• Contracts!

– Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have joined Dentons, K&L Gates, DLA Piper and others in The Accord Project to create standards for legal smart contracts for various practice areas. Details here.

Artificial Lawyer reports that “Fasken has announced that it has adopted Kira Systems’ legal AI software to increase efficiency in contract review.”


  • Also from Artificial Lawyer, Casetech “has announced a partnership” with O’Melveny to use CARA for litigation support. Details here.


  • Here’s a good introduction to using Blockchain technologies to secure AI data.


  • This post about client feedback by Michael R. Caplan, COO at Goodwin Procter mentions data security issues related to learning from one client’s data to the benefit of other clients. “Is It Client Data or Attorney Work Product?” Interesting concern.


  • Next Tuesday (April 10), I will have the privilege of participating on a panel with:

Kimberly Bell (Head of Operations – Legal/External Affairs Nissan Group of North America),

Patrick Fuller (Senior Director of Legal Intelligence ALM), and

Brian Kuhn (Co-Founder and Leader of IBM Watson Legal Solutions Partner, IBM Industry Platform)

at the Legal Marketing Association Conference in New Orleans. Our topic will be How Legal Departments Are Leveraging Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on Law Firms.


  • Very coolGot an Ethics Question? At This Company, Employees Just Ask the Chatbot. “Just a couple of years ago Convercent was a company that built technologies for compliance and ethics officers, but didn’t have a compliance officer of its own. Now Katie Smith has changed all that, and brought her own innovations to the job, including an interactive compliance website and an ethics “chatbot” named Cooper.”


  • Another small bit of progress as the US Congress “announced the establishment of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus. The Caucus will bring together experts from academics, government, and the private sector to inform policymakers of the technological, economic and social impacts of advances in AI.”


  •  AI is being used more and more in stock selection and trading. Here’s a recent example.


  • I’ve posted several times about AI-driven police surveillance in the Middle East and Asia. Here’s an update regarding such activities in the USA.


  • “A new documentary Do You Trust This Computer? is making its world premiere Thursday at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood, with its timely exploration of the rise of artificial intelligence and the potential perils of thinking machines.” “Some of the most influential figures in technology weigh in on artificial intelligence and talk about possible outcomes, including Google Brain founder Andrew Ng, Affectiva CEO Rana el Kaliouby, Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, entrepreneur Elon Musk, OpenAI director Shivon Zilis and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan.”