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  • Rocket Matter Adds NetDocs Integration, User Permissioning, Kanban Boards, and More

    In a major update of its practice management platform, Rocket Matter is launching a number of new features today, several of which are targeted at the growing number of mid-sized firms that use the platform. Among the new features announced today is what Rocket Matter CEO Larry Port says is the most robust integration with...

  • Two New Services Launch to Deliver Legal and Litigation News

    Launching today is a new service that will deliver free legal and litigation news derived largely from court dockets, just a month after a similar service launched. Coming out today is Legal Radar, slated from legal and business news company ALM, the publisher of Law.com, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and other legal publications. The other, Law Street Media, launched Jan. 15...

  • LawNext Episode 64: Building a Legal Department from Scratch, with Help from Tech

    When Jerry Levine became general counsel of IPsoft in December 2015, the artificial intelligence company had been in business since 1998, but it had never had an inhouse lawyer. That meant Levine had the daunting task of creating a legal department from scratch, within an established company that had customers worldwide. More than four years...

  • Notable New Casetext Product Drafts Your Litigation Briefs For You

    In what Casetext cofounder and CEO Jake Heller calls a breakthrough that will have a profound impact on the practice of law, the legal research company is today launching Compose, a first-of-its-kind product that helps you create the first draft of a litigation brief in a fraction of the time it would normally take. In...

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020

    I’m headed to Chicago next week for the ABA TechShow. I’ll be in Chicago Wednesday through Saturday morning. TechShow is as much about the people and companies as it is about the conference itself. The organizers should be proud of what they have accomplished here. TechShow appears to have made a concerted effort to bring...

  • Legal Management Software Company Rippe & Kingston Rebrands As SurePoint Technologies

    Rippe & Kingston Systems, a Cincinnati-based company that has provided legal and financial management software to law firms since 1982, has changed its name to SurePoint Technologies. The change is part of a rebranding initiative to better align the company’s name with its commitment to delivering cutting-edge enterprise solutions that help law firms unlock increasingly...

  • Merger Creates What Is Said to Be Largest Business Intelligence Company in Legal

    The merger this week of two major technology companies has resulted in what is now the single-largest provider of business intelligence technology to law firms, the companies’ principals say. Iridium Technology and Data Fusion Technologies (DFTech), both of which provide business intelligence (BI) technology to many of the largest law firms in the United States,...

  • AbacusLaw Now Integrates with HotDocs for Document Assembly

    Lawyers who have the AbacusLaw practice management software can now use their client, calendar and matter information to automatically create documents in the latest version of the HotDocs Advance document-generation software. AbacusNext, the company that owns both AbacusLaw and HotDocs, said it has launched an integration between the two products that provides users with the...

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    With LexBlog gradually moving to a distributed workforce, I am taking a page out of Matt Mullenweg’s playbook – that being that as a CEO I should be traveling out to see my team where they live and work. Headed to Boston tonight. I’ll be seeing Scott Fennell, our lead developer, and a highly respected...

  • LawNext Episode 63: Legal Analytics Super Session from #Legalweek20

    The growing use of legal analytics is rapidly transforming the practice of law. Within law firms, analytics drive litigation strategy, business development efforts, and hiring decisions. Within corporate legal departments, analytics drive outside counsel hiring and internal business operations.  In a special episode of LawNext recorded live during Legalweek 2020 in New York City, we...

  • Arizona Litigator Named New Chair of ABA Center for Innovation

    An Arizona litigator and former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation has been named as the new chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation, a program whose mission is to encourage and accelerate innovations the improve the affordability, effectiveness, efficiency and accessibility of legal services. The new chair, Don...

  • Revised ABA Report on Innovation Stripped Out All Mention of Rule 5.4

    As reported here yesterday, the American Bar Association House of Delegates voted to approve a resolution calling on states to consider innovative approaches to the access-to-justice crisis, including consideration of regulatory innovations that could improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of civil legal services. But some were critical of the final version of the resolution...

  • ABA Votes to Encourage Innovation in Lawyer Regulation, But with Revisions

    [See update: Revised ABA Report on Innovation Stripped Out All Mention of Rule 5.4] At the midyear meeting of the American Bar Association in Austin, Tex., today, the House of Delegates voted to approve a resolution calling on states to consider innovative approaches to the access-to-justice crisis and, in particular, to consider regulatory innovations that...

  • Where Are They Now? Tracking Down the Startups from the First ABA Techshow Pitch Contest in 2017

    In just over a week, on the opening night of ABA Techshow in Chicago, 15 legal technology startups will take the stage in a pitch competition, where each will make its case for why the audience of Techshow attendees should vote for it as the most innovative. This will be the fourth annual Startup Alley pitch...

  • Coming Soon: AI-Driven, Personalized Legal News from ALM

    For legal professionals, it can be a challenge to keep up with the legal news that matters to your practice. Later this month, ALM, the publisher of Law.com, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and other legal publications, will release a product designed to address that challenge: Legal Radar, a website and app that uses artificial...

  • Friday, February 14, 2020

    Happy Valentines Day from Austin, heading home to Seattle. Meeting a friend visiting Seattle from Atlanta who has traveled the road I have recently traveled, and more. Looking forward to it, enough so to catch a 6 AM flight home and get to up at 3:30 to run up Congress Ave and around the Capitol....

  • Knowable Says Its New Platform Turns Your Contracts Into Actionable Data

    Large companies have a problem: Keeping tabs on their hundreds or even thousands of contracts and knowing what is in them. The legal technology company Knowable believes it has a solution to that problem: Technology that translates contract language into structured data to give companies a broad understanding of what contracts they have, what is...

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    I’ll be in Austin on Thursday for the ABA’s Annual Mid-Year meeting. In addition to ABA officials getting together, the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) holds its Mid-Year meeting at the same time. NABE serves the management staff of bar associations and law-related organizations and its membership is comprised largely of employees from such...

  • Will that Bill Pass? New AI Tool in Westlaw Edge Predicts Outcomes

    Thomson Reuters is releasing a new Legislative Insights tool today on Westlaw Edge that uses artificial intelligence to track legislation, predict the likelihood of its passage, and identify the industries it will likely impact. The tool uses machine learning and natural language processing technology developed by Skopos Labs, a New York-based AI company in which...

  • Bloomberg Law Launches Brief Analyzer, Tool that Uses AI to Review Briefs

    As I wrote last year at Above the Law, for legal research, brief analysis is the new vogue. After legal research company Casetext introduced the first brief analysis tool in 2016, CARA, other companies followed suit with an array of brief analysis products own, including Clerk from Judicata, Vincent from vLex, EVA from ROSS Intelligence, and Quick Check from Thomson Reuters. Last July, Bloomberg...

  • LawNext Episode 62: Corporate Counsel Roundtable On Data-Driven Innovation

    As corporate legal departments seek to control costs and drive innovation, how can better use of data, metrics and analytics help? How are corporate counsel using analytics to measure and improve performance internally and among outside counsel? These questions were the topic of a special episode of LawNext, recorded live during Legalweek 2020 in New York...

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020

    Headed home to Seattle from New York City after my first trip “out.” Nice, but different. Business is taken in context these days. What seemed important in the past, such as scheduling multiple meetings a day, or accepting what others thought important is no longer as important in the context of the important things in...

  • EY Lays Off Some U.S. Lawyers Who Came through Pangea3 Acquisition

    It was major legal industry news last April when international business and legal services powerhouse EY entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters to acquire Pangea3, the legal managed services business. Now, 10 months later, EY has laid off at least some of the U.S.-based lawyers who came with the deal. While precise details remain...

  • Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions Introduces AI-Powered Tool for Legal Bill Review #Legalweek20

    Three years ago, Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions introduced LegalVIEW BillAnalyzer, a service for in-house legal-bill review teams that combines machine learning and other advanced technologies with human expertise to help review law firm invoices and ensure that they accurately and consistently adhere to billing guidelines. Today, ELM Solutions is introducing a variation on that product, the...

  • Rocket Matter Acquires Payments Company LexCharge, Will Integrate with Practice Management Platform

    The practice management company Rocket Matter is announcing today that it has acquired LexCharge LLC, a payment processing company that specializes in handling payments for legal professionals. The LexCharge payment technology will now be integrated within the Rocket Matter platform, to create a consolidated, streamlined experience for law firms for time capture, billing, invoicing, payments...

  • AI Contract Management Company Evisort to Roll Out Pre-Signature Workflow Module #Legalweek20

    Fresh on the heels of its $15 million Series A funding round in December, the artificial intelligence contract management company Evisort is today announcing plans to release a new workflow module that will offer pre-signature contract-generation and approval workflows in combination with the company’s post-signature contract analytics. Evisort says that the new module, slated for release in...

  • UpCounsel to Shut Down; Was Marketplace for Freelance Lawyers

    Lawyer marketplace UpCounsel is shutting down. The San Francisco based company, which has raised a total of $26 million, including a $12 million Series B in April 2018, notified customers by email this morning that it will shut down permanently on March 4. The company served corporations by providing freelance lawyers for anything from a...

  • MaxVal Releases Major Update to its IP Management Platform with New Analytics and Reporting #Legalweek20

    With Legalweek starting tomorrow, MaxVal, a Silicon Valley-based intellectual property software company, is today announcing the release of a major update of its IP management system. Symphony 3.6 is “an innovative leap forward” for the product, the company says, providing new analytics, intelligence, reporting, and automation features. The new release introduces the Analytical Insights Module,...

  • Ransomware Attacks Hit Three Law Firms in Last 24 Hours

    Five U.S. law firms — three in the last 24 hours — have been among the companies and organizations targeted by a new round of ransomware attacks. In two of the cases, a portion of the firms’ stolen data has already been posted online, including client information. This according to Brett Callow, a threat analyst...

  • The Soft-ish Launch Of A Unique Legal Technology News Site

    I am thrilled today to announce the official launch of a website whose purpose is to provide broad coverage of legal technology news, reviews and insights, through a range of voices from throughout the United States and around the world. LegalTech Monitor will aggregate and curate the best writing on legal technology — drawn from...

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