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Substack for Lawyers, What’s the Attraction?

Bob Ambrogi has a real nice piece this morning on “The Lawyers of Substack.” As early adopters of digital publishing in the law turned to blogging, something we’ve seen explode over the last decade, some legal publishers are turning to Substack. Substack is an online platform that provides publishing, payment, analytics, and design infrastructure to support subscription newsletters. Among the legal Substack users Ambrogi highlights are lawyers and career legal journalists, David Lat...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, David Lat, ABA Journal, Alm, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi, Substack, Jason Tashea, Tashea, Substack Substack, Substack Lat, Colin O'Keefe

The Lawyers of Substack

This week, David Lat, who founded the blog Above the Law in 2006, and who earlier, in 2004, started the anonymous blog Underneath Their Robes, and who left blogging two years ago to take a job as a legal recruiter, is returning to writing as a full-time livelihood. But this time, Lat will not be publishing his writing on a blog. Instead, he will be publishing a newsletter on Substack, hoping that enough subscribers ante up $5 a month to support him in his craft. As someone who gained near-celebr...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Maryland, Law, Washington, Nsa, India, New York City, Time, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Bbc, Britain, New York Times, Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald

Report: Law Firms that Adopt E-Payments See Speedier Collections, Increased Revenues

Not surprisingly, the pandemic drove greater use of electronic payments across all industries, with the volume of electronic payments up 11.2 % in the first quarter of 2021 over the prior year. Law firms were no exception to this trend, as they realized that the old way of collecting payments via paper checks was impacting their cash flow, according to a report published today by the practice management platform PracticePanther. Notably, for law firms that adopted e-payments and offered clients ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Paradigm, Aba, PracticePanther, ASG LegalTech

Morning Docket: 05.05.21

* Attorneys in the Gates divorce also worked on the Bezos split-up. Maybe Gates read a good online review of the lawyer written by Bezos... [CNN] * A Kevin Spacey accuser must reveal his name in order for his lawsuit to proceed. [Huff Post] * The military promotion of the South Dakota Attorney General has been blocked because of his involvement in a deadly car collision last year. [ABC News] * Coca-Cola is pausing its plan to incentivize the use of diverse attorneys after the general counse...
Tags: New York Post, Coca-cola, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, South Dakota, Bill Gates, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, Bezos, Huff Post, Morning Docket, MacKenzie Bezos, Juris Lab, ABC News -RSB- Coca Cola

Legal Academic Publishing May Be Broken

Academic publishing is broken. That’s the word from Brazilian journalist, Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, who reports for Al Jazeera and MIT Tech Review, among other news outlets, in an excellent piece in Bookseller. Garcia’s points may be as applicable to legal publishing – think law reviews and other legal periodicals – as any academic publishing. It is increasingly difficult for academics to have access to the articles they need to do their work – even their own articles. Well-ranked jo...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Al Jazeera, Garcia, MIT Tech Review, Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, Bookseller Garcia

Rian Gauvreau Leaves Clio, the Company He Cofounded in 2008, Remains on BOD

Rian Gauvreau, who in 2008 cofounded practice management company Clio with Jack Newton, has left the company, where he most recently held the position of chief people officer. He continues to serve on the company’s board of directors. A company spokesperson said that Gauvreau decided to step down from his position at the company in order to spend time with his family. “Rian decided to step down from his role as chief people officer to spend time with his growing family,” Sasha Perrin, Clio’s dir...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Canada, Vancouver, Clio, Newton, Columbia, Rian, ABA Techshow, Jack Newton, Rian Gauvreau, Gauvreau, Sasha Perrin Clio

Nominations Open for 2021 American Legal Technology Awards

Nominations open today for the second annual American Legal Technology Awards, a competition launched last year to honor exceptional achievements in legal technology. Awards will be given in eight categories: access to justice, court, enterprise, individual, technology, law department, law firm, and startup. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 31, 2021. Self-nominations are welcome. Finalists will be announced in October, and winners announced Nov. 1-10. The ALTA awards were launched last year by T...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Louisiana, Lawyerist, Sam Glover, Emory University, Martin, Alta, Suffolk University Law School, Tacoma Wash, Tom Martin, Ed Walters, Northwestern University School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, Dan Lear, Amanda Brown

AOL Propelled Lawyers Onto the Internet

Verizon announced this morning that it is selling its media business – AOL and Yahoo – for $5 Billion. I couldn’t help but recall how AOL launched me from a practicing lawyer to a legal tech entrepreneur. The same was true for many other lawyers. AOL was the entry to the Internet in the 1990’s. Heck, we did not even call “it” the Internet or the World Wide Web (WWW). We called AOL an online community that we accessed via our home phone lines plugged into a disc we picked up at Barn...
Tags: Verizon, Yahoo, Law, Uncategorized, Aol, Wisconsin, Seattle, Barnes, Westlaw, Martindale, Google AOL

The Law Schools Where The Most Graduates Got Federal Clerkships (2020)

These law schools may help you get the most prestigious jobs.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rankings, Law Schools, Job Searches, Clerkships

LawNext: When A Tech Accelerator Goes Virtual – LexLab Director Drew Amerson and Anü Founder Tiyani Majoko

LexLab, the legal innovation hub at UC Hastings Law School, recently wrapped up the fourth cohort of its legal tech accelerator program with a demo day at which the seven startup participants got to pitch their products to potential investors. But this demo day, in fact this entire cohort, was noticeably different than prior ones, in that it was the first to take place 100% virtually, without the benefit of having the startups come and work on site in LexLab’s offices on the Hastings campus i...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Hastings, UC Hastings Law School, LawNext, Tiyani Majoko, Drew Amerson

nQ Zebraworks Brings In-Office Printing and Scanning to the Work-from-Anywhere World

Coming, as it did, in the midst of the pandemic, the merger last August of nQueue, a provider of printing, scanning and cost-recovery solutions for law firms, and Zebraworks, a company started by ProLaw founder Bill Bice to help move law firms to the cloud, promised to deliver new products aimed at enabling legal professionals to work from anywhere. Now that merged company, renamed nQ Zebraworks, has delivered on that promise with the release of tw0 mobile printing and scanning products that wor...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, West, Thomson Reuters, Bill Bice, Bice, Rick Hellers, Association of Legal Technologists, nQ Zebraworks, Zebraworks Brings In Office Printing, Zebraworks, ProLaw, Rick Hellers nQueue, ProLaw Software, TechLaw

Asia-Pacific Legal Association Partners with Theorem LTS to Launch Membership Portal and Legal Tech Marketplace

The Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) and legal tech startup Theorem LTS have partnered to develop and launch ALITA’s new online membership portal. Theorem’s platform will provide ALITA members with access to a legal tech marketplace with a suite of ready-to-use legal technology tools, shared vendor intelligence, and click-to-launch technology test drives. ALITA’s member portal, using the Theorem platform, will launch later this year. ALITA, based in Singapore...
Tags: Law, Singapore, Uncategorized, Asia Pacific, APAC, Alita, Asia Pacific Legal Association Partners, Joshua Maley, The Legal Tech Observatory, Legal Innovation Strategy Toolkit, Josh Lee Kok Thong, Lee Ji En ALITA

The Law Is Evolving Faster Than Ever Because of Blog Software

The law is evolving faster than at anytime in the history of our country. The reason is blog software. The law is not limited to what state or federal legislatures pass or courts decide. The law evolves because of an ongoing discussion of the law and society taking place in the writings of legal professionals. This writing has exploded, and exploded on more niches than we could have every imagined because of a blog software. Gatekeepers, whether large publishing companies, association...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized

Law School Deans Need to Use Twitter

Law school deans need to be using Twitter. It’s no longer acceptable to have your communications person craft a statement for you, include it in a press release and hope you’ll pick up accolades in the traditional media. I am not saying that it’s bad. But this morning, I saw coverage in a local east coast newspaper of law school’s legal tech certificate program being offered to lawyers and other legal professionals because of tech training needs arising out of the pandemic. The dean...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Uncategorized

Top 3 Ways To Help Your Law Firm Save Money

Do you feel like your law firm is hemorrhaging money? Maybe it is and you don’t even realize it. Take the time to evaluate how your firm operates and identify how you can help stop the bleed. Top three ways to save: 1)           Don’t duplicate effort or function. Many law firms pay top dollar for accounting software that is meant to have all the functionality necessary to reconcile their IOLTA, operating, or other business accounts. The problem is, most lawyers may find these functions to...
Tags: Law, Time, Uncategorized, PAUL, M T Bank, Nota, IOLTA, About Nota by M T Bank Trust, Paul Garibian, M T Bank Member FDIC, NY NJ MD PA DE CT VA DC

BYU Law Students Develop Web Resource To Address Flaws In Expungement Process

Eight students in the LawX legal design lab at BYU Law have developed an online resource, called Goodbye Record, that is designed to address flaws in the process for expunging criminal records in Utah and potentially other states as well. I’ve written a number of times about LawX, a lab program launched in 2017 in which law students use design thinking to analyze and address critical issues in access to justice. In each semester-long lab, the students tackle a different issue. Previous LawX proj...
Tags: Utah, New York, Justice, Law, Uncategorized, BYU, Clifford Chance, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Josef, Utah Supreme Court, CCO, Administrative Office, LawX, Genesis Block, SixFifty, Constandinos

The Geek in Review Ep. 115 – Nicole Bradick and Ryan McClead on the Launch of Map Engine and Life as a Startup Founder

Nicole Bradick , Founder and CEO of Theory and Principle , along with Ryan McClead , Principle at Sente Advisors , join us to talk about their collaborative product Map Engine. Map Engine is an easy-to-use, but powerful data visualization tool that allows law firms to quickly and easily turn their multi-jurisdictional data into beautiful, shareable maps. Instead of the common approach of placing data in flat documents like PDFs, Map Engine allows the firms to tell the story embedd...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Europe, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, US, Startup, Bloomberg, Data, Visualization, Steve, Association of Legal Administrators, Mansfield, Alm, Greg

A Case Can Be Made To Replace Law Reviews With Law Blogs

No one could have imagined the changes we have seen the last ten or twenty years. Two day delivery of anything we want from the largest company in the world, a company that didn’t exist twenty plus years ago. A newly minted electric car company with a valuation in excess of all the other U.S. auto manufacturers, combined. All the result of innovation, technology and the Internet. While we hear of legal tech left and right, today, we hear little, if anything, of innovation when it co...
Tags: Google, New York, Law, Uncategorized, Harvard Law Review, Adam Liptak, Liptak, Supreme Court Reporter for the New York Times, Dennis G Jacobs

Name of a Law Blog Author Stays With Blog Post Forever

The name of the contributor of a law blog post stays with the blog post, as its author, forever. Just as if the blogger wrote a book or a law review article. If a blogging lawyer leaves the law firm, the appropriate thing for a law firm to do is to let the blogging lawyer take their law blog. If the blog is a multi-author blog, things may get stickier. But it’s very easy to “port” the blog posts into a file for the lawyer – if the firm is not leaving the posts up in the lawyer’s name. ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Aba, Kevin O Keefe

‘A Coming of Age for Legal Tech’: Exclusive Interview with CEO Jack Newton on Clio’s $1.6B Valuation

The legal technology company Clio this morning announced a Series E investment of $110 million at a valuation of $1.6 billion, making it the first law practice management company to achieve so-called unicorn status and one of only a small number of legal tech companies overall to achieve that status. In special episode of my LawNext podcast recorded ahead of today’s announcement, Clio cofounder and CEO Jack Newton joined me to provide details on the investment, discuss the implications for the c...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Clio, Newton, Andrew Davis, Jack Newton, T Rowe Price Associates Inc, T Rowe Price Associates, LawNext, Possible IPO Given, Clio Acquisitions Likely Newton

Publishing Your Legal Insight In Silos May Render Your Ideas Worthless

“Silos are computer networks that are walled off from everything else. Your ideas can go in there, they make that easy, even enticing, but they can’t interact with ideas anywhere else. Ideas that can’t interact are fairly useless.” This from the inventor of blogging, Dave Winer aptly describing where most legal publishing historically has gone. Into silos, at the enticement of large legal publishers, law journals, law reviews and trade/association periodicals Much has been ego driven...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Dave Winer, National Law Journal Here

Online Dispute Resolution Service FairClaims Takes On AAA and JAMS with New Offering

The online dispute resolution service FairClaims is taking on established commercial arbitration services such as JAMS and the American Arbitration Association with a new offering that it says will resolve disputes far faster and at a fraction of the cost. FairClaims’ new FastTrack Arbitration service is designed for business disputes of $25,000 or more, with a particular focus on disputes involving small- and medium-sized businesses or that are handled by lawyers in smaller law firms. The news ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, AAA, Kane, American Arbitration Association, ODR, Stephen Kane, FairClaims

Sharing Blog Posts to LinkedIn Won’t Get Them Seen on LinkedIn

Lawyers and law firms are told to share their blog posts on LinkedIn to get their posts seen. Sharing blog posts is not enough to get your posts seen, if getting your posts seen, alone, is even a worthwhile end goal. What is seen on LinkedIn, just like Facebook, is fueled by algorithms. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn, four years ago, those algorithms have gotten better and better. When you share content on LinkedIn, the content is not seen by your connections or anyone e...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Linkedin

Reynen Court’s New Offering Targets Mid-Sized Firms and Corporate Legal With Simplified Testing And Deployment

Reynen Court, the so-called app store for legal technology, yesterday announced a new full-service offering aimed at making it easier and more economical for mid-sized law firms and corporate legal departments to test and deploy innovative cloud-based applications. The new offering provides provides firms and legal departments turn-key access to what the company describes as “Innovation in a Box” — enabling them to obtain the full benefits of the Reynen Court platform, without requiring them to ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Klein, Orrick, U S and U K, Bill Koch, Womble Bond Dickinson, Womble Bond Dickinson US, Reynen Court, Amsterdam Andrew D Klein Reynen Court, App Store for Legal Tech Reynen Court, Clifford Chance Latham Watkins

Reset, Recalibrate and Replenish

“No matter how much you try, the mind and circumstances tend to conspire in ways to unsettle your soul. And when that happens, you need to find a way to reset, recalibrate and replenish.” This from veteran tech journalist, Om Malik. For Om, this means landscape photography, recently along the California coast, among the redwoods. For years, reset, recalibrate and replenish, for me, meant running every morning, working myself into the day without the frantic starts of decades past (b...
Tags: Law, California, Uncategorized, Seattle, Jill, Issaquah, Bainbridge Island

New Product Makes It Easy For Firms To Map Multijurisdictional Surveys

A common service that law firms perform is to compile multijurisdictional surveys of laws, regulations or other legal data. But an equally common problem is presenting that data in a way that is visually informative and compelling. A new product called Map Engine aims to solve that problem by making it easy and economical for law firms to create attractive and interactive maps to visualize multijurisdictional data. Released yesterday, Map Engine was developed as a partnership between Theory and ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, European Union, Ryan McClead, McClead, Nicole Bradick, Sente, Theory and Principle, Map Engine, United States Wikipedia Grocery Store, State Map Engine Consolidated Minimum Wage Table

The Geek in Review Ep. 114: Pablo Arredondo on CaseText’s New WeSearch Tool and How the Neural Net Is Making Its Way Into Legal Information

We hope that you like your Geek in Review with a little extra geekiness this week because we dive in with CaseText’s Chief Product Officer Pablo Arredondo on their innovative search tool, WeSearch.  This completely unique method of indexing texts into what Arredondo calls a “sublimely complex, 768-dimensional vector space”  creates a truly beautiful, and useful method of searching not just the words in the documents, but the concepts and meanings of those documents. Unlike the Artificial Intelli...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, University Of Houston, Accenture, Casetext, Coke, Search Tools, Mckinsey, Gensler, Greg

New iPad Pro for Legal Bloggers

Apple did its first product launch of the year, this week. To fully appreciate the show you needed an eighty-inch monitor and your yellow lab and golden retriever along side. Only the golden retriever watches television. Though Tim Cook and Apple do a heck of a show launching new products, I was most interested in the new iPad Pro. Other than my iPhone, I use an iPad Pro for all of my blogging. I do all of my work on my iPad and iPhone. I have an iMac on the side of my desk but I do...
Tags: Apple, Law, Uncategorized, Tim Cook, Apple Magic Mouse, Apple Bluetooth

Chauvin Trial Ends… Can White Folks Try Not To Make It About Themselves For Five Minutes?

There's a right way and a wrong way to write a law school statement addressing a verdict like this.
Tags: Crime, Law, Police, Uncategorized, Racism, Law Schools, Derek Chauvin

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