Legal Tech

  • Smith Gambrell Faces Slimmed Data Breach Suit

    A California federal judge has trimmed the claims a proposed class of data breach victims brought against international law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, leaving the firm to face claims of negligence, invasion of privacy and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law.

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    Robins Kaplan Can't Escape Sanction Over Dropbox Access

    A New York state appeals court has upheld the $156,000 sanction on litigation funding firm KrunchCash and its counsel Robins Kaplan LLP for poking through an opposing party's Dropbox database that was accidentally shared in a $10 million suit, finding that they knew or should have known it was privileged information.

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    Legal Writing Biz Hires 3 Execs To Help Expand Product Line

    Legal writing and editing tool BriefCatch announced Thursday the hiring of three executives as part of an expansion of the company's footprint and product line.

  • Don't Fear AI Hallucinations, Embrace Them, Scholar Says

    When it comes to artificial intelligence, most early adopters fear the so-called hallucinations that the systems can produce. However, one scholar says the creativity those hallucinations represent is a valuable feature lawyers should embrace.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of May marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms made headlines and Donald Trump became the first former U.S. president convicted of a felony. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    'Lawyers Are Expensive': Why LegalZoom Is Tackling Prenups

    LegalZoom, known for its self-service online legal platform used by consumers and entrepreneurs, is expanding beyond general legal advice to participate directly in legal matters.

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    Regulator Says Attys Hit For AI Use Have Themselves To Blame

    An attorney for Colorado's ethics watchdog said Thursday that recent disciplinary action against lawyers for filing briefs with fake case citations generated by ChatGPT indicates a "lawyer problem" rather than issues with the technology.

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    KKR Buys Majority Stake In Legal Tech Co. Agiloft

    The investment firm KKR is expanding its presence in the growing contract lifecycle management market by acquiring majority ownership in the legal technology company Agiloft on Thursday.

  • ExamSoft, Bar Examiners Face $2M Software Crash Claims

    A 68-year-old former paralegal who hopes to become a pro bono attorney has sued the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee and ubiquitous bar exam test-taking software vendor ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. for $2 million, claiming three software crashes stymied her ability to take a exam offered remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Ex-UnitedLex Exec Moves To E-Discovery Co. Repario As GC

    New York-based e-discovery services company Repario announced Thursday that it hired a former executive at legal services and technology provider UnitedLex as its new general counsel.

  • Visual Modeling Platform StructureFlow Raises $6M Series A

    StructureFlow, a visualization platform used by law firms and other business professionals, secured a $6 million Series A investment on Thursday.

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    Stanford Updates AI Legal Tools Study After Pushback

    Stanford University researchers released Thursday an amended study on artificial intelligence legal research tools that includes results from their evaluation of a Thomson Reuters tool not featured in the original study after the company criticized the study's methodology last week.

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    American Arbitration Association Strikes First Tech Co. Buy

    For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the American Arbitration Association is expanding its capabilities through a technology acquisition.

  • Data Privacy Co. Transcend Raises $40M In Series B

    San Francisco-based privacy startup Transcend announced Tuesday the raising of $40 million in a Series B funding round.

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    Non-Atty Advice To Debtors Is Unprotected, 2nd Circ. Told

    New York urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to find that stopping a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education and the South Bronx pastor it's working with from advising low-income debtors represents a content-neutral regulation on who can practice law that does not violate the First Amendment.

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    From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

    After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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    Ex-BigLaw Associate On Starting Legal Tech Co. Robin AI

    Richard Robinson, a former BigLaw associate and founder and CEO of contract review software company Robin AI, believes artificial intelligence can help reduce attorney burnout, increase diversity in the legal profession and change society's perception of lawyers.

  • UK Law Firms Turning To Tech Quicker Than Global Peers

    U.K. law firms are adopting new technologies such as artificial intelligence at a quicker pace than their global rivals in response to economic headwinds, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Microsoft, OpenAI Beat Overstuffed Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge threw out, for now, consumers' suit alleging their privacy was violated by Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI LP's products, slamming the complaint as "excessive" and packed with "unnecessary and distracting allegations" to the point it's "nearly impossible" to determine the adequacy of the claims.

  • Clio Unveils Its 2 Latest Leadership Appointments

    Legal tech company Clio announced two more leadership appointments Tuesday, tapping a former executive from software development company ServiceTitan to become its senior vice president of customer success and its recently hired strategic adviser to become vice president of legal content and migrations.

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    Law Firms Split On Tech Offerings For Business Dissolution

    While some law firms refer clients to new tools that help founders wind down their companies, other law firms remain steadfast in their traditional approach to handling business dissolution services.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Humetewa Talks Tribal Relations

    Before she joined the federal bench in Arizona, Judge Diane Humetewa worked as a jurist on a relatively young court, where she regularly set new legal precedent.

  • Malware Backdoor Found In Software Used By Courtrooms

    Software created by a company that provides digital audiovisual technology to courtrooms, jails and other facilities contains a backdoor associated with malware that disguises itself as a normal update, analysts at a cybersecurity firm reported, warning that "users are at high risk and should take immediate action."

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    Legal Ops Veteran: Let Tech Empower And Transform You

    Chryssa Stefanou, global head of legal operations at biotechnology company CSL, wants lawyers to realize that generative AI and new technology tools can empower them and add value to their work. Here, she discusses her career in the space and shares how CSL and its legal department are using generative AI.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Icertis, OpenText

    A contract management company's hiring of two C-suite executives tops this roundup of recent industry news.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Law Firms Can Innovate Amid Rising Client Demands Author Photo

    As clients increasingly tell law firms to integrate new legal technologies, firms should consider service delivery advancements that directly address the practice of law and can truly distinguish them — both from a technology and talent perspective, say members of Axiom Consulting.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • What Litigators Can Expect From The Metaverse Author Photo

    As virtual reality continues to develop, litigators should consider how it will affect various aspects of law practice — from marketing and training to the courtroom itself — as well as the potential need for legal reforms to ensure metaverse-generated data is preserved and available for discovery, says Ron Carey at Esquire Deposition Solutions.

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    The Future Of Legal Ops: Time To Get Serious About Data Author Photo

    Most corporate legal departments collect surface-level data around their operations, such as costs and time to resolution, but legal leaders should explore more in-depth data gathering to assess how effective an attorney was, how efficiently legal work was performed, and more, says Andy Krebs at Intel.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review Author Photo

    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success Author Photo

    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

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