October, 2023

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Large language models and copyright, what next?

TechnoLlama

A few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article titled “These 183,000 Books Are Fueling the Biggest Fight in Publishing and Tech“ This article discussed a dataset used to train some large language models, which has sparked controversy due to the inclusion of a significant number of suspected pirated book […]

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How Can Lawyers and Law Firms Elevate Their Practice with Microsoft Office 365?

NSLT

For a busy law firm, streamlining processes and increasing productivity is key. And while many tools are available, Microsoft Office 365 remains at the top. Here’s how lawyers and law firms are using Microsoft Office 365 to their advantage.

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Unlocking Success in Complex Litigation: 10 Essential Strategies for Lawyers and Experts

TechLaw Crossroads

I was recently a guest on a podcast called Discussions at the Round Table. The podcast is put on by the Round Table Group. The Group is a premier expert referral service. It locates, vetts, and engages expert witnesses in complex litigation matters. I was asked to talk about my work as a practicing lawyer with experts over the years. For most of my career, I was a national mass tort defense lawyer.

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I Am Deeply Saddened To Report The Death Of Monica Bay: Friend, Mentor and Role Model to So Many in Legal Tech

Above the Law - Technology

For nearly two decades, one person reigned supreme over the world of legal technology. Such was Monica Bay’s prominence and influence that, when she retired in 2015 after 17 years as editor of Law Technology News , Thomson Reuters honored her with her name and image emblazoned above Times Square. As a dear friend, trusted mentor, and inspirational role model to so many in the world of legal tech, Monica stood alone.

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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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Study Finds Blog Posts Occupy Significant Position at Top of Google Search Rankings

Kevin O'Keefe

Danny Goodwin of Search Engine Land reports on a recent study by BrightEdge, an enterprise SEO platform, finding blog posts occupy a significant position in Google Search rankings. Specifically, blogs appear 23% of the time in the top 5 search positions, making them the most common content type to do so. The data is indicative of the continued importance of blog content, even in an age when other media, including video content is surging in popularity.

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Clio Goes All Out with Major Product Announcements, Including A Personal Injury Add-On, E-Filing, and (Of Course) Generative AI

LawSites

At its annual Clio Cloud Conference in Nashville today, the law practice management company Clio introduced an array of major new products and product updates, calling the series of announcements its most expansive product update ever in its 15-year history. (I discuss the product updates and enhancements in a separate post today.) New products include an add-on offering a suite of features designed for personal injury lawyers; Clio Duo, a proprietary generative artificial intelligence that will

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Call for Participation: WIPIP, Santa Clara, Feb. 2-3, 2024

Eric Goldman

The High Tech Law Institute invites you to participate in the 21st annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP), which will be held February 2-3, 2024, at Santa Clara University School of Law, in Santa Clara, California. This is an in-person event, not virtual or hybrid. If you aren’t already familiar with WIPIP, the colloquium provides IP scholars with a forum to present their academic works-in-progress and receive early feedback from their peers.

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It’s time to leave Twitter

TechnoLlama

At the start of the year, I wrote a blog post, committing me to remain on Twitter. This decision stemmed from an exodus of users following Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform, where, within weeks, dozens vanished from my timeline, compelling me to justify my sustained presence.

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Calling All Legal Tech Startups: Applications Are Open for the ABA TECHSHOW 2024 Startup Alley and Pitch Competition

Above the Law - Technology

Since the very first Startup Alley in 2017, the legal tech pitch competition has helped catapult the success of a long list of startups and become a seminal event of the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW. Now the competition is returning for its eighth year, and applications officially open today for legal tech startups to enter to compete for a spot at TECHSHOW 2024 , which takes place in Chicago Feb. 14-17, 2024.

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The Decline of News on Social Media: What It May Mean for Legal Publishing

Kevin O'Keefe

In what could bring changes to law firm publishing, Mike Isaac , Katie Robertson and Nico Grant of The New York Times report major online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), and Google are distancing themselves from news content, signaling a significant shift in the already complex relationship between tech giants and the news industry.

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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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vLex (Fastcase) Unveils Beta Version Of Its Global, Multi-Language Generative AI Legal Research Tool

LawSites

When the legal research companies vLex and Fastcase announced their merger in April , they promised the deal would fuel new opportunities for the development of generative AI for legal research. By creating the world’s largest global legal research library, spanning more than 1 billion documents from more than 110 countries, they said, they would have the legal industry’s ultimate large language model.

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[Clio Con Clips Mini-Series] Erika Harold: Civility and Inclusion in Law | Episode 5

Legally Speaking

Welcome to another special Clio Con episode! In today’s episode, we explore the fascinating intersection of law, advocacy, and technology through the lens of Clio Con. Clio Con is not just another legal conference; it’s a dynamic, forward-thinking event that brings together legal professionals from all walks of life to discuss cutting-edge developments in the industry.

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ChatGPT Is a Lot More Valuable to Lawyers Now

Attorney at Work

Hot Off the Presses: Meta AI Chatbot Trained with User Posts and ChatGPT Is Not Limited to September 2021 Data. The post ChatGPT Is a Lot More Valuable to Lawyers Now appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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In a SAD Scheme Case, Court Rejects Injunction Over “Emoji” Trademark

Eric Goldman

This is a SAD Scheme case from one of my least-favorite rightsowners, Emojico. (I wrote an expert declaration about them in 2021). Emojico has trademark registrations in the word “emoji” for a ridiculously broad range of product categories–from (I’m not making this up) ship hulls to penis enlargers–and it then licenses the word to product manufacturers and defendants ensnared in its enforcement net.

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FDA Forms New Digital Health Advisory Committee to Cover Growing Role of Tech

Above the Law - Technology

The FDA’s digital health advisory committee will discuss technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual reality, and digital therapeutics as well as topics like decentralized clinical trials and patient-generated health data. Committee member nominations are due in December.

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AI and Law: Optimistic Outlooks and Practical Applications for Lawyers Coming at ClioCon

Kevin O'Keefe

Not as many AI presentations on AI at ClioCon as I expected, but there’s a couple. Good ones. Preceding Mark Briton’s Tuesday talk on why lawyers should be optimistic about AI is a panel discussion on ChatGPT, AI and the Future of Law. Trial lawyer, Mitch Jackson , Ed Walters , Chief Strategy Officer at vLex, and tech lawyer, Alia Luria will detail how technologies such as a ChatGPT are transforming how people get work done and where they are seeking answers.

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LawNext Podcast: A Conversation About Wrongful Convictions, with Brian Banks and Michael Semanchik

LawSites

This week, LawNext veers slightly off-topic for a conversation about wrongful convictions. But, as you’ll hear from our guests, there is a legal tech angle, even to this. At the recent Clio Cloud Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down for a live conversation with one of the keynote speakers, Brian Banks , whose aspirations for a career in the NFL were sidetracked when, at age 16, he was falsely accused of sexual assault, resulting in his accepting a plea bargain that put him in prison f

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Unlocking AI’s Strategic Imperative: From Proof of Concept to Production

Hanzo Blog

We will likely now all agree that the latest generation of AI has emerged as a game-changer. Its potential is undeniable and prevalent across every sector, industry, and use case. Yet, many enterprises remain stuck in the "Proof of Concept" (POC) phase due to various barriers, testing the waters but never diving in. It's time to move beyond this and build real-world applications using AI.

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LinkedIn for Lawyers Who Don’t Like LinkedIn

Attorney at Work

Amy Hunt | You don’t have to be a LinkedIn influencer or frequent poster for LinkedIn to be a potent business development tool. The post LinkedIn for Lawyers Who Don’t Like LinkedIn appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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The American Legal Technology Awards Return

Lawyerist

The American Legal Technology Awards return to Nashville, Tennessee on October 8 to honor those spearheading advances in the legal field. After receiving 190 submissions in ten categories, the 28 judges have chosen 30 finalists to celebrate at this year’s conference. Expanded Categories Allow More Space for Industry Accolades This year, the founders of The American Legal Technology Awards, Cat Moon, Patrick Palace, and Tom Martin, made three improvements to give the legal community the mer

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Awards Recognize The People Out Here Making Lawyering Suck Less

Above the Law - Technology

American Legal Technology Awards provides recognition for often thankless work. The post Awards Recognize The People Out Here Making Lawyering Suck Less appeared first on Above the Law.

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Using AI in Writing is Like Taking an Open Book Exam—You Still Need to Understand the Concepts

Kevin O'Keefe

Lawyers who are blogging or writing are quick to dismiss the use of AI because of the importance of retaining their insight and voice. Rightfully so, they don’t want AI writing for them or in place of them. I ran across an insightful tweet from Sonia Baschez , a digital marketing consultant, who led email on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, which offers a nice reply.

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NetDocuments’ AI-Driven PatternBuilder MAX Is Now Generally Available; Comes with Nine Apps for Common Legal Use Cases

LawSites

In July, NetDocuments announced the limited launch of PatternBuilder MAX, a generative AI-driven version of its PatternBuilder document assembly product that it said would enable firms to create custom generative AI automations tailored to the needs of their specific practice areas. At the time, I wrote about how one immigration lawyer had used it to dramatically shortcut the time-consuming process of drafting O-1 visa petitions.

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Syncly hires Rishit Patel from TR HighQ as chief technology officer  

Legal IT Insiders

Syncly has hired Rishit Patel from Thomson Reuters HighQ as its chief technology officer, we can reveal. The Australian-headquartered legal data integration startup is delivering on its promise to grow … Syncly hires Rishit Patel from TR HighQ as chief technology officer Read More » The post Syncly hires Rishit Patel from TR HighQ as chief technology officer appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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Ditch the Zombie Nouns Starting This Halloween

Attorney at Work

Get to the Point! | Lawyers are notorious for adding suffix upon suffix to kill off perfectly serviceable action verbs to replace them with monsters: zombie nouns. The post Ditch the Zombie Nouns Starting This Halloween appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Clio Delivers Personal Injury Law Solution for Lawyers and Multi-Practice Firms

Legal Tech Blog

Clio , calling itself the world’s leading provider of cloud-based legal technology, has announced a new end-to-end solution designed for law firms with personal injury practices. This solution is built on the legal industry’s most widely used cloud-based legal practice management software, Clio Manage , and addresses the distinct workflows, procedures, and requirements intrinsic to personal injury law.

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At the Inaugural KM and Innovation for Legal Conference, Knowledge Is Power

Above the Law - Technology

When is a new conference not exactly a new conference? When it is the inaugural Knowledge Management & Innovation for Legal Conference (or KM&I for short). Let me explain. Organizers Patrick DiDomenico and Joshua Fireman kick things off. For years, the ARK Group’s annual KM conference in New York City was considered the go-to conference for legal KM professionals, and for at least eight years it had been cochaired by Patrick DiDomenico , president and founder of InspireKM Consulti

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Balancing AI and Human Expertise in Legal Blogging is Key for SEO on Google

Kevin O'Keefe

Many legal professionals are under the impression that AI writes content for lawyers and law firms looking to achieve search engine rankings. Hardly. In a long and well reasoned piece in Search Engine Land, Marcus Miller addresses the challenges and opportunities of using generative AI in content creation, especially from an SEO perspective. Miller emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, warning against the temptation to automate content production using AI, as it could result in SEO pitfal

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Zuva and Litera Jointly Develop Classification Taxonomy for Legal Documents and Make It Open Source through the SALI Alliance

LawSites

Two legal companies that are leaders in document and contracts technology, Zuva and Litera , revealed today that they have developed a multi-level document classification taxonomy for use by legal professionals and companies, and that they have contributed the taxonomy to the SALI Alliance , a group working to standardize legal data, to make it available on an open-source basis.

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Legal Geek pulls out ALL the stops to get you to the conference: Details here

Legal IT Insiders

There may be a rail and tube strike on Wednesday 4 October but the Legal Geek team has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that people can still attend the … Legal Geek pulls out ALL the stops to get you to the conference: Details here Read More » The post Legal Geek pulls out ALL the stops to get you to the conference: Details here appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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RelativityFest 2023: The Evolution of Ediscovery Technology

TechLaw Crossroads

I recently attended RelativityFest put on by the ediscovery software provider, Relativity. Relativity is one of the largest discovery software providers. RelativityFest is its extravagant user conference. This year’s version was in Chicago. According to Relativity, there were some 1793 attendees at this year’s show, which was the 14th annual one. In the Keynote, Relativity’s new CEO, Phil Saunders talked a lot about the evolving data landscape.

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Navigating Out of the AI Pilot Purgatory: A Roadmap to Success

Hanzo Blog

In the ever-evolving world of AI, many organizations find themselves trapped in what several affectionately term the "pilot purgatory." They're stuck in a cycle of testing and retesting, never quite making the leap to full-scale implementation. So, how do you break free and harness the true potential of AI? Let's dive in.

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Helping Lawyers Wear The ‘Business Owner Hat’ With Artificial Intelligence

Above the Law - Technology

Lawyers do more than lawyering and no one needs to have an ethical freakout over these uses. The post Helping Lawyers Wear The ‘Business Owner Hat’ With Artificial Intelligence appeared first on Above the Law.

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The Application of AI in Improving Legal Services: Learn from the Application of AI in Brain Tumor Surgery

Kevin O'Keefe

Many lawyers believe their work is too complex and personal in nature to benefit from AI solutions. Interesting piece from Benjamin Mueller of The New York Times that even the most precise work by the most skilled professionals benefits from AI. AI does not replace the professional, but enables the professional to do better work. Mueller reports on the use of AI in brain tumor surgery.

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RIP Michael Mills, Legal Tech Visionary and Innovator

LawSites

Well before the rest of the legal industry was talking about artificial intelligence, Michael Mills was talking about artificial intelligence. “The legal community needs to navigate the world of Artificial Intelligence,” he advised back in 2016. His map of AI in legal practice was, for a time, ubiquitous on PowerPoints at legal tech conferences.