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Legal Technology & Innovation Certificate

The Legal Technology and 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 LTIC is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practical skills. The aim is to enable participants to acquire skills which can be used almost immediately in their daily activities, supporting legal technology products and services whether you are inhouse, a consultant, government or private practice.
The September issue of The Legal Technologist is published
The September issue of The Legal Technologist is published and it is very much a bumper issue. It has articles on legal tech adoption, no code, social media and lawyering, what makes a modern lawyer, lawyer tech competency in the US, robot litigation lawyers pt 2, legal tech in arbitration, 3 x interviews, AI in Brazil's courts, tech training, trainee coding programmes, digital wills, legal tech in Africa, legal tech in South Korea.
The Legaltech Product Channel
The Legaltech Product Channel is a legaltech product news-feed. An open and unaffiliated channel for posting legaltech/lawtech product launches and feature additions - and to give visibility to a wider community.

Also aiming to help boost legaltech product awareness, connections, and collaboration across markets - between and across developers, vendors, community-builders, funders, purchasers, users and media.
AI can spur real change in the legal sector
From technology giants to innovative start-ups, AI and automation are disrupting the way we live, work and even think, across a range of sectors. And the legal profession is no exception. To remain competitive, law firms must view technology and an increasingly digitised world as an opportunity, rather than a challenge.
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly catalysed the fourth industrial revolution. As courts moved online and office-based law professionals worked remotely, the legal sector began to accelerate the power of this digital disruption.

LexisNexis selects fifth cohort for its annual Legal Tech Accelerator programme

LexisNexis has signed up 10 participants to its fifth Legal Tech Accelerator programme to support startups trying to break into the legal tech market after receiving a record amount of global applicants.

The cohort includes FastVisa – a cloud-based immigration management platform – and Don’t Get Mad Get Paid — which helps users collect child support arrears faster and more cheaply. The 10-week programme provides the participants with mentoring and guidance, gaining access to the industry expertise and knowledge of LexisNexis and Lex Machina.


Record attendance expected at five-day Singapore TechLaw.Fest 2020

The third edition of TechLaw.Fest will be the largest ever, both in terms of reach and content, according to its organisers, the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), Singapore’s Ministry of Law and MP Singapore.

The virtual, free-to-attend event, which is supported by The Global Legal Post as a media partner, will feature more than 100 speakers from 20 countries and promises to offer thought-provoking and practical insights into legal innovation, technology law, harnessing technology to improve access to justice and the future of automated legal operations.


Chief judge highlights technology in the courts as jury trials resume this month

During her weekly address to the legal community on Monday, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore highlighted some of the good work the court system has done in expanding technology during the pandemic.
The New York State court system is going to take a big step forward this month when it finally returns to in-person jury trials. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore still hasn’t revealed the full plan, but said that it will begin soon on a “pilot basis” all over the state.
The Perils of ‘Zoom Justice’
As COVID caused massive shutdowns of traditional in-person institutions, courts were faced with a dilemma. Facing severe backlogs if the courthouse doors were closed, courts quickly shifted to Zoom-based proceedings.
Today, you can watch hundreds of livestream court events—many on YouTube—ranging from felony arraignments to traffic ticket hearings to family court proceedings. For the defendant or witness, this is a welcome change. Going to court no longer requires a person to find childcare, take time off work, or risk exposure to COVID.
How law firms can become more efficient and agile using legal Chat Bots

The current technology landscape and the COVID-19 pandemic have shone a spotlight on how technology can shape future industries for the better. The legal service industry is no exception.

It is imperative for firms to maximize efficiency while also maintaining maximum efficacy. Anyone who owns or has worked for a relatively small firm knows the amount of time that is spent working on administrative tasks that detract from the efficiency and efficacy of the main goal of the firm. This can be seen especially within the legal practice. A recent study, done by Cilo, found that “lawyers spend only 28% of their day on billable tasks”.

European Women of Legal Tech Launched by Hogan Lovells, ELTA + BRYTER
Global law firm Hogan Lovells, the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA), and no-code platform BRYTER, have launched the European Women of Legal Tech Awards 2020.
Nominations are already open and you can nominate yourself, or be nominated by others, across a wide range of categories.
The organisers said: ‘The awards encourage the legal industry to be viewed through a wide lens, and to understand how technology democratises and improves itself as a business and workplace.’
Tech London Advocates release blockchain report, including guidance on smart contracts
The guidance covers transactions involving Smart Legal Contracts (SLC) and solutions to anticipated problems. In particular, the guidance sets out some key issues for legal practitioners to be aware of when advising on DLT-related matters such as commercial applications, smart contracts, data governance, blockchain consortia, data protection and security, intellectual property, dispute resolution and cryptoassets.
Big 4 at ILTA: ‘Think About the Unit Price of Legal Services’
One of the most interesting, and important, sessions at ILTA>On, was when three of the Big Four firms opened up about their strategy and world view. For Artificial Lawyer there were two key statements. The first was from Peter Krakaur, EY Global Law Innovation & Technology Leader, who highlighted the need to think of legal services in terms of unit price and cost.
A product-led growth strategy for legal tech, explained (197)
Clients and lawyers are attracted to technology because of the enormous potential for better, faster, and more efficient legal work. No one in the legal industry disputes that technology is integral to our future. Despite this relatively positive and uniform outlook, however, legal tech as an industry remains notoriously risky, primarily because of long sales cycles, limited exposure to potential issues and concerns of end-users, and lengthy deployments that fail to deliver on the many promises made in order to make the sale.

The Potential and Future of ODR

12 September 2020 | 10:45 (GMT+8) | Online

The CityU LR proudly presents our annual conference - 'The Potential and Future of ODR' (to be held on Saturday 12 Sep 2020) - with prestigious ODR scholars and practitioners joining us online to discuss one of the most relevant legal discussions in 2020.
We are very honoured to have Ms Kim Rooney, Prof David Allen Larson, Dr Christopher To, Dr Alessandro Palombo & Dr Faye Wang as our speakers, as well as Dr Julia Tomassetti as our moderator.

LegalTech Talks – Deepening the Conversation; Security Investment and ROSI

16 September 2020 | 15:00 BST | Online

The upcoming virtual roundtable will cover topics which we believe will be of interest to you, including; culture, operations, security, technology leadership and more.

Webinar: "Emerging Regulatory Trends in Technologies in Kazakhstan and Other Central Asian Countries"
18 September 2020 | 16:00 (GMT +6) | Online

Academy Of Law is pleased to invite you to a lecture on “Emerging Regulatory Trends in Technologies in Kazakhstan and Other Central Asian Countries”.

Overview: In this third webinar of the series of Technology Law webinars, Ammar Younas will discuss the innovative policy and regulatory measures that already are working in Central Asia, and also are needed to respond to the changing landscape and to address the need for affordable and secure access and use of digital services.

Legito Legal Disruptors 2020

21-23 September 2020 | Prague, Czechia

Legito Legal Disruptors Conference 2020 is on! Legito Legal Disruptors will focus on current trends in legal innovation and present noteworthy stories and case studies relating the automation of document drafting and document management. Our conference agenda is filled with inspiring content which hopefully will offer tips on how you may design a detailed road map to successfully implementing innovative strategies in your own organization.


The Duke Law Tech Lab Demo Day

25 September 2020 | 14:00 ET | Online

At Demo Day, Duke Law Tech Lab startups with a mission to increase access to legal services will share their business with the audience and judges. The audience votes for their favorites, and judges give feedback. Monetary prizes are given to the audience favorite and the judges' top ranked teams.

The Duke Law Tech Lab (DLTL) is an educational program of Duke School of Law, and Demo Day is intended as an informational session to highlight the innovative teams and technologies that have gone through our DLTL program.



28 September - 02 October | Online

TechLaw.Fest returns in 2020. Join us in this fully virtual event featuring over 20 hours of content from 20 countries across 5 days on all things law and technology!

TechLaw.Fest is a signature Law & Technology event that brings together the international community to debate, deliberate, act and innovate in both the law of technology (policies, regulations, legislation, case law and governance) and the technology of law (infrastructure, business transformation and people development).


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