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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Inside In-House Counsel's Evolving Cybersecurity Role

By Ricci Dipshan |

Legal technology expert Ari Kaplan explains corporate attorneys' expanding responsibilities as corporate cybersecurity priorities shift.

Federal Communications Commission.

The Future of the FCC and Internet Law in a Trump Presidency

By Samar Ali, Bass, Berry & Sims |

President Trump is already being pressured to reverse President Obama’s Open Internet Order (also known as “net neutrality”) and take an aggressive stance against it.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices in Washington, D.C. June 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Did the FRCP Stabilize E-Discovery in 2016? Gibson Dunn's Annual Report Thinks So

By Ian Lopez |

Gibson Dunn's 2016 Year-End E-Discovery Update suggests a stable e-discovery climate, defined by uniformity in preservation and proportionality and increased vendor consolidation.

Michelle Lee, United States Patent Trade Office

Tech Industry Lauds Report That Lee to Stay With USPTO

By Scott Graham |

The USPTO has not confirmed The Hill's report, but Lee said last month that she was open to staying on.

Is Hybrid Cloud Storage the Answer for Your Storage?

By Charles Koo, Innovative Computing Systems |

Understanding these ins and outs of hybrid storage could help your law firm or legal department with its storage decisions.

Can Cloud Technology Mitigate Some 'Shadow IT' Risks Facing Legal?

By Ricci Dipshan |

What the trend towards using unauthorized accounts on secure and enterprise-approved cloud services means for legal's cybersecurity blind spot.

Alan Dershowitz.

Tempers Fray as Dershowitz Argues Forced Sale of TransPerfect is Unconstitutional Taking

By Tom McParland |

The translation and discovery technology company, used heavily in legal, is at the center of a dispute between former co-founders Liz Elting and Phil Shawe.

Donald Trump.

The Presidential Cybersecurity Handoff

By Justin Hectus, Keesal, Young & Logan |

An analysis of the current federal cyber landscape may yield insights into how the next administration might prioritize their approach on this important front.

UC Irvine School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Chemerinsky on the ‘Astounding Time’ in Supreme Court History, its Stance on Technology

By Zach Warren |

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will be the January 31 keynote speaker at the Legaltech portion of Legalweek the Experience.

Inside the Federal Government's Latest Guidance on IoT Security

By Hanley Chew, Fenwick & West |

Companies need to be mindful of November guidance from DHS and NIST.

Making Globalization Work for the Boutique Firm: Globality’s Online Marketplace

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Using machine learning, the online platform connects global corporate matters to boutique law firms.

A Legal Road Map for a Heightened Regulatory World: Legalweek Sneak Peek

By Ricci Dipshan |

A Legalweek plenary session aims to prepare law firms and corporate counsel to address an increase of regulatory compliance and legal needs in the months and years ahead.

Cloudflare's In-House Lawyers Open Up About Privacy Fight With FBI

By Stephanie Forshee |

It was revealed last week that Cloudflare is a plaintiff in a "secret court battle" over non-compliance with a federal government national security letter.

IRS Probe of Bitcoin Accounts Sparks Legal Showdown

By Ross Todd |

The Coinbase case could be "the first major tax case for the industry."

If the Shoe Fits: Leveraging E-Discovery Expertise for DPO Responsibilities and GDPR Compliance

By Ryan Costello, eTERA Consulting |

The EU's additional guidance around the data protection officer has generated significant buzz.

The FRCP, From the Perspective of Judges, Defense & Plaintiff: Legalweek Sneak Peek

By Ian Lopez |

At Legalweek, Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Patrick Oot will moderate a session on the impact of the 2015 FRCP amendments from three perspectives.

3 Legal Challenges In-House Counsel Face with 3-D Printing

By Ricci Dipshan |

As 3-D printing becomes more widespread, in-house counsel will be tasked with complex IP and liability challenges.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher logo, in New York..08-04-2016

Gibson Dunn Hires Four-Lawyer A&O Technology Team in Paris

By Anna Ward |

The firm says global clients are "increasingly turning to us for advice on data privacy, cybersecurity, digital transformation and outsourcing matters."

What Lawyers Can Learn from Uber, Redux

By Dan Lear, Avvo |

Just like a driver who doesn’t know exactly where he’s taking his riders, a lawyer who isn’t totally sure what a client wants is likely to end up with a disgruntled client.

Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. June 12, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

What to Expect in FTC Privacy Enforcement During the Trump Administration

By Janis C. Kestenbaum, Perkins Coie |

A look at how a Republican majority may impact the focus of the FTC.

Evolve Law Launches In-House Counsel Technology Fellowship

By Ricci Dipshan |

The four-month Evolve Law Tech Fellowship program will focus on educating in-house counsel around implementing document automation in their legal workflows.

Don't Kill Humans: European Parliament Calls for Laws Governing Artificial Intelligence

By Chris Johnson |

The report suggests that artificial intelligence should be broadly designed in accordance with The Three Laws of Robotics.

Lisa Monaco.

Lessons from the Trenches: Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco on Cybersecurity in National Security

By Ian Lopez |

Morrison & Foerster’s John Carlin chats with the U.S. Homeland Security Advisor about cybersecurity’s importance in the national dialogue.

E-Discovery in Action: How VW's In-House Lawyers Screwed Up a Litigation Hold

By Sue Reisinger |

Statements say VW in-house attorneys tipped off employees about an oncoming litigation hold related to the company's emissions scandal.

cybersecurity

Hackers, Data Leaks, Encryption and Hidden Data Can Wreak E-Discovery Havoc

By Adam Feinberg, BIA |

As we enter 2017, here's how changes in cybersecurity may affect your e-discovery plans moving forward.

Catalyst Looks for E-Discovery Insight for Corporate Counsel with New Platform

By Ricci Dipshan |

Catalyst’s Insight Enterprise joins the movement to streamline e-discovery processes for corporate counsel.

Data Breach.

How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Massachusetts decision spells out new challenges for lawyers working with breached companies.

Is Your Data Breach Response Plan Good Enough? Stress Test It

By Eric Hodge and Rich Bloomberg, IDT911, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

As the chances of a data breach incident increase, savvy businesses have invested time and thought in a response plan. But plans never survive first contact with the enemy.

With New Law Shielding Negative Reviews, It's Time to Update Terms of Use

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The Consumer Review Fairness Act voids provisions in form contracts that prohibit or restrict a consumer's ability to leave a negative review.

Nicole Black, MyCase

Nicole Black: From the Defender's Office to Legal Technology Evangelist

By Monica Bay |

Black is among the leaders in educating lawyers about technology’s role in modern law.

Amazon Echo.

Search Warrants for IoT Data Spur Legal, Privacy Complications

By Ricci Dipshan |

Law enforcement attempts to access Amazon Echo raise questions over the viability of IoT data in investigations and the vulnerability of private information.

Chrissie Lightfoot, president of EntrepreneurLawyer, and co-founder of LISA.

Attorney-Designed LISA Prepares NDAs for Small Businesses

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The attorneys behind LISA hope to bring the “Legal Intelligence Support Assistant” to consumers directly.

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, during the American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington. The topic: “Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law.” November 6, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice at MoFo

By Meghan Tribe |

Longtime federal government lawyer John Carlin will chair the firm’s new global risk and crisis management practice.

Lagging Is Not an Option: Using Technology to Maximize Law Department Value

By Danish Butt, Morae Legal |

Management strategies implemented before, during and after implementation can maximize user adoption and ROI.

Lessons for Legal: Inside the Cybertheft Faced by Two Large Firms

By Ricci Dipshan |

Picking apart the recent cybertheft faced by two U.S. firms working on M&A offers lessons on how legal can avoid similar breaches in the future.

LTPI Releases 'Practical' Resources on Data Governance and Meet-and-Confers

By Zach Warren |

The Discovery Data Governance Model and meet-and-confer checklist aim to “level the playing field” between technology-proficient lawyers and others.

Justices Ground Startup Flytenow, the 'Uber of the Sky'

By Marcia Coyle |

Flytenow argued that pilots using Flytenow’s online platform are not “common carriers” who must satisfy more stringent aviation rules.

data collection

New Commercial Arbitration Database Offers Analytics for Arbitration Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A South Carolina startup, Dispute Resolution Data, has signed agreements to collect information from some 20 arbitration institutions.

Finding Middle Ground: Why Law Firms and E-Discovery Vendors Should Work Together

By Anne McCray and Cristin Traylor, McGuireWoods |

Law firms and e-discovery vendors provide different options, but clients are best served when they work together.

3 Startups Helping You Manage Your Legal Calendar

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Doxbi, ModernLaw and CaseFleet all aim to simplify scheduling for law firm attorneys.

Looking to Start or Further Your E-discovery Education? 3 Ways to Get There

By Ricci Dipshan |

From law schools to nonprofits and legal communities, those looking to establish or grow e-discovery skills have a variety of resources.

Josias N.

Joe Dewey: Real Estate Lawyer Who Codes on the Side

By Carla Vianna |

Dewey's application creates a checklist of all the post-closing items pending for a particular deal.

Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Governor Cuomo Promises New Cybersecurity Measures in 2017

By Joel Stashenko |

Among the measures is forming a "response team" when confidential information from state and local governments is breached.

Recent Phishing Attacks Against Attorneys Highlight Legal’s Ongoing Susceptibility

By Ricci Dipshan |

Attorneys in several U.S. states received ransomware-carrying emails alleging legal action from “The Office of the State Attorney.”

Cyber Becomes Mainstream: The Lessons Learned for 2017

By Andrew Serwin, Morrison & Foerster |

These three lessons impact our daily lives as professionals, as well as citizens.

Machine Learning of Tomorrow: 4 Emerging Legal Tech Arenas for AI

By Ian Lopez |

Sure you know AI, but do you know where it applies in, say, patents? Here’s where AI will continue to push legal technology this year.

Headnote: Aiming for a Lightweight Approach to the Headache of E-Billing

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

E-billing can be troublesome, but this startup aims to strip down the e-billing process to its core functions.

Dave Leonard, left, and Susan Wortzman, right.

Top Canadian Firm Scoops Up E-Discovery Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

Managing Litigation and Benchmarking Through Big Data

By Scott Forman, Littler Mendelson |

Garnering the data to compare a legal department's efforts with others isn't easy, but it's becoming necessary.

The Patent Implications of Using AI in the Global Marketplace

By Jason Lohr, Hogan Lovells |

International usage can lead to problems through data collection, disclosure and more.

Smart Contracts 101 for the Non-Techie Lawyer

By Ricci Dipshan |

A look at what makes smart contracts tick, and what new roles and skills they will demand of attorneys.

Big Data Gets Bigger: 5 Ways to Employ Legal Analytics

By Ian Lopez |

Technology advances in both law and the wider world will mean greater reliance on analytics in legal technology.

Ashley Madison website.

Ashley Madison Data Breach Claims Should Be Arbitrated, Company Says

By Amanda Bronstad |

The plaintiffs counter Avid’s “shoddy record-keeping practices” made it difficult to know whether the plaintiffs signed arbitration agreements.

New FTC Contest Confronts 'Internet of Things' Security

By Marcia Coyle |

The agency has announced the latest in a series of cash-reward contests for solutions to protect personal data.

Inside the “Dynamic Contract”: Clause’s Step Toward Computable Contracts

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Machine language contracts are still a dream of the future, but they could be getting closer to a reality.

Pokemon Go.

Pokemon, Go? Augmented Reality Technology Faces Legal Reckonings in 2017

By Ricci Dipshan |

Clarity on Pokémon Go’s pending legal and privacy challenges, as well as underlying intellectual property concerns, will define augmented reality’s trajectory in the near future.

In-House Counsel: It's Time to Connect With 3D Printing

By Andrew Tsai, Mars Inc. and Chinh H. Pham, Greenberg Traurig |

A look some of the notable opportunities and risks that in-house counsel need to be aware of.

Apple Gets Temporary Victory With Touchscreen Patent

By Scott Graham |

The court said the patent office failed to sufficiently explain why Apple’s method for reconfiguring touchscreen icons is unpatentable due to obviousness.

LegalBoard, Pro-Boards, LLC’s new keyboard for lawyers.

Lawyers Take Note: Don’t Sleep On Legal Tech Hardware

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A keyboard for lawyers, by a Perkins Coie lawyer, signals a new push for hardware, not just software, in legal technology.

Electronic Discovery & Cybersecurity Careers: Top 10 Predictions for 2017

By Jared Coseglia, TRU Staffing Partners |

An examination of the effect of consolidation on jobs, cloud considerations and more.

Xerox Legal, Business Services Completes Break Off to Form Conduent

By Ian Lopez |

Conduent’s legal services arm will focus on compliance, legal support, e-discovery and nascent technologies like machine learning.

3 Cybersecurity Developments In-House Counsel Should Be Aware of in 2017

By Ricci Dipshan |

From cyberespionage and the FTC’s expanded cybersecurity role to New York State’s new corporate cyber regulations, 2017 may be a busy year for in-house counsel.

Data Breaches, Augmented Reality Among Top California Cases to Watch in 2017

By Ben Hancock and Ross Todd |

The Yahoo and Pokemon Go cases could have far-reaching implications for tech companies.

Beyond the Hype of Virtual Reality for the Courtroom

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

2016 saw great advances made in VR tech, but attorneys still have a long way to go before VR courtrooms hit the mainstream.

Design patent blue prints

Ringing in the New Year: The Evolution of Design Patents in 2017

By Andrew Rapacke, The Rapacke Law Group |

A look at what the Trump administration, USPTO updates and more mean for the future of design patents.

data collection

5 Cases Where Data Analytics Reduce Costs and Risks for Regional and Boutique Firms

By Douglas E. Johnston Jr., Five Management LLC/The Claro Group |

Analytics can streamline forensic accounting and litigation support activities, reducing risks and costs.

4 Ways Technology Is Changing Contracts

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

Automation and machine language are driving changes to traditional contract work.

Facebook Post Dashes Woman's Med Mal Suit

By Max Mitchell |

Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan cited two Facebook posts that undercut the plaintiff's statute of limitations argument.

Nissan autonomous car prototype (using a Nissan Leaf electric car) exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show 2014.

With Laws for Autonomous Cars, It's Pedal to the Metal

By Amanda Bronstad |

Next year could see a push for greater consistency in federal regulatory action.

Know-Now: The Next Era of E-Discovery is Already Here

By Bill Piwonka, CMO, Exterro |

A look at the evolution of abilities and expectations of e-discovery from the beginning of the century to the present.

cybersecurity, digital

New York Delays Implementation of Cybersecurity Mandate by Two Months

By Joel Stashenko |

Implementation of a new regulation requiring financial services companies to establish broad safeguards against cyberattack is being pushed back two months until March 1 after banks and insurers complained that it was impossible.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

LabMD Presses Challenge to Scope of FTC's Cyber Authority

By C. Ryan Barber, The National Law Journal |

3 Types of Legal Tech Startups Undercutting the Billable Hour

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

As strong as the billable hour seems to be in legal services, these startups may continue chipping away at the model's dominance in the legal world.

Working In-House? Guess What--You're an IT Person, Too, Now

By Sue Reisinger, Corporate Counsel |

New York Delays Implementation of Cybersecurity Mandate by Two Months

By Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal |

5 Cybersecurity Challenges for Enterprises in 2017

By Liisa Thomas, Winston and Strawn |

Winston and Strawn partner Liisa Thomas lays out a roadmap on challenges to face companies in the coming year.

Is E-Discovery Going Back to the Future in 2017?

By David Horrigan, kCura |

Five things we expect to see in e-discovery in 2017 and two things we won't.

Ask the Legal Tech Marketer: Preparing for a Successful New Year

By LTN Staff |

Three industry insiders provide tips for setting direction in the year ahead.

Preet Bharara

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

By Mark Hamblett, The Am Law Daily |
cybersecurity, digital

Guidelines for Cybersecurity Will Impact Banks, Insurers

By David Katz and Bess Hinson, Daily Report |

No Time to Waste: U.S. Companies Will Face European, Homegrown Privacy and Security Challenges in 2017

By Donald G. Aplin, Bloomberg Law |

A look at the GDPR “tidal wave,” FTC authority clarification and more security and privacy challenges to watch for next year.

Dentons office in Washington, D.C.

9 Startups Backed By NextLaw Labs in 2016

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Global law firm Dentons’ innovation arm is helping to launch a variety of new tech solutions in an effort to help mitigate legal pain points.

Judge Richard Kramer's courtroom is one of the first to use a new high tech display device that combines many multi-media functions into one.

The Electronic Courtroom Developments of 2016

By Ricci Dipshan |

As courtroom technology finds a foothold in legal systems around the world, its prominence will likely increase in 2017.

Vector illustration of big idea business innovation rocket.

Legaltech Shifts to Watch for in 2017

By Larry W. Bridgesmith and Caitlin Moon, LegalAlignment |

A look at four technology forces set to change the dynamics and define the future of the legal market.

3 Ways Legal Tech Companies Have Leveraged Collaboration in 2016

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Interconnected networks, cloud capabilities and new data streams have all attracted partnership potential this year.

Enterprise GDPR Compliance to Take Center Stage in 2017

By Ricci Dipshan |

As companies' huge tranches of unknown and redundant data face a GDPR reckoning, legal tech providers step up their compliance offerings.

Breach of Trust: Can a Harm Precede a Hack?

By Steve Kovalan |

More than 75% of law firms said they are comfortable with their firms’ ability to withstand a breach, but this confidence could be misplaced.

Computer Hacking

Is 2017 the Year a Leak Sinks Your Firm?

By Dan Bressler, Intapp |

A look into the future for the lessons learned from the “hack” of one major firm.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Last-Minute Shoppers: Top 10 Gadgets for Your Lawyer

By Alan Cohen |

The year's best devices and accessories for your loved ones—or you.

3 Musings in the Minds of Legal Tech Leaders: December 2016

By Zach Warren |

Legal technology leaders speak on the personnel links between e-discovery and cybersecurity and more in this month's Tech Digest.

2017: The Year of Proportionality

By Michele C.S. Lange, Kroll Ontrack |

In 2017, the expectation will be even higher for counsel to have adopted and be proficient with FRCP rules.

Mikhail Avady, left, and Yuri L. Eliezer, right.

Atlanta Techtrepreneurs: Clientside & SmartUp

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Atlanta's Tech Village "villagers" push automation to the Southeast legal community.