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The November issue of "The Legal Technologist" is out
Legal technology is making an enormous impact on legal professions around the world, yet very little (if anything) is taught at university about the types of technology and how they are used. This magazine aims to give those at the junior end of their legal careers an understanding of how law and technology are converging.

Source: The Legal Technologist
New Thomson Reuters Marketplace Lets Users Test Products Before Buying Them
Thomson Reuters is announcing two new features today: the Thomson Reuters Marketplace, an online store where users can research, demo, test and buy products and services, and Thomson Reuters Legal Home, a single point of entry where legal professionals can log in and access all their TR products.
The Marketplace, introduced as a beta version today and slated for global availability in February, is an open environment where users can test some 50 products. With today’s rollout, many of the products are add-ons or integrations — including from third-party vendors — for TR’s HighQ legal operations and workflow product and its Elite 3E business management product.

Source: LawSites
Ethical Frameworks for AI Aren’t Enough
Environmental well-being. Human agency. Transparency. These are just a few of the ill-defined principles commonly listed in ethical frameworks for artificial intelligence (AI), hundreds of which have now been released by organizations ranging from Google to the government of Canada to BMW. As organizations embrace AI with increasing speed, adopting these principles is widely viewed as one of the best ways to ensure AI does not cause unintended harms.

Source: Harvard Business Review
Become a Globally Certified Legal Technology Expert
The Legal Technology & Innovation Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Legal Technology & Innovation Certificate (LTIC).
The LTIC is a programme designed to bring to bring a breadth of understanding and engagement to legal practitioners around the world to enable them to engage fully with all relevant technology. It is a global programme, with an outstanding global faculty and set of partners, heavily focused on functional & practical skills, ensuring that participants engage with technology and innovation use cases to pick up key and valuable skills.

Source: Legal Technology & Innovation Institute
ANALYSIS: Lifecycle Metrics — The How & The Why
As use of legal technologies has increased over time, so too have resulting efficiencies in lawyer workflows. But few organizations have metrics in place to help identify the barriers that impede the use of available tech in those workflows. Integrating metrics into organizations’ strategy that capture the life cycle of the technologies in use will highlight pain points in the process and allow management to address any issues. Organizations can take simple steps to help identify proper metrics and make sure they have the right tools in place to suit lawyers’ needs.

Source: Bloomberg Law
Courts must aim higher than video hearings, says Susskind
Zoom hearings have not fundamentally transformed the justice system, the lord chief justice’s IT adviser has said, arguing that courts must use technology to move beyond their primary decision-making function.
Speaking at the International Bar Association’s annual conference, Professor Richard Susskind said we should recognise ‘that a video hearing is not a fundamental transformation or shift in paradigm, as some people want to say’.

Source:The Law Society Gazette
How Using Tech in the Courtroom Can Impact Case Outcomes
The legal system has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the nation in technology adoption. As tech plays an increasingly significant role in our lives, its presence in the courtroom is growing. With this increase in tech comes increasing evidence that attorneys who capitalize on it may see better results.
As technology in the courtroom becomes more common, those who don’t use it will fall behind. What’s cutting-edge today will be standard tomorrow and obsolete before long. Courtroom tech offers more advantages than making lawyers seem more up-to-date than their opponents, too.

Source: Law Technology Today
Suffolk Law School Debuts Free Online Legal Tool
The free online tool walks users through the necessary paperwork for emergency housing issues and domestic violence protective orders. It can be tough to navigate the court system these days, getting questions answered and forms filed with the restricted access required amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Suffolk University Law School Legal Innovation and Technology Lab has made it quick and easy to deal with certain legal issues by launching MassAccess, a website with user-friendly court forms that can be filled in and submitted remotely.

Source: NBCUniversal Media

Orrick launches interactive platform for in-house lawyers to compare legal tech

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a legal technology comparison tool to help in-house counsel track more than 600 products to make it easier for them to choose the right tech.

Orrick’s platform ‘The Observatory’ provides insights and peer-driven feedback on the products that are currently available on the market, including more than 150 project management tools, 120 artificial intelligence products and almost 100 firm and legal analytics platforms, according to Bloomberg Law.

Source: Global City Media Ltd

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.

Oxford University was awarded a government grant of £213,000 this time last year to research the people behind the lawtech boom. One of the aims was to identify the mixture of different backgrounds that made up a start-up’s founders.

Source: Legal Futures
Law Firm Technology Guides Help Answer ‘Overwhelming’ Questions
Welcome back to the Big Law Business column on the changing legal marketplace written by me, Roy Strom. This week, we look at new tools launching to help firms and clients navigate the increasingly crowded legal tech market.
By one expert’s count, a typical large law firm uses more than 400 software applications, and that number is expected to zoom past 600.
Forget “digital transformation.” The number of products means law firms and legal departments struggle to know what’s available in the market.

Source: Bloomberg Law
New alliance launched to foster tech innovation in legal training faculties globally
A new alliance has been launched to help universities and other legal training faculties teach their students about digital transformation, with over 15 universities across Europe and South America already signed up to the network, which is working with global vendors including Docxpresso; HighQ; Jeffit and Nymiz.
The Innovation in Law Studies Alliance (ILSA), founded by director María Jesús González-Espejo, who is currently vice-president of the European LegalTech Association (ELTA), is an alliance of law and technology faculties. Its mission is to support their transformation through collaboration between members.

Source: Legal IT Insider
TechReport 2020: Technology Training
Since 2001, the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report has polled lawyers for their opinions about the legal technology options available to them. The focus is on issues relating to technology use rather than issues relating to specific products. One of the areas the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report investigates is access to and attitudes toward training for the technology lawyers are using in their practice.
The “Technology Basics & Security” volume of the 2020 Survey questioned attorneys across the spectrum of law firm sizes.

Source: Law Technology Today
‘UK-Africa Collaboration and Opportunity in Legal Services’ event
1-3 December 2020 | Online

The Department for International Trade and Ministry of Justice are delighted to invite you to register your interest for the first ever virtual UK-Africa Trade Mission to Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
During the prestigious three-day ‘UK-Africa Collaboration and Opportunity in Legal Services’ event you’ll be able to hear from top industry insiders and plug into a range of networking opportunities that will help you to build and expand your global footprint.

Source: Legal Services are GREAT


Launch of the Global Legal Tech Report (free webinar)

03 December 2020 | 09:00 (SGT) | Online

We are delighted to invite you to our free webinar as we launch the major findings from our global research, which has taken place over the past 12 months.

The panel of legal tech experts launching the results will be:

  • Bob Ambrogi - Lawyer, legal journalist, and the publisher and editor-in-chief of LawSites
  • Matt Bolle – National Segment Head, Legal, Macquarie
  • Alistair Griffin - Head of Legal Technology, KPMG Law, KPMG Australia
  • Jodie Baker – Founder & CEO at Xakia and Chair of Australian Legal Technology Association
  • Paul Evans - Managing Director, Toro Digital
  • Eric Chin - Principal, Alpha Creates and Lead Researcher, Global Legal Tech Report

Source: Global LegalTech Report


SCL Webinar: Deep Technology & Construction Law Disputes

5 December 2020 | 17:00 GMT | Online

This is going to be an interesting webinar as spekaers will look to whether #blockchain based smart contracts might be the panacea to avoiding construction disputes. Join and share your thoughts.

Chair: Susan Ahern B.L (Law Library, Dublin)
Speakers: Mark Beer (Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab, Oxford University), Bruno Herbots (Herbots Solicitors, Dublin) & Bianca Kremer (UniSG)

Source: Society of Construction Law
7-9 December 2020 | Online

Legal professionals around the world are scrambling to adopt #LegalTech in their organizations & firms, so don't fall behind.

Register now for the Global LegalTech Summit 2020 to listen and learn from International Legal Technology Leaders across various topics in the forefront of the Future of Law.

Source: Forte Markets

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