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The majority of federal judges believe that the lawyers who appear before them show an adequate level of knowledge and expertise in e-discovery matters, according to a recently published survey. Even so, most judges say they have had to take affirmative action, such as issue a warning or require additional conferences, to get lawyers to address an e-discovery problem. These are among the findings of Judges Survey 2019, an e-discovery survey of 264 sitting…
Yes, my title is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But it is notable nevertheless that Fastcase, a company that has helped pioneer the field of affordable electronic legal research, today announced the release of a new book, its first in print. It was two years ago that Fastcase launched a legal publishing arm, called Full Court Press, with the mission to produce law journals, legal treatises, deskbooks, and other legal resources. Its first publication…
Over the past two years, the company Alpine SG (ASG) has acquired two legal technology companies, the practice-management platform PracticePanther in 2018 (which I covered here) and the time, billing and practice-management platform Bill4Time in 2017. Now, ASG is merging the two companies to create a unified legal technology business, ASG LegalTech. Soumya Nettimi, who was named CEO of PracticePanther last October, will now become CEO of ASG LegalTech. Kristin O’Neill, who…
ABA TECHSHOW is just a week away. Here are some of the events I’ll be attending there: Wednesday, Feb. 27 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Women of Legal Tech Summit, a symposium on closing the gender gap in legal tech, at Chicago-Kent College of Law. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: TECHSHOW kicks off with our third-annual startup pitch competition, hosted by me and generously sponsored by Clio. In the exhibit hall. 7:30 p.m.…
Because I was traveling last week to attend the ctrl ALT del conference of the Association of Legal Technologists (which I wrote about here), I fell behind on some notable news stories from the world of legal technology. Here are three: Monax Launches Blockchain Smart Contracts Platform Last year, I wrote here about the launch of the Agreements Network, a blockchain-based platform developed by the company Monax and a consortium of allied law firms…
The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) said today that Joy Heath Rush, who has been serving as its interim chief executive officer since October 2018, has been formally named as CEO effective immediately. “When we brought Joy on as interim CEO, it was with the hope that ILTA would become her new home,” Angela Dowd, president of ILTA’s board of directors, said in a statement. “In her first four months, Joy has demonstrated the skills,…
Major news today regarding the alternative legal services provider Axiom: the company has taken steps to prepare for an initial public offering and, separately, has spun off two companies as separate entities. Axiom said today that it has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price…
LAWCLERK, a legal services marketplace where solo and small-firm attorneys can hire freelance lawyers for short-term projects, has launched a new service targeted at corporate counsel, LAWCLERK for General Counsel. Like the company’s standard service, LAWCLERK for General Counsel allows corporate counsel to post one-off projects to the LAWCLERK marketplace for short-term help from freelance lawyers. In addition, corporate counsel can  build “teams” of freelance lawyers to use as they need them. To…
In 2017, a group of longtime and prominent members of the International Legal Technology Association, unhappy with the association’s direction, broke off and formed an alternative, the Association of Legal Technologists. At the time, nQueue CEO Rick Hellers, who spearheaded the split, wrote on LinkedIn that he and others were concerned about ILTA’s overall direction and the “widening gap between the organization’s core values and the actions of its leadership.” In February…
Evisort, an artificial intelligence-based contract management company, today announced that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. In a post here in December, I write that Evisort “might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.” The funding round announced today was led by Village Global and Amity Ventures with participation from Serra Ventures, as well as industry executives from Accenture, Ropes & Gray, SAP, and Walt…