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Rocket Matter Update Brings Business Intelligence Module, Configurable Dashboards, and More

Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards. Other enhancements include an improved contacts page and the ability to view documents stored in the application. Rocket Matter labels its releases using names from Game of Thrones, and it is calling this one Winterfell, the name of the large castle that is the ancestral home of House St...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, House, American Bar Association, Port, Rocket Matter, Bob Ambrogi, Legal Practice Management Software, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence Port, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence


Enhanced Governance, ShareSpaces, Binders and More on NetDocuments’ 2019 Roadmap

During my visit to Utah last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Lehi headquarters of NetDocuments and sit down with Alvin Tedjamulia, cofounder and chief technology officer, for a briefing on the company’s road map for 2019. Among the features planned for release later this year is a governance module that effectively embeds governance policies in the document at the platform level, circumventing the Achilles’ Heel of end users whose carelessness or naivete can expose documents. Other enha...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Lehi, Bob Ambrogi, Alvin Tedjamulia, NetDocuments


‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Case Status, a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matter from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it easy to obtain reviews and referrals from current clients. Fou...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Atlanta, Nba, Auburn, Aff, Charleston, Birmingham Al, Atlanta Ga, Bob Ambrogi, Sturdivant, Case Status, Cox Enterprises According, Lauren Sturdivant Lauren Sturdivant


LawNext Episode 31: BYU Law Dean Gordon Smith on Law School Innovation

 Gordon Smith, dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, once said: “I want BYU to be known as, if not the most innovative law school in the country, then one of the most innovative law schools in the country.” Since becoming dean in 2016, Smith has worked tirelessly to make that happen, launching the nationally recognized LawX legal design lab, developing courses to teach non-traditional skills such as leadership, storytelling, and business ethics, launching clini...
Tags: Hong Kong, Law, Smith, BYU, University Of Wisconsin, Brigham Young University, Gordon Smith, Provo Utah, Bob Ambrogi, Christine Hurt, Reuben Clark Law, BYU Law School, BYU Law, LawNext, LawNext Smith, Australia China England Finland France Germany


ASG LegalTech Adds Another Practice Management Acquisition To Its Growing Portfolio

Three weeks after investment firm Alpine SG merged two practice-management companies it acquired, PracticePanther and Bill4Time, to create a unified legal technology business, ASG LegalTech, the firm is today announcing the acquisition of another practice management company, Merus Inc., developer of MerusCase. Founded in 2008, MerusCase is a cloud-based case management platform designed as a comprehensive and fully integrated system suitable for small- to medium-sized firms. The company says its...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Johnny, Shane, HIPAA, ASG, Bob Ambrogi, PracticePanther, Merus, Soumya, Soumya Nettimi, Nettimi, Alpine SG, ASG LegalTech, Bill4Time, MerusCase


The Role of Small Bar Associations in Technology Competence

I spent last Friday with the good people of the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. at their second-annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. From speaking with and listening to lawyers there, I was reminded of how far we still have to go in getting lawyers up to speed on technology. But it was also a demonstration of the important role a small bar can play in educating lawyers about tech. I discuss my observations and thoughts on this for my column this week at Above the Law: Small Fi...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rochester, Bob Ambrogi, Tech Competence, Monroe County Bar Association


Legal Tech in the Heartland, Episode 4: Kim Benjamin, Kansas City, MO

How do solo and small-firm lawyers use technology in their practices? Hoping to provide some small insight into this, I recorded a series of 18 interviews with lawyers, asking them about the technologies and products they use in their work. All 18 interviews were recorded over the course of a single day at the Law Firm 500 conference, held in Lake Las Vegas, Nev., in October 2018. Lawyers attending the conference volunteered to be interviewed. The videos were unscripted and I knew virtuall...
Tags: Law, Benjamin, Kansas City Mo, Tali, Bob Ambrogi, Ben Ambrogi, Legal Tech in the Heartland, Lake Las Vegas Nev, Kim Benjamin, Kim Benjamin Esq, Missouri DWI Criminal Law Center Kansas City


Fastcase Users Get Access To Select ABA Publications

Legal research company Fastcase continues to expand the breadth of materials available to subscribers through its platform. Less than a week after announcing the addition of public records data, the company today says a partnership with the American Bar Association will allow paid access to select book titles published by key ABA sections. Steve Errick, chief operating officer at Fastcase, told me that he is working with the ABA to add publications from different sections one at a time, with fam...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, American Bar Association, Aba, Fastcase, Bob Ambrogi, Steve Errick, Fastcase Errick


Legal Tool Among Winners Of Knight Foundation ‘AI and the News’ Challenge

The Knight Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting excellence in journalism, today announced the seven winners of an open challenge to use artificial intelligence to empower journalism and reimagine news, and among them is a legal technology company. Legal Robot, a San Francisco company whose product uses machine learning to analyze contracts, won for its proposal to develop a tool that will apply machine learning to quickly extract structured data from government contracts. This engine...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, United States, Knight Foundation, Knight, Bob Ambrogi, Legal Robot


Casemaker Offers Its Members Access to Vincent, AI Tool from vLex

The legal research platform Casemaker is announcing today an expansion of its partnership with the global legal research company vLex by which its members will get access to Vincent, vLex’s artificial intelligence legal research assistant. Subscribers who receive access to Casemaker through bar association affinity plans are entitled to a one-week free trial of Vincent and then 50 percent off first-year pricing. Other subscribers will also be able to access Vincent through Casemaker, but not wit...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Vincent, Casemaker, Bob Ambrogi, ROSS Intelligence, vLex, Judicata


Another Side to the #gagtheswag Campaign

You may have heard about #gagtheswag, the campaign to limit or prohibit all that cheap swag given away at legal conferences. The idea is to encourage vendors and conference organizers to either ban conference swag or provide only swag that is 100 percent recyclable. Frank Ready reported on the campaign Friday at Legaltech News and Richard Tromans posted about it at Artificial Lawyer. The Time Blawg takes a dissenting view. The five organizers of the campaign — Ann Björk, cofounder, Virtual Intel...
Tags: Law, China, Uncategorized, Bangladesh, Morrison Foerster, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Clare Godson, Richard Tromans, Time Blawg, Ann Björk, Virtual Intelligence VQ, Shruti Ahuja Cogny, Heather McAuliffe, Anna McGrane


Legal Tech Companies Should Contribute to Legal Journalism

Bob Ambrogi made clear in his talk last week that the future of legal journalism is founded on law blogs.  Law blogs whose content is aggregated and curated by LexBlog into a meaningful network of content and contributors segregated by channel, industries and topics. And which content is distributed via the Web, email and social media.  Rather than these lawyers and law firms hiring public relations and marketing agencies to get them in the news, these law firms and lawyers are creating ...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Lexblog, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi


Legal Tech Companies Largely Absent in Today’s Legal Journalism

Bob Ambrogi made clear in his talk last week that the future of legal journalism is founded on law blogs. Law blogs, rather than treaditional legal journalism and reporting, are now the primary source for legal news, information and commentary. Law blogs whose content is now being aggregated and curated by LexBlog into a meaningful network of content and contributors segregated by channel, industries and topics. And which content is distributed via the Web, email and social media.  Rathe...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Lexblog, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi


As Neota Logic Rolls Out Platform Upgrade, New CEO Targets Growth

Artificial intelligence company Neota Logic today rolled out version 9.2 of its AI automation platform, introducing Dashboards, a data-management and visualization tool that customers can configure to create custom views and charts of data collections and usage, and Open Negotiation, an authoring tool for building contract negotiation into document automation workflows within Neota. [See video of and .] But perhaps the bigger news is the company’s aggressive plan to expand its scale, in part ...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, ERP, Artificial Intelligence, Thomson Reuters, Magic Circle, Bob Ambrogi, Neota Logic, Neota, Kim Massana, Rebecca Tear, Massana, Michael Mills Massana


The Future of Legal Journalism is Here

The future of legal journalism is here and that future has arrived in the form of LexBlog.com, according to Bob Ambrogi, its Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, addressing a standing room only audience of about hundred and fifty in Chicago last Thursday evening. Speaking at the Chicago Legal Innovation and Tech meetup at Skadden, Ambrogi’s passion and vision were keenly on display. If there were any doubters of his message, Ambrogi pushed them over the top with his down to earth conviction in wh...
Tags: Publishing, Law, Washington Post, Chicago, New York Times, Wisconsin, Lexblog, LexisNexis, Bernstein, Watergate, Supra, Woodward, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi, Ed Walters, Chicago Legal Innovation


Fastcase Partners With TransUnion To Offer Public Records Search And Analytics

Legal research service Fastcase is announcing today a partnership with TransUnion that will give its subscribers access to public records information and analytics for individuals and businesses via TransUnion’s TLOxp platform. The partnership will provide Fastcase subscribers with single sign-on access to information such as addresses, phones, places of employment, professional licenses, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, assets, relatives, associations, and more. Lawyers can use the inform...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fastcase, Bob Ambrogi, TransUnion, Steve Errick, Errick


New ‘LawZam Consults’ Allows Lawyers to Sell Text or Video Legal Consultations

A new service launching today, LawZam Consults, allows lawyers to provide 15-60 minute text and video client consultations for a fee via a mobile-friendly online platform. The new service is being introduced by LawZam, a company launched in 2012 to help consumers find lawyers and enable them to receive free legal consultations by videoconference. I previously wrote about LawZam when it launched and when it unveiled its video consultation app. While the original intent of the site was to help und...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, United States, RTC, Avvo Legal Services, Ludwick, Bob Ambrogi, Hermosa Beach Calif, LawZam, Brendan Ludwick, Claudio Dunkelman, Dunkelman, LawZam Consults


For My ATL Column This Week: A Review of ABA TECHSHOW

I spent most of last week in Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW. After 33 years, this conference — among the leading legal technology and practice management conferences in the country — remains relevant and essential. For my column this week at Above the Law, I offer my TECHSHOW post-mortem: After 33 Years, The ABA TECHSHOW Remains Relevant And Essential. [Author: Bob Ambrogi]
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Aba, Bob Ambrogi


LawNext Episode 30: ABA TECHSHOW’s Startup Pitch Competition

Last week, ABA TECHSHOW presented the third annual Startup Pitch Competition, which I was thrilled to moderate and help organize. Fifteen legal technology startups presented three-minute pitches before a live audience of TECHSHOW attendees, who then voted for their favorite. In this special edition of LawNext, we partner with the Legal Talk Network to present a recording of the live event. Listen as the 15 startups present their pitches, and then hear the final results and the announcement of th...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Law, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Laurence Colletti, LawNext, TrialLine Kinnami Software Corporation


Texas Is Latest State To Adopt Duty Of Technology Competence

A big space just got filled in on my map of the states that have adopted the ethical duty of technology competence for lawyers, as Texas becomes the 36th state to do so. On Feb. 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Texas entered an order amending Paragraph 8 of Rule 1.01 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The amended comment now reads (emphasis added): Maintaining Competence 8. Because of the vital role of lawyers in the legal process, each lawyer should strive to become and rema...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, American Bar Association, Bob Ambrogi, Supreme Court of Texas, Tech Competence, Committee on Disciplinary Rules, CDRR


Smokeball Goes Hollywood with Clever New Advertising Campaign

And the Oscar for best performance in a legal technology commercial goes to … Calista Flockhart. Famous for her starring role as a lawyer in the legal comedy-drama TV series Ally McBeal, Flockhart has a new law-related role — as the comedic celebrity spokesperson for the legal practice management software company Smokeball. In the tongue-in-cheek video being released today and shown this week at ABA TECHSHOW, Flockhart pokes fun at actor endorsements by starring as an uncooperative celebrity...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, United States, Calista Flockhart, Oxley, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Josh Taylor, Smokeball, Jane Oxley, Flockhart, Smokeball Goes Hollywood, Clever New Advertising Campaign, McBeal Flockhart


At TECHSHOW, Orion Is Releasing Major Enhancements To Its Financial and Practice Management Software

At ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago this week, Orion Law Management Systems is officially launching the latest version of its Orion financial and practice management software, a ground-up rebuild that retains much of the product’s look and feel but that introduces hundreds of new features and improvements to both the Orion desktop and iOrion mobile platforms. The Atlanta, Ga., company says its Orion 5 is a significant leap forward for its technology, including major enhancements for prebilling, conflict ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Chicago, Orion, Techshow, Legaltech New York, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, Orion Law Management Systems, Atlanta Ga company, Reserved Words Enforcement Users


LawNext Episode 29: Baker McKenzie’s Jae Um and Casey Flaherty on BigLaw Innovation

In January, the world’s largest law firm, Baker McKenzie, announced that it had hired two leading thinkers on legal innovation, Jae Um and D. Casey Flaherty, to help the firm “enhance and reimagine the delivery of legal services to global clients.” They join a team led by David Cambria, who last year left Fortune 50 company Archer Daniels Midland to become the firm’s global director of legal operations. On this episode of LawNext, Um and Flaherty join me to discuss their new roles and share t...
Tags: Law, Fortune, Seyfarth Shaw, Archer Daniels Midland, Kia Motors, Flaherty, Baker McKenzie, Bob Ambrogi, Casey Flaherty, David Cambria, Six Parsecs, LawNext


A blog hosting service for sources

Technologist and the founder of blogging, Dave Winer, blogged this week that if he were the CEO of The New York Times he would start a blog hosting service, with Times branding. People would know, per Winer, that this is blog space, not editorial space. Blogs would be sources, from which the Times editorial people would be encouraged to quote. Winer would also recruit people whose ideas were valuable enough to be otherwise quoted in the Times to begin to blog – or at least offer them a ...
Tags: Law, Blogging, New York Times, Times, Dave Winer, Winer, Bob Ambrogi, Melissa Lin


Lawyers’ E-Discovery Competence Improving, Judges in Survey Say

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 and retired federal judges. The survey w...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Duke Law School, Bob Ambrogi, Exterro, EDRM


PracticePanther and Bill4Time Merge Into Single Legal Technology Company

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 has been director of c...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Miami, ASG, Bob Ambrogi, Bellevue Wash, Reardon, Steve Reardon, Kristin O Neill, Nettimi, Alpine SG ASG, LegalTech Soumya Nettimi, Alpine Investors Last, ASG LegalTech


Heresy: Electronic Research Company Fastcase Publishes Book — In Print

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 was RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial In...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, LexisNexis, Fastcase, McDermott Will Emery, Bob Ambrogi, Electronic Research Company, Dave Dolkas


Catching Up: Three Notable News Items from Last Week: Smart Contracts, AI Referrals and Women of Legal Tech

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 and legal technology companies. I later interv...
Tags: Florida, Law, Uncategorized, Florida Bar, Pew Charitable Trusts, Stanford Law School, Bob Ambrogi, LRS, Suffolk Law School, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Association of Legal Technologists, Erin Gerstenzang, Monax, Monax Casey Kuhlman, Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service ABA, Kunoor Chopra Vice President Legal Services and Co


For ALT, Its Second Conference Was A Reckoning

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 2018, ALT held its fir...
Tags: New York, Law, Time, Uncategorized, Alt, Ibm, Aba, PacerPro, Rush, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Foster, Scottsdale Ariz, Flournoy, Baker McKenzie, Bob Ambrogi


Where You’ll Find Me At ABA TECHSHOW (As Well As Beer and Food)

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. to 10 p.m. Getting Women A Seat At the Table, a networking event sponsored by Above the Law and Ev...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Columbus, Aba, Techshow, Lexblog, ABA Journal, Arbella, Bob Ambrogi, Ben Jackson, Legaltech, ABA Techshow, Chicago Kent College of Law, Skadden Arps, Chicago Kent



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