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The roster of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence for lawyers is at 36, but now Michigan is on track to possibly make it 37. Yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court posted a notice that it is considering adopting the duty and requesting public comment. The proposal would amend a paragraph of the comments to Rule 1.1 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct to read as follows: Maintaining Competence. To maintain the…
For my column this week at Above the Law, I do some ruminating on the evolving role of law librarians, particularly with regard to legal technology. The news hook for my column was a just-published study from the American Association of Law Libraries, the inaugural AALL State of the Profession report, an in-depth look at what information professionals do and how they do it. But I’d already been thinking about librarians’ changing roles and…
Silicon Valley-backed Atrium is a different kind of law firm — a dual entity that is part law practice and part legal technology company. The goal is to provide corporate clients with a more efficient and transparent alternative to traditional large firms, with Atrium’s lawyers focusing exclusively on practicing law, while a second entity, Atrium LTS, handles all operations for the firm, even including marketing, and develops and operates software to streamline the firm’s workflows.…
A roundup of the week’s news from the worlds of legal technology and innovation: Albany Law program will prepare students for high-tech careers. Three upstate New York educational institutions — Albany Law School, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and the Research Foundation for SUNY — said this week they are partnering to provide a unique, experiential learning program that will both prepare students for high-tech careers and promote the development of marketable technologies in the region. Next…
Thanks to the generosity of Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, I have 10 free admission tickets to give away for the final round gala of the Global Legal Hackathon. If purchased, a ticket would cost $75. The semi-formal gala is Saturday, May 4, at White & Case in midtown New York City, with a demo hall and cocktail hour beginning at 5 p.m. and the program starting at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will get…
With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out. Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe. The show is hosted…
Bloomberg Law says it has today rolled out a significant expansion of its Litigation Analytics suite, now providing analytics on over 100,000 attorneys from over 775 law firms, in addition to analytics on over 7,000 law firms, 70,000 public companies, 3.5 million private companies, and all federal judges. With the addition of this attorney data, Bloomberg Law says its subscribers now have access to intelligence such as which attorneys appear most often on behalf of…
Felicity Conrad is on a mission to help expand pro bono legal services. The legal technology company she cofounded, Paladin, helps corporations, law firms, law schools and legal service organizations streamline their pro bono programs, with the greater goal of helping them serve more clients in need and help close the gap in access to justice. Paladin has attracted some notable investors, including billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and host of…
Mike Whelan Jr., founder of the Lawyer Forward conference and an attorney who practiced law in Rockport, Texas, has joined the legal research company Casetext as managing editor, where he will be responsible for shaping and executing the company’s communications strategy, including podcasting, blogging and social outreach. Much of his work, Whelan told me this week, will focus on building awareness of Casetext among solo and small-firm lawyers by engaging them in conversations about…
It is possible that no one was more influential in shaping the universe of online access to legal information than Tom Bruce. Way back in 1992 — a year before the launch of the World Wide Web and when only scraps of legal information could be found on the Internet — Tom and colleague Peter Martin founded the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, with the goal of making the law available to everyone…