Earlier this week I attended Vanderbilt Law’s Summit on Law and Innovation (#SOLI2018). One of my favorite panels was “Leading Lawyers Without a License” featuring Waller’s Teresa Walker, Pillsbury’s Kathleen Pearson and Fenwick’s Camille Reynolds. Coverage from law.com here. Ms. Walker commented: “We’re dealing with people that are highly autonomous. We’re dealing with people that do not take direction well, so we influence instead of direct.” (Don’t call these three “non-lawyers”; conference attendees voted unanimously to ban use of “non” when referring to administrative professionals.)


  • From Bloomberg LawAhhh, Smart Offices, Hot Coffee. But Watch Out for Legal Risks. “…(B)e aware that corporate legal risks can go hand in hand with the conveniences of internet-connected devices.” Attorneys from Paul Hastings, Crowell Moring, Frost Brown and Ice Miller are quoted.


  • From Law.com: How Ogletree Deakins Overcame Legal AI Burnout. It’s a quick read about getting past the hype and adopting LegalMation’s product “that drafts responses to employment suits by simply dragging a PDF of a complaint into the program.” “For the end user, the lawyer or paralegal doing it on behalf of the lawyer, it’s dead simple…. It couldn’t be easier. You drag and drop the complaint and two minutes later you have the result. And the results are very good.” and…


  • From Artificial Lawyer: “LegalMation allows the user to drag and drop the PDF of a complaint and get an answer back in around 2 minutes. And according to Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree, the results are pretty good. That’s why Ogletree has become the first law firm to publicly announce that they use LegalMation’s product.” This is an interesting read.


  • iManage has upgraded iManage Threat Manager and iManage Security Policy Manager, including AI-driven tech. Details in their press release here. “New features enable firms to better detect “smash and grab” attacks and automate need-to-know security at scale.”


  • From last week’s CLOC conference, here’s a discussion of Nationwide’s and Walmart’s take on AI in law. Maybe AI Can’t Do Everything, but Corporate Legal’s Still Trying to Adopt.


  • I love this from the Philippines Daily Inquirer re The University of the Philippines College of Law: Bar exams vs artificial intelligence. “AIs trained with every single decision, law and bar review outline will always outperform law students in memorization games, so what is the point? The practice of law will increasingly value higher level, creative analysis and the irreplaceable human touch of being a credible adviser even the opposing side can trust. Scoring 100 on a bar exam will be just as useful as reciting Pi to 100 decimal places.”


  • From Medium, this is an interesting discussion of lawyers and technology. I don’t agree with all of it (e.g., the author does not believe lawyers are generally tech-averse), but it’s an insightful essay.


Today’s news from law firms:

Crowell & MoringCrowell & Moring Launches ‘Digital Transformation’ Practice to Aid Corporate Innovation. “The practice, led by a steering committee of 11 lawyers, focuses on helping in-house attorneys support their company’s innovation efforts.”

Norton Rose: AI is your new document drafter. (The article discusses AI beyond document drafting.)

Quarles & BradyEverything happening right now is creating opportunities for us to be more innovative. Interesting interview with Peter Ozolin of Manzama. “The convergence of everything happening right now is creating opportunities for us to be more innovative in how we use technology in the practice and business of law than any time I’ve experienced in the last 30 years.”

Cooley’s take on the UK House of Lords’ “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?”. “We will continue to beat the drum about the need for policymakers and legislators to understand the technology before seeking to regulate its application.” Hear! Hear!

Squire Patton BoggsNew EU Strategy on Artificial Intelligence. This is a good explanation of the Three Pillars I have discussed previously.