Legal Tech

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    ABA Will Study Rape Questions' Necessity For Bar Applicants

    An American Bar Association commission will issue a report and recommendations by August on the practice of requiring would-be lawyers to disclose and discuss their experiences of sexual violence during the attorney licensure process.

  • NC Court Clerks, Administrators Escape Digital Courts Suit

    Plaintiffs in a proposed class action have voluntarily dropped North Carolina court administrators and clerks from a lawsuit alleging that flaws in the state's electronic court filing system led to unlawful arrests and longer jail stays.

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    DLA Piper Taps Danske Bank Officer For New AI Leader Role

    Global law firm DLA Piper has brought on the former group chief data officer for Danske Bank A/S — Denmark's largest bank — as its inaugural chief data and artificial intelligence officer, making it the latest BigLaw firm to have created an AI-related leader role to focus on the emerging technology.

  • Contract Tech Company Definely Closes $7M Funding Round

    Definely, a London-based provider of legal document software, announced on Wednesday the closing of a $7 million Series A funding round to expand its market and technical team.

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    These Law Schools Are The Tops For BigLaw

    The law schools at Georgetown, Harvard and Columbia are renowned for effectively serving as training grounds for BigLaw. But while they may consistently send the most graduates, other law schools are sending a higher percentage of their grads to larger firms.

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    Top Law Schools For Legal Industry Careers: By The Numbers

    Despite a growing interest in alternative career paths, most law students still gravitate towards joining private law firms, according to the American Bar Association's latest data. Find out which schools came out on top for job placements in BigLaw, federal and state court clerkships, public interest and more.

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    The Law School Legal Industry Job Tracker: Class Of 2023

    Want to know which schools are sending the highest percentage of graduates to BigLaw? How big a slice are landing those prized clerkships in federal or state courts? Explore the ins and outs of law school graduate placement in our interactive graphic.

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    How In-House Leaders Are Deploying Generative AI

    Corporate legal department leaders are using and planning to use generative artificial intelligence to automate legal tasks, manage contracts and eliminate duplicate data, panelists said at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's annual conference in Las Vegas.

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    Cybersecurity Flaws Uncovered In 3 States' E-Filing Systems

    A cybersecurity researcher discovered vulnerabilities in court e-filing systems capable of compromising personal information or sealed records in Georgia, South Carolina and Maine, software vendor Catalis confirmed Tuesday.

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    Reed Smith Hires Epiq Exec As 1st Director Of Applied AI

    Reed Smith LLP has hired legal technology company Epiq's managing director of applied artificial intelligence to serve as its first director of applied AI, the firm said Tuesday.

  • Elevate Services Acquires Language Support Co. CJK Group

    The software-powered legal services company Elevate Services Inc. announced Tuesday that it has acquired the CJK Group, a discovery service for non-English-language environments.

  • Corlytics Acquires Deloitte UK RegTech Platform

    Less than a year after acquiring compliance software provider Clausematch, Irish regulatory risk business Corlytics Ltd. announced Tuesday that it has also acquired a digital RegTech platform from Deloitte UK.

  • Legal Tech Co. Reveal Acquires Data Management Tool Onna

    E-Discovery giant Reveal has bolstered its platform capabilities again through an acquisition, this time by buying the data management platform Onna on Tuesday.

  • Legal Tech Co. Aderant Launches All-In-One Application

    Atlanta-based Aderant announced on Tuesday the launch of Stridyn, a new platform that will house all the company's legal software solutions.

  • Docusign Agrees To $165M Lexion Deal To Bolster AI Potential

    Docusign has agreed to acquire the artificial intelligence-powered contract and agreement management software company DocuSmart Inc., better known as Lexion, for $165 million in cash.

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    Elite's Latest Leadership Hire Joins From Discovery Education

    In the latest of several major moves since its shift in ownership last year, Elite Technology, a provider of financial and practice management solutions to law firms, announced Monday that it has hired the former general counsel of Discovery Education as its chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

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    Hedge Fund Asks Legal Tech Co. To Stop Share Issuance

    The activist hedge fund that publicly criticized Dye & Durham Ltd. in an April note penned a new letter on Monday, calling a previously announced share issuance from the legal technology company a "defensive tactic to entrench the board" and a "serious capital allocation mistake."

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    How To Make The Leap From BigLaw To Legal Recruiter

    The legal recruiting industry is made up of many former practicing lawyers, but not every BigLaw associate or partner is poised to make it in the world of recruiting.

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    Gen AI Shows Promise — And Peril — For Pro Se Litigants

    Research on the capabilities of generative AI tools to help self-represented people has shown potential, but there is broad disagreement about how and when pro se litigants should be using them alone.

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    Stanford Prof On Using Legal AI To Help Real People

    Margaret Hagan, a Stanford Law School professor working on tech-driven solutions to problems in the justice system, said she has little doubt that artificial intelligence, and generative AI in particular, may be able to improve outcomes for ordinary people who interact with the courts.

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    AI Legal Tools Could Be Too Pricey For Those Most In Need

    At a moment when generative AI is showing potential to help poor and underserved communities address legal issues they've historically had to face without representation, some experts warn that the cost of legal AI tools could put them out of reach for those who need them the most.

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    How Courts Can Use Generative AI To Help Pro Se Litigants

    While law firms and other private entities have so far been at the forefront of the legal industry's experimentation with generative artificial intelligence, experts say that court systems can play a role in deploying the technology to help self-represented litigants navigate court systems, resolve disputes remotely, and fill out required forms.

  • Florida-Based Garrett Discovery Opens Las Vegas Lab

    Orlando, Florida-based digital forensics firm Garrett Discovery Inc. announced Wednesday the opening of a new forensics lab in Las Vegas, its ninth office location in the United States.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as a mega-merger went live, three firms opened up offices in Boston and another acquired a Denver boutique. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Law Firm Technology Unit ClearyX's Progress 2 Years In

    Since Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's legal tech unit ClearyX launched nearly two years ago, it has placed its primary focus on building products for clients, including tools for contract review and analysis, due diligence and foreign regulations.

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Expert Analysis

  • 6 Tips For Document Review Projects Using Alt Legal Services Author Photo

    Despite strides made in the e-discovery industry, document reviews continue to be one of the most expensive line items for litigation, so law firms working with alternative legal service providers should consider key best practices, including providing clear protocol, having transparent deadlines, and more, says Phoebe Gebre at Integreon.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • How Law Firm Leaders Can Optimize Their Tech Investments Author Photo

    As law firms turn to legal technology to help expedite case processing and other workflows, leaders must focus on creating a lean set of business tools and keep one eye on the future to plan their technology road map, says Simon Whitburn at Exterro.

  • Law Firm Threat Awareness Is Key To Cyberattack Prevention Author Photo

    Taking the time to learn which cybersecurity attacks could pose the most likely threat to your law firm is the first step to keeping sensitive data safe, protecting valuable client relationships and potentially saving millions of dollars in losses, says Daniel Klein at Cynet.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • 4 Steps For Integrating AI Into Contract Management Author Photo

    Companies must focus on several preliminary tasks when integrating artificial intelligence into their contract life cycle management systems to reap the benefits of data-driven insights and seamless processes, says Charmel Rhyne at Onit.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • How Firms Can Prepare For AI-Based Knowledge Management Author Photo

    Law firms implementing artificial intelligence tools to help lawyers find answers to administrative questions should remember that poor data integration practices can be costly and time-consuming, and must consider four steps to lay the groundwork, says Bim Dave at Helm360.

  • Guiding Principles For Implementing New Legal Technology Author Photo

    Best practices for adopting new legal technology include considering the details of the organization's needs, assembling an implementation team, integrating the new tool into the workflow and making it as easy as possible for the user, says Kate Orr at Orrick.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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