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Fastcase to Offer Access to Expert Treatises from Wolters Kluwer

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:08:40 PST

I have said before and I continue to believe that for a legal research company to compete against the longstanding dominance of Westlaw and LexisNexis, having secondary content such as treatises and practice guides is the Holy Grail. Fastcase clearly sees it the same way. It has steadily been building its libraries of secondary content, […]

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The Innovation Gap: With So Much Tech, Why Aren’t We Better at Delivering Justice?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:52:45 PST

We live in a time of unprecedented and exponential innovation in legal technology. Yet the justice gap in our country keeps widening. The majority of low and moderate income people go without legal help, and the nationwide number of unrepresented litigants keeps rising. Most would agree that technology is one key to bridging this gap. […]

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Announcing the Launch of LexBlog’s Legalweek Monitor, Covering Legalweek and Legaltech

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:11:09 PST

Recently I announced that I would be joining LexBlog as publisher and editor-in-chief. I started Jan. 1 and I am proud to unveil our first publication — Legalweek Monitor, a first-of-its-kind publication devoted to publishing gavel-to-gavel coverage of ALM’s Legalweek conference, which begins Jan. 29 in New York City. Legalweek is actually multiple conferences, including the well-known tech […]

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New Podcast from Michigan Bar Covers Wide Range of Practice and Wellness Issues

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:57:13 PST

A new podcast from the State Bar of Michigan, On Balance, covers a wide range of practice-management and wellness issues, all with a focus on how lawyers can effectively balance their personal and professional lives. Produced in conjunction with the Legal Talk Network, the series is designed to help lawyers find greater balance in their […]

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Law Practice Magazine’s Techshow Issue Is Out

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:31 PST

Now online is the TECHSHOW issue of Law Practice magazine, the publication of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. I was co-editor of this issue, along with Mary E. Vandenack. Among the articles featured in this issue: Practical Magic: Law’s Hands-on AI Revolution, by James A. Sherer and Ed Walters. Continue reading →

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Planned App Uses Blockchain to Log Consent Before Sex

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:09:21 PST

A Dutch software company that specializes in smart contracts using blockchain technology is preparing to launch an app that uses blockchain to log explicit consent before sexual contact. The company, LegalThings One, is introducing its app, called LegalFling, in anticipation of Sweden’s proposed legislation that would change rape laws to require the explicit consent of […]

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Former Legal Tech Entrepreneur Federally Indicted for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:23:29 PST

Regular readers of this blog may remember that I have written a number of posts about Derek Bluford, a one-time rising star on the legal tech start-up scene whose star fell after I reported in 2016 of his settlement of a lawsuit charging him with impersonating a lawyer, forging legal documents and fraudulently swindling two […]

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vLex Has Built An AI Platform — and It Is Offering It To Participants in Global Hackathon

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:52:44 PST

The global legal publisher vLex, LLC and its Canadian partner Compass/vLex Canada are announcing today that they will support the Feb. 23-25 Global Legal Hackathon by offering up to 100 participants the use of Iceberg, an artificial intelligence platform for massive content projects that vLex initially developed to facilitate its own publishing of legal materials and then began […]

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Former CuroLegal Partner Nicole Bradick Forms Legal Tech Design and Development Firm

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:55:28 PST

Nicole Bradick, a veteran legal technology innovator and entrepreneur, today announced the launch of her new firm, Theory and Principle, focusing on legal technology design and development. She will serve as its chief executive officer. Nicole Bradick A former lawyer, Bradick was most recently partner and chief strategy officer with legal development firm CuroLegal, where […]

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Video of My LSC Keynote on the ‘Innovation Gap’ in Access to Justice

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:48:45 PST

I was honored last week to deliver the keynote at the Legal Services Corporation’s Innovations in Technology Conference. The title of my talk was, “The Justice Gap: Why the Justice System Has Failed to Keep Pace with Technology and What to Do About It.” The LSC folks have posted video of the talk to their […]

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Casetext Adds New Databases to Help Zero In On Black Letter Law and Key Holdings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:30:27 PST

Every legal researcher has come across the phrase in a judicial opinion, “It is well settled that …,” or, “It is axiomatic that …” In 2014, I wrote about a prototype legal research website that mined opinions for instances of these phrases and made them searchable as a way of helping researchers find statements of […]

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Comments from CEO Mark Britton on Avvo’s Acquisition by Internet Brands

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:34:03 PST

As I blogged a little while ago, legal directory site Avvo has been acquired by Internet Brands, a company that is one of the world’s largest operators of websites that serve targeted vertical markets and that already owns a variety of legal websites, including Nolo, Lawyers.com, Martindale-Hubbell, Total Attorneys, and others. Mark Britton I just got […]

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Breaking: Avvo Is Acquired By Internet Brands

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:54:08 PST

Legal directory site Avvo has been acquired by Internet Brands, it was announced this morning. Internet Brands already owns legal sites Nolo, Martindale-Hubbell, Ngage  and Total Attorneys. [See also my follow-up interview with CEO Mark Britton.] I am at a conference and will follow up with more details when I can, but for now, here is […]

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Fastcase Acquires Docket Tracking and Analytics Company Docket Alarm

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:09:30 PST

Fastcase today announced that it has acquired Docket Alarm,  a company that mines federal and state court dockets to provide litigation alerts and case-prediction analytics. In announcing the acquisition, the company said: Docket Alarm’s advanced analytical capabilities, customizable real-time litigation alerts, case prediction indicators, and technology-driven research tools complement Fastcase’s quest to add unique, must-have […]

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Fastcase Debuts Its AI and Robotics Law Journal, in Digital and Print Versions

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:54 PST

In a post here two months ago, I reported on the launch by legal research service Fastcase of a new publishing arm called Full Court Press that will produce law journals, legal treatises, deskbooks, forms, checklists and workflow tools. At the time, Fastcase also announced the forthcoming arrival of what would be its first publication, RAIL: […]

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In Possible U.S. First, Law Firm Will Sell AI Software to its Clients

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:35:12 PST

In what is said to be a first for a U.S. law firm, a Pennsylvania law firm will sell artificial intelligence software directly to its clients in the health care industry to enable them to better review, analyze and negotiate contracts. The Pittsburgh-based law firm Horty Springer is partnering with the AI software company LegalSifter […]

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Lexicata Rolls Out Major Update to its Client Intake Platform

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:26 PST

Lexicata, the cloud-based client-intake and CRM (client relationship management) system for lawyers, is today releasing a major update, with new features, enhanced usability on mobile devices, and a refined user interface that enhances speed and user experience. I first reviewed Lexicata in 2015, when it was still in beta. Since then, it has continued to […]

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A Facebook Live Chat About the Future of Legal Media

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:11:55 PST

I’m in Seattle this week, meeting with the team at LexBlog. As I recently announced, I’m joining with CEO Kevin O’Keefe and his company to help launch a legal news and media arm. This afternoon, Kevin and I recorded this Facebook Live conversation in which we talk about what we’re up to.

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My Most Popular Posts of 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 05:47:19 PST

In a legal technology year marked by near-obsessive discussion of artificial intelligence, robot lawyers and other cutting-edge technologies, readers of this blog favored more practical tools. When I looked at the numbers for my most-popular posts of the years, the leader by a wide margin was a keyboard designed for lawyers, followed by a voice […]

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2017: The Year of Women in Legal Tech

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:19:14 PST

As 2017 comes to a close, I took time to think back over the major trends and developments in legal technology over the past 12 months. I figured I write about such notable trends as artificial intelligence, bots and blockchain. But as I was thinking about the year, something else stood out – the prominence […]

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