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Earlier this year, Mark Britton left Avvo, the often-controversial company he founded in 2006 and led as CEO, after selling it to web behemoth Internet Brands. Explaining his departure in a memo to his staff, he wrote, “It’s time for me to go.” In the latest episode of LawNext, Britton reflects on his 12 years at Avvo. In a face-to-face interview I conducted with him last week in his home base of…
The international legal research platform vLex today introduced the beta version of Vincent, an AI-powered legal research assistant that analyzes legal documents you upload and finds relevant research results. Vincent is in the same vein as CARA from CasetextClerk from Judicata, and EVA from ROSS Intelligence in that you upload a brief, legal document or court opinion, and it finds and it analyzes the document and uses the document’s language and citations…
Fast on the heels of the Sept. 10 announcement that Atrium — the combination law firm and legal technology company — had raised $65 million, today comes news that enterprise legal services provider UnitedLex has received a majority investment from CVC Capital Partners. Although the amount of the investment was not disclosed, the company said in an announcement that the investment “represents one of the largest transactions to date with any legal services provider.” The…
Speculation about potential law firm mergers and acquisitions makes for good sport, not to mention serious business. Today, ALM Intelligence released a tool that gives speculators some hard-and-fast data and the ability to model what a potential merger would look like. Available to subscribers to ALM Intelligence’s Legal Compass platform for data research and analysis, the M&A modeling tool allows users to analyze potential mergers and acquisitions within the legal market and create a profile of…
In just two weeks, the sixth Clio Cloud Conference kicks off in New Orleans. I have attended all five of the prior Clio conferences and, as I wrote last year, I have uniformly praised each one. This year’s conference has a great line-up of keynote speakers and presenters, including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, MacArthur fellow, and New York Times best-selling author, who is one of the most…
In July, Thomson Reuters unveiled Westlaw Edge, the next generation of its legal research platform that uses artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to help legal professionals find answers and perform research more efficiently. The engineering of the AI that went into that was spearheaded by Dr. Khalid Al-Kofahi, vice president of research and development at Thomson Reuters and head of the company’s Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing in Toronto. In the…
A first-of-its-kind technology platform launching today allows legal researchers to examine large collections of historical texts to help determine the meanings of words and phrases in the contexts in which they historically were used. The Law and Corpus Linguistics Technology Platform was developed by BYU Law in Provo, Utah, which is introducing it today to coincide with Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the Constitution. The platform is launching with three primary text collections,…
I’ve written about a lot of websites over the years. But now I get to write about one that I had a hand in launching. This week, LexBlog formally launched a first-of-its-kind, global news and commentary network, delivering timely and targeted articles from legal bloggers throughout the world. As I wrote when I first began working with LexBlog at the beginning of the year, I am a career-long journalist as well as a lawyer. I’ve…
Multinational law firm Clifford Chance, one of the 10 largest law firms in the world, has hired legal-industry veteran Jeroen Plink as CEO of Clifford Chance Applied Solutions, where he will lead a global team tasked with developing and bringing to market new technologies to solve major problems faced by the firm’s clients. Plink will be based in the New York office of the firm, which is headquartered in London. His initial focus, according to…
 Now available is the latest episode of the legal affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, which, as I recently explained here, will be my last after 13 years, as I turn my attention to launching the new podcast, LawNext. In this episode, my (former) cohost J. Craig Williams and I talk about what we’ve learned about podcasting after 13 years, and we also just reminisce a bit. Also, Craig makes an announcement about the…