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New Initiative Seeks to Establish Common Language for Legal Matters

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Standards for the Legal Industry (SALI) is behind an initiative to create "matter standards" that in-house legal departments, law firms and business partners can use.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer

Who Will Regulate Flying Cars?

By David Ruiz |

“It’s a Pandora’s box of issues,” said Mark Connot, managing partner for Fox Rothschild’s Las Vegas office.

A Bridge Too Far? Legal's Challenges in Explaining AI Decisions

By By Rhys Dipshan |

Legal and computer science experts at NYU Law's "Algorithms and Explanations" conference discuss the technical and legal barriers to uncovering AI's decision-making.

Why Google Is Losing the Battle Over Foreign-Stored Data

By Ben Hancock |

A recent San Francisco case spotlights the particular challenges faced by Google's approach in waging courtroom battles over data storage.

4 Tech Tips for Law Firms with Negotiated Pricing

By Jeff Segarra, Nuance |

Incorporating technologies to optimize administrative processes and manage expenses can create a better work environment and better outcomes for clients.

11th Circuit Upholds Conviction in Case Over Email Breach in Mayoral Election

By Tom McParland |

The court ruled former Mobile County License Commissioner Kimberly Hastie broke the law by turning over a list of drivers' email addresses.

E-Discovery

Unified Front: Examining kCura and Guidance's Integrated Full EDRM Offering

By Rhys Dipshan |

Guidance Software and kCura look to play to each other's strengths to tap the demand for comprehensive review solutions.

Justin Kan, Atrium

Legal Technology Investing: A Tale of Two Companies

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Startup founders have begun to look for new approaches to court or skirt venture capital. The cases of Separate.us and Atrium can provide lessons for other companies.

Edelson Lobs Privacy Suit at Data-Mining Firm Named in NYT Report

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers at Edelson PC claim UnrollMe's data-mining practices violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Stored Communications Act.

A large crowd rallies in front of the U.S. Capitol to denounce President Donald Trump’s travel ban order.

In First, Fourth Circuit to Livestream Travel Ban Hearing

By Cogan Schneier |

The court granted a request from CSPAN to broadcast the audio, acknowledging “heightened public interest” in the case.

Talin Andonians, Discovia COO

Women of Legal Tech: From the United Nations to Uniting Legal with Technology

By Monica Bay |

After moving to the U.S. in 2002 and learning English as her third language, Talin Andonians worked her way to become Discovia's COO.

Should You 'Facebook' the Jury? Yes. No. Probably.

By Ben Hancock |

While social media profiles can present a trove of data points for jury selection, the ethics and legality of researching jurors online depends heavily on jurisdiction.

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 Provides a Gateway for FTI's E-Discovery Managed Review Services

By Ian Lopez |

The company's latest legal offering involving Microsoft Office 365, FTI Consulting's managed services uses the cloud for preservation through review.

3 Ways Cybersecurity Demands Are Changing E-Discovery

By Rhys Dipshan |

Data security responsibilities are changing discussions in pre-trial conferences and making e-discovery practitioners more cautious with data custodians.

Identifying and Investing in Solutions for Law Firms and Legal Departments

By Ari Kaplan, Ari Kaplan Advisors |

On a recent podcast, Ari Kaplan spoke with Pangea3 co-founders David Perla and Sanjay Kamlani on their new venture and legal tech's investment promise.

Stay-at-Home-Rainmakers: A Growing Threat to Big Law

By Roy Strom |

A number of cloud-based law firms are increasingly competing with Big Law for both rainmakers and work from Fortune 100 clients.

Technology Tools for the Art of Legal Marketing

By LTN Staff |

Five legal marketing experts break down how technology has changed the face of the profession.

J.C. Boggs, King & Spalding, Partner and Dean C. Garfield, Information Technology Industry Council, President and CEO opened the 2017 Cybersecurity & Privacy Summit, hosted by King & Spalding on April 24, 2017.

Cyberinsurance and Vendor Follies Headline King & Spalding Cybersecurity Summit

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Panelists hoped to bring clarity to risk management anxieties arising from the fast-changing cybersecurity market.

E-discovery Leader Ipro Announces ‘Substantial Investment’ from ParkerGale Capital

By Zach Warren |

The deal, whose monetary details have not been disclosed, will allow ‘increased investment across all departments’ and provide further acquisition opportunities, the company says.

Government Accountability Office building in Washington, D.C.

GAO's Fintech Report Highlights Data Security, Lack of Clarity on Regulatory Oversight

By Stephanie Forshee |

Regardless of which agency oversees which type of fintech company, data security is of top concern, the report noted.

The Benefits of Welcoming AI Into the Legal Department

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

An upcoming CLOC session will focus on the current uses of AI to drive positive operational improvements in spend analytics and outside counsel management.

Will 'Draft Measures' Help Clarify Data Transfer Issues in China?

By Ed Silverstein |

The Chinese government says the data transfer Draft Measure clarifies the recently passed Cybersecurity Law, but companies may find some of the regulations potentially cumbersome.

Corporate E-Discovery Struggles With Employee Mobile Device Proliferation

By Rhys Dipshan |

As companies expand mobile device in-house, many are worried about their ability to limit the exposure of potentially discoverable corporate data.

Philadelphia Bar Taking Data-Driven Approach to Judicial Politics

By Max Mitchell |

During the upcoming May 16 primary, volunteers from the bar association will pass out fliers with ratings and answer any voter questions about the process.

New Rules Meant to Keep Sharks Out of 'Ocean of Data' Could Slow Work, Raise Costs

By David Ruiz |

The ACC rules lower the chance of breaches, lawyers said, but they also provide a roadblock: Lawyers can't access files as quickly.

Corporate Legal's Metrics Mandate: Create Your Own KPIs, or Others Will

By Rhys Dipshan |

The 2017 CLOC Conference focus on harnessing legal data toward actionable metrics is more than advice—it's increasingly becoming a business necessity.

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This GC Thinks He Can Quantify the Long-Subjective Art of Service Provider Value

By Zach Warren |

The brainchild of Mark Smolik, GC of DHL’s American supply chain operations, Qualmet’s first cloud-based platform assesses and compares the performance of legal service providers.

Back row from left: Jackson Gorski, Sarah Kelly, Mary Rios, Crystal Fletcher, Andrew Bernick, Mario Cantu, and TOJI Director Anne-Marie Rabago. Front row from left: Carolyn Cadena, Kori Martin, DeVondolyn Arrington, and Claire Vaho

First Participants in Texas Bar Legal Incubator Program Help Close the Justice Gap

By Angela Morris |

Participants in the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator have emerged from an intense three-week boot camp that turbocharged the launches of their solo practices.

'Need to Know' Security: New Standard of Care, New Competitive Advantage

By Keith Lipman, Prosperoware |

Law firms need to pay attention to both the ACC guidelines and the NYS DFS regulations in order to compete in the current marketplace.

Ecology concept, businessman keeping a green leaf in his pocket

Reducing Your Firm's Carbon Footprint Requires Digitizing Your Records

By Parviz Rezvani, ABI |

A switch to electronic records can save time and money while reducing a law practice's carbon footprint.

Labor and Employment stock illustration.

Bloomberg BNA Updates Its L&E Tool Set With Heat Maps, Tracking Analytics

By Ian Lopez |

In an arena with increasingly more tech options for labor and employment, Bloomberg Law tries walking attorneys 'soup to nuts' through compliance processes.

K&L Gates Fills Breach-Response Need with RADAR Deal

By Lizzy McLellan |

The partnership follows the departure from K&L Gates of Pittsburgh partner Roberta Anderson, a co-founder of the firm's six-year-old cybersecurity practice.

Close of the future in customer care reps.

Billy Bot, a Chatbot with A Funny Streak, Takes A Barristers' Clerkship

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new chatbot hopes to provide a new public face for barristers' offices.

Grading Legal on Operational Excellence

By Rebekah Mintzer |

HBR Consulting knows the difficulty legal departments have evaluating their processes. At CLOC, group leaders will try to help operations professionals make the grade.

Corporations’ Living Data: 3 Biometric Trends to Keep An Eye On

By Rhys Dipshan |

Even with security advancements, the use of biometric data may running into increased regulatory oversight and far-reaching state privacy laws.

What's in Your Warehouse? Closing the Business Intelligence Data Gap

By Zach Warren |

Collecting and normalizing business intelligence data, building a data warehouse, and effective presentation for outside the organization will be key concepts at the 2017 CLOC conference.

Embracing Digital, LSAT Loosens Its Grip on the No. 2 Pencil

By Karen Sloan |

The Law School Admission Council will conduct the first nationwide digital exam on May 20, with 1,000 prospective law students taking the test on tablet computers.

Jason Van Dyke

Attorney in Revenge Porn Twitter War Sues DA over Rescinded Job Offer

By John Council |

Van Dyke said in 2014 he became the subject of media coverage when he sued a "dark net" revenge porn website called Pinkmeth on behalf of a plaintiff.

The Vicissitudes of the EU-US Cross-Border Transfer

By Ryan Costello, eTERA Consulting |

A look at SCCs in the Irish High Court, Privacy Shield confidence, and what it means for those searching for a comprehensive compliance program.

ONE Discovery Looks to Expand E-discovery’s UX Focus with New Solution

By Rhys Dipshan |

The new company is betting on the demand for a "for e-discovery professionals, by e-discovery professionals" tool in the enterprise space.

Global Patent Filings Spike in Fintech

By Stephanie Forshee |

An analysis published Tuesday from London law firm EMW shows a drastic spike in global patent filings related to fintech in 2016 compared to 2015.

'Smart Contracts' Demand Sharper Tech Skills From Lawyers, Experts Say

By Charles Toutant |

While expectations should be tempered, experts said blockchain adoption will bring changes to the practice of law.

FTC Tells Paid 'Influencers' to Disclose When Instagram Posts Are #Ads

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Federal Trade Commission is keeping tabs on the growing trend of brands hiring so-called "influencers"—athletes, celebrities and others with large followings—to promote their products on social media. Up until Wednesday, the agency has put the burden of ensuring proper advertising disclosure on the brands. The agency sent 90 letters to influencers and marketers informing them of their responsibility to "clearly and conspicuously" disclose the business relationships behind social media posts.

Not Everyone Is Happy About Latest Fintech Charter Proposal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Many traditional financial institutions, trade groups and regulators are seeking more clarity on regulations or outright opposing the OCC's proposal.

Compliance Playing Catch-Up with Regulators in Data Analytics Race

By Charles Hastie, Clutch Group |

As the regulators’ own capabilities of examining big data grows, it becomes less likely that they will discuss search terms with you to narrow down a data request.

Wolters Kluwer Aiming to Streamline Research into the Cybersecurity ‘Haystack’

By Zach Warren |

The new Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Suite provides curated news and enhanced searching capabilities for security-minded corporate legal professionals.

Video Depositions May Come of Age in the Cloud Era

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Cloud technology and tablet camera technology could make video depositions a lot less analog.

Got a Negative Online Review? First Things First: Turn Off Your Attorney

By Dan Lear, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

It happened. Some current or former client had the gall to write something less than flattering about you online. What do you do? The first thing to do, and this can be the hardest thing for attorneys, is to turn off your attorney. Feedback can be hard to take.

In-Car Payments to Drive Risks for Auto Companies

By Stephanie Forshee |

Adding credit card information to a vehicle's systems is just one more data point to be aware of in terms of data collection and privacy.

Why Artificial Intelligence Can't Compete With Humans, and Vice Versa

By Rhys Dipshan |

Limited by its computational nature, AI in legal falls short of being able to interpret and contextualize data the way attorneys can.

Fire Hazards, and the Power of Checklists for Effective E-discovery New Matter Planning

By Matthew Verga and Sarah Cole, Advanced Discovery |

An effective new matter planning checklist needs to address all six phases of your e-discovery project. Here’s a 24 question example.

Jury Consulting Gets Emotional With the Help of Technology

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Jury consultant Susan Constantine is employing facial recognition software, but the jury is still out on the tool's efficacy and impact.

A large crowd rallies on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by top Democrat lawmakers, to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries, on January 30, 2017.

E-Discovery Could Be Key in Trump Travel Ban Litigation

By Ed Silverstein |

Justice Department attorneys claim the information sought in the Washington case, much of it related to executive orders, is actually protected by various privileges.

Apple Headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California.

Apple Enters Self-Driving Race: Here's the Overall Lineup

By Cheryl Miller |

Apple hasn't said what it plans for the three Lexus RX450h models and six drivers now permitted by the DMV.

Information Governance: Law Firms' Cybersecurity Weak Spot

By Ian Raine, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Perimeter security is only one part of a comprehensive legal data security strategy and by itself leaves open a weak spot — attackers who, using phishing or other methods, are able to bypass strong perimeter security systems, and once inside find themselves able to access a firm's emails, documents and other work product.

Ex-New Jersey Judge, Colleagues Lose Bid to Dismiss Computer Hacking Suit

By Charles Toutant |

Former Essex County Superior Court Judge Carol Ferentz, Benjamin DelVento and DelVento's sons Benjamin Jr. and Matthew had moved to dismiss the suit by Maurice Donovan.

Tim Clauss.

The Information Governance Evolution From the Insider’s Perspective

By Ian Lopez |

InOutsource’s Tim Clauss discusses his firsthand experience with the changing role of information governance at law firms over the past 15 years.

UK Incubator Sets Sights on 'Regtech' for Corporate Compliance

By Rhys Dipshan |

Named Codify, the U.K.-based incubator will provide regulation technology startups with logistical resources and strategic advice and direction from corporate professionals.

Next Stop for Waymo-Uber Fight Is the Federal Circuit

By Scott Graham |

The former Google employee at the center of the trade secrets case persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to slow things down.

The 5 Factors for Legal to Consider for Joint Development Agreements

By Eric M. Lee, Thomson Reuters Practical Law |

Regardless of a joint development agreement's (JDA's) ultimate structure, counsel should consider certain key issues, ranging from IP to dispute resolution.

Server Room

Data Protection Education Lacking, but Hardline Policies Deny Reality of Employee Behavior

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A kCura-sponsored study found that, when companies have data policies in place, employees often don't know about them or fail to abide by them.

Buying or Upgrading Practice Management Software? 4 Things to Know

By Ian Lopez |

Implementing practice management tools can be a pain. Here are some considerations when making the move.

Brian Stearns and Mark Woolfolk of Morae Legal

For Legal Departments, Tech Enables Broader Transformation

By Rhys Dipshan |

Morae Legal managing directors Brian Stearns and Mark Woolfolk discuss how legal technology enables corporate legal to rethink how it approaches and delegates work.

A Perfect Global Storm: In-House Leaders See Rough Waters, Similar Challenges

By E. Leigh Dance, Global Counsel Leaders Circle |

These six conclusions of one survey, including the increasing focus on technology and IT, say that change is here for in-house counsel.

Using Computer Forensics to Investigate Employee Data Theft

By Timothy M. Opsitnick, Joseph M. Anguilano and Trevor B. Tucker, JURINNOV, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

When suspicions of employee data theft arise, it is important to engage a computer forensics expert to perform a theft-of-IP analysis in order to preserve electronic data and uncover important evidence.

Panelist L-R David Curle, Mary Juetten, Dan Lear and Monica Zant.

For Law Firms, It's from Alternative Fees to Alternative Business Models

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Evolve Law panelists discussed how technology plays a part in changing the billable hour and the law firm partner structure.

Karen Taylor, Anaqua.

Inside Asia's Legal Technology Evolution With Anaqua's Karen Taylor

By Rhys Dipshan |

Corporations operating in Asia are turning to legal technology to manage IP assets and work more efficiently on a global scale.

Dollars & Data: Law Firms Increasing Marketing, Business Development Tech Spend

By Ian Lopez |

A recent Bloomberg Law/Legal Marketing Association report examined how firms are using and plan to use technology for business development.

Cyber Crime: How Architects, Engineers and Contractors May Be at Risk

By Daniel Gmelin, Hiscox, Property Casualty 360 |

The risk management rundown on making sure your company, no matter the size, is protected from common cyber risks.

CodeX Dispatches: 5 Takes on Successful (and Potential) Growth in Legal Tech

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Five speakers from across the legal industry share their ideas and success stories about pushing efficiency and tech adoption forward.

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Clients Not Ready to 'Talk to a Robot,' but Jackson Lewis Bets on Automating Compliance Tasks

By Ian Lopez |

Jackson Lewis' workthruIT site serves as a digital tool suite for general counsel, HR and employers for workplace-related issues.

Data center with hard drives

Challenged by the Old and New, Corporate E-Discovery Hits a Wall

By Rhys Dipshan |

A survey by Osterman Research finds many corporations are unable to retain, produce and search through much of their internal data given depending on its age, type and where it’s stored.

United Airlines Airbus A320.

United's Social Media Response Ignores Reputational Risk

By Ryan McConnell and Meagan Baker, R. McConnell Group |

The company has some serious work to do in responding to issues on social media that impact the airline's reputation.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

Fight Over 2 Big Law Accounts Sparks Legal Tech Court Case

By Cogan Schneier |

eSentio Technologies says a former employee stole two Big Law clients when he defected to rival technology provider HBR Consulting.

LexisNexis, HBR Consulting Explore Legal Tech Support with New Joint Venture

By Zach Warren |

Managed Technology Services will utilize LexisNexis technologies and data hosting capabilities, while HBR provides a strategy element.

Machines Are Organizing Legal's Data, But Not Fast Enough

By Rhys Dipshan |

Machine-learning powered data classification is providing better insight into internal and operational data, but it has yet to spread to all areas of legal work.

Bigger Data, ‘Tech Terror’ and Diversity Disparities Mark CodeX’s Fifth FutureLaw

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Stanford’s one-day event showcased the people, technologies and issues defining the latest wave of legal technology.

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Introduces New Data Governance, Threat Intelligence Offerings for Office 365

By Zach Warren |

For legal, Microsoft is trying to streamline records retention and deletion while keeping data in place.

Judge Jeremy Fogel, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C

In Complex Tech IP Cases, Some Judges Geek Out

By Ross Todd |

As jurists have gotten more comfortable weighing in on questions of patent law, some are taking time to delve deeper into the technologies themselves.

Matt Cushing, vice president and general counsel of Pegasystems

The Ever-Changing Roles of the Tech GC: A Chat with Pegasystems GC Matt Cushing

By Rhys Dipshan |

Matt Cushing, general counsel at technology company Pegasystems, discusses the opportunities and challenges legal professionals face in one of the economy's most cutting-edge industries.

How Can You Prepare for the New Australian Data Breach Notification Law?

By Lisa Vanderwal, Bird & Bird |

The new legislation will not only affect companies in Australia but international companies with Australian operations.

Reese Arrowsmith, vice president and head of legal operations at Campbell Soup Co.

Campbell Soup's Arrowsmith Named Head of ACC Legal Operations Group

By David Ruiz |

In the role, Arrowsmith will meet with general counsel and discuss best practices in developing internal legal operations departments.

Should Public University Lawyers Worry About Increasing IoT Data in Public Records Requests?

By Ed Silverstein |

Some important considerations and exemptions could limit the use of FOIA in attempts to release IoT data.

Integration for Investigation: kCura/Videris Partnership Pulls Web Data to Connect Dots

By Ian Lopez |

kCura and Videris are betting their integration can vastly improve the efficiency of analyzing data sets by aligning internal and external data sets.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco

Twitter Sues Feds, Refuses to ID Anti-Trump Tweeter

By Ross Todd |

@ALT_USCIS claims that it is run by an individual currently employed by the federal government, in this instance the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Top 3 Reasons for Associate Attrition and 3 Ways to Combat It

By Haley Altman, Doxly |

Here's a hint: Associate attrition isn't caused by salaries. So what's the issue, and is technology the answer?

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Ariz.

ASU Law Bets on Video Education With New Facility Integration

By Rhys Dipshan |

The law school integrated its new Phoenix-based Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law with Sonic Foundry's Mediasite platform.

Regulatory Scrutiny Ramping Up in the Rapidly Expanding Internet of Things

By Natasha Kohne and Crystal Roberts, Akin Gump |

All three major branches of the federal government, as well as the states, have begun to tackle regulation of the IoT.

Missing in Action: Impute Intelligently Before Deciding Based on Data

By Rees Morrison, Juris Datoris |

To counter data loss, analysts employ a range of methods—from simple to complex—to plug in plausible numbers for missing numbers.

Jeb Butler and Darren Tobin.

Lawyers Turn to Tweets to Pin Down Uber

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

For lack of another way to contact the tech-savvy car service, two Butler Tobin attorneys in Atlanta spoke out via Twitter.

Fintech Innovation Too Quick for Some Outside Counsel

By Stephanie Forshee |

“Not all lawyers were familiar with, or interested in, the intersection of technology and the rules and regulations that govern us as an investment adviser and broker-dealer,” says one GC.

Federal Communications Commission.

Future Shock? Uncertainty Over Long-Term Effects of the FCC Privacy Rules Repeal

By Rhys Dipshan |

The repeal may open up Internet service providers to future legal challenges on how and when they can sell their customer's private data.

Mitratech Announces New Majority Investor, Spurring Ongoing Global Expansion

By Ian Lopez |

Mitratech has had a series of investments and acquisitions in the past several years. The latest comes from international financial investors HgCapital.

Cybervillains Lurk on LinkedIn

By Steve Thomas, McGuire, Craddock & Strother |

The sources for reaping ill-gotten gains have expanded to virtually every corner of the internet, including what might seem an unlikely hunting ground at first glance—LinkedIn.

'Courtroom 2000' in Riverhead, equipped with flat panel screens.

PowerPoints at Trials Must Be 'Within the 4 Corners of the Evidence': N.Y. Court of Appeals

By Joel Stashenko |

The court upheld the convictions of two defendants in which the defense challenged as prejudicial the use of PowerPoint presentations by the prosecution.

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Twitter, Yelp Strike $5.3M Settlement in App Privacy Case

By Ross Todd |

The suit accused the apps of inappropriately accessing the address books of customers using Apple mobile devices.

Got Cool New Tech? There's a Lawsuit for That

By Lisa A. Rickard, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform |

In an opinion column, the president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform asks: Should we regulate new technologies with lawsuits? Plaintiffs lawyers think so. The public disagrees.

Kathryn DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave.

Beyond Buzzwords: This CIO Says Tech Is About Making Your Law Firm Better Than Others

By Ian Lopez |

Bryan Cave's Katie DeBord credits her competitive nature for her leadership with technology at the firm.

Shanghai.

Asia's Digital Growth Set to Squeeze Region's Corporate Counsel

By Rhys Dipshan |

Asian companies are bracing for an expected wave of rising litigation, regulatory action and cost pressures, a Baker McKenzie survey found.

Privacy Litigation Against Coca-Cola Goes Flat

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge held that Coca-Cola had no responsibility to prevent its employees' personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

Aaron Tantleff, left, and Mark Krotoski, right.

Two Lawyers’ Forecast for Cybersecurity Regulations? Cloudy

By Joel Stashenko |

The lawyers discuss regulatory conflicts that may emerge between federal agencies and states as they grab pieces of cybercrime deterrence.

Stop Spreading the News: A 5-Step Guide to Handling Unlawful Content Posted on Social Media

By Desiree Moore and Alexis Douglas, K&L Gates |

It might be time to react when someone posts defamatory, offensive or infringing content about you or your business on social media.

Life in the Startup Lane: LexisNexis Accelerator Selects 5 Companies for Mentorship

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

LexisNexis’ accelerator program features five companies with varied approaches to bringing technology to legal.

Chase D'Agostino, Quislex

Legal Tech's Promise Is Universal, but So Is Its Pain, Industry Veteran Says

By Rhys Dipshan |

Chase D'Agostino discusses his long career using and managing legal tech at law firms, legal departments and now, on the vendor side at QuisLex.

Legal Departments Face High Data Breach Risk, But Few Easy Solutions

By Rhys Dipshan |

Operational, cultural and implementation barriers can challenge corporate legal's attempts to secure volumes of sensitive company data.

Preparing for Ransomware Attacks: Your Company Is a Target

By Ryan Bergsieker and Allison Chapin, Gibson Dunn |

Planning ahead is essential, and legal teams should consider these nine tips when assessing their companies' readiness.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Data Debacles Ensue From Encrypted Messaging Lawsuit Against the EPA

By Ed Silverstein |

A lawsuit has been filed relating to EPA employees' use of an encrypted messaging app to discuss potential Trump administration changes and whether it falls under the Federal Records Act.

Allen & Overy’s London office

While Not a 'Tech Unicorn,' Allen & Overy Joins Law Firms in the Tech Hub Circuit

By Ian Lopez |

The firm's London office will host a space for clients and technology companies to collaborate on tools for regulations, deals and legal services delivery.

E-billing, invoicing, payments, machine learning

Inside Wolters Kluwer's Take on Machine Learning in E-Billing

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The LegalVIEW BillAnalyzer looks to support, not supplant, corporate legal department billing staff.

legal computer judge concept, lady justice isolated on white, 3D illustration.

Getting Serious About Document Security Means Balancing Access and Productivity

By Tracie Sokol, Canon U.S.A |

The need for workflow security components goes much deeper than simply meeting compliance requirements.

E-Discovery Heads In-House, and It's Not Just Because of Cost

By Rhys Dipshan |

In an industrywide survey, legal technology expert Ari Kaplan found corporate e-discovery is being leveraged more toward information governance and analysis tasks.

Negative Ratings

What's a Law Firm To Do About Anonymous Online Reviews? Sue, of Course

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Cromeens Law Firm alleges the defendants made false and defamatory statements about the firm on various online websites.

Sedona Conference Releases 3rd Edition of E-Discovery Principles for Public Comment

By Zach Warren |

The updates to the influential Principles are the first released since 2007, and the third edition is four years in the making.

Finding the Right Balance Between Tech Knowledge and Confidence in a Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition

By Zach Warren |

EDI's upcoming California Spring Meeting will look at perspectives and considerations for witness selection.

Data Collection Is a Top Concern for Drone Operators' Counsel

By David Ruiz |

There's a lot for in-house counsel at drone-operating companies to worry about, but data collection, retention and review remain their top worry.

With Contract Automation, Ambition Doesn't Always Align With Reality

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A self-executing contract could be coming, but it doesn't appear to be here quite yet.

Cornell Law School.

Student Interest Drives New Tech Law Program at Cornell Law's NYC Campus

By Rhys Dipshan |

The launch of the "Program in Information and Technology Law" at the New York City-based Cornell Tech campus is the school's latest move to combine legal and tech education.

What Companies Can Demand From Law Firms on Data Security

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Association of Corporate Counsel on Wednesday released its first set of model cybersecurity practices to help corporate legal departments ensure that outside firms safeguard their company's confidential information. Since 2014, the percentage of top in-house lawyers characterizing data breaches as "extremely" important rose from 19 percent to 26 percent this year.

From left Richard Climan, John Brockland, Keith Flaum, and Jane Ross

Hogan Lovells Lures Weil Tech Transactions Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Hogan Lovells won a bidding war for Climan’s crew, according to one source briefed on their decision to depart Weil.

Facebook Photo of Judge Holding Beverage Is Not Proof of DWI Release Violation, Judge Says

By Joel Stashenko |

City Court Judge Leticia Astacio had previously been suspended since her 2016 conviction for driving while intoxicated.

Lawyers Using Social Media Lack Framework for What's Allowed

By David Ruiz |

Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers' social media use on a case-by-case basis, leading to uncertainty.

Enterprise v. Application: Are Law Firms Ready for an Enterprise Class Solution?

By Mike Stern, Prosperoware |

In a changing marketplace, it might benefit law firms to choose an enterprise solution over 'technology application gluttony.'

DTI Looks for Next Step E-Discovery, Info Gov with Minority Investment in Valora

By Ian Lopez |

The investment allows Valora to focus on technology development over services, while DTI’s clients get access to data classification technology.

Data Gleaned From New Convercent Insights Solution Is All About the Ethics

By Rhys Dipshan |

By tapping into multiple enterprise and public data streams, Convercent Insights provides companies with a closer look at their compliance efforts.

Practice and Profitability: Prosperoware’s Data-Driven Take on Financial Management

By Ian Lopez |

Titled Umbria Profitability, the new practice management module offers a clearer window into law firm financial management. Here’s a look at how it gets its glimpse.

Who Has the Keys to Self-Driving Cars?

By Amanda Cicatelli, InsideCounsel |

The Waymo v. Uber case is one of the first major battles over driverless car technology, and it will be a real food fight.

Can Juristech's Floating Keyboard Tackle the Typing Woes of Legal Writing?

By Gabrielle Hernandez |

Juristech's Citepad software allows users to quickly insert some of the most hassle-provoking legal jargon and symbols, but can be cumbersome to integrate with other programs.

Fox Rothschild Raids Dentons for New York Startup Group

By Brian Baxter |

The lawyers represent clients like social media investment fund TGZ Capital, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity startup JASK, and health care data firm pulseData.

FRONTEO’s CEO Craig Carpenter.

Industry in Transition: FRONTEO's New CEO Preps for the Evolving E-discovery Market

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Craig Carpenter, the incoming CEO of FRONTEO, finds partnerships and AI to be the defining characteristics of e-discovery's transitional period.

concept of leaky software, data with a tap sticking out.

U.K. Barrister Fined after ‘Confidential’ Information Leaked in Home Computer Update

By Ed Silverstein |

725 unencrypted documents stored on the barrister's home computer were temporarily uploaded to a searchable internet directory.

Hacker Tries Extortion Plot vs. Apple, but Co. Says it Is Not Harmed; Here's What To Do

By Sue Reisinger |

While Apple says users are safe, the event underscores the importance for companies to be prepared for cyber events, says Alston & Bird partner.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

In Uber Appeal, Another Test for Digital Arbitration Pacts

By Andrew Denney |

Second Circuit judges are considering whether to sign off on an arbitration agreement that Uber wrapped into its app terms of service.

Four Pitfalls to Avoid in a Cyberinsurance Policy

By Stephen Raptis, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips |

These provisions are likely to be tested in litigation in the next few years and deserve particular focus by prospective policyholders.

NY AG Settles With 3 Mobile Health App Makers on Misleading Claims Charges

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The settlement represents the latest government oversight of a section of the health care industry that is growing in popularity but, in some cases, is not easily regulated, legal experts say.

Is Sensitive Data Safe in the Hands of Expert Witnesses?

By Margaret A. Daley, Berkeley Research Group |

What safeguards are in place to ensure a receiving party will provide the level of security sensitive data deserves? The answer is very few.

Winter 2017 Case Law Suggests Counsel Should Brush Up on Addressing ESI

By Ian Lopez |

A recent Exterro webinar brought together leading legal minds in e-discovery to interpret takeaways from this winter’s top e-discovery cases.

Venture Capital

Startup Struggles: How Individual Investors Allowed a Legal Tech Startup to Bypass VC Woes

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Venture capitalists have not taken to legal tech startups the way the industry thinks they should, but individual investors from the legal community can help fill in the funding gap.

Data Obstacles Hamper Cyber Insurance Growth

By Sam J. Friedman, Deloitte, Property Casualty 360 |

Insurance providers need to work to change the view of cyber insurance as many buyers as insufficient, uncertain, or too costly for the value offered.

Senate Votes to Repeal FCC Internet Privacy Rules

By Lora Hollien |

The Federal Communication Commission’s move to stop internet service providers from collecting customers’ personal information without consent has itself been halted.

It's Time for IT and Employees to Work Together to Address Cyber Risks

By Mark Hickman |

One of the key challenges for managing data breach risk is acknowledging that it is not always posed by someone outside of the company.

Are Law Departments Letting Law Firms Off the Hook With Cybersecurity?

By Daniella Isaacson, ALM Intelligence |

According to ALM Intelligence's recent report on cybersecurity and law firms, law firms are failing on the most fundamental level: basic preparation.

Oracle.

From the Ground Up: Inside Oracle's Knowledge Management Project

By Rhys Dipshan |

Ameen Haddad, ‎assistant general counsel at Oracle and head of its knowledge management project, discusses KM's complexities and opportunities.

E-Discovery Veterans are Tackling a 'New Generation of Challenges'

By Zach Warren |

Steve Vranas, who recently moved to Zapproved, talks lessons learned from his 15-year e-discovery career and his view on the industry's trajectory.

Companies Challenge Secrecy Protocols for FBI National Security Letters

By Ben Hancock |

The companies say the potentially indefinite gag orders about the letters are an unconstitutional prior restraint on free speech.

McDonald's.

McDonald's Trump Tweet Reveals Social Media Dangers for Legal

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

This is not the first time a controversial message has been released on a company's social media account—and it likely won't be the last.

Kathleen Killin, marketing and communications coordinator with ROSS Intelligence.

Women of Legal Tech: Kathleen Killin's Career Combines Artificial Intelligence and Art

By Monica Bay |

To take advantage of opportunities, Killin created an a la carte law approach to get her ticket.

L-R Jake Heller, Founder and CEO and Laura Safdie, COO and General Counsel, Casetext.

$12M Casetext Investment Underscores Am Law Interest in AI Technology

By Ian Lopez |

A recent investment in artificial intelligence-enabled legal research technology signals law firm acceptance and adoption of such technology.

cybersecurity

Cybercrimes in Civil Litigation: Using the CFAA To Go 'On the Offensive'

By Shain Khoshbin, Munck Wilson Mandala |

There is a split among federal circuit courts of appeals regarding the meaning of the phrase "unauthorized use" in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

IBM Watson

IBM's Watson Makes New Inroads Into Legal With Discovery, Business Research Offerings

By Rhys Dipshan |

IBM's announced expansion of Watson Discovery Service and the launch of Watson Company Profiler looks to further the AI platform's e-discovery and search technology.

Statutory Damages: The Future of Cybersecurity Litigation

By Thomas G. Rohback and Patricia M. Carreiro, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider |

Recent cases have taken different lessons from the Supreme Court's Spokeo ruling, but we should expect to see more class actions filed under statutory causes of action.

Contract

Inside the 'Robot Review': 3 Trends Defining the Artificial Intelligence Contract Market

By Rhys Dipshan |

The market for AI contract solutions is fueled by competitive innovation, differing law firm and legal department demands and the evolution of corporate legal.

Is Your Law Firm Running 'Encryption Light?'

By Nina Cunningham, Altman Weil |

With so many warnings to lawyers about transmitting unsecured email and attachments, it can be difficult to understand the solutions available and how they differ.

Where to Start When Shopping for Third-Party Cybersecurity Vendors

By Ian Lopez |

Companies that specialize in cyber protections may seem better positioned to secure a law firm, but not all are created equal. Industry insiders provide tips on how to find what works best for your firm.

Women in Cybersecurity

No Woman's Land: Cybersecurity Industry Suffers From Gender Imbalance, Discrimination

By Rhys Dipshan |

A PwC survey finds that women face wage, education and culture barriers in an industry heavily comprised of males.

How Can the Industrial Internet of Things Be Better Prepared for Cyber Risks?

By Ed Silverstein |

Fifty-one percent of IT security professionals say they do not feel prepared for security attacks that “abuse, exploit or maliciously leverage insecure IIoT devices.”

California Startup Plays Matchmaker to GCs and Outside Counsel

By David Ruiz |

Globality is trying to solve a common problem that general counsel face when companies expand into new jurisdictions.

Consilio Brings Together Analytics and Human Review in In-House Cost-Containment Service

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The "External Spend Optimization" tool promises to provide actionable data to control spending on outside counsel.

3rd Circuit Upholds Contempt Ruling for Man Who Didn’t Unlock Devices

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The appeals court decision affirmed a civil contempt order against a John Doe defendant, who refused to provide law enforcement with passwords to some of his devices while doing so for others.

funding and budgeting

In-House Legal Technology Adoption Often Pivots on One Key Variable: Project Sponsors

By Rhys Dipshan |

It is often up to general counsel and legal operations managers to support, and closely manage, their department's technology adoption.

ABA Offers New Cyberinsurance Policy for Law Firms as Breaches Continue

By Ed Silverstein |

Law firms with a minimum revenue base of $250,000 can apply for the ABA cyberinsurance policy, underwritten by Chubb Limited.

Mobile phones and digital tablets

Ninth Circuit Weighs Privacy in Police Cellphone Tracking Case

By Ross Todd |

Judges Mary McKeown and Jay Bybee expressed concern over the growing frequency and precision with which cellular providers can track their customers.

Google Is Not Generic for Internet Searching—But the Day May Be Coming

By Scott Graham |

Lawyer Richard Wirtz argues that so many people say "google" when they mean "search the internet" regardless of search engine.

How Do I Secure My World? Keeping Info Safe as Lines Blur Between Personal, Professional Lives

By Ian Lopez |

IBM CISO Shamla Naidoo said at ABA Tech show that much of preventing organizational cyber threats hinges on the individual.

10 Ways to Avoid W-2 Phishing Schemes

By Cinthia Motley, Sedgwick |

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses.

Handling Law Firm “Waste” to Adapt to a Changing Marketplace

By Ian Lopez |

Speakers at the ABA Tech Show emphasize how thinking about law as a business and using technology to meet your goals can help firms thrive in a changing environment.

Dr. Xuning (Michael) Tang, Chief Data Scientist at Vista Analytics,

Behind the Tech: E-discovery Data Scientist Discusses Future of AI, Document Review

By Rhys Dipshan |

Xuning Tang, chief data scientist at Vista Analytics, sees an expanding role for AI in corporate e-discovery, with little impact on in-house legal jobs.

4 Ways to Leverage AI to Optimize Your Legal Content Marketing

By Jaron Rubenstein |

If not done correctly, building new processes and capabilities into your firm's website can quickly become a time-consuming and costly endeavor.

Legalist website at https://www.legalist.us/

Legalist Integration With Clio Paves Way for Broader Litigation Financing

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Clio's practice management software will integrate tech-enabled litigation finance platform Legalist for quicker, online requests for litigation funding.

When it Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think

By Ian Lopez |

Evolve Law CEO Mary Juetten explained at the ABA Tech Show how law firms can employ metrics in improving their client services.

Back in the GDPR: Using Data Mapping to Arrive at a Privacy Impact Assessment

By Dan Panitz, UnitedLex, and H. Bruce Gordon, Teva Pharmaceuticals |

Any company operating globally should protect their value through exposure containment under both Privacy Shield and the forthcoming GDPR.

Legal Writing With Style: 3 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Document

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Ditching Times New Roman, widening margins and writing simply may improve attorneys' ability to reach judges and the general public.

Running the Corporate Legal Department Like a Profit Center

By Dan Bodnar and Rob Gitell, Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker |

Technology, accountability and innovation are key in making sure the legal department is attuned to organizational forward momentum.

Protecting Trade Secrets When Employees Leave the Company

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Two recent lawsuits highlight the question: How can in-house lawyers best protect trade secrets when employees leave?

Protesters against Donald Trump's executive order at John F. Kennedy International Airport

4 Tech Platforms Connecting Those Affected by Trump Immigration Bans to Legal Support

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

In a matter of six weeks, these four platforms were launched to bring legal assistance to people affected by Trump's executive orders on immigration.

Corporate Legal Looks to Be Major Benefactor in Accounting Cybersecurity Standards

By Rhys Dipshan |

The AICPA evaluation standards, which encompass an audit report based on a set of uniform criteria, can standardize how organizations talk and report on their cyber risk management controls.

In Health Care, Is Blockchain the Technology Legal Has Been Waiting For?

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The technology lends itself to a number of applications, namely medical records, clinical trials and prescription drug monitoring.

The Irish Case That Could Upend US-EU Data Transfers (Again)

By Ben Hancock |

Depending on the court's ruling, the legal mechanism most companies rely on to transfer personal data outside the European Union could start to unravel.

Microsoft Office 365

12 Office 365 Considerations for Your E-Discovery Team

By Nishad Shevde, Exterro |

If you don't know exactly how the technology works on its own and with your current system, the benefits of making the switch will be lost.

bluebay/Shutterstock

As Cyber Attackers Get Tougher, General Counsel Get Going

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The methods used by hackers and scammers are getting more advanced, so in-house counsel have to step up.

Reducing Legal Spend Still Top Concern for Many Litigation Chiefs

By Sue Reisinger |

The Consero Group survey also found data privacy and security issues and managing labor and employment matters as major concerns.

Cloud computing

Microsoft and Google's Cloud Tools Compete for Attorney Attention

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Both Google and Microsoft's cloud networks support document creation, but firms and legal departments tend to favor one over the other based on integration and collaboration needs.

Advanced Discovery Announces Integration with Ipro’s Automated Digital Discovery

By Zach Warren |

The support provider will integrate ADD into its data centers, leveraging the solution as part of its own management solution platform.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Harnessing Legal Technology to Combat Surging of Hate Crimes

By Rhys Dipshan |

With funding from Cisco and the support from technology designers, the ABA's project to design an access to justice web app will kick off at a March 20 event at Suffolk Law School.

6 Steps to Excellent E-Discovery in Product Liability Litigation

By John Del Piero, Discovia; Jennifer G. Swanton, Medtronic; and Catherine McPherson, Bartlit Beck |

Product liability litigation brings with it some unique e-discovery challenges, risks and costs for litigants on both sides of the table.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

California Opens Door to Fully Autonomous Vehicle Testing

By Cheryl Miller |

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday posted its latest proposed regulations for testing and deploying fully autonomous vehicles.

Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hogan Lovells Publishes Docs Online in Hawaii’s Trump Travel Ban Challenge

By Ian Lopez |

Hogan Lovells’ Neal Katyal, counsel to Hawaii in the case, says “We want everyone to be able to read our work.”

What You Need to Know to Get Started with Privacy Shield Certification

By David F. Katz, Nelson Mullins |

Even if your company is U.S.-based but is obtaining personal data from European citizens, you should consider obtaining certification under the new Privacy Shield framework.

10 Corporate Law Leaders Crushing it on Twitter

By Rhys Dipshan |

A look at some of the top Twitter profiles of those directing technology in legal departments and the broader corporate world.

Canadian Businesses Raise Cybersecurity Concerns Regarding New China Law

By Ed Silverstein |

A government spokesperson says Canadian businesses have expressed concerns over how they may be affected by China’s recent cybersecurity law.

EDRM Releases Security Audit Questionnaire with Focus on E-Discovery Security

By Zach Warren |

The questionnaire is designed for organizations to evaluate the security capabilities of partners offering electronic discovery or managed services.

Minimizing Distraction: Jurors in the Age of Technology

By Eric Rosen, Kelley Uustal |

Many fall victim to "technology distraction." But how has the age of technology affected our jurors?

Julie Chain, Millnet.

The E-Discovery Calling: Millnet's Julia Chain Talks New Jobs and Technology Shifts

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Chain found her way into e-discovery after a series of career changes, bringing with her the skills of general counsel and tech consulting positions past.

Insurance Carriers Say Driverless Car Data Is Key to Rates

By Cheryl Miller |

That demand for data puts the industry at odds with some car manufacturers that fear the release, potentially through a hack, of trade secrets.

robot in office

From Parlance to Practice: AI Defined in the Next Wave of Legal Applications

By ian lopez |

Beyond e-discovery and legal research, artificial intelligence is finding homes in everything from analytics to assistant level tasks. Here's a look at the people and processes in the mix.

Why Data (Intelligence) is the Key to Value Creation for Legal Teams

By Anshu Kar, Axiom |

There is an opportunity for legal teams to create value by coupling sophisticated data technology with intelligent analysis.

Culture Clash: 3 Tech Rules When Collecting Data from the EU

By Rhys Dipshan |

Fine-tuning e-discovery, legal hold and redaction processes can help U.S. legal practitioners navigate the challenges in collecting EU data.

Maxwell Chambers, location of the Singapore International Arbitration Center.

Singapore's Judiciary is Focused on Legal Tech, Will the Industry Follow?

By Zach Warren |

Legal tech companies that have opened offices in Singapore say the market is ripe for innovation, but local firms will not change overnight.

Data Breach.

Blockchain: A Short Primer for Lawyers

By Emile Loza de Siles, Law Journal Newsletters |

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions depend upon the transactional trust enabled by blockchain, a distributed system using open source digital protocols with cryptographic security, and the operation of a distributed shared ledger within which chains of blocks of data from individual transactions are analyzed, or “mined,” for validity.

What Should Be in Your Ransomware Response Plan?

By Paul Bond and Kimberly Chow, Reed Smith |

Ransomware attacks in 2017 are akin to data security breaches a decade ago: a known risk, drawing class-action litigation, for which a plan is needed.

Auckland, New Zealand, skyline

Bringing Automation In-House, MinterEllison to Develop AI With Joint Venture

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

MinterEllison and Goat Ventures will co-produce a platform that broadly applies artificial intelligence to legal services delivery.

With Data Analytics, It's Not Always 'Follow the Money!'

By Rees Morrison, Altman Weil |

As managing partners want to grow and increase profitability, they may overlook or discount secondary uses of law firm data.

Women in Technology.

The Trailblazers: Advice, Insight and Wisdom From Women Leaders in Corporate Legal Tech

By Rhys Dipshan |

Five women corporate legal professionals in the technology industry share their thoughts on the gender gap, memorable career challenges and more.

Women and technology

How Can You Get Attorneys Amped About Legal Tech Training? Day Pitney Has a Plan

By Ian Lopez |

Law firm Day Pitney’s HR team of Carrie Kirby and Crystal Fernandes-Harris explain teaching lawyers about technology and making the knowledge stick.

Bharara Relying on Little-Used Cyberstalking Law in Bomb Threat Prosecution

By Andrew Denney |

The statute is "relatively new and untested," said Shari Claire Lewis, a partner at Rivkin Radler.

Amazon Echo.

Amazon, Avoiding First Amendment Clash, Drops Objections to Echo Warrant

By Ben Hancock |

Amazon Inc. has agreed to hand over recordings from an "Echo" device that was in the home of a murder suspect in Arkansas.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo Nabs Ex-Obama National Security Adviser

By Meghan Tribe |

David Newman was a former special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama and member of the National Security Council.

Answering the Call for Remote Conference Security

By Michael Hughes, LoopUp |

The value that reservationless conferencing provides is severely undercut by the security issues introduced by dial-in.

Paladin Looks to Connect Private-Sector Law with Pro Bono Opportunities

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Social responsibility drove Paladin's founder, a former Skadden attorney, into the startup world.

LawGeex Raises $7M, Riding Surge of Corporate Interest in AI Contracting

By Rhys Dipshan |

For many corporate legal departments, AI contract review is becoming more of a necessity and less of an operational challenge.

Slaughters Selects 5 Companies for Free Legal Advice in New Fintech Scheme

By Anna Ward |

The companies will receive legal advice, access to model legal documentation and tailored coaching in areas such as pitching and presentations.

Immigration Expert Raises Concerns about Asylum Uses for DoNotPay Bot

By Ed Silverstein |

‘It doesn’t replace the mind of an experienced immigration lawyer…. It may come back to haunt them later,’ warns Reid F. Trautz of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

data collection

Getting the Most Bang for Your E-Discovery Buck through Early Planning

By Lisa Grimm, Perkins Coie |

The closer you get to the goal of making your original data collection 100 percent complete, the more you will be rewarded.

Sanjay Singh, Laurent Wiesel, Matteo Balzarini – the team behind Justly.

From Big Law to Big Business: Former McGuireWoods Attorney Talks Becoming a Tech Entrepreneur

By Ian Lopez |

A former McGuireWoods associate is betting he can help legal operations departments make predictions on litigation and spend.

Three Law Tasks “Virtual Assistants” Can Handle For You

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Attorneys bogged down in administrative tasks like taking calls or scheduling meetings may want to look to technology to ease their load.

Yahoo, Verizon Debacle Shines Light on M&A Cybersecurity

By Ed Silverstein |

These days, cybersecurity is 'a meaningful issue in almost every modern day M&A transaction,' said King & Spalding's Robert Leclerc.

No Complaints From In-House Lawyers on SEC Robo Guidance

By Stephanie Forshee |

The commission issued guidance for automated investment advisers, better known as robo-advisers, on Feb. 23.

3 Areas Where IoT is Already Impacting Lawyers

By Ian Lopez |

The increasingly wireless world spells increasingly difficult challenges for lawyers in law firms and organizations of all sizes.

5 Key Cyber Trends Dominating the Early 2017 Discourse

By Jason Straight, UnitedLex |

These talked-about trends span not only the progress made, but also the cybersecurity challenges that still lie ahead.

LawyerLine Tries to “Automate” Human Phone Responses for Law Offices

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Lawyer.com’s new phone service relies on scripts rather than automation to replace office assistants.

The Corporate Blockchain Groups Defining the Future of Legal Ops

By Rhys Dipshan |

For counsel, blockchain trade association groups offer a place to learn about the technology and take part in defining its future.

Will Congress Soon Approve Stronger Email Privacy Search Protections?

By Ed Silverstein |

Under the proposal (HR 387), the government essentially would need to get a search warrant to gain access to older stored emails.

Yahoo Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Silicon Valley GCs Defend Ron Bell, Say He's The Fall Guy for Data Breach

By David Ruiz |

Some GCs blamed Bell’s departure on company politics and said Bell is falling on the sword for larger issues at the beleaguered company.

Computer graphic illustration about internet shopping in virtual world.

Legal's Relationship With Procurement Experts Is Growing, Survey Says

By Zach Warren |

A joint survey by Bloomberg Law and The Buying Legal Council found a projected in-house savings of 11 percent using procurement in legal.

Increased Adoption Aside, Encryption in Corporate Law Still Faces Cultural, Operational Hurdles

By Rhys Dipshan |

Encryption adoption in most legal departments is stymied by operational challenges and a culture that doesn't see encrypted communications as necessity.

Law’s Lessons Learned From the “CloudBleed” Leak

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Although the leak doesn’t seem to have hit the legal industry hard, it may provoke a mindset shift around data security in law firms and legal departments.

Business Strategy, Tech Become Bigger Focus for Some GCs in Europe

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The General Counsel Barometer 2017 shows general counsel at companies based in Europe are looking to align with business strategy.

Analytic Use.

Eastern Texas Still Patent Case Champ, According to Lex Machina Data

By Scott Graham |

The Eastern District of Texas is still the overwhelming forum of choice in patent litigation, with 37 percent of all patent cases filed there last year.

Magistrate Judge Peck

Judge Peck Is Fed Up With Lazy Discovery Responses

By Mark Hamblett |

“It is time, once again, to issue a discovery wake-up call to the bar in this district,” Peck wrote in Fischer v. Forrest.

Victor Barkalov, chief digital officer at Jackson Lewis.

Jackson Lewis’ Chief Digital Officer on Carving a Place for Technology in the Firm

By Ian Lopez |

Fulfilling the newly-created chief digital officer role at Jackson Lewis, Victor Barkalov chats leveraging IT for legal services.

password cracking

When Lawyers Become Hackers

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A look at how attorneys might find “ethical hacking” useful in the e-discovery process.

Counsel Face Major Challenges with Rise of the Internet of Things

By Rhys Dipshan |

In addition to heeding ever-changing regulations over Internet of Things devices, counsel must reckon with novel security and discovery burdens.

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy.

Salman Khan Is Bringing Free LSAT Prep to the Masses

By Karen Sloan |

Starting in 2018, Khan Academy will offer a comprehensive, free online LSAT test prep program using materials provided by the LSAC.

Data Breach.

Law Firms Across the US Need to Know New York's Cyber Regulation

By Judy Selby, BDO Consulting |

Many firms fall squarely within the state's definition of service providers in their representation of covered entities.

Legal Tech 'Crosses the Pond' In Spite of Brexit Vote

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Despite uncertainty around last year's Brexit vote, legal technology companies continue to push operations into the U.K. market.

Michael J. Adams, strategic cybersecurity and data privacy counselor at McGuireWoods.

Cyberwar Attorney: Former Legal Adviser to Joint Chiefs Chats Corporate and Military Cyber Threats

By Rhys Dipshan |

Michael Adams discusses cyber threats against U.S. corporations and highlights his time serving as counsel for military cybersecurity teams.

Belfast at Night over the River Lagan, Belfast City, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK).

Ulster University Opens New Legal Innovation Center, a First for the UK

By Zach Warren |

The program arose out of ‘an acknowledgement that there wasn’t sufficient attention paid to legal technology within the legal curriculum in the whole of the U.K.’

Businessman using iPad

Document Coding on the Go? kCura Introduces Mobile Relativity App for iPads

By Ian Lopez |

E-discovery giant kCura is betting lawyers will code documents from iPads much like the office. But are users ready for review on the fly?

Untangling the Mystery of Cybersecurity Insurance

By Sean Cooney, Keesal Young & Logan |

There are more technology options available to protect businesses than ever before, and both the U.S. government and private industry have made great strides in combating common cyber threats.

Amazon Echo.

Fighting Echo Warrant, Amazon Has Scant Law to Draw On

By Ben Hancock |

The tug of war between Amazon and law enforcement is seen by many as the next battleground over digital privacy.

Social Media Gets Some Respect from SCOTUS in First Amendment Case

By Tony Mauro |

In Packingham v. North Carolina, a North Carolina man was convicted for posting on Facebook while on the state’s sex offender registry.

Short Circuits: 3 Areas Where Tech Law Is Falling Behind

By Rhys Dipshan |

From fighting cyberespionage to protecting corporate clients' privacy, outdated laws may be hindering corporations.

E-Discovery an Exercise in Creativity, Says DiscoverReady's Laurey Harris

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Profiled as part of LTN's Plugged In series, Harris found a "viable industry" in e-discovery where she could demonstrate creativity and leadership.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd (selfie in front of the Medina County courthouse in Hondo)

Texas Launches Its Own Version of PACER, But Only a Few Lawyers Will Have Access

By John Council |

re:SearchTX is designed to allow attorneys to access civil case records in any of the hundreds of district and county courts in all of Texas' 254 counties.

Are You Ready for the New China Cybersecurity Law?

By Zach Warren |

A Consilio survey found 75 percent of legal tech professionals are unfamiliar with the law, but multinational companies can still prepare before the June implementation.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

What to Make of Google-Uber Spat Over Driverless Cars

By Scott Graham |

Last week, Alphabet subsidiary Waymo LLC sued Uber Technologies Inc., alleging stolen trade secrets and patent infringement.

Beneficial Ownership Registers: Transparency v. Privacy in the Cayman Islands

By Alex Brainis and Peter Colegate, Appleby |

The Cayman Islands' new centralized platform, only available to law enforcement, could be at odds with the current trend of greater control over personal data.

Law Firm Dodges Class Claims in First-of-Its-Kind Data Security Case

By Roy Strom |

Claims against Chicago-based Johnson & Bell for allegedly failing to protect client information must be heard individually in arbitration.

Corporations Move Toward Encryption, But It’s a Mixed Blessing for Legal

By Rhys Dipshan |

As corporations increasingly eye encryption to mitigate cybersecurity risks, e-discovery operations may become more challenging.

TurboPatent’s SmartShell software

Automation in Focus: SmartShell's Shot at Automated Patent Processing

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

While TurboPatent's SmartShell can speed patent processing with automation, a human touch may still be required to ensure operations go smoothly.

3 Things Law Firms Should Consider When Using Website Metrics

By Jaron Rubenstein, Rubenstein Technology Group |

Google Analytics can prove a useful tool in helping firms draw more clients.

A Q&A With BillingTree's First General Counsel

By Stephanie Forshee |

BillingTree General Counsel Barton "Chip" Bright talks about why he got hired and what may happen with fintech and regulators.

Verizon general counsel Craig Silliman

Verizon GC on the Lessons Learned from Deal with Yahoo

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Craig Silliman, general counsel at Verizon, sees lessons for legal departments in his company's planned acquisition of Yahoo.

Rear view of businessman standing and looking on top of the labyrinth wall with sea and cloudy sky background. He is searching for the right way. Digitally generated image.

‘Soft Skills’ Can Be Integral to Managing Technology Adoption for Law Firms

By Ian Lopez |

The changing workplace is always an obstacle, so law firm technologists offer their tips on managing user adoption.

Microsoft's Cloud IP Protection: A Solution Without a 'Patent Troll' Problem?

By Rhys Dipshan |

Microsoft's conversations with customers have led it to tackle an emerging risk through Azure IP Advantage, but others say the 'umbrella' program may not yet be legal necessity.

Making the Business Case for Going Digital: 360 Degrees of ROI

By Steve Irons, DocSolid |

Aligning a law firm's paper-to-digital initiative to specific payback targets clarifies the investment and fuels ongoing project energy.

Michigan State University College of Law, located in East Lansing, Michigan which is affiliated with Michigan State University.

Access to Justice Tech Leaders Have a Few Lessons for Their Corporate Counterparts

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Document automation, logic trees and collaborative efforts all have wide application across the legal industry.

Microsoft, Stripe Urge Federal Bank Regulators to Go Cautiously on Cyber Regs

By Joel Stashenko |

Microsoft and Stripe are urging federal banking regulators not to draw cybersecurity rules for the largest banks so narrowly that they exclude innovative technologies developed by innovative third-party providers.

Domino Effect: NY's Financial Cybersecurity Regulation Reaches Beyond Borders, Industries

By Rhys Dipshan |

The regulation requires any company doing business with a "covered entity" to have robust information security processes and procedures.

The 'Under the Hood' Approach to Social Media E-Discovery

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Social media data is increasingly useful for litigation, but extracting such data for e-discovery isn't always an easy process.

How to Transform Your Rainmakers Into Social Media Rock Stars

By Spencer X. Smith, Spencer X. Smith Consulting |

Social media is the greatest mechanism ever invented for those responsible for business development at your firm to become known to their target market.

What Companies Need to Know About California Privacy Risk Mitigation

By Lothar Determann, Baker & McKenzie |

Companies should implement a privacy compliance program (or add California privacy law considerations to an existing program). Here's what they should entail.

Depressed young businessman wearing formal suit, sitting in the office with a laptop on desk

Your Existing Product or Vendor is Gone. Now What?

By Philip Homburger, LawBase |

As the market continues to consolidate, law firms can expect that a crucial piece of software may no longer be supported.

Ann Shuman, general counsel at DTCC.

For Finance Industry In-House Counsel, the Future Is Pressing, but Largely Unknown

By Rhys Dipshan |

DTCC general counsel Ann Shuman discusses the challenges of legal departments and what to expect from a life at the helm of market and technology evolution.

Apttus Shoots for Language-Based Contract AI With Apttus Intelligent Import, ABBYY Partnership

By Zach Warren |

The new tool is intended as a complementary importing mechanism with Apttus's pre-existing contract management.

John T. Araneo, General Counsel of Align.

The Evolution of a Cyber Lawyer: LTN Talks With Align's John Araneo

By Rhys Dipshan |

Araneo discusses his path to becoming cybersecurity counsel at Align, and what general counsel across the corporate world are underestimating about modern-day threats.

Are Courts the Next Frontier in Fight Against State Hacking?

By Ben Hancock |

More cybersecurity attorneys are exploring civil litigation under the federal anti-hacking statute to haul states themselves into court.

Supreme Court of Victoria

Australia Embraces TAR: 4 Things It Means for E-Discovery in APAC

By Stuart Hall, kCura |

Following two Australian court cases, the Supreme Court of Victoria has issued a formal Practice Note to promote effective use of technology.

Donald Trump.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

By C. Ryan Barber |

Big firms increasingly face questions from corporate clients about preparing for Trump's tweets.

Clete Johnson.

The Cyber Divide: Former FCC Cybersecurity Counsel on Government, Corporate Collaboration

By Ricci Dipshan |

Clete Johnson highlights the challenges government and private sector cybersecurity partnerships still face and discusses what counsel should know about modern cybersecurity risks.

Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

District Judge, Set to Rule on Online Actor-Age Law, Spars With Its Defenders

By Ross Todd |

U.S District Judge Vince Chhabria made clear Thursday morning that he thought the law violated the First Amendment, although he held off ruling from the bench.

Regulate That Hairbrush? Cyberlaw Experts Say Maybe

By Sue Reisinger |

Travis LeBlanc, recently resigned chief of enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, on the dangers of the Internet of Things.

Winston & Strawn’s CIO Dishes on Choosing and Using Practice Management Technology

By Ian Lopez |

Winston & Strawn CIO David Cunningham discusses his firm’s experience with practice management tools.

Artificial Intelligence.

The Actual Cost of In-House Artificial Intelligence Adoption

By Rhys Dipshan |

The time, capital and personnel required to get basic AI technologies running in-house underscores why such implementation is limited to legal teams.

State Bar of California to Adopt Court Technology Platform Odyssey

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The State Bar of California is looking to the court technology platform to bolster its regulation of bar members. Here’s a look at the tool.

Drawing Aces: The Best Hand to Bet High on Machine Learning

By Rees Morrison, Altman Weil |

Finding the best hand to bet high on machine learning software for legal.

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

TCL is asking Judge James Selna to set a FRAND rate and award damages for Ericsson's alleged breach of FRAND commitments.

Erika Namnath, associate director of e-discovery and technical services at H5.

Women of Legal Tech: Erika Namnath Tells Young Women, ‘Do Not Settle’

By Monica Bay |

Now H5’s associate director of e-discovery, technical services, Erika Namnath discusses ‘managing up,’ finding a work-life balance and more.

The Cloud Conundrum: Explaining Divergent Google, Microsoft Search Warrant Rulings

By Ricci Dipshan |

Though coming to contrary conclusions, both court rulings offer guidance of how counsel can safeguard cloud data and how cloud technology is straining conventional legal thinking.

Nathaniel Gallon.

Tech’s ‘Horizontal’ Place Among Practice Areas: A Q&A with Hogan Lovells’ Gallon

By Ian Lopez |

The Silicon Valley-based partner talks technology trends impacting lawyers and how tech knowledge is integral to firms “interested in staying relevant.”

The Biggest Risks Facing Companies are Online, JLL’s GC Explains

By Ian Lopez and Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

To those not immersed in changing legal trends, it might seem odd that law publications everywhere are harping about technology, especially beyond litigation and regulatory matters. Yet part of the reason that topics like cybersecurity, shadow IT and even tweets are so often discussed at length is that they’re rapidly redefining the role of the lawyer.

Data Breach.

Inside the Current 'Wild West' of Cyber Insurance Coverage

By Robert D. Chesler, Anderson Kill and Marc D. Schein, Marsh & McLennan |

Data breaches seem to have become a routine risk for most companies, but finding the correct insurance coverage is anything but routine.

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Class Action/Mandatory Arbitration Provisions a Key TCCWNA Defense for Online Retailers

By Deborah Renner, BakerHostetler, and Kimberly Kalmanson, Kalmanson Law Office |

The third in a series on the national effect of New Jersey's TCCWNA statute discusses what to include in online retail contracts and notices.

Google Lawyer Says New Laws Needed to Govern Cloud Data

By Ben Hancock |

Nicole Jones said Google wants governments to set the rules for how to handle law enforcement requests for data stored in the cloud.

The Low-Down on E-Discovery in Germany: Where the Growth's at and the Cases in Question

By Zach Warren |

Consilio's Michael Becker chats e-discovery's German growth, key differences in European discovery and more.

Trending on #AppellateTwitter: A Georgia Judge’s Dog

By R. Robin McDonald |

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dillard’s dog, Irish, may not hunt. But she sure can tweet.

Ringtail 9.0 Updates Emphasize Streamlined Reviewer Workflow and Dashboards Analytics

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The new platform smoothed out its user experience practices in an overhaul 'designed around roles.'

Getting Comfortable with Technology Assisted Review

By Ben Barnett, Matthew B. Tate and Liesl Sachse, Dechert |

Four ways TAR can be used for important but smaller scale projects to be better positioned to reap the full benefits of using TAR in a large-scale review.

Drone Group Airs Concern About Trump's 2-for-1 Regulatory Rollback

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Commercial Drone Alliance expressed concern that Trump’s directive could have “unintended negative consequences on the growth of our industry.”

Andrew J. Peck

Bursting Through the Legal Tech Bubble: Judge Andrew Peck Talks Discovery in the Age of ESI

By Ian Lopez and Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may be the law of the land when it comes to e-discovery, but that hasn’t led to anything close to widespread e-discovery technology use, let alone understanding.

Where Enterprise Systems Fit Into Discovery Management

By Jeffrey Hewett and Shawn Edwards, Granite Legal Systems |

Understanding enterprise systems in a manner sufficient for timely, cost effective discovery efforts is a new challenge.

Some In-House Departments Start Encrypting Emails

By David Ruiz |

Amid news of a growing number of law firm data breaches, more in-house legal departments are starting to encrypt their emails with outside counsel on sensitive matters, including litigation and high-stakes mergers.

Trump’s Court Challenges Popularize #AppellateTwitter

By Katelyn Polantz |

When people across the country listened to the Ninth Circuit arguments live Feb. 7, and again last Thursday, with the decision, #appellatetwitter had its moment.

NYSBA Partners With Legal.io to Launch 'Smart' Online Legal Referrals Service

The NYSBA's new online platform uses machine learning technology to better understand and direct local New Yorker's legal requests.

Separating Fact from Fiction: AI as ‘Actually’ Used by Lawyers of Today and Tomorrow

By Ian Lopez |

LTN’s AI Roundup looks at some of the current applications of artificial intelligence technology in law firms and legal departments, and what it signals in the near future.

Alex Kozinski.

Former Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Speaks Up on the Court’s Live Streaming Close-Up

By Ross Todd |

More than 137,000 people listened to the Ninth Circuit's online stream of a telephonic hearing over President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Can User Behavior Analytics Do a Better Job of Protecting Your Data?

By Jason Straight, UnitedLex |

The bulk of spending on cybersecurity in large organizations has been toward perimeter tools like firewalls. And yet the relentless pace of major data breaches has shown no signs of letting up.

Brian Kuhn, Watson Sales Executive, IBM Global Business Services

AI’s Law Connection: Machine Learning’s Push in Legal and Access to Justice Initiatives

By Ian Lopez and Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Let’s drop the notion of robot lawyer. Sure, it might sound more interesting than, say, an algorithm that enables the interpreting of contracts at a pace no human could ever keep up with, but isn’t the latter actually useful?

4 Key Legal Operations Lessons from This Year's LDO Survey

By Brad Blickstein, The Blickstein Group |

This year's survey sees shifts in e-discovery handling, metrics use and more.

Don Robertson, Chief People Officer at Apttus.

On the Move: The ‘Authentic Connection’ Between Attorneys and Businesses

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Apttus’ new chief people officer Don Robertson encourages attorneys to stay flexible and collaborative with business partners.

3 Ways In-House Counsel Can Navigate International Data Regulations

From the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to China’s far-reaching cybersecurity law, data localization mandates are affecting how multinational corporations manage and transfer data from their various worldwide offices.

Derek Meisner, Quantopian general counsel.

A Q&A With Quantopian General Counsel Derek Meisner

By Stephanie Forshee |
President Donald Trump.

For Companies, Trump's Tweets Create 'New Category of Risk'

By C. Ryan Barber |

The inquiries, say one attorney, reflect the anxiety over not just a public relations hit but, possibly, harsher regulatory treatment.

Left to right, immigration lawyer Junaid Sulahry stands in the international arrivals hall of San Francisco International Airport with fellow attorney volunteers Julie Hiatt and Marianna, who declined to give her last name.

The Technology Behind Attorney Response Efforts Following Trump’s Travel Ban

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Attorneys employed websites, social media and mobile devices to aid those detained at airports in major cities. Efforts are planned to continue after the Ninth Circuit ruling.

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny.

The Internet of Things: Transformative for Industry, Major Headache for Privacy

By Ian Lopez |

The FTC and Big Law weighed in on the ups and downs of IoT for security, privacy and consumers at New York Law School.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean of the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

How to Teach Tech: Dean Michael Schwartz on Law Education 2.0

By Ricci Dipshan |

From his experience teaching law around the country, Dean Schwartz discusses how legal education is keeping up with the times—but not without some resistance.

Alternative Legal Service Provider Adoption All About Cost Savings? Perhaps Not

In the modern legal profession, there is no longer a straight line on corporate matters that runs from the legal department to outside counsel to law firm vendors. The reality is, for any work on a given matter, there are a number of options available to corporate and law firm counsel—including alternative legal service providers (ALSPs).

Microsoft Offers 'Umbrella' to Customers Sued Over Azure Cloud Innovations

By Scott Graham |

Microsoft will make 10,000 patents available to customers who face lawsuits over innovations that run on Azure.

Twitter headquarters

Litigation in Twitter Nation: When You Can and Can’t Tweet in #Court

By L. David Russell, Christopher C. Chiou and Sean D. Nelson, Jenner & Block |

Court rules about the permissibility of Tweeting in court differ greatly, even within the same state or county.

Cyber Spies: In-House Legal Fights Back Against Cyberespionage

By Ricci Dipshan |

An exploration of the modern cyberespionage threat and how in-house legal departments are fighting back.

Analytic Use.

Have E-Discovery and Security Woes? Analytics May Be the Way, Survey Says

By Ricci Dipshan |

The annual Advanced Analytics Research survey found legal departments turning to analytics to better understand their data to meet business and security demands.

Following Membership Surge From Trump Immigration Order, ACLU Goes Tech With Y Combinator

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

The civil liberties group will collaborate with the Silicon Valley tech incubator on updates to its constituent management, fundraising, and education technology.

Front-End Planning, Back-End Savings: E-Disco and Pretrial Management

By Joelle Epstein, Blank Rome |

Taking time on the front end to organize and strategically code document reviews will decrease discovery costs.

Legalweek 2017.

Improving Law: Lawyers, Technologists and Executives on an Evolving Industry

By Ian Lopez |

As with any sort of technology, legal technology addresses a variety of challenges and is created, applied and promoted by a variety of individuals. The ideas, innovations and challenges they face are the focus of many conversations held at “Legalweek: The Experience,” an event that provides a stage for the people behind the machines to alert the broader legal world of the change already at their doorsteps.

How In-House Lawyers Can Protect the Company From Social Media Risk

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The social media explosion leaves in-house lawyers to figure out how to maximize the benefits in a way that doesn't negatively affect the business.

iStockphoto/Federico Caputo

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Law Practice

By Christian Mammen and Jason Lohr, Hogan Lovells |

A lawyer’s duties are well-defined by existing rules of professional responsibility, but where does AI fit into the picture?

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Scott Graham |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

Discovery, Retention, Research: 3 Ways Legal Can Leverage Social Media Content

By Ricci Dipshan |

In-house and outside counsel discuss obligations and pitfalls attorneys face when creating and considering social media content.

Vizio Settlement Highlights FTC Strategy for Consumer Internet of Things Privacy, Security

By Ricci Dipshan |

The action against the smart TV manufacturer's surreptitious data collection demonstrates legal challenges posed by internet of things devices.

The Internet of Things Means a Big Dilemma for Big Law Discovery

By Ian Lopez |

Internet of Things devices may usher in the most complicated era of e-discovery for big law. Here’s how firms are dealing with them.

Seyfarth Shaw Puts 'Software Robots' to Use in Automation Push

By Roy Strom |

Seyfarth is partnering with Blue Prism, which says the partnership is the first use of the technology known as robotic process automation inside a major law firm.

The E-Discovery Bots Are Coming: Machine Learning in Preservation and Collection

By Jim Shook, Dell EMC |

In e-discovery, machine learning mainly addresses review. What are the possibilities with preservation and collection?

Legalweek 2017.

Data Security, Actual AI and Law’s Acceptance of Tech Spell the New Forefront of Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

If last week’s Legalweek conference is any indication, AI, data security and approaches to legal technology are likely to continue evolving across the next year.

The Storm on the Horizon: 4 Things to Know in Prepping for General Data Protection Regulation

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is still over a year away from being implemented, but many are warning that the regulation will affect more organizations more broadly than initially thought.

Data Privacy Tops List of Health Care GC Worries

By Sue Reisinger, The National Law Journal |

Lawyers working in the highly regulated health care industry are finding their work is becoming more complicated by an explosion of information, devices and new technology that puts sensitive patient data at risk, a new survey finds.

The 'Soft Underbelly' of Cybersecurity Meets Legal Ethics

By Jerry Cohen, JAMS |

By following certain best practices and structures, lawyers and law firms can meet ethical standards for protecting client data.

5 Hot Takes on Future of E-Discovery in Legal Industry

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Legalweek panelists debated and agreed on a few trends that are likely to take hold in legal technology in coming years.

Advice From the Front Lines of Data Risk Management

Long gone are the days when an in-house counsel’s job can be performed solely based on legal knowledge alone. From managing and understanding e-discovery to preparing for international data regulations and mitigating the risks of runaway corporate data, the digital age is forcing counsel to adapt to many roles and understand a variety of expertise.

Appeals Court Blocks Target Data Breach Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

The ruling sets up a debate on whether and how to compensate individuals for the theft of personal information when it cannot be tied to financial injury.

Brian Kuhn, Watson Sales Executive, IBM Global Business Services

Taking the 'Robot' Out of Artificial Intelligence: Perspective for Modern Law

By Ian Lopez |

Leaders from Littler Mendelson, IBM and ROSS Intelligence break down the “how” and “why” behind AI.

FBI Official: Feds Can't Compete With Top Tech Companies for Cybersecurity Analysts

By Joel Stashenko |

Companies such as Google and Microsoft employ many of the same cyber-savvy people that law enforcement agencies also would like to have working for them.

The E-Discovery Learning Curve: Bringing the FRCP Beyond the Legal Tech Bubble

Having been amended in December 2015, the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) have had a considerable amount of time to settle into the minds of the lawyers and judges tasked with interpreting them.

Award-Winning Legal Tool Developers Reveal Their Methodology

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Pushing a firm towards innovation can be a Sisyphean task at times. Four winners of ILTA’s 2016 Distinguished Peer Awards spoke about process and methodology for developing tools that can help serve law firms at a panel titled “Projects, Breakthroughs and Efficiencies in Service Delivery” at Legaltech New York, part of Legalweek: The Experience.

Toyota Lawyer: 'We’re Seeing Transformational Change'

By Stephanie Forshee |

Toyota Motor Sales USA’s director of legal operations and litigation support, Eric Lieber, has a lot to consider when it comes to finding the balance between protecting his company’s bottom line and its legal prowess.

The Dos and Don’ts of Compliance Investigations: 3 Tips to Managing Regulations

Compliance technology is only as good as the people from which it finds direction. And much of the time, compliance fails completely, regardless of what technology or platform is used.

Speaking Millennial: Understanding the Next Generation of Attorneys

As law practice executives age up, millennials are starting to take on more leadership roles, while baby boomers are fewer and farther between. Like it or not, millennial attorneys are working their way into the basic fabrics of law firms and legal departments.

Change Fixes the Past: Lawyers Dish on Law Firm Technology Adoption

By Ian Lopez |

What does technological innovation look like? The question may seem insipid at first glance. But for law firms, known for their trudging rather than leaping toward tech advancement, that question carries more weight than you may think.

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.

Change Now, Change Fast—Update from Day One of Legalweek, the Experience

On the eve of a potential Supreme Court nomination, with recent immigration battles on many minds, an unprecedented amount of attendees streamed into the opening of Legalweek 2017 to read the writing on the wall: change will be bigger than we all expected.

The Machine Age Is Ready to 'Go': Andrew McAfee on the New Technology Marketplace

By Zach Warren |

In 2014, just three years ago, Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson wrote “The Second Machine Age,” which chronicled the forces of technological change and how technology continues to rapidly advance. But now, he says, there is one main problem with that book.

Courts and Cooperation: Failure to Cooperate in E-Discovery

By By David J. Kessler, Andrea D'Ambra and Alex Altman |

A quantitative study of how courts are considering parties' failures to cooperate.

In New Political and Technology Climates, the Supreme Court Struggles to Adapt

How is the Supreme Court adapting to this new era of political skirmishes, far-reaching technology and social media issues?

Thousands of protesters decended on SFO in response to President Trump's executive order denying refugees and foreign citizens from predominantly Muslim countries entry into the U.S.

Lawyers for Detainees Get Help From a Hashtag

By Ben Hancock |

Attorneys used the #helpthelawyers hashtag to ask for spare laptops, to offer translation services, or to request relief lawyers to tap-in.

LexisNexis Integrates Lex Machina Analytics Across Platforms, Underscoring Big Data Demands

By Ricci Dipshan |

The company will make metrics from Lex Machina’s Legal Analytics platform available to Lexis Advance users, and it plans to integrate more analytics data throughout 2017.

Pokemon Go

Gamers Hope a Snapchat Lawsuit Will Drive Pokémon GO Back to Full Functionality

By Richard Binder |

A recent decision in a lawsuit against Snapchat has Pokémon GO players buzzing.

Is Consolidation the New “Name of the Game” for E-Discovery?

By Chris Hildreth, Baird |

A look at how a recent wave of acquisitions may spell disaster for smaller e-discovery services providers.

The Art of the Deal: DealManager Strives for Streamlined Due Diligence Review

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Law firm Paul Hastings recently partnered with Wizdocs to use DealManager in its due diligence review center based in Atlanta.

Product Preview for LegalWeek 2017

By LTN Staff |

Here’s a first look at some of the products, offerings and more that will be featured at LegalWeek, the Experience.

Federal Judges Say Attorneys' Lack of E-discovery Acumen Still Plagues Federal Courts

By Ricci Dipshan |

An Exterro survey found federal judges consider attorneys' e-discovery knowledge inadequate to counsel clients, despite some improvements in e-discovery competency.

Corporate Lagging in E-Discovery Metrics, but Beating Firms in Business Intelligence Tech Adoption

By Zach Warren |

The FRONTEO and 451 Research survey found increasing interest in business intelligence across legal, but room for growth both in-house and in law firms.

concept of leaky software, data with a tap sticking out.

New Year, New Cyberthreat? Small Business in the Crosshairs

By John Weber, Legal Information Services |

Many entrepreneurs are seeking counsel from lawyers. Here’s what law firms need to know to protect their small business clients.

Big Law and the Business of Blockchains (a Tale of Three Bs)

By Ian Lopez |

For companies looking to leverage blockchain technology, compliance can be both cumbersome and confusing. Steptoe & Johnson is attempting to fight these notions.

Catalyst's Daniel Au Yeung.

No More ‘Snail’s Pace’: Daniel Au Yeung Talks Building E-Discovery Companies

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Two e-discovery companies later, Au Yeung prioritizes corporate legal department efficiency and straight talk in his work with Catalyst.

The Evolution and Challenges of Corporate E-Discovery: Insights from the Trenches

By Ricci Dipshan |

Legaltech News asked corporate attorneys and e-discovery professionals about e-discovery’s evolution, memorable e-discovery events and more.

Flight-Check Your Cloud Tech: 7 Security Questions to Ask Your Vendor

By Lisa Hawke, Everlaw |

With suitable care and the proper questions, you should be able to keep your law firm out of the data breach headlines.

‘Just Keep Swimming’: 4 Legal Technology Tips for Lawyers

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Four legal technologists at an Atlanta Tech Village event encouraged the city’s legal tech enthusiasts to identify potential improvements and keep pushing forward.

Ask the Marketer: How to Make the Most Out of Legalweek: The Experience

Preparing for the rush of Legaltech and Legal Week? Five legal tech marketing professionals give their tips.

Illustration by Val Bochkov

In Corporate Cyber-risk Planning, Legal Takes the Helm

By Ricci Dipshan |

A Legalweek panel explores practical approaches to security incident planning, and legal's pivotal role.

In PACER Suit, a Class Action Even Defense Lawyers Can Love

By Amanda Bronstad |

The case alleges that the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system overcharges for online access to court dockets and documents.

A courtroom in the newly-opened Summons Court in Lower Manhattan

Courtrooms and Hearing Rooms of the Future: Five Key Technological Trends for 2017

By Graham Smith-Bernal, Opus 2 International |

Meaningful technological innovation in legal proceedings is finally beginning to emerge and could make a big impact as early as this year.

Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

With a new emphasis on legal innovation, law schools are using experiential learning and technology tools to meet the future needs of law firms and legal departments.

What Do In-House Professionals Want from E-Discovery Technology? Insights from the Trenches

By Ricci Dipshan |

In-house professionals and e-discovery experts weigh in on what they want from the next generation of e-discovery technologies and vendors.

iStockphoto/the-lightwriter

Criminal Law’s E-Discovery Development Issue

By Zach Warren |

Criminal matters are often less developed than civil litigation when it comes to e-discovery. A Legaltech New York panel looks to highlight some of the key differences.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Bank Regulators’ Cybersecurity Approach is Misguided, Chamber Says

By Melanie Waddell |

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blasts 'prescriptive cybersecurity standards' for financial entities.

Personal Cloud Applications Continue to Imperil Company Trade Secrets

By Philip Favro, Driven |

While many employees use personal cloud applications like Dropbox and Google Drive, Free Country v. Drennen shows the risks these applications can have.

Can Corporate Counsel Leveraging AI Give Contract Attorneys a Run for Their Money?

By Ricci Dipshan |

Beyond automating contract review, artificial intelligence technology may empower corporate counsel to automate their law firms' contract expertise.

The Next Decade of Cloud Computing and Its Impact on Law Firms

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Cloud computing is among the fastest areas of growth for law firm technology. Forty-seven percent of those polled for the “2016 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey” predicted that over one-quarter of their firm’s software and service offerings could be cloud-based in the next one to three years.

The Evolution of the 'Virtual Law Firm'

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

While the “virtual lawyer” may be on the decline, the technology making law practices more portable and potentially more efficient has seen a surge. The rise of cloud computing in particular has made it possible for attorneys to keep all the technology tools they need to practice on hand at all times and eschew direct client contact and office space if so desired.

The Next Decade of Cloud Computing and Its Impact on Law Firms

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Evolutions in cloud computing could open up possibilities for machine learning and computational power in the cloud.

Amy Hinzmann of Consilio.

The Secret to (E-Discovery) Success: Amy Hinzmann Dishes on Discovery at Consilio

By Ian Lopez |

The industry veteran discusses a journey that took her from ice cream scooper to in-house at Merrill Lynch, and now e-discovery expert.

Businessman rolling large concrete gears another hold coin, in concrete wall background.

How Can Outside Counsel Contribute to the Evolution of E-discovery?

By Nasir Ali, UnitedLex |

As the economic marketplace shifts, proactive law firms can surpass the competition by keeping up with e-discovery changes.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington.

SEC's Yahoo Data Breach Probe Could Set a Precedent, Defense Lawyers Say

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Attorneys say Yahoo’s situation underscores challenges public companies face knowing what to say in their disclosures and when to say it.

Building a Business Case for a Data Privacy Program

By Heidi Maher, CGOC |

These 10 foundational business and technical requirements can help attorneys and legal professionals with operationalizing a data privacy program.

From Use Policies to Pro Bono, the 4 E-Discovery Changes to Look for in 2017

By Shannon Capone Kirk and Emily A. Cobb, Ropes & Gray |

While some changes are fleeting, others could dramatically alter the e-discovery landscape moving forward.

Computer graphic illustration about internet shopping in virtual world.

The Evolution of the 'Virtual Law Firm'

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Though “virtual firms” are on the decline, cloud technology may be shifting the model to refocus on lawyer mobility.

A Q&A with Katten's Lance Zinman on High-Speed Trading

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Lance Zinman, global co-chair of the Katten Muchin Rosenman's financial services practice, discusses the the changes and regulatory challenges of high-speed algorithmic trading.

Security, Proportionality and Cost Paramount Concerns in Corporate E-Discovery, Survey Finds

By Ricci Dipshan |

A BDO Consulting survey highlights how in-house counsel are becoming more cautious with data preservation and more efficient with document review.

The Artificially Intelligent Future of Law

Many lawyers and technologists often discuss artificial intelligence (AI) technology as being the future of legal technology. If you ask IBM Global Business’s Shawnna Hoffman, however, you’ll get a very different answer. AI, she recently told Legaltech News, is something that her and her colleagues “live every day.”

Counsel's Table Should Mirror Real-Life Diversity

When Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton did not have “the look” to be president, he hit on something that studies show continues to lurk in the minds of men and women alike: When asked to conjure up an image of a particular leader in a profession, we often picture men.

Skip the Lip Services: Tips for Solid Rules-Based Advocacy

Unless you have been living under a rock or hypnotized by the recent presidential election, most of the litigating world understands and acknowledges that the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) were amended and adopted on December 1, 2015. Yet, while most practitioners have heard about the FRCP changes, many struggle to advocate strong positions for their clients. From preservation to production, proportionality is the name of the game.

Law Firms Doing Really Cool Marketing Things

One of the things I love about being a law firm marketing consultant is I get to watch firms innovate on ways to retain clients and get new ones. In the last few months, several “new” marketing ­activities have come to my attention that I thought were absolutely terrific. Full disclaimer—I do not work with any of these firms but truly salute their ingenuity.

IBM Watson

The Artificially Intelligent Future of Law

By Ian Lopez |

The team behind IBM’s Watson is betting its technology can cover an array of tasks in the lawyer’s workflow and daily life.

3 Risks (and Solutions) for Document Security in 2017

By Dean Sappey, DocsCorp |

Organizations have focused on securing the storage of documents, but little attention is paid to access and distribution of documents.