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5th episode of the AIFC LegalTech Podcast is out!

The AIFC LawTech Advisory Council is delighted to release the fifth episode of ‘AIFC LegalTech Podcast’ – your easy to learn podcast about legal technology and innovation in the legal industry.

In this episode, Mark Beer, OBE interviews Sophia Adams bhatti, Head of Strategy and Policy at Wavelength about the legal regulation, access to justice, and the future of lawyers and law firms beyond COVID-19.

Source: AIFC LawTech Advisory Council
Lawtech patent applications jump to record high
The number of patents for legal services technology or ‘lawtech’ filed globally with the World Intellectual Property Organisation jumped 34% to a record high of 1,369 last year*, up from 1,025 the previous year, according to research by Thomson Reuters. Compared over a two-year period that percentage increase jumps to 65% – up from 831 in 2017. While law firm budgets are in many cases being frozen or cut, within the right sector – such as online collaboration and workflow tools – the coronavirus crisis is expected to act as a catalyst in encouraging the wider adoption of lawtech across the legal profession.

Source: Legal IT Insider
Three Ways to Improve your Firm’s Workflows with Technology
When I began practicing law more than 25 years ago, technology was hardly a driving force behind a firm’s success. Flash forward to 2020 and everything from research to caseload management to keeping up with legal news and trends is easier than ever before thanks to technological advancements. Through all the industry changes I’ve seen, I’ve found embracing new technology has been particularly impactful on improving my firm’s day-to-day operations and, ultimately, our client services and results.

Source: Law Technology Today
How fuzzing can help make robot lawyers trustworthy
Courts and state bar associations are (finally) beginning to engage with “robot lawyers” — software applications that guide a user through some legal process. In Utah, the state court system has even gone so far as to set up a regulatory sandbox for testing and evaluating alternative means of delivering legal services, from software applications to non-lawyer ownership of law firms. It is tempting to think about the regulatory challenge here as merely deciding what a new market for legal services ought to look like. 

Source: Medium

Lawyers “need outside help” to maximise lawtech start-ups

Lawtech start-ups set up solely by lawyers grow more slowly than those that with coders among the founders, research by Oxford University has found.

Mari Sako, professor of management studies at its Said Business School, said founders of start-ups should also consider locating where they had social ties to other founders and potential investors.

Source: Legal Futures
Lawtech: coronavirus speeds up artificial intelligence adoption in the legal profession
Like them, loathe them, fear them, but robots are bedding down in the legal profession. The number of patents filed globally with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for “lawtech” leapt by 34 per cent last year to a record high of 1,369, figures from a report published this week reveal.
The figures also show that the number of patents filed has increased by nearly 65 per cent over the past two years, up from 831 in 2017.

Source: The Times
Police are using facial recognition for minor crimes because they can
Law enforcement is tapping the tech for low-level crimes like shoplifting, because there are no limits. But the tool often makes errors.
Cities all across the US have passed bans on facial recognition, with variations in how strong the regulations are. Though Portland, Oregon, banned facial recognition from all government and commercial use, others are only limiting it from police use. 

Source: CNET
ANALYSIS: Legal Tech Is Helping Lawyers, But Where’s the Love?
Legal technology has increased efficiency over the past year and a half, according to Bloomberg Law surveys. And output is improving. But, while lawyers are far from willing to entirely dismiss legal tech as a workflow tool, they are only somewhat happy with how tech is impacting their day-to-day work. Much room for improvement remains.

Source: Bloomberg Law
LegalTech is the use of technology and software to provide or aid legal services. Contrary to popular belief, this does not entail an anthropomorphic robot delivering legal advice to a client. Instead, it encompasses a plethora of technological applications that aims to support, supplement or replace traditional methods for delivering legal services. These can range from simple contract drafting aids to complex data visualisation solutions.

Source: Global analytics market

I tested AI legal tech tools - here is what I found

Over the last few years, Artificial Intelligence became one of the hottest buzzwords in the legal industry. AI is not a seasonal fad but useful technology. It is gaining traction among an increasing number of law firms and in-house legal departments, especially in the UK, USA, and Australia.
This article summarizes this presentation and attempts to encourage more lawyers to join the legal industry's transformation by searching the market and implementing new technology in their work.

TechReport 2020: Solo & Small Firm
The adoption of new technologies and the implementation of comprehensive technology plans and processes is crucial to the ability of any business to thrive in its market, including law firms. Following up on previous years’ Legal Technology Survey Reports, the American Bar Association once again fielded responses from attorneys representing a wide range of demographics to determine how firms are using technology and ensuring strong data and network security.

Source: Law Technology Today
2020 SVC2UK Digital Summit
9-12 November 2020 | Online

the global tech community will gather for the first time virtually to partake in high profile, highly inspirational events as part of the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Digital Summit. Attendees will be brought together to discuss trends in the global business landscape, inspire each other through real-world, diverse stories of scaling and discover cutting edge technologies from experts in their field. 

Source: Eventbrite

2020 AILA Technology and Innovation Virtual Summit
10 November 2020 | Online

The 2020 AILA Technology and Innovation Summit unites thought leaders, technology influencers and immigration law practitioners to provide insight into what’s happening now, what to watch for, and how we can shape the future of immigration practice. Building upon the success of AILA’s inaugural summit last year, this expanded program will explore key trends and emerging technologies impacting the future of law practices, the delivery of legal services to consumers in a disrupted universe, and the intersections of the many stakeholders in this new technological terrain.

Source: The American Immigration Lawyers Association


Online conference and hackathon: Law in the Age of Memes, Crowds and Blockchain

12-13 November 2020 | Online

This digital conference will cover all the themes of decentralized justice and the recent developments at Kleros, while at the same time creating a vibrant space for the entire community to gather around and discuss how these key governance systems will function in the new normal.

The event will be free of charge and you can register and follow the updates via the link below.

Source: Kleros


Legal Techy Tuesday Series: Evenor Virtual Demo

17 November 2020 | 08:00 (GMT+6) | Online

In this free virtual demo, Mapa Madhawa from Evenor will demonstrate the internal resourcing platform which maximises workforce utilisation through the power of data.

By matching skills with needs, Evenor breaks down silos and allows law firms to work in a more agile and collaborative manner. Work allocation is also more equitable as work is allocated based on merit, not preference.

Source: eventbrite


LegalTech Talks: Transformational Leadership

18 November 2020 | 15:00 (GMT) | Online

During this discussion our Speakers will look at some of the evolving initiatives and pressing projects at the top of the c-suite strategic and digital transformation agendas, whilst exploring the changing culture of leadership within legal services, and client-based values.   
We’ll also have open conversation around topics such as work/life balance, flexibility, resilience, strengths, failures, and more. 

Source: NetLawMedia



19 November 2020 | 10:00 GMT | Online

The Global Legal Technology & Innovation Certificate (LTIC) aims to bring a breadth of understanding and engagement to legal practitioners around the world to enable them to engage fully with all relevant technology.
The Global LTIC is a programme designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice to enable the participants to acquire hands-on skills across a broad range of technologies.

Source: LTI.Institute

Nordic Legal Tech Day in Copenhagen

19 November 2020 | 10:30 GMT | Copenhagen, Denmark

Every Nordic Legal Tech Day is a day full of interactions and knowledge sharing about the world of legal tech tools and the future role of legal departments and lawyers. This is a full-day event where you get to network with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and legal techies that are ready to transform the legal industry and the work life of lawyers.

Source: Nordic Legal Tech Day

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