November, 2023

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10 legal writing tools and software that will simplify your life

NSLT

Do you need legal writing tools for day-to-day working life? The truth is, if you’re in the legal profession, you’re probably already a pretty good writer. Our jobs are so word-intensive that you really can’t make it all that far in the law if you aren’t a natural wordsmith. That said, we can all use a helping hand from time to time. The good news is, in this day and age — there’s an app for that!

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OMG, China Has ACTUAL Legal Robots And All The Legal Tech Patents

Above the Law - Technology

All of these examples are actual examples of the technology that has been live in the Chinese justice system for at least five years. The post OMG, China Has ACTUAL Legal Robots And All The Legal Tech Patents appeared first on Above the Law.

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Don’t Believe the Hype? A More Practical View of Using AI in Legal (Stephen Embry – TechLaw Crossroads)

Technically Legal

This episode is conversation with attorney and legal tech aficionado Stephen Embry. He is also the man behind the TechLaw Crossroads blog which is a great resource for practical and real world insight about legal tech and how technology is impacting the practice of law. Stephen discusses his journey from practicing law to becoming a technology advisor for legal professionals and firms.

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Celebrating 20 Years of my blog, “Real Lawyers Have Blogs:” Some Perspective

Kevin O'Keefe

Twenty years ago, on November 22, 2003, I embarked into the world of blogging. With a simple picture of Perry Mason saying “Hmm… I should have a blog,” “Real Lawyers Have Blogs” was born. Post-LexisNexis, armed with lessons from my first company, Prairielaw.com, and driven by a passion to help lawyers harness the internet for building a name and building a business , I stumbled upon blogging.

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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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Navigating the Ethical Landscape of Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice: A First Look at the State Bar of California's New Guidelines

Internet for Lawyers

Navigating the Ethical Landscape of Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice: A First Look at the State Bar of California's New Guidelines By Mark Rosch As the legal profession grapples with the continually-shifting landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), the State Bar of California has taken a first-of-its-kind step forward to help lawyers use the technology in.

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How to Make a Legal GPT Legally using Open AI’s Chat GPT-4 Builder

Ward Blawg

In what will hopefully be an extension of our AI for Law Firms series, at the weekend I tried to set up a few legal GPTs and it got me thinking that not only is there limited information on how to make a GPT, let alone a legal sector one, but there is also little […] Author information WardBlawg Legal Blogger at WardBlawg Law | Digital | Legal Technology | Innovation Twitter

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In First for A U.S. Appeals Court, 5th U.S. Circuit Court Considers Rule Requiring Lawyers to Certify they Did Not Rely on AI to Create Filings

Above the Law - Technology

In what it appears would be a first for a federal circuit court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering adoption of a rule change that would require lawyers and unrepresented litigants to provide a certification regarding their use of artificial intelligence in preparing court filings. Lawyers and other filers would be required to certify either that they had not used AI in drafting the document or that, if they did, “a human” had reviewed the document for accuracy.

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Addleshaw Goddard selects CoCounsel, Spellbook, Microsoft Copilot and its own AGPT platform after gen AI trials

Legal IT Insiders

Having conducted trials or proof of concepts with five generative AI vendors in the drafting, review, legal review and productivity space – as we first revealed in June this year … Addleshaw Goddard selects CoCounsel, Spellbook, Microsoft Copilot and its own AGPT platform after gen AI trials Read More » The post Addleshaw Goddard selects CoCounsel, Spellbook, Microsoft Copilot and its own AGPT platform after gen AI trials appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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Exploring AI’s Role in Legal Blogging: Insights from Yale’s New Seminar, “Writing Essays With AI”

Kevin O'Keefe

More commentary of use to legal bloggers and legal marketing professionals on the AI in legal blogging front. Rather than telling students to stay clear of AI in their writing, Yale offers a new English seminar, “Writing Essays with AI,” taught by Yale’s Ben Glaser , an associate professor of English. While there are ethical concerns about AI compromising students’ academic integrity, there is also growing awareness of the ways in which AI tools might actually support and influence students in t

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Quick Matter Add

Xakia

Every member of a legal team is under time pressure. Receiving, reviewing, resolving and reporting on in-house legal work requires rapid digestion and a super smooth legal operations process. You do not have even one minute to spare.

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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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85+ Top Legal Technologist Specialists, Leaders & Heroes in the UK (Scotland, England & Wales and NI)

Ward Blawg

These top legal technologist specialists, leaders and heroes in the UK are redefining what it means to practise law, and indeed to succeed with legal service delivery, in the 21st century.

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The $650M Casetext Story: Coloring Book Edition

LawSites

Once upon a time, in a magical city called San Francisco, three former lawyers came together to develop an innovative legal research platform, as an alternative to traditional legal research services such as Thomson Reuters Westlaw and LexisNexis. They called their new company Casetext. Their original idea was to create a free, comprehensive library of primary legal research materials, supplemented by crowdsourced annotations and edits contributed by users, like a Wikipedia for law.

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Elon Musk’s ‘Thermonuclear Lawsuit’ Is Here And It’s… Positively Tepid.

Above the Law - Technology

After promising a bombshell of a lawsuit against Media Matters, Elon Musk delivers a dud. The post Elon Musk’s ‘Thermonuclear Lawsuit’ Is Here And It’s… Positively Tepid. appeared first on Above the Law.

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Legal IT Win: Leading African law firm selects Virtual Pricing Director

Legal IT Insiders

Africa’s largest law firm, ENSafrica, will shortly deploy Virtual Pricing Director, the legal SaaS pricing platform conceived and built over five years by international legal pricing experts Validatum, we can … Legal IT Win: Leading African law firm selects Virtual Pricing Director Read More » The post Legal IT Win: Leading African law firm selects Virtual Pricing Director appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella Remains Bullish On OpenAI: Emily Chang Video Interview

Kevin O'Keefe

Incredible interview of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella by Emily Chang of Bloomberg. What a crazy story hearing that Satya had no inclination there was a rift between Sam and the OpenAI board – and to this day he has not talked to anyone on the board as to why they fired Sam. Yet Satya is happy to support Sam’s return to OpenAI, if that’s what comes of things – so long as there is a change in governance allowing Microsoft to protect itself.

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Ask Attorney Jennifer B.: What can we learn from celebrity divorce proceedings?

Martindale-Avvo

It seems like every other week we’re hearing about another celebrity divorce. Whether they’re involved in long term marriages (27 years like Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness) or short marriages (14 months like Britney Spears and Sam Ashgari), celebrities, like average couples, sometimes find themselves in the unfortunate situation where a marriage does not work out.

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The Persistent Gavel: A Curious Phenomenon in ChatGPT and DALL-E 3’s AI Technology

Ward Blawg

In the fascinating world of AI in the legal sector and AI-generated content, a peculiar trend has emerged: the unyielding presence of gavels in images created by DALL-E 3, even when explicitly requested to be omitted. This phenomenon highlights the intriguing quirks of AI and its interpretation of requests. What’s the problem with gavels?

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LexisNexis Unveils Two New Generative AI Products

LawSites

Just three weeks after introducing its generative AI legal research product Lexis+ AI , LexisNexis is keeping the momentum going, today introducing two more products that use generative AI. One, Lexis Snapshot, provides AI-generated summaries in alerts of new case filings. The other, Lexis Create with Lexis+ AI, brings generative AI drafting assistance to the Lexis Create add-in for Microsoft Word.

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Generative AI, Having Already Passed the Bar Exam, Now Passes the Legal Ethics Exam

Above the Law - Technology

Well, it’s happened again: Generative AI has passed a critical test used to measure candidate’s fitness to be licensed as a lawyer. Back in March, OpenAI’s GPT-4 took the bar exam and passed with flying colors , scoring around the top 10% of test takers. Now, two of the leading large language models (LLMs) have passed a simulation of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), a test required in all but two U.S. jurisdictions to measure prospective lawyers

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How to Take the Awkward Out of Holiday Parties

Attorney at Work

Holiday parties can be more awkward than meeting the parents. Try these tips to become confident. The post How to Take the Awkward Out of Holiday Parties appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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When Successful, Art Exceeds Its Creator’s Plans – Especially In the Days of AI

Kevin O'Keefe

When successful, art exceeds its creator’s plans. So true in these days of AI. No one could have envisioned the “travelings” of a book, an article or a legal blog post. To the “Books3 database” for Meta’s AI? Ian Bogost , a contributing writer for The Atlantic, takes a contra – and refreshing – view to that of most authors, reporters and publishers when it comes to the scraping of their work for the training of AI large language models such as ChatGPT.

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Hanzo Wins “Best Use of AI for eDiscovery” In 2023 LegalTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Hanzo Blog

Hanzo wins 'Best Use of AI for eDiscovery' at 2023 LegalTech Breakthrough Awards, for its innovative AI-driven tool, Hanzo Illuminate with Spotlight AI.

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Guest Post: Innovative Advancements: How Plaintiff Attorneys Use Technology and Work Processes Differently

TechLaw Crossroads

Every now and then, I publish guest posts. I’m especially thrilled to offer the following posts for a couple of reasons. First, it is written by the esteemed and well-known plaintiffs’ lawyer, Jeffery Kimmel. His bio is at the end of the post but suffice it to say he’s a talented plaintiffs’ lawyer and author who frequently appears as an expert legal source for national media.

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Exclusive: Economic Optimism Among Smaller Law Firms Drives Increased Spending, But They Still Face Challenges Meeting Client Demands, New Survey Finds

LawSites

Even amid a highly variable and possibly decelerating U.S. economy, smaller law firms are showing greater optimism about their futures. The post Exclusive: Economic Optimism Among Smaller Law Firms Drives Increased Spending, But They Still Face Challenges Meeting Client Demands, New Survey Finds appeared first on Above the Law.

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Elon Musk Threatens ‘Thermonuclear Lawsuit’ Prompting Thermonuclear Terrible Legal Takes

Above the Law - Technology

Elon Musk wants to sue Media Matters for. something. The post Elon Musk Threatens ‘Thermonuclear Lawsuit’ Prompting Thermonuclear Terrible Legal Takes appeared first on Above the Law.

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Tips to Reduce the Stress of Practicing Law

Attorney at Work

Jamie Spannhake | 5 tips to help you manage the stress of practicing law so you can enjoy work — and life — more. The post Tips to Reduce the Stress of Practicing Law appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Exploring the Ethics of AI in Legal Writing and Blogging

Kevin O'Keefe

Lukasz Ostrowski has a great piece over on Medium about the ethics of writing with AI. I’m in the law, where I’d guess the majority of blogging and digital publishing lawyers have thrown ethics out the window already by paying others to write content for them and publishing the content in their own name. For the lawyers who write their own blog posts, here’s some excellent points from Ostrowski – with my commentary – when it comes to using AI in writing.

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Tradespace raises $4.2m to build out LLM-based IP management platform

Legal IT Insiders

San Francisco-headquartered IP management vendor Tradespace Inc. today (15 November) announced that it has raised $4.2m in seed funding and released an AI-powered IP management platform. The new capital will … Tradespace raises $4.2m to build out LLM-based IP management platform Read More » The post Tradespace raises $4.2m to build out LLM-based IP management platform appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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Book Review – The Legal Tech Ecosytem

LLRX

Colin Levy’s extensive experience makes him well qualified to write about lawyer use of technology, and Jerry Lawson assessment is his new book provides a clear-eyed view of how lawyers are using technology today and how they should use it tomorrow.

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Small Law Firms Made Progress this Year On Their Biggest Challenge, Thomson Reuters Survey Finds

LawSites

Seven times since 2016, Thomson Reuters has conducted a survey on the state of small law firms in the U.S., and every time, it found that small firms had made virtually no progress on one of their greatest challenges, which is that they spend too much time on administrative tasks to the exclusion of practicing law. As Thomson Reuters itself says, “Previous editions have frequently been a case of ‘the more things change, the more things stay the same.'” But this year, in the jus

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White House AI Exec Order Raises Questions On Future Of DoD Innovation

Above the Law - Technology

'What's really going to matter is how these various departments and agencies actually start building the rules and interpreting the guidance that they received in the executive order,' Klon Kitchen of Beacon Global Strategies told Breaking Defense. The post White House AI Exec Order Raises Questions On Future Of DoD Innovation appeared first on Above the Law.

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The Countdown Begins: Farewell to Full-Time Law Practice

Attorney at Work

Susan Cohodes | It's a question that has followed me throughout my career. The post The Countdown Begins: Farewell to Full-Time Law Practice appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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How Would You Explain Why Lawyers Blog to a Kindergarten Class? Lou AI Says to Think of Them as Superheroes

Kevin O'Keefe

I asked Lou , LexBlog’s AI powered publishing assistant, how it would explain to a kindergarten class why lawyers blog. To which Lou responded. Imagine you have a big, difficult puzzle to solve, but you’re not sure how to do it. Lawyers are like helpers who know a lot about a special set of rules called ‘laws’ that everyone must follow. They write blogs, which are like online diaries or storybooks, to share what they know about these rules.

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The Importance of Testimonials for Small Law Firms

Martindale-Avvo

Relationships are essential to small law firms and lawyers. Investing in client testimonials is an excellent way to promote yourself and build upon old relationships by creating new ones. An easy way for small law firms to stand out in a crowded marketplace is through client testimonials. Not only do testimonials build credibility and trust, but they also offer “social proof” of your service capabilities and past case results.

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REPORT: Cloud Technology and Governance: A Legal Sector In Transition

Legal IT Insiders

In this report, produced in partnership with Litera, we canvassed the views of legal IT leaders across the globe as to where they are in their cloud journey. Huge leaps … REPORT: Cloud Technology and Governance: A Legal Sector In Transition Read More » The post REPORT: Cloud Technology and Governance: A Legal Sector In Transition appeared first on Legal IT Insider.

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