• Contracts will never be the same, and it’s not just AI. Blockchain may be even more fundamentally impactful. Details in this podcast from Law.com. And from Artificial Lawyer,  here are details about NetDocuments’ announcement that it has completed a ‘proof of concept’ of an integration of its cloud platform with a blockchain system. They say this tech enables ‘firms to validate document existence, details, status, and metadata via a verified and distributed digital ledger’


  • More from this week’s Legaltech conference in NYC. Here’s an overview from Ari Weinstein via Artificial Lawyer.


  • AI/tech related attorney awards abound, and firms don’t seem to hesitate to promote their accolades. For instance, “Top Cyber/Artificial Intelligence Lawyers 2018” awards were granted to Latham attorneys, and they quickly appeared twice in my searches, here and here.

“Michael A. Gold, co-chair of the Cybersecurity & Privacy Group at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM), was named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 20 Cyber – Artificial Intelligence lawyers.”

And a similar award in the UK, the Hot 100 for 2018 an annual list produced by The Lawyer magazine. I love this quote, “Callum is the third Burness Paull lawyer to be named a ‘hottie’….” It’s relevant to AI because, the citation says: Sinclair has gone into battle to bring topics such as blockchain and artificial intelligence into the lexicon of even the staunchest traditionalists….in the process, he has opened doors the firm would not even have knocked on before.”


  • Press release: Orrick is pleased to announce that Jennifer Martin, a cybersecurity leader for nearly 20 years in both the private sector and government, has joined the firm as a partner in our Silicon Valley office. Jenny joins Orrick from Covington & Burling, where she led the West Coast cybersecurity practice and was co-chair of its Internet of Things (IoT) initiative.


  • Come on people, kick your clients in the butt and tell them to take this seriously. “Global companies still unprepared for GDPR compliance, EY survey finds.”


  • Trump’s State of the Union address: “…technology and innovation went unmentioned tonight…. The word “science” was used once, toward the end, when Trump paid tribute to the American people. ‘They push the bounds of science and discovery.’ There was no mention of space exploration … climate change, artificial intelligence and automation…. Not a word was spoken about the internet or net (non-)neutrality.”