• Read this from Mark A. CohenClients Need Legal Services But Not Necessarily Lawyers.

 

  • Olga V. Mack penned thisA Perfectly Imperfect Marriage: Blockchain And Open Source. “The blockchain industry has not been very attentive to the selection of licenses used for their projects. It’s time for that to change.”

 

  • Axiom’s upcoming public listing has generated a lot of discussion; here and here are two I found interesting.

 

  • Are Robots Coming For Lawyers? Not Until They Can Translate Legalese. “AI, do your worst. If it took me over five minutes to explain a simple subpoena to a colleague of mine with a medical degree, I can only imagine how many more years of programming you need before you will be able to accomplish the same task.” Post.

 

  • Former CFTC Lawyer Partners with Jenga BCG to Launch Regulatory Advisory Firm for Blockchain Business. Post here.

 

  • Yurika Ishii, Associate Professor at the National Defense Academy of Japan postedBlockchain Technology and Anti-Money Laundering Regulations under International Law. “This technology carries certain vulnerabilities to criminal activities, particularly to money laundering, an act of concealing the origin of profits from illegal activities.”

 

  • “The (UK) government has awarded grants totalling over £6.4m to 18 legal artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics projects.” Details here.

 

  • “The Australian National University has become the first in the country to secure US$1 million to research and create courses around the legal implications for the law profession and governments from the emerging technologies of blockchain, smart contracts, and digital payments.” More here.

 

  • 2019 Could Be A Big Year for Contract AI: Survey. This story from ALM reports on a tiny survey, but some of the comments are interesting.

 

From Law Firms: 

 

 

 

 

 

  • King & Spalding: Katherine Kirkpatrick, Christine Savage, Russell Johnston, Matthew B. Hanson Virtual Currency in Sanctioned Jurisdictions. Post.

 

  • James Goodnow of Fennemore Craig posted this very interesting piece: Why Innovation Dies In Law Firms. “The Biglaw mentality and the startup mentality are anathema to one another. Biglaw is founded on a model of precedent and continuity. Too often Biglaw stifles its most creative voices, remains complacent instead of hungry, and focuses on staying the course rather than acknowledging that the very foundations of our industry are in flux.”

 

 

From/about Vendors:

  • On To The Next Wave Of Analytics: A Conversation With Nik Reed Of LexisNexis. Post.

 

  • ROSS: 3 Ways Law Firms Can Use Artificial Intelligence. Post.

 

  • Blockchain: Separating the fact and fiction. ” …(I)n contrast with the fact that blockchain in 2018 officially entered the trough of disillusionment (according to Gartner), there are several very good practical reasons why in 2019 it should be on everyone’s radar.” Offerings from several vendors are discussed here.

 

From Artificial Lawyer:

  • AI Pre-Screening Technology: A New Era for Contracts? – ThoughtRiver. Post.

 

  • EY Law Rolls Out Legal AI Doc Review Capability Globally. Post.

 

  • HighQ Grows India Engineering Team to 250 People, Opens New Office. Post.

 

  • 1st Legal Tech Incubator To Open in India, Run By Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas. Post.

 

  • How Language Shapes A Legal Tech Ecosystem. Post.

 

  • The Curious Case of Lawyers – By AIJA President Xavier Costa. Post.

 

  • Neota Logic Helps KPMG Australia Build Immigration Expert System. Post.

 

  • Meet Counself – Addressing Legal AI System Risk & Compliance Post.

 

  • The NHS’s 10 Principles for AI + Data, A New Benchmark for Lawyers? Post.