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LawtechUK chooses delivery partners for Lawtech Sandbox and SME Dispute Resolution Platform

LawtechUK, the government-backed initiative powered by Tech Nation to help transform the UK legal sector through technology, has today announced their partners for the Lawtech Sandbox pilot and the SME Dispute Resolution Platform, two key projects that were announced in May 2020.
TechnoLawyer Names Its Top 10 Products of 2020
As it has almost every year since 2011, the legal technology newsletter TechnoLawyer has published its picks for the top products of the year. Winners are picked through “passive” voting, based on the number of reader click-throughs on articles published during the year about new products.
“When you and your fellow TechnoLawyer subscribers click for more details about a product after reading the article, you passively cast a vote,” publisher Neil J. Squillante explains.
What’s working in legal tech content marketing right now
How are legal tech marketing leaders adapting content tactics to best serve law firms and in-house legal teams? Here's what senior marketers at Litify, Qorus Software, LegalVision, and the Gray Dot Company are doing.
There are often too many options for people who are influential in the buying process. General Counsel, CFOs, CTOs, and law firm partners have little time as it is. And the pandemic has only heightened this situation, by exposing firms and in-house teams to the impact of restrictions, downturns, and all those accompanying client anxieties. If you’re a senior marketer in legal tech, this makes your job tougher.

Can’t afford an attorney? Test-run revamp of lawyer rules paves way for tech to help

Utah is the first state to allow those without law licenses to offer legal services, own law firms and invest in them. But first they need approval from the Utah Supreme Court.
After hundreds who waited in line for help expunging their criminal records were turned away when the free event filled up two years ago, attorney Noella Sudbury wondered whether an online program could help more at once. Only one problem. Rules governing the legal profession barred anyone or anything besides a real live lawyer from dispensing legal advice, even for basics like filling out forms.
GPT-3 – how the new AI model may change the future of the legal profession?
For about the month, the tech world has been talking about the new AI model developed by Open AI, which at first glance, seems to be a breakthrough in the development of Artificial Intelligence. Explaining GPT-3 in simple words: it is a language model, which ha been trained to predict the next word in a sequence of text, and as a result, it can write articles, blog posts, poetry, lines of code or even imitate legalese, etc. with a minimal input of data from the user. In even more simple words: it is a software, which allows humans to request what kind of text or code you need, and the AI can deliver that in a way, which is hard to distinguish from the human work.
Meet the initiative that is mapping global legal responses to COVID19
Travel bans, lockdowns, curfews, state of emergencies, orders to wear a mask, limits to the press freedom, laws against misinformation, the prohibition of public gatherings and a rapid power concentration in the Ministry of Health which made health ministers into mild dictators. That is about the legal measures and policy responses to the COVID19 pandemic that I can come up with from the top of my head. But there is, of course, so much more if you take your time to research, gather data and dig deep enough.
ANALYSIS: AI Tech Use Is Common, But Do Lawyers Understand It?
The use of legal technology in law firms and in-house legal departments is on the rise. Earlier this month, I wrote about how those in legal organizations are using more collaboration tools post-pandemic.
In-house legal departments and law firms are also frequently using technologies that likely employ artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms, the Bloomberg Law Legal Technology Survey (2020) found.
Tech-Enabled A2J: How tech is helping pro se litigants navigate the courts
Tech-Enabled A2J, Kristen Sonday, co-founder & COO of Paladin, takes a look at how legal start-ups and legal technology innovations are impacting the push toward better Access to Justice for more citizens.

For many Americans, the thought of going to court alone is daunting. Yet, nearly 75% of cases have at least one pro se party, according to the Self-Represented Litigation Network. And now, with COVID-19-related legal issues continuing to soar and pro bono attorneys stretched thin, the number of pro se litigants is increasing.
If Your Judge Is Using this New AI Tool, Should You Be Using It Too?
Thomson Reuters is today introducing an artificial intelligence brief-checking tool designed to help judges understand and validate the briefs submitted in their courts.

But that begs the question: If your judge is using this tool to check the briefs of you and your opponents, then wouldn’t you want to use it first, before you ever file your brief?

These are the 10 hottest legal tech startups that have raised a combined $1.4 billion in VC funding from investors like Bessemer Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz

Even though legal tech has been around for a while, it wasn't until relatively recently that it's really piqued investors' attention.

VCs are increasingly seeing promise in the space, opening their wallets to fund legal tech startups. Last year, Bloomberg Law reported that legal tech investments hit at least $1.2 billion by the end of the third quarter, surpassing the previous year's record of $1 billion.

A virtual summit: “The Evolving Legal Department”

08 September | Online

This innovative conference brings together diverse, industry leaders from pre-eminent companies—including HP, Facebook, Stripe, USI and others—who will dive deep into the rapidly changing legal department landscape and what they see as their role in shaping this change amidst unprecedented social, technological and workplace change.

The panel discussions will be reinforced by educational and interactive breakout sessions for legal ops and in-house professionals at every level.


The Ethical Hurdle: How Technology is Changing the Way We Practice Law & What You Need to Know

10 September 2020 | 12:00 EDT | Online

In this highly engaging and interactive fireside chat, you will learn about why lawyers have substantial ethical responsibilities in an ever evolving world of technology, how the Rules and our obligations have been impacted, and what we now must know in order to effectively litigate a matter, protect our Clients’ most important information and build for them a better tomorrow.
2020 Dispute Resolution Tech Expo
14 -18 September 2020 | Online

Working virtually is our new normal, but now what? Besides Zoom, what other tools are out there to make working online easier? Look no further than the ABA Dispute Resolution Tech Expo. Tailored to the needs of ADR professionals, the Expo will feature a full week of educational webinars, program demonstrations, technology hot tips, & fun socializing opportunities.
Space Forum: Understanding the data revolution
15 - 16 September 2020 | Online

Space Forum is a conference discussing the impact of space technologies on Earth businesses (mobility, IoT, connectivity, security, climate, media, earth observation…).

It brings together the space community including business executives from the sector, CTOs, Angel investors, government delegations, satellite operators, satellite industry suppliers, launch service providers, earth observation experts, entrepreneurs, etc.

Blockchain & Digital Currency National (Virtual) Institute
16 September 2020 | 12:00 EDT | Online

The 2020 Blockchain & Digital Currency National Institute is going VIRTUAL this year, with informative and exciting opportunities for anyone interested in better understanding the interplay of the law and digital currencies and blockchain technology. The speakers and panels will explore: blockchain innovations and opportunities; global regulatory efforts; and, recent law enforcement actions.


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