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…
Will you be attending ILTACON in D.C. next week? Are you running a legal tech startup company that you founded? I’d like to interview you as part of LexBlog’s coverage of ILTACON. More than technology, new funding, customers and products, the interesting stuff (for me) about a legal tech company is the story of how the company got started and, assuming it’s been going for a while, how it’s survived where others have failed. ILTACON,…
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…
Law blogs published by practicing lawyers, particularly blogs published on niches, improve people’s access to legal services. “People” refers to any and all of us — consumers, small business people, executive directors, corporate executives and in-house counsel. I’ve never talked with a lawyer publishing a good law blog who hasn’t found that many of the people who contact her or him felt more comfortable doing so because of the lawyer’s blog. Makes all the sense…
I was reminded by a Facebook post from technologist and the founder of blogging, Dave Winer, that law blogs need to be hosted for perpetuity. Here’s something basic. If you host blogs, you have an ethical obligation to try to keep the archive online for perpetuity. This allows for bankruptcy or acts of war or god, and mortality, but if you’re not committed to best efforts, then don’t host. If blogs are not archived…
Facebook will cede its runner-up position in website traffic to YouTube in the next couple of months, according to a new study shared with CNBC by market research firm SimilarWeb. From CNBC: The five websites receiving the most traffic in the U.S. in the last several years have been Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon, in that order. However, Facebook has seen a severe decline in monthly page visits, from 8.5 billion to…
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…