Robert Ambrogi

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. At LexBlog, he oversees LexBlog.com, the global legal news and commentary network.

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It was around the world in 40 days — the legal tech world that is. Earlier this year, Dera Nevin traveled to 19 destinations in 15 countries on six continents over 40 days, meeting with legal hackers and legal entrepreneurs all over the world. The trip, in conjunction with the Global Legal Hackathon, taught her lessons about legal technology and innovation on a global scale, and even taught her something about herself. In this…
[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by veteran e-discovery consultants Tom O’Connor, director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, and Don Swanson, president of Five Star Legal.] Nine years is a long time for technology. In 2009, eDiscovery expert Craig D. Ball issued his EDna Challenge, asking eDiscovery lawyers and forensic technologists how they would handle a hypothetical small eDiscovery project on a limited budget. Two years later, Tom…
Law students at BYU Law School’s year-old LawX Legal Design Lab and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law’s newly launched Innovation for Justice program will join forces this year to explore ways to reduce evictions in their home states of Utah and Arizona and beyond. Both the LawX and Innovation for Justice programs offer classes focused on improving access to justice through the application of design thinking, systems thinking, technology and…
[Editor’s note: I am serving this year on the committee that will select the winner for the fourth annual Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award, named in honor of my friend and former colleague Monica Bay, the longtime editor of Law Technology News. Below is the committee’s press release announcing the opening of the process for submitting applications.] The Monica Bay STEM Leadership Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the fourth annual Monica…
The virtual receptionist service for law firms and other businesses, Ruby Receptionists, introduced a new plan this week designed specifically for solo attorneys and solo business owners. The Ruby Solo plan provides solos with a local phone number that rings through to their mobile phone, live telephone answering in English and Spanish by a team of virtual receptionists, and access to a full array of call-management features through both the Ruby mobile app and on…
As was reported here yesterday, it was revealed that Dan Liutikas, CEO of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), would be leaving to pursue another professional opportunity. The news came just days before the start of ILTACON, ILTA’s annual education conference, which begins Aug. 19 in National Harbor, Md. The timing of the news was exacerbated by the fact that, exactly one year ago, again just days before the conference, ILTA reshuffled its
Two years ago, James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, urged that one way to accelerate technology adoption in the legal industry would be to assess and rank law firms based on their use of technology. Last year, Daniel W. Linna Jr., then director of L LegalRND: The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law, decided to tackle that project. One year ago, Linna launched the …
Exactly one year ago today, the headline on this blog read, Just Days Before Its Annual Conference, ILTA Reshuffles Its Management. One year before that, again just ahead of its annual conference, its longtime executive director Randi Mayes announced her retirement. Well, here we go again. Legal IT Insider reported this morning that Dan Liutikas, who became ILTA’s CEO in March 2017 to succeed Mayes, is leaving to pursue another professional opportunity. He…
LAWCLERK, a legal services marketplace where solo and small-firm attorneys can hire freelance lawyers for short-term projects, is announcing today its new integration with the practice management platform Clio. With the integration, firms that post projects to the LAWCLERK marketplace will be able to synchronize them to the pertinent matter in Clio. Synchronization means: All project deadlines set in LAWCLERK are synchronized to the matter in Clio. A project posted in LAWCLERK is…
The legal analytics platform Lex Machina, which is owned by LexisNexis, has been steadily expanding its coverage into new practice areas, and today has added insurance litigation. The new module provides analytics for more than 92,200 cases pending in federal court since 2009 that involve disputes between an insurer and a policyholder, a beneficiary, or another insurer asserting the rights of a policyholder. These insurance cases make up the third-largest case set on the…