Robert Ambrogi

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Is a Massachusetts lawyer, writer and media consultant. He also writes the blog Media Law and cohosts the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer

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The Mississippi Bar today announced that it is switching the research service it offers as a free benefit to its members from Casemaker to Fastcase. The switch will take effect for its more than 9,000 members on June 1. “This new partnership allows us to support our members by providing free access to tools that will benefit them in their practice of law,” said Deanne Mosley, executive director of The Mississippi Bar, in a…
Although law firms often talk about innovation, fewer than a third have actually tasked someone within the firm with the responsibility for driving innovation. That is among the findings of a new survey, the 2018 Aderant Business of Law and Legal Technology Survey. published today by Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms. When firms were asked whether they had specifically tasked anyone with responsibility for innovation, 29.7 percent…
  The number of artificial intelligence companies catering to the legal field has grown by 65 percent in the last year, from 40 to 66. This finding is from the In-House Counsel’s LegalTech Buyer’s Guide 2018, published today by the contract review automation company LawGeex. The increase in AI companies includes a number of “agile and well-funded startups,” says the guide, but also a number of established players that are joining the field,…
Update #2: The Washington Post has this: The Cybersecurity 202: Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw. Update: “Don’t panic,” is the message of an EFF post published subsequent to my post below, but avoid using PGP, at least temporarily until more is known. And computer security blogger Graham Cluley says “the sky is not falling,” but consider taking some common-sense precautions.  Lawyers are often urged to use encryption…
A roundup of the week’s news from the worlds of legal technology and innovation: Suffolk’s online innovation courses OK’d for CLE. In a post here last October, I reported on a new online certification course in legal innovation and technology being launched by Suffolk University Law School in Boston. This week, Suffolk announced that the Florida Bar has approved the first two of the planned six courses for 12 CLE credits each, including up to 2.5…
When last we wrote about judicial analytics company Gavelytics on March 13, it was announcing a $3.2 million funding round to support development of new features and expansion into additional jurisdictions. Today, the first two of these new features roll out — a rulings database and an arbitrator archive. As I wrote when Gavelytics launched last September, it uses artificial intelligence to extract data from court dockets and then applies analytics to reveal insights…
The jury of popular opinion is divided on the writing style of the newest justice on the Supreme Court. Slate pronounced Neil M. Gorsuch a terrible writer. But a forthcoming quantitative study of his published opinions concludes that he “does exceedingly well according to the standards of good writing that legal writing authorities espouse.” His writing is the subject of a mocking Twitter hashtag and has been covered in the New York Times.…
In 2016, Florida became the first state to mandate technology training for lawyers, when it adopted a rule requiring lawyers to complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.” So far, no other state has followed suit. But now one has moved a giant step closer to following in Florida’s footsteps. The North Carolina State Bar Council has approved a proposed amendment to lawyers’ annual CLE requirements that would mandate that…
Legal technology companies are confused about how to market and sell their products, concludes the inaugural Legal Tech Go-to-Market Report, conducted by legal PR and marketing firm Baretz+Brunelle. Ninety-seven percent of respondents in the survey believe the legal tech industry has no firm grasp of go-to-market strategy or, at best, only a scattered one. In my column this week at Above the Law, I take a closer look at this survey and suggest…
In the book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael Lewis documented how the Oakland Athletics used analytics to build a competitive baseball team. In much the same way, lawyers are increasingly using analytics to get the upper hand in litigation and business development. One of the companies that pioneered the use of analytics in law is Lex Machina. In this edition of the podcast Law Technology Now, I speak…