While in Austin for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference, LexBlog CEO Kevin O’Keefe spoke with a number of industry leaders to get their insight on legal tech and research, Artificial Intelligence, social media, and more.

Casetext CEO and founder, Jake Heller, talks about growing up in Silicon Valley, and attending Stanford Law School, and how those experiences made the legal tech industry a natural fit. He and Kevin also discuss Casetext’s new automated legal research assistant, CARA, which initially debuted at the AALL Conference in 2016.

Fastcase CEO and Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Cornell Tech, Ed Walters, builds on his talk about the future of Artificial Intelligence at AALL. At the end, while continuing their conversation, he and Kevin take a brief tour of the “Fastcase Ranch” in Austin, which features a pool and a margarita machine.

Lawyer and journalist, Robert Ambrogi, sits down to talk about his history and previous experiences at AALL, including sharing the first time he attended the conference- to distribute a print newsletter to encourage lawyers to use the internet. He and Kevin go on to discuss the evolution of AALL, and its growing technology focus, and how the conference reflects broader changes within the legal industry.

Law blogger and Senior Director of Research and Knowledge at DLA Piper, Jean O’Grady, explains how her career began and the origins of her widely-read blog, Dewey B. Strategic. As the conversation continues, two of the foremost legal bloggers share their writing challenges and strategies.

Associate Professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and co-founder of LexPredict, Daniel Martin Katz, expands on his AALL talk about data analytics and its applications for the future of law practice. He goes into greater depth about open-source software, and what LexPredict has to offer the legal industry.

Colin Lachance, CEO of vLex Canada, discusses how his work is designed to ensure that Canadian law professionals don’t have to wait three or four years to get the latest legal research technology. He talks about the need for competitive discipline within the legal information department, and the importance of creating a more open market within this field.

Thank you to all our AALL interviews for taking to the time to share their insight and experience.