Legal Tech

  • Software Co., NC Officials Want Out Of Digital Courts Row

    Software company Tyler Technologies, North Carolina court administrators and two sheriffs have asked a federal court to release them from a proposed class action alleging the state's new digital filing system has led to unlawful arrests and detentions.

  • Legal Tech Consultancy Tiger Eye Separates From CTS Group

    Legal tech consulting firm Tiger Eye has separated from CTS Group, its parent company since 2022, and will operate independently moving forward, the company announced on Wednesday.

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    Google's Gradient Backs Patent Platform Patlytics

    Patlytics, a startup that created an artificial intelligence-powered patent workflow platform, secured a $4.5 million seed round investment on Thursday, the company announced. 

  • USPTO Outlines Possible Pitfalls For Attorneys Using AI

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday detailed risks facing attorneys using artificial intelligence, warning that they must ensure that filings are accurate and humans played a role in inventions, which attorneys say illustrates that ethical rules are unchanged in the AI era.

  • Legal Tech Co. Aderant Partners With Vanderbilt Over AI

    Atlanta-based Aderant announced Wednesday that it will begin collaborating with Vanderbilt Law School as a means of driving more awareness towards the role of artificial intelligence in the legal industry.

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    New Onit CEO Brings On His Former GC To Lead Legal

    The former general counsel of supply chain software company E2open Inc. has jumped aboard legal technology company Onit Inc., following in the footsteps of former E2open CEO Michael Farlekas, who made the leap in January.

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    CS Disco Gets New CEO Amid Leadership Shakeup

    After months of turbulence marked by a co-founder's unexpected departure, e-discovery software company CS Disco hired Eric Friedrichsen as president, CEO and a member of its board of directors Wednesday.

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    Legal Tech Biz Launches AI-Powered Deals Database

    Legal technology company Litera said Wednesday it has launched a new artificial intelligence-powered tool that creates a unified source of information for law firms wanting to access key details from corporate deals they have worked on.

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    Cozen O'Connor E-Discovery Biz Adds Atty For LA Expansion

    Cozen O'Connor's East Coast-based ancillary business Codiscovr, which focuses on e-discovery and information governance, has added a West Coast team member, hiring a Redgrave LLP e-discovery pro as counsel in its Los Angeles office.

  • Legal AI Co. Harvey Buys Large Language Model Designer Mirage

    The founders of artificial intelligence company Harvey, which offers a chatbot focused on legal queries, announced on Monday that it has acquired custom machine learning startup Mirage.

  • Ex-Legal Tech Exec Says Co. Sued Just To Preempt Her Suit

    A former business executive at a Texas law firm and legal technology company called on a Texas federal court Monday to toss her former employer's lawsuit against her, claiming the company and its founders attempted to preempt her New York lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and unlawful termination.

  • Charles Russell Speechlys Floats New Tech Adoption Unit

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP said Tuesday it has forged a new department dedicated to ensuring the law firm leaves no gains on the table in its hunt to incorporate legal tech and artificial intelligence into its services.

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    Legal Lags Behind Other Professionals Using AI

    Despite increased demand for artificial intelligence, most professionals are not using this technology at work, with legal professionals lagging behind other sectors, according to a new survey on Tuesday.

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    Meta Litigator Jumps To Nixon Peabody To Lead New AI Team

    Nixon Peabody LLP has added a litigator who most recently led Meta Platforms Inc.'s artificial intelligence-related ranking policy work to be the head of its new AI, digital platforms and emerging technologies team, the firm announced Monday.

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    NYSBA Warns Of Risks To Confidentiality Posed By AI

    Attorneys must ensure the use of artificial intelligence does not compromise the attorney-client privilege, advised a report from the New York State Bar Association on Monday, with additional recommendations provided for lawyers interested in exploring the burgeoning technology.

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    Info Management Co. OpenText Names Three Presidents

    Information management company OpenText has hired a former sales executive from Oracle and Apple to be president of worldwide sales, and it promoted two executives to president status, the Ontario-based company said Monday.

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    ILTA Honors 10 Young Professionals In Legal Tech

    A practice innovation attorney at Gunderson Dettmer, the chief strategy officer at SkillBurst Interactive and a senior information services project manager at Cooley LLP were among the 10 professionals honored by the International Legal Technology Association in its 2024 Young Professionals to Watch list, released on Monday.

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    Key Congressional Leaders Float Sweeping Data Privacy Bill

    The heads of the U.S. Senate and House commerce committees have taken a major step toward enacting a comprehensive federal consumer data privacy framework, reaching a long-awaited deal on proposed legislation that would minimize the personal data companies can gather, allow consumers to bring lawsuits and eliminate a growing patchwork of state laws.

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    Legal Tech Funding Fell In Q1 As Debt Financing Stayed Level

    Legal technology companies raised less money in the first quarter of 2024 than in the same period last year and reported fewer capital raises, but debt financing deals remained steady.

  • Lawyers Need To Better Understand Perils Of AI, Paper Argues

    As generative artificial intelligence becomes more commonplace in the legal industry, attorneys must better understand the limitations of large language models and programs to "reason" so as to best take advantage of the burgeoning technology, a Hong Kong-based law professor argues in a new research paper.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Legal Tech Roundup: Array, Relativity

    This week, there was a shakeup in e-discovery with an acquisition and a new CFO. Also, a former CEO bought a majority stake in a legal technology company this week. Here's a roundup of the biggest legal tech news from this week.

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    AI Assistant Offers 'Second Brain' To Small Plaintiffs Firms

    The legal tech startup Eve is specifically targeting plaintiffs firms with its new AI-native law firm program, using artificial intelligence trained by lawyers and customized to a firm’s caseload. The first firm to pilot the program, Frontier Law Center, says the comprehensive AI assistant has been a game changer.

  • Tokyo's Robot Consulting Nets $7M, Plans Global Expansion

    Tokyo-based Robot Consulting Co. announced on Tuesday the raising of 1.07 billion yen (around $7.08 million) in a Series B funding round to deliver a "robot lawyer" that uses large language models to deliver legal consultations.

  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Process Management Is Critical To Legal Tech Adoption Author Photo

    Corporate legal departments looking to implement new technology can avoid hiccups by taking steps to define the underlying business problem and to identify opportunities for process improvements before leaping to the automation stage, say Nadine Ezzie at Ezzie + Co., Kenneth Jones at Xerdict Group and Kathy Zhu at Streamline AI.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Students Prepping For The Bar Exam Can Leverage AI Author Photo

    Tools like ChatGPT can help students studying for the bar exam achieve their two main goals — mastering law concepts and topics, and then successfully applying them to the various question formats on the test — but there are still limitations to this technology, including incorrect answers, says Joseph Wilson at Studicata.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Opinion

    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI Author Photo

    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • 10 Steps To Improve Legal Vendor Management Author Photo

    Corporate counsel often turn to third-party vendors to manage spending challenges, and navigating this selection process can be difficult for both counsel and the vendor, but there are several ways corporate legal departments can make the entire process easier and beneficial for all parties involved, says David Cochran at QuisLex.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Strategies To Improve Reporting In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    The growing demand for analytical data within law firms and corporate law departments — from live case status updates to diversity reports — highlights the need for improvements in legal profession reporting, with increasingly granular industry-standard codes to describe legal tasks being key, says Kenneth Jones at Xerdict.

  • Accessible Legal Tech Begins With Empathy In Design Author Photo

    Legal technology has the potential to eliminate barriers for disabled attorneys navigating their careers and for disabled clients seeking access to justice, but to truly level the playing field, accessible technology must be designed with input from and empathy for the often-underrepresented communities it serves, say Lisa Mueller at Casimir Jones and attorney Haley Moss.

  • 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.

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