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Crypto Traders Can Automate Legal Requests With New DoNotPay Services
Robot lawyer platform DoNotPay is expanding to cryptocurrency businesses, offering a suite of services to automate the drafting and sending of legal letters to crypto exchanges.

Joshua Browder, DoNotPay’s founder, started the chatbot subscription service after moving to the U.S. from England and receiving a number of parking tickets, he said. 

“I was writing the same letter over and over and thought, ‘This could so easily be automated,’” he said. “I started it by accident because I’m a bad driver [but] people were writing in with all the other problems they had. Lawyers were charging hundreds of dollars an hour.”

Source: Coindesk
Image: Scott Graham/Unsplash

App launches with huge range of legal help to consumers and SMEs

An app for SMEs to diagnose and get guidance on their legal problems has now launched a consumer version that helps users find and book a lawyer, and is integrated with government services.

Legal Utopia assists users in identifying more than 400,000 everyday legal problems through its Legal Checker function, and provides more than 5,000 legal documents,

24,000 FAQs and 10,000 pages of legal guidance.

It also tracks how the law and guidance are changing on Covid and Brexit, updated weekly.

Source: Legal Futures
Allen & Overy incubator expands as firm sees 'cultural shift' toward legal tech
Allen & Overy has unveiled the next batch of startups taking part in its Fuse innovation hub, announcing Monday the addition of close to a dozen legal and financial technology companies to the incubator.

Fuse's new cohort, its fifth since launching in 2017, includes five legal tech companies: Melbourne-based document verification company Atticus, Toronto-based legal research platform CiteRight, New York-based contracts company Draftwise, Luxembourg-based ESG and sustainability compliance company Greenomy and London-based data annotation and model training AI-powered platform Humanloop.

Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville
Clifford Chance creates new Research & Development Hub, as Covid-disruption expected to boost demand for digital products
International law firm Clifford Chance today announces that April Brousseau has been appointed to lead its newly-created Research & Development Hub (R&D Hub). The hub will accelerate and scale the development of digital products, both for sale to clients and to help transform the firm's operations though the firm's Best Delivery team.

The newly formed R&D Hub brings the firm's product research, design and development capabilities together in one place, including the product development expertise developed within subsidiary Clifford Chance Applied Solutions. By pooling this collective expertise in one place and working with Clifford Chance lawyers and other key teams, the R&D Hub will focus on the rapid and effective development of new digital solutions for the firm's clients and its lawyers.

Source: Clifford Chance
Wanted: role models for solving legal problems together

Many of the problems facing the legal industry today cannot be solved by one law firm or company alone. Some pioneering lawyers have sought to work with specialists, peers or even rivals on innovative solutions but, until recently, their efforts have been limited. So that is why the FT Innovative Lawyers programme is now launching a new award to recognise some of the best collaborative initiatives being put into practice — and to encourage more. In the past five years, legal technology has proliferated, thanks to a big increase in products and suppliers. This has enabled certain lawyers to take advantage of automation, to reduce the amount of laborious legal work they need to do. Others have been able to use artificial intelligence to uncover hidden patterns in data. Some are also experimenting with blockchain as a way to establish trust.

Source: Financial Times
Image: Getty Images
Legal Regulatory Sandboxes – An Experiment that Might Reinvent the Legal Ecosystem?
The change agenda is well underway in the legal ecosystem. It hasn’t been transformative - well mostly not – it’s been more about using tech tools to improve efficiency rather than radical change. This post is not about arguing the case for change, that ship has sailed. It’s about reclaiming a spot for lawyers, so they are part of the solution and not the problem. It’s about finding a way to make the law accessible and affordable. It’s about understanding that different clients have different needs and expectations from the legal ecosystem – not just from law firms and lawyers. It’s about creating a different workplace. It’s about doing legal practice differently. And, it’s about whether regulatory sandboxes will become the legal experiment that not only achieves all this but becomes an industry wide model for the way we can investigate the new, the different and…change!

Source: LinkedIn
Image: iStock

Legal tech company met COVID’s unprecedented challenges by adapting existing systems

When the COVID pandemic hit, it immediately presented unprecedented challenges for Canada’s court system. Jeffrey Lanctot and Tim Kennaley decided a rapid solution was needed, and with no time to build one from scratch, they stitched together existing and proven systems, like a puzzle.

In June 2020, Lanctot, a Peterborough, Ont. civil litigator, got a call from friend who worked in the courts. He explained to him the difficulties the paper-based system was having in adapting to COVID’s new normal. The “basis for operations,” the circulation of files between lawyers, court staff and judges was now untenable, Lanctot says.

Source: Canadian Lawyer

Legal-tech platform promoting access to justice for marginalized communities presented at conference

A student team has pitched Mouthpiece Law, a legal technology platform that aims to reduce the traditional overhead costs for legal practitioners by as much as 50 per cent, at the Collision 2021 Conference.

The team members include three students from Queen’s Faculty of Law: Avinash Pillay, Mouthpiece Law’s chief operating officer and chief legal engineer; Yoonhyun Cho, chief executive officer and chief legal entrepreneur; and Daniel Moholia, chief information officer. Thabo Magubane from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg Law School acts as chief technology officer, said the news release.

Source: Law Times
Ninian Stephen Law Program: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies
The Centre for AI and Digital Ethics is delighted to announce the new Ninian Stephen Law Program: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies, a four-year initiative at University of Melbourne powered by Menzies Foundation.
This program brings together the new collaboration between the Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, under CAIDE.

The program aims to build capacity in the legal profession to provide effective responses to the challenges of emerging technologies. The program is premised on a model of systems thinking, commonly learnt by engineering and computer science students, that studies how people and human-artifacts interact. This program asserts that systems thinking can be used to testing the limits and possibilities to regulation of technology.

Source: Melbourne Law School
Law Is A Team Sport In The Digital Age
The legal profession’s “lawyer and non-lawyer’” mindset is alive, if not well. A recent Bloomberg Law article reported 82% of lawyers surveyed believe multidisciplinary teams can consist solely of licensed attorneys; different practice areas, seniority levels, and firms are a “multidisciplinary” team in their view. The data emanates from Bloomberg Law’s 2021 Legal Operations Survey of 429 law firm and in-house attorneys at various career stages.  

The significance of the 82% extends far beyond lawyers’ semantic misunderstanding of “multidisciplinary.” It evidences the profession’s insular, lawyer-centric culture at a time when its business clients are digitally transforming. A lawyer-centric mindset is inimical to the seamless, multidisciplinary, cross-functional collaboration required to satisfy the needs of digitally mature legal buyers. That requires teamwork within the legal function and beyond.

India Gives World First Private Digital Court
Jupitice Justice Technologies has developed the World’s First Private Digital Court under the Private Justice System (Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR Mechanism). This brings India at the forefront of innovation in lawtech (legal technology).

Ever-increasing disputes and high case pendency has taken a toll on public justice systems worldwide. As per the study by the World Justice Project, there are approximately 5 billion people who don’t have access to basic justice needs. This is why a Private Digital Court that facilitates ADR proceedings or out-of-settlements online would not only help reduce the burden on the public justice systems, but also enhance access to justice anywhere or anytime.

Source: Punekar News

Introducing The Legal Tech-To-English Dictionary!

There’s a term for when attorneys use Latin and other arcane languages to describe legal processes to consumers: “legalese.”  

But there’s no similar term for when vendors use technical and other arcane languages to describe their legal software operations to lawyers.

True, this dynamic may seem unfair. But now we have The Legal Tech-to-English Dictionary to help us cope. 

Read on for the inaugural installment, where we translate AI-related topics to plain English. 

Source: Above the Law

live 27th May at 15:00 BST

The Law Firm Compliance Conundrum - 

Exclusive Virtual Roundtable Hosted by Aderant, in partnership with LegalTech Talks

Billing Compliance Tools are no Longer a Luxury. A lawyer’s timecards are subject to more scrutiny than ever before and rejections, reductions and write-offs are all causing a huge loss to firms. Client billing guidelines have become increasingly complex with, no two clients’ guidelines being the same.

With collaboration central to firm processes, how should firms overcome the compliance challenges? This session will explore this and much more with a debate on the impact of compliance tools within the profession.

Without a process for reviewing, accepting and acknowledging the client billing guidelines compliance is practically an impossibility.

Source: NetLaw Media

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Bucerius Legal Tech Essentials 2021

In a curated, intense, remote, and free one-month lecture series, discover the future of the legal market. Hear academic lectures and personal stories, ask questions, and gain insight into current advances in Legal Technology, Legal Operations, and Legal Innovation.

During the month of May, Bucerius Law we are going to host inspi­rational presen­tations from some of the world's leading legal tech­nology and opera­tions ex­perts on week­days at noon U.S. Central Time (that's 7:00 p.m. CEST). We promise 60–90 minutes of in­sights and Q&A.

  • Jason Boehmig, CEO, Ironclad. Date: 25 May 2021.
  • Haley Altman, Litera. Date: 26 May 2021.
  • Shannon Salter, Civil Resolutional Tribunal. Topic: ODR and Public Justice Reform. Date: 27 May 2021.

Source: Bucerius Law School

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