Legal Tech

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    Thompson Hine Launches Team To Be On Top Of AI

    Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with about 400 lawyers in eight offices, has launched a multidisciplinary team dedicated to artificial intelligence and its related issues.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began June with another action-packed week as BigLaw 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: LegalShield, ActiveNav

    A legal technology platform hiring a new vice president tops this roundup of recent industry news.

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    How GCs Are Supporting GenAI At Their Companies

    When it comes to generative artificial intelligence, general counsel Virginia Chavez Romano tries to stay away from saying, "No," outright to her business partners, and instead works with them to find a solution moving forward, she said during a panel discussion in New York City on Wednesday evening.

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    Alphabet Faces Investor Votes On More AI Oversight

    At Alphabet Inc.'s virtual annual meeting on Friday, shareholders will consider three proposals dealing with the safety and societal impacts of fostering artificial intelligence.

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    Legal Payment Co. LawFi Taps Prism Data Founder

    LawFi Inc., a mobile legal payment and lending platform, has announced the addition of another adviser after bringing aboard former Microsoft sales executive Bob Culliton last month.

  • E-Discovery Co. ProSearch Hires Chief Revenue Officer

    ProSearch, an e-discovery and legal data analytics company, announced Wednesday the hiring of a chief revenue officer, as part of a bid to expand its legal data products.

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    Sirion Acquires Eigen And Plans London AI Research Center

    The contract lifecycle management company Sirion acquired intelligent document processing company Eigen Technologies on Thursday, amid an industry push to expand artificial intelligence capabilities for documents.

  • Tokyo Contract Co. MNTSQ Raises $6.4M

    MNTSQ, a legal tech startup in Japan, has announced the raising of 1 billion yen ($6.4 million) to invest in further development of its contract lifecycle management software, and, in particular, new artificial intelligence capabilities introduced earlier this year.

  • Brand Reputation, Compliance, AI Named Top Privacy Risks

    The top three privacy risks for companies and their compliance professionals in 2024 are artificial intelligence, brand reputation and compliance, according to a survey released Tuesday.

  • LegalZoom Hit With Unlawful Law Practice Suit In NJ

    LegalZoom has been hit with a proposed class action in New Jersey state court alleging it has engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in the Garden State.

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    Former NYC Bar President Looks At Tenure, Legal Advocacy

    When Jenner & Block LLP partner Susan Kohlmann became president of the New York City Bar Association in May 2022, the vibes were off.

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    How BigLaw Approaches Suicide Prevention

    BigLaw's approach to suicide prevention emphasizes overall well-being, education and counseling as many firms focus less on the underlying causes of suicidal ideation among attorneys — if they're willing to discuss these efforts at all.

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    How To Work On Legal Generative AI's Black Box Problem

    Many legal technology providers have boasted that their generative artificial intelligence tools were incapable of "hallucination." That illusion shattered in May when an academic study, originally criticized and eventually revised, reported alarming rates at which some industry tools produce false or misleading information.

  • Legal Tech Co. Wants Ex-Exec's $1M Stock Suit Out Of NY

    A former legal tech executive's lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed, fired and then cut out of $1 million in stock options should be moved from New York to either Texas or arbitration, or dismissed entirely, her former colleagues said Tuesday, calling the allegations against them "vague and conclusory."

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    Mondelez, BCLP Must Face Negligence Claims Over 2023 Breach

    An Illinois federal judge has trimmed the majority of claims in proposed data privacy class actions brought by Mondelez workers against their employer and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP stemming from a 2023 data breach, although the company and law firm couldn't shake the cases entirely. 

  • ArcherHall Acquires Cleveland Cybersecurity Co. Vestige

    Digital forensics services provider ArcherHall LLC has made its second acquisition of its year with the purchase of Vestige Ltd., a Cleveland-based digital forensics and cybersecurity service provider, the firm announced Monday.

  • Google's Gradient Backs Legal Tech Startup CaseMark

    CaseMark, a legal technology startup with a generative artificial intelligence platform, secured a $1.7 million seed funding round on Tuesday.

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    Standards Are Murky As Legal Employers Vet Protesters

    As violence in Gaza rages on, law firms have vowed not to employ lawyers whose activism for Palestinian rights they deem unacceptable. But "unacceptable" is in the eye of the beholder, and that makes it difficult for law students and lawyers who advocate for a ceasefire to navigate the workplace and the job market.

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    NJ Bar's AI Task Force Emphasizes Safety And Practicality

    Continuing education courses on artificial intelligence, guidelines for choosing legal AI vendors and a "hub" for AI resources could all be on the way for New Jersey's attorneys, as the New Jersey State Bar Association's AI task force unveiled a report on Monday laying out its first findings and recommendations.

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    How Law Firms Can Protect Themselves With Cyber Insurance

    What should law firms look for in a cyber insurance policy? A partner in Christian & Barton LLP’s healthcare and business law practice groups has some tips.

  • LexisNexis Acquires Belgian Contract Co. Henchman

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced Monday the acquisition of Belgium-based contracting drafting platform Henchman.

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    Justice Gorsuch Calls Colleagues 'Best Writers' In History

    Justice Neil Gorsuch recently sat down for a keynote conversation during the 25th annual Burton Awards in Washington, D.C., where he reflected on his approach to writing opinions, his originalist method to interpreting the Constitution and the civility that exists between his fellow justices.

  • Orrick's $8M Deal To End Data Breach Claims Nears Prelim OK

    A California federal judge indicated Friday that she'll preliminarily approve Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's $8 million deal to end putative class claims over a 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed personal information for 638,000 individuals, but said the "very broad" scope of the settlement's release "raised my eyebrows."

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    Legal Tech Roundup: 11thEstate, Suralink

    A platform for securities class actions raising a seed round tops this roundup of the biggest legal tech news from this week.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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