February, 2024

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Exclusive: Practice Management Company Smokeball Unveils Plans for an AI Ecosystem Spanning the Full Client Lifecycle

Above the Law - Technology

At the American Bar Association’s Techshow this week in Chicago, the law practice management platform Smokeball will unveil its plan to deploy generative artificial intelligence within its platform across the client lifecycle, from intaking new clients to handling their matters to billing them for the work. It will launch the first set of these Smokeball AI features in beta in March in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, with general availability around the middle of the year

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GenAI Is Not Stupid, But It Is Ignorant

3 Geeks and a Law Blog

For the entire history of human civilization, the ability to put words together intelligently, whether spoken or written, has indicated an underlying level of understanding and a general level of intelligence of the speaker or writer. The development of Generative AI may be a major milestone in the creation of artificial intelligence, but it also represents the decoupling of language from intelligence.

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ABA Journal and LexBlog Launch The American Legal Blogger : Brings Together, Blogs, Podcasts and Other Insight From Lawyers Worldwide.

Kevin O'Keefe

Good morning from the ABA Techshow in Chicago. I have some exciting news for you. The ABA Journal and LexBlog, Inc. have come together to launch The American Legal Blogger , a brand-new publication aimed at spotlighting your legal insightful blogs, the dedication of lawyer authors, and the distinction of the firms publishing the blogs. As we celebrate twenty years of legal blogging, The American Legal Blogger stands as a tribute to the essential role of legal bloggers—our industry’s citizen jour

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Not Again! Two More Cases, Just this Week, of Hallucinated Citations in Court Filings Leading to Sanctions

LawSites

For all the discussion of how generative AI will impact the legal profession, maybe one answer is that it will weed out the lazy and incompetent lawyers. By now, in the wake of several cases in which lawyers have found themselves in hot water by citing hallucinated cases generated by ChatGPT, most notoriously Mata v. Avianca , and in the wake of all the publicity those cases have received, you would think most lawyers would have gotten the message not to rely on ChatGPT for legal research, at le

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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ABA TechShow: The Power (and Pain) of Ideas

TechLaw Crossroads

“If you want to show up and be seen in your life, you’re going to get your ass kicked.” Brene Brown I recently finished a book by Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn entitled Id eaflow: The Only Business Metric that Matters. The book talks a lot about ideas and their power. The authors go to great lengths to explore ways to nurture ideas, how to work in teams to enhance ideas, and how to turn ideas into reality.

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Scam Baiting: An Innovative Approach to Combating Online Fraud

LLRX

The thesis of Kyra Strick's instructive paper promotes a proactive approach to a rapidly increasing online security crisis. Strick states that in the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity, scam baiting has emerged as a captivating and unconventional approach to combating online fraud. Scam baiting is the practice of engaging with scammers to expose their tactics and disrupt their operations.

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Pablo Arredondo on the One-Year Anniversary of CoCounsel

3 Geeks and a Law Blog

In this episode of “The Geek in Review,” hosts Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer celebrate the one-year anniversary of CoCounsel , the pioneering Generative AI Legal Research Tool launched by CaseText. They are joined by Pablo Arredondo , Vice President of CoCounsel at Thomson Reuters and co-founder of CaseText, to discuss the significant strides and challenges faced in developing and implementing generative AI in legal research.

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Aleksei Navalny’s Life As An Activist Began As a Blogger

Kevin O'Keefe

Not until reading Gaya Gupta ’s story The New York Times, this morning, did I know that Aleksei Navalny’s life as an activist began as a blogger. Born on June 4, 1976, to parents who challenged Soviet rule, Navalny grew up to become a beacon of activism against corruption. His journey began with a simple yet powerful tool: a blog. Through his blog, Navalny not only shared insights but also mobilized a generation, challenging Russia’s elite with his investigative prowess.

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Guest Post: Building Better Civil Justice Systems Isn’t Just About The Funding

LawSites

Editor’s note: The following guest post is a response to my recent post, The Justice Gap in Legal Tech: A Tale of Two Conferences and the Implications for A2J. It is written by Mark Chandler , former chief legal officer at Cisco Systems from 2001- 2021 and now a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School and a fellow at the Stanford’s Deborah L. Rhode Center on the Legal Profession , where he helps lead the Filing Fairness Project , and Jess Lu , a third year law student at Stanford and a civi

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Walking in Your Client’s Shoes

Attorney at Work

Sally Schmidt | The service you provide is every bit as important as the services you provide. The post Walking in Your Client’s Shoes appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Stay On Top of Newly Filed State & Federal Litigation: Curated Just for You!

With Daily Filings Report by Trellis you will receive an email and csv file daily with all new cases filed in the jurisdictions you're tracking. Each new case will include all case metadata like judge, parties, counsel, practice area, and even direct links to the full docket and complaint. Trellis Daily Filings Reports provide direct access to newly filed state and federal litigation curated just for you.

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The Orange Rag Newsletter is Here!

Legal IT Insiders

So, Clifford Chance has set the cat among the pigeons with its announcement that it is rolling out Copilot and Viva Suite to its 7,000+ employees. After a number of law […] The post The Orange Rag Newsletter is Here! appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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How Will You Measure Your AI?

Above the Law - Technology

Coming up with productivity improvements may need to be measured from the perspective of staying competitive in a changing environment or for helping acquire new clients. The post How Will You Measure Your AI? appeared first on Above the Law.

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LegalWeek 2024 Special Part Four: Joshua Lenon from Clio

3 Geeks and a Law Blog

In the latest episode of “The Geek in Review” podcast, co-hosts Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer continue their series of interviews from this year’s LegalWeek conference by engaging with Joshua Lenon from Clio. As Clio’s Lawyer in Residence, Lenon delves into the insights derived from the company’s Legal Trends Report , emphasizing the data-driven analysis of law firm practices and trends.

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Lawyers Who Receive Their Work by Referral Leverage Legal Blogs for Reputation Validation

Kevin O'Keefe

I talked to a solo practitioner, today, who is going to publish his second blog on the LexBlog Network. He shared that he wasn’t looking to generate any work from the blog. He had been a leading lawyer in a major law firm and built up a strong reputation for his work. His second blog will focus on an ultra niche from which all of his work would come from referrals – presumably from other lawyers.

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Clio Rebrands Lawyaw, the Document Assembly Software It Acquired In 2021, As Clio Draft

LawSites

Law practice management company Clio said today that Lawyaw, the document automation software it acquired in 2021, will now be called Clio Draft. The new name reflects a deepened integration of products and services since the acquisition, Clio says. “Uniting under the Clio banner gives us a clear focus on delivering value to our customers,” said Clio founder and CEO Jack Newton. “It also sets us up to enhance the future capabilities of legal document innovation by consolidating and c

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Freemasonry Might Be the Cure for Gen Z Men’s Desperate Loneliness

Attorney at Work

Bull Garlington | If you’re in your twenties or early thirties, there’s a good chance you are isolated as hell. The post Freemasonry Might Be the Cure for Gen Z Men’s Desperate Loneliness appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Ask Attorney Jennifer B.: I’m new to family law. Can you explain prenups?

Martindale-Avvo

To many, February is the month to celebrate love. And when there is love, there are thoughts of marriage. And when divorce lawyers think about marriage, they often think about prenuptial agreements. For those unfamiliar with a prenuptial agreement (known as a prenup), it is an agreement between marrying parties that serves to protect each party in the event of divorce or death.

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How AI Can Help You Find More Time To Think

Above the Law - Technology

An efficiency expert shares the tools he's using in his own practice on the Non-Eventcast podcast. The post How AI Can Help You Find More Time To Think appeared first on Above the Law.

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LexisNexis Survey Reveals Seismic Impact of Generative AI on Law Firms and Corporate Legal Standards

Legal IT Professionals

LexisNexis ® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today released results from a survey of senior leadership at top U.S. law firms and legal professionals at Fortune 1000 companies. The survey was conducted to better understand the business impact of generative AI technology on the legal industry and how it is redefining itself.

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TCDI's Key to Supporting Military Spouses in the Legal Profession

Relativity

Read about TCDI's Military Spouse Managed Review program, the people involved, and how it can inspire you to find ways to support military families in your own organization.

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Washington State Bar Seeks Chair to Helm Technology Task Force

LawSites

This was just passed along to me from someone at the Washington State Bar Association. If you are interested, act fast. The deadline is tomorrow. I am posting the notice verbatim. In March 2024, the WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) will consider the formation of a Technology Task Force. If approved, the Task Force will 1) assess the legal technology landscape, identifying threats and opportunities across various sectors, and 2) make recommendations that support and strengthen the use of technology

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First Rule for Writing With GenAI

Attorney at Work

Editing GenAI documents is like eating cotton candy. Here's a quick tip. The post First Rule for Writing With GenAI appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Introducing the All New Martindale-Avvo Connect Experience

Martindale-Avvo

We’re proud to announce the launch of our Connect Experience , an innovative new marketing platform that seamlessly integrates our marketing services, giving attorneys and law firms a competitive edge. The Connect Experience takes our featured offerings: ProVantage , WebVantage , and AdVantage. This powerful combination of services enables attorneys to effectively establish, grow, and elevate their firms – all while leveraging unparalleled opportunities to expand visibility and reach to c

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ROSS Cofounder Returns To Legal Tech with Startup Using AI To Surface Judges’ Decision-Making Patterns

Above the Law - Technology

Jimoh Ovbiagele , cofounder in 2014 of the now-shuttered AI legal research startup ROSS Intelligence, is returning to legal tech as chief executive officer of a new startup, Bench IQ , that says it is using generative AI to provide comprehensive insights into the decision-making patterns of judges — based not just on their written rulings, but also their rulings from the bench.

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Internet Access Providers Can Be Contributorily Liable for Subscribers’ Infringements–Sony Music v. Cox

Eric Goldman

As I’ve previously written, for many years after the DMCA passed, everyone assumed that 17 USC 512(a) completely shielded Internet access providers from liability for subscribers’ copyright infringements. Then, about a dozen years ago, the rightsowners coerced Internet access providers to adopt the “ Copyright Alert System ,” which treated rightsowners as trusted flaggers (whether or not they deserved that status) and required Internet access providers to deploy a “

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Cellebrite's 4 Takeaways on Modern e-Discovery from Legalweek 2024

Relativity

Following conversations with our peers, partners, and customers, we wanted to share some of the takeaways we brought back to the office after Legalweek. Check out some reflections from the Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions team.

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Here Are the Winners of ABA Techshow’s 8th Annual Startup Alley Pitch Competition

LawSites

This week brought the eighth annual Startup Alley pitch competition, the opening night event of ABA Techshow at which 15 startups competed for top honors by delivering their pitches live to an audience of Techshow attendees. Now on my way home from Techshow, I finally have a chance to post the winners. Here were the companies that won the top three spots: AltFee , a product that helps law firms replace the billable hour with fixed-fee pricing.

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Five Checklists to Make Your Law Practice More Efficient and Profitable

Attorney at Work

Checklists are great for making sure you are completing routine processes in your practice without mistakes. The post Five Checklists to Make Your Law Practice More Efficient and Profitable appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Rules on Targeted Advertising: What do the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Say?

Inside Privacy

2023 was marked by the adoption of key EU legislation in the field of data privacy, such as the Digital Services Act (“DSA”) and Digital Markets Act (“DMA”). Both introduce limitations and obligations on online platforms that process personal data for digital advertising. Ahead of the DSA and DMA’s implementation deadlines in February and March 2024 respectively, we will discuss below the key requirements they introduce specifically in relation to online targeted advertising.

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Artificial Intelligence Prompts And When The Source Of The Error Is NOT Between The Keyboard And The Chair

Above the Law - Technology

'Prompt engineering' is a hot topic, but what if every generative AI tool has a different vision of what amounts to a good prompt? The post Artificial Intelligence Prompts And When The Source Of The Error Is NOT Between The Keyboard And The Chair appeared first on Above the Law.

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Save Time on Comparative State Statutory Research with 50 State Surveys

Wisblawg

Last week in our Advanced Legal Research course at UW Law, we delved into the topic of legislative research including 50 state surveys. Inevitably, there are a few students every year who have been tasked with compiling and comparing laws across states and spent hours searching the laws of each state. Then we show them the various 50 state survey tools and they shake their heads at the amount of time they could have saved if they had known about them. 50 state surveys are tools whereby an expe

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Think You Understand Online Trespass to Chattels Law? Think Again–In re Meta Healthcare Pixels

Eric Goldman

This is one of the many pending “Pixel” cases. If you don’t recall, a “pixel” is a 1×1-pixel image file that is imperceptible to web visitors. A website adds code to its web page that summons the pixel from a third-party source. By delivering the pixel and related items like cookies, the third party can independently and automatically gather information about the web visitor.

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SXSW for Lawyers: What to look forward to at SXSW 2024

Martindale-Avvo

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an organization that explores all things music, technology, film, education, and culture. Its annual conference in Austin, Texas, features a healthy list of panel sessions for creatives and those who work with them. It’s a place for the convergence of ideas, from some of the top names in industry and many up-and-comers in cultural spaces.

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Taking Advantage of AI-Empowered Drafting and Legal Tech Tools for High-Stakes Transactions

Attorney at Work

Ari Kaplan interviews Paulo Varnieri, a corporate partner at Holland & Knight, and Ross Guberman, founder and CEO of Law Catch. The post Taking Advantage of AI-Empowered Drafting and Legal Tech Tools for High-Stakes Transactions appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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Trends in AI:  U.S. State Legislative Developments

Inside Privacy

U.S. policymakers have continued to express interest in legislation to regulate artificial intelligence (“AI”), particularly at the state level. Although comprehensive AI bills and frameworks in Congress have received substantial attention, state legislatures also have been moving forward with their own efforts to regulate AI. This blog post summarizes key themes in state AI bills introduced in the past year.

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