level Legal is a modern law company delivering strategic and technological data solutions that clear the runway for attorneys to
Continue Reading Joey Seeber and Level Legal: Going Great Guns

So recently, I won the COVID breakthrough infection lottery and got to spend ten fun-filled days in quarantine. I’m fine, relatively speaking, and thankful that the worst that happened to me was a runny nose.
But during that period, I did have to look for things to watch on TV since I had pretty much already exhausted the more
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On September 14, Law360 Pulse released its annual Glass Ceiling Report. The Report summarizes Law 360’s Survey of women in law firms for 2020. Every time I hear about one of these Surveys, I hope for once, it will reveal some real progress. But they never do: just like the Law 360 Diversity Survey results previously discussed, the
Continue Reading Law360 2020 Glass Ceiling Survey: Little Change for Women in Law Firms

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
So last
Continue Reading What I Learned From My First Trip in 18 Months

The annual Law360 Pulse Diversity Snapshot was recently released, and the numbers are once again depressing. The fact is that the practice of law remains the province of white people. (The Survey did not look at how women are faring, although a coming Law360 Survey will. But I would guess it would be accurate to say the profession still belongs
Continue Reading Law Firm Diversity: The Continuing Oxymoron

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) will kick off its annual in-person Conference on August 22nd in Las Vegas. But it will be without the presence of many of the world’s leading legal tech journalists. ILTA has invited and waived registration fees for a select number of legal tech journalists to attend in person. The rest must attend virtually.
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Instead of overthinking and overanalyzing associate return to office policies, why not let associates decide where and when they should work based on what needs to be done, the type of work they are doing and the needs and demands of the client and the partner with whom they are working?
Lots of chatter recently about how big law
Continue Reading Return to Law Office Policies? How About Good Work, Timely Done

The more things change, the more they remain the same.
LexisNexis recently announced the release of its 2021 Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report. In its eighth year, the Trends Report, according to LexisNexis, is based on an analysis of more than $40 billion in legal spending, almost 8 million invoices, and more than one million matters.
Continue Reading LexisNexis 2021 Law Firm Billing Survey: Same Old, Same Old

Factor, one of the largest and more well known alternate legal service providers (ASLPs), recently announced the launch of something called the Legal Transaction Optimization service. Up to now, Factor has focused its offerings and products to in-house legal departments and law firm clients. But Legal Transaction Optimization is designed to provide law firms tech-enabled transaction management, due diligence,
Continue Reading Factor Takes Aim At Junior Associate Deal Work

In its recent decision in TransUnion v. Ramirez, the Supreme Court clarified the mere risk of future injury can not support standing without a separate concrete harm. This will have far reaching repercussions in data breach and privacy litigation.

As I have discussed several times, there has been a glaring conflict among federal circuits concerning what is or is not
Continue Reading Data Breach and Standing: The Supreme Court Speaks. Finally