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Legalweek Preview: Diversity in Legal in the Wake of #MeToo

Diversity has long been widely discussed in the legal industry. In the past year, however, new questions have been raised about equality in the profession, driven by prominent movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Even as stories continue to pour out of Hollywood and elsewhere, the legal industry is confronting difficult questions about whether women in law firms, or in the legal profession in general, receive equal representation and treatment. This is one in a series of posts previewing the u...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Time, Uncategorized, Pearson, Goodwin Procter LLP, Bob Ambrogi, Duane Morris, Drinker Biddle, Patrick Fuller, Steve Kovalan, Legalweek Preview, GCFC US Enterprise Commercial Microsoft, Ann Kappler, External Affairs Prudential Financial

SAGlobal to Acquire LexisOne, Combine with Legal360, Merging Practice Management and CRM

SAGlobal will acquire the LexisOne cloud-based practice management application from LexisNexis, according to an agreement the two companies planned to announce tomorrow. SAGlobal had notified me of the news earlier today on the condition that I agree to an embargo and not publish it until tomorrow morning. Since then, however, Legal IT Insider broke the story. SAGlobal will combine LexisOne with its Legal360 client relationship management (CRM) software to create an integrated, cloud-based pract...
Tags: UK, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Atlanta, ERP, LexisNexis, Microsoft Dynamics, Dynamics, Bob Ambrogi, McIsaac, Whit McIsaac

Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors. Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW. Even so,...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Techshow, Alm, Abbott, Burke, Vermeulen, Bob Ambrogi, Christy Burke, Burke Company, Michael Abbott

Startup’s New Messaging App for Lawyers Offers Security and Storage

A Chicago-area startup founded by a lawyer who was concerned about his inability to securely message with colleagues and clients today launched a secure messaging app for iOS and Android that is designed to meet the security needs of legal professionals. Call EIE Legal, the app provides lawyers with a secure, encrypted method of mobile information exchange and an archived, unalterable record of those communications, stored encrypted in the cloud, not on the device. Founder David M. Buddingh say...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Michael, Naperville, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, EIE, David M Buddingh, EIE Legal, David M Buddingh David S Buddingh

Here’s the Recording of My Guest Spot on the final episode of ‘This Week in Law’

I had the great pleasure to be a guest last week on the final episode of This Week in Law, the video podcast that Denise Howell has hosted for 12 years, most recently with cohosts Stefan Szpajda and Matt Curtis. If you missed the live broadcast, the recording is now available to view. This week’s episode, Odious Buffoons (no doubt a reference to the guest), was the show’s last. We rounded up a variety of topics in the news: including remix culture copyright, strangers may be watching your Ring v...
Tags: Apple, Google, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Bob Ambrogi, Denise Howell, Matt Curtis, Stefan Szpajda

LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with

 What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with’s Justin Maxwell, cofounder and chief ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Maxwell, Silicon Valley, Smith, Justin Maxwell, Martin, Bob Ambrogi, LawNext, Maddy Martin, Google Apple Mint Intuit Sony

InCloudCounsel Crosses the Pond, Opens London Office to Serve UK and EU Market

InCloudCounsel, a U.S. company that provides corporations and law firms with freelance attorneys to handle routine legal work, is today announcing its expansion into Europe with the opening of an office in London to serve the UK and European legal markets. Leading the office and the company’s expansion there is Bridget K. Deiters, a London-based managing director at InCloudCounsel. Deiters formerly practiced corporate/capital markets law at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis in London and Chicago an...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Chicago, Kirkland Ellis, Bob Ambrogi, Cravath, EU Market, Deiters, Pond Opens London Office, Bridget K Deiters, InCloudCounsel Deiters

New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group

Live at 6 ET Today: The Last ‘This Week in Law’

After 448 episodes, Denise Howell is calling it a wrap on her vide0 and audio podcast This Week in Law, which she currently cohosts with Stefan Szpajda, an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle. I’ll be the guest as they broadcast the show live today at 6 p.m. Eastern time. (To watch, go to the show website at 6 and click Live at the top of the page.) You’ll also be able to watch or listen to the recording afterwards. Notes and links on the topics we will be discussing on the show can be fou...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Seattle, Dorsey Whitney, Bob Ambrogi, Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda

Conference Preview: AI in the Spotlight when Legalweek Convenes Jan. 28

With Legaltech, one of the world’s largest and most-important legal technology conferences, just two weeks away, we are at a time when it has never been more obvious how tech is transforming the practice of law. With the proliferation of legal tech startups and new apps on the market seemingly every day, lawyers are in a prime position to take advantage of innovations that offer the possibility to achieve what once seemed unachievable – doing more with less. Perhaps no legal technology has grabb...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Crowell Moring, Mayer Brown, Bob Ambrogi, Greg Lambert, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, LLP, Legaltech, Phil Rosenthal, Dan Linna, Jackson Walker LLP, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Gregory Culloo

Clio Is Launching A Podcast Devoted To What Matters In Building A Law Practice

In building a law practice, small changes can have a big impact on your success. That is the driving principle behind a new monthly podcast being launched today by the practice management company Clio. Called Matters, each 30-minute episode will focus on a specific technique, strategy or tactic that — as the name suggests — “matters” in transforming a law practice. The goal is to provide attorneys with practical advice and actionable takeaways that can help them achieve greater success. Each epi...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Clio, Seyfarth Shaw, Bob Ambrogi, Andrew Booth, Greg McLawsen, Teresa Matich, Modern Law, Billie Tarascio, Three Clio, Derek Bolen, Joshua Kubicki, George Psiharis COO

Ruby Receptionists Acquires ProfessionalChats, Expanding Its Offerings Into Online Chat

The Portland, Ore., virtual receptionist company Ruby Receptionists is today announcing its acquisition of the online chat service ProfessionalChats, a three-year-old company based in Kansas City, Mo. This is the first acquisition by Ruby, which was founded in 2003, and it will allow it to offer its customers managed chat services through their websites, Google listings and Facebook. “This will be a real game-changer for our customers, especially in the legal community,” Ruby founder and CEO Jil...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Uncategorized, Portland, Ruby, Kansas City, Smith, Nelson, Bob Ambrogi, Scott Hansen, Ruby Receptionists, Jill Nelson, ProfessionalChats

Global Legal Hackathon Launches Initiative To Support Women In Legal Tech; Names Former Wolters Kluwer Exec To Lead It

As plans get underway for the second Global Legal Hackathon Feb. 22-24, its organizers today announced it will include an initiative to support up-and-coming women leaders in legal innovation around the world. The initiative, Global Rise of Women in LegalTech, or GROWL, will be chaired by Nita Sanger, who this month left her position as global head of innovation for Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory to become chief strategy officer at Integra Ledger, the blockchain company that organizes the hac...
Tags: Law, Africa, Uncategorized, Sanger, Bob Ambrogi, Americas Europe Asia, Wolters Kluwer Legal Regulatory, Integra Ledger, David A Fisher, Nita Sanger, Global Legal Hackathon Nita Sanger According, Integra GROWL

LawNext Episode 24: Making Legal Research Better, with Judicata Founder Itai Gurari

With Judicata, Itai Gurari believes he has built a better legal research platform. A lawyer and computer scientist, his approach to designing a legal research engine was to first “map the legal genome” — that is, map the law with extreme accuracy and granularity. The result is a research engine that returns the best results the fastest, he says. Gurari and his company also built Clerk, a tool that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of legal briefs — like moneyball for motions, he says. “...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Paypal, Peter Thiel, Aaron Levie, Bob Ambrogi, Judicata, Itai Gurari, Dylan Smith Judicata, LawNext, Making Legal Research Better, Judicata Itai Gurari, Gurari, TraceLaw

Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 2: John Walker, Walker Law PC, Houston, Texas

In October 2018, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with solo and small firm lawyers about how they use technology in their practices. For an introduction to the series, see this post. A special thanks to the Law Firm 500 conference for hosting us to record these videos, and to Ben Ambrogi for the videography and editing. Lawyers attending the conference volunteered to be interviewed. The videos were completely unscripted and I knew virtually nothing about the lawyer before we turned on the ca...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Houston Texas, QuickBooks, Bob Ambrogi, John Walker, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, John Walker Walker Law, Walker Law PC, Houston Texas John

Two New Podcasts to Start the New Year: One on Trials, Another on Ethics

Earlier this year, in my column at Above the Law, I rounded up a passel of new legal podcasts. No sooner had I published that column than I started hearing from other new legal podcasts that I missed, so I published a supplement a week later. This week, on New Year’s Day, another legal podcast made its debut, featuring in-depth interviews with top trial lawyers. And I recently became aware of another, launched last June, that covers issues of legal ethics. Great Trials Podcast. Just launched Jan...
Tags: Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Savannah Ga, Bob Ambrogi, Scott Baldwin, Adam Malone, Steve Lowry, Harris Lowry Manton LLP, Georgia Verdicts Hall of Fame, American Association of Justice, Yvonne Godfrey, Harris Lowry Manton

One More State Adopts Duty of Technology Competence (Sort Of)

I’m adding another to my list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence for lawyers, although this state has done it in a somewhat different way. Louisiana has amended its Code of Professionalism for lawyers to add two provisions related to lawyers’ use of social media. The two provisions related to technology provide: “I will use technology, including social media, responsibly. My words and actions, no matter how conveyed, should reflect the professionalism expected of me a...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Louisiana, Aba, Louisiana Supreme Court, Bob Ambrogi, Tech Competence, Louisiana State Bar Association, LSBA

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition

Drum roll please. We’ve been counting readers’ votes to select the 15 legal technology startups that will get to participate in the third-annual Startup Alley at the American Bar Association’s TECHSHOW conference, which is Feb. 27 to March 2, 2019, in Chicago.  Voting ended Friday night and now we are pleased to announce the winners. These 15 startups will be provided space at a steeply discounted cost to exhibit their product or service in the special Startup Alley located within TECHSHOW’s exh...
Tags: Startups, Law, Uncategorized, American Bar Association, Techshow, OCR, Startup Alley, Turbotax, Bob Ambrogi, OCI, Lawble, Chicago Voting, Lawble Lawble, WarRoom WarRoom, Kinnami Software Corporation Kinnami, WyzeWaze WyzeWaze

My Most Popular Posts of 2018

What goes around comes around, as they say. In 2010, I started compiling a year-end list of my most-popular blog posts. That year, my most popular post was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, WestlawNext. Fast forward to 2018, and my most popular post this year was a first look at the newest version of Westlaw, Westlaw Edge. In fact, news about Westlaw’s parent company, Thomson Reuters, occupied three of the top spots this year among my most popular posts. The other two were not about...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Avvo Legal Services, Bob Ambrogi, Gorsuch, Westlaw Westlaw, Utah Nears Licensing of Paralegals

Deadline Is Tomorrow, 12/28, To Vote For Startups To Attend ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley

The deadline is tomorrow, Dec. 28, at 11:45 p.m. Eastern time, to vote for the legal tech startups that will get to participate in Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW. Your votes will determine the 15 companies that are selected to face off in a pitch competition on TECHSHOW’s opening night and to exhibit in a special portion of the conference’s exhibition hall. To read descriptions of the 25 companies in contention, go here. To vote for your favorite,go here. or go directly to Survey Monkey. Here are...
Tags: Startups, Law, Uncategorized, Aba, Techshow, Startup Alley, Bob Ambrogi

The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland

Legal Tech in the Heartland: Episode 1, David Sisson, Norman, OK

In October 2018, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with solo and small firm lawyers about how they use technology in their practices. For an explanation of the reason for the series, see this post. A special thanks to the Law Firm 500 conference for hosting us to record these videos, and to Ben Ambrogi for the videography and editing. Lawyers attending the conference volunteered to be interviewed. The videos were completely unscripted and I knew virtually nothing about the lawyer before we tu...
Tags: Law, Bob Ambrogi, Norman Okla, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, David Sisson Norman OK, David Sisson

Introducing A New Video Series, ‘Legal Tech in the Heartland’

Last spring, the global world of legal technology became a bit more connected, thanks to the unusual coincidence of of two legal tech world tours. One was by Dera J. Nevin, who traveled the world as the self-anointed “global ambassador for legal technology,” in conjunction with the Global Legal Hackathon. The other was by the UK company Legal Geek, which undertook Around the World with Legal Geek. I wrote about these tours in a column at Above the Law I titled, Legal Tech World Tours Take Off — ...
Tags: UK, Law, America, Chris, Midwest, Christopher Anderson, Heartland, Bob Ambrogi, Lake Las Vegas, Legal Geek, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, Dera J Nevin, David Sisson Norman

LawNext Episode 23: Dan Rodriguez on Innovating Law and Legal Education

Our guest this week on LawNext is Daniel B. Rodriguez, who recently stepped down as dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, where he gained wide recognition for his work to innovate legal education, and recently stepped up to become chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation, which focuses on improving the affordability, effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of legal services. Rodriguez was dean at Northwestern Law from 2012-2018 and now serves on...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Harvard Law School, Harold Washington, Rodriguez, University of San Diego School of Law, University of Texas Austin, Stanford Law School, Bob Ambrogi, Association of American Law Schools, Northwestern Law, Daniel B Rodriguez, Dan Rodriguez, LawNext, Northwestern University 's Pritzker School of Law

Vote Now: Pick the Startup Alley Finalists for ABA TECHSHOW

Vote now. Help us pick the legal technology startups that will be selected for the third-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW. Fifteen companies will be selected to face off in a pitch competition on TECHSHOW’s opening night and to exhibit in a special portion of the conference’s exhibition hall. In October, we issued a call for entries. From all the entries we received, a panel of judges whittled the applications down to 25. Now your votes will select the final 15. The 15 startups with the most...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cisco, Chicago, Miami, Pasadena, BYU, Financial Times, Aba

Evisort’s New Document Analyzer Offers Out-of-the-Box AI to Mine All A Company’s Contracts

Evisort might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.  Born out of Harvard Law School, MIT and the Harvard Innovation Lab; funded by an investment firm backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and other Silicon Valley luminaries; recently profiled in a Columbia Business School case study on entrepreneurship; and its three founders named to Forbes 30 Under 30, it’s safe to say this is a company worth watching. Today, the company is introducing its flagship pr...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Silicon Valley, OCR, Forbes, Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Law School, Ting, Harvard Law, Bob Ambrogi, Columbia Business School, Village Global, Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg Jeff Bezos, Amity Ventures, Evisort

Adobe Sign Introduces Authentication Using Licenses and Passports

Passports and drivers’ licenses are tried-and-true methods of authenticating the identities of people signing paper documents. Now Adobe Document Cloud is taking that concept to the cloud with the introduction of Government ID Authentication, a new feature in Adobe Sign that uses a physical ID to authenticate digital signatures. The feature, included in the latest release of Adobe Sign, was designed for Adobe customers in the banking and financial services industries to verify the identity of th...
Tags: Adobe, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Acrobat, Bob Ambrogi

As Thomson Reuters Readies Layoffs of 3,200, What’s It Mean for Customers?

Thomson Reuters, the dominant provider of research and information services for the legal profession, last week announced plans to reduce its workforce by 3,200 and close 30 percent of its offices by the end of 2020. What is going on and what does it mean for the company’s customers? The timing of the news, announced at a meeting of investors, seemed befuddling. Just two months ago, TR closed a major deal to sell 55 percent of its Financial & Risk unit to private equity firm Blackstone Group, in...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Smith, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Coo, Masterson, Blackstone Group, Jean, Eagan, Westlaw, Bob Ambrogi, Reuters News, Brian Peccarelli, Jean O Grady, Westlaw Edge

LawNext Episode 22: Elevate’s Acquisition of LexPredict, with Pratik Patel and Dan Katz

In major legal industry news, global law company Elevate announced its acquisition of the legal AI technology and consulting firm LexPredict. The move combines the comprehensive legal services offering of Elevate with the data science team and AI engine of LexPredict. With the combination of Elevate’s alternative services model and LexPredict’s cutting-edge technology, does this acquisition foreshadow the future of legal practice? In this episode of LawNext, we take a deep dive into the acqui...
Tags: Facebook, Law, ABA Journal, Katz, Patel, Bob Ambrogi, Chicago Kent College, Pratik Patel, Huron Legal, Chicago Kent, Dan Katz, Daniel Martin Katz, Elevate, Legal Analytics, LexPredict, LawNext

Two More States Have Adopted Duty of Tech Competence; Total Now 34

In my continuing quest to track the states that have adopted the duty of technology competence for lawyers, I have learned of two more that should be on the list, bringing the total to 34. The new additions to the list are Alaska and Montana. Both adopted the rule some time ago, but I somehow managed to miss them. Thanks to an alert reader for pointing them out. Alaska The Alaska Supreme Court adopted the duty in an order dated March 20, 2017, with an effective date of Oct. 15, 2017. The revis...
Tags: Law, Montana, Uncategorized, Alaska, Aba, Bob Ambrogi, Montana Supreme Court, Tech Competence, Alaska The Alaska Supreme Court, Montana The Supreme Court of Montana

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