• Kudos to Suffolk University’s law school and to Jordan Furlong for his contribution to today’s launch of Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate Program. “There are six courses in the program, each delivered by an experienced legal practitioner or industry analyst who delivers ten full hours of information, instruction, and insight into the course’s subject matter.” One of the first two courses is Jordan’s 21st Century Legal Services,“You’ll learn critical market insights and strategic and tactical recommendations for operating a law firm or legal services business. The coursework will focus on the current upheaval in the market and how to compete successfully in the new legal services landscape to come.”

 

  • I’ve been encouraging law firms to start using chatbots on their websites and other client interface situations. Norton Rose has launched one called “Parker” to assist “people who have questions about the European Union data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”

 

  • There has been a decent amount of discussion lately about lawyers in the age of AI perhaps needing to become much more technical, even to the point of even learning to write programming code. Here’s an interesting post by Sooraj Shah that discusses how far down this path lawyers need to go. He uses the Big Four as something of a touchstone.

 

  • Here’s an interesting podcast from ALM: Lawyers, Fear Not the Smart Contract. Contributors include: assistant clinical professor of law at Cardozo Law School, and co-founder of the Open Law smart contracts project; CEO of Monax; co-founder of blockchain company Kadena and the lead architect of its Pact smart contracts language; and a transactional attorney from Loeb & Loeb.

 

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law publishes Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog. Today’s post by D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law is, “Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of AI” featuring Avi Goldfarb and Ajay Agrawal.

 

  • Firms using AI solutions:

– “To streamline its due diligence processes, Maddocks has signed on to deploy the Luminance AI platform.”

Brodies too: “Brodies deploys artificial intelligence technology from Luminance.”

  • From The Hill: “A growing number of Democratic lawmakers and civil libertarians are voicing concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition software (Rekognition), worrying that it could be misused. They fear that without proper oversight the technology could hurt minority or poor communities and allow police to ramp up surveillance.”