• Legalweek (formerly Legaltech) is just a few days away, so here’sA Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest Week In Legal Technology.

 

  • Data & Analytics: Transforming Law Firms” has just been published by ALM Intelligence and LexisNexis. Here’s an executive summary and link to the report.

 

  • Here’s a fresh essay about law firm innovation from  of Thomson Reuters Legal Managed ServicesGreasing The Gears Of Legal Commerce — Automatic, Systematic, Hydromatic (alt.legal) Innovation. “CLOs indicated that nearly 25 percent of outside counsel fees are “price-insensitive.”

 

  • The Big 4 continue their relentless march into legal. I skip most of these posts, but this one specifically mentions AI: KPMG expands Asia Pacific legal services. “It will also offer technology enabled legal services, using robotics, artificial intelligence and other technologies developed globally and in China through the KPMG digital ignition centre.”

 

  • This is an interesting post by Charles P. Edwards of Barnes & Thornburg: The Noisy Business of the Law and Insurance Claims. “…(T)he idea we humans are needed for most decisions is an ‘illusion.'”

 

  • Here’s a good example of a law firm (Amsterdam’s De Brauw) using tech as a differentiating marketing strategyHop on board and experience the value of legal tech and project management.

 

  • Bob Ambrogi posted this 47-minute podcast: LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai.

 

  • From Arup Das of Alphaserve Technologies, here’s an interesting discussion of the age-old build vs. buy conundrum: How to Approach Legal Innovation: Options for Every Firm.

 

  • This is a thought-provoking post: Can Deepfakes Pose a Cybersecurity Threat to Legal? ““Deepfakes are real and emerging as an issue but they, like certain types of technology, could emerge very quickly; we talk about this today and it could be a very big deal in six months or it could be nothing,” Reed Smith’s Stegmaier cautioned. “We simply don’t know.””

 

  • This hour-long podcast is from the Lawyerist: “In this episode with Natalie Worsfold, we talk about her law firm’s approach to law practice, and why more firms aren’t following suit. We start by asking Natalie what problem Counter Tax was trying to solve, then explore how they solved it, what their solution does now, and the plans they have to evolve and grow their solution.”

 

  • This is an idea I have been kicking around for a while. Nick Hilborne gives it the thought I believe it’s due: “Reproduction of the legal profession” at risk from automation. “If junior associates are ‘gradually culled’ from law firms as a result of automation, the entire reproduction of the legal profession could be jeopardised….'” And here’s a US write up of the same issue: Junior Lawyers Are Going Extinct And Nobody Knows What To Do About It.

 

  • AI Goes to Court: A Conversation With Lex Machina and Dorsey & Whitney. Post here.

 

From Artificial Lawyer:

  • The Benefits of the LexisNexis LegalTech Accelerator. Post here.
  • EY and Artificial Lawyer Hold Legal Ops + Technology Event.  Post here.
  • Slaughter and May Names 3rd Fast Forward Cohort, Inc. Blockchain Co. Post here.
  • Meet ATJ Bot – The World’s First Legal Aid Voice Assistant. Post here.
  • How to Build Your Business Case For Contract Management – The Juro Guide. Post here.
  • Oz + NZ Professional Services Startup of the Year Award Launched. Post here.
  • Legal AI Co. CourtQuant Predicts Hard Brexit Impact on British Law. Post here.
  • Christian Lang + Former TR Boss, Tom Glocer, Join Reynen Court. Post here.
  • GCs Keen To Embrace Tech Tools + Legal Ops Skills – Survey. Post here. (Note: This story is based on a survey where n=80. Assuming no other methodological problems [big assumption!], this means that in all of the findings each number is well within the margin of sampling error of the statistics above and below it on the graphs.)
  • Meet Fincap Law: A New Tech-Driven Firm For the New Legal Era. Post here.

 

Posts by Law Firms:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Eric A. Klein and Aytan Dahukey of Sheppard Mullin posted: Day 2 Notes From The 2019 JPMorgan Healthcare Conference. “We are seeing a lot of healthcare entities starting to focus on precision medicine – artificial intelligence suggesting which oncology drug works best for your specific genetic condition and cancer – but that essentially is a transactional function. And the market really wants a partnering function ” Post here.

 

 

 

  • From Reed SmithDraft ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence published by the European Commission. Post here.

 

 

  • Akin Gump postedPolicymakers Focused on Artificial Intelligence, Write Akin Gump Lawyers in The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.

 

  • Hogan Lovells postedLitigating intellectual property issues: The impact of AI and machine learning.

 

Press Releases and sponsored posts:

  • Here’s a thorough explanation of Gavelytics: Want Better Litigation Outcomes? Know Your Judges. “…(W)ith Gavelytics, you finally get the quantifiable and reliable judge information you need to customize your litigation strategy and increase your chances of winning.”

 

 

  • Gibson Dunn launches AI and automated systems group. Post here.

 

  • The world’s first virtual lawyer, built for Amazon’s Alexa, tests whether lawyers will be replaced by robots. “Australian legal-technology company Smarter Drafter have announced a prototype virtual lawyer, built on Amazon’s Alexa, that creates legal.” documents instantly, just like a real human lawyer. Here’s the Smart Drafter release. Hype much?? And then there’s this: “No date has been set for the release of the first working Alexa integration.”

 

  • HaystackID Acquires eDiscovery Managed Services Provider eTERA, Release here.

 

  • Legal IT Newswire New Product News… Alphaserve Technologies launch Execution as a Service. Post here.

 

  • I’m including this because I used to work there! Am Law 200 Firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Selects Litera Desktop, Litera Microsystems Full Document Drafting Suite.

 

Blockchain

 

 

 

 

  • From the Baker & Hostetler Energy BlogNew Blockchain Products, an FBI Raid, the $11 Billion Bitcoin Case, Hackers Strike With a 51 Percent Attack and Crypto Tax Analysis. Post here.

 

 

  • Here’s a deep dive into the legal services offered by Oath ProtocolThe Lay of the Land in Blockchain Dispute Resolution and Governance Designs.

Amazon Prime Day (actually a day and a half) officially starts at 2 PM CT today (but some things are already on sale), so you may be tempted to finally take the plunge and add Amazon’s Alexa to your home environment. All of the Alexa units are about half their usual prices, starting at $30. Google has responded with price drops on its Google Home units, starting at $34.

So which, if either, should you buy? General wisdom is that Alexa is best for shopping (I have found it ‘not so easy’), and Google is best for information and music (yes, it is). Here’s an examination of both in some detail. (I have Google, Alexa and Siri all over my home and car and use them all a lot, so I’m a pretty good judge.)

One highly influential factor should be your general tech environment. If you have Amazon Prime and generally use Amazon Music stuff a lot, Alexa is not a bad choice. If you (and your home) are Android, Google is probably the best fit. If you are an Apple/Mac/iTunes person, you’ll find Siri superior in terms of music and especially security. One of the reasons Apple tends to lag the others a bit in terms of tech is their superior focus on keeping things secure.

Strictly in terms of personal assistants, Google is best, followed by Alexa and then Siri. Because I am generally an Apple guy, I find myself using Siri most, but I rely on Google for my morning briefing. My home automation is set up for all three, but again, I most often use Siri. All three continue to improve very quickly.

With Siri, your hardware is limited to your iPhone, iPad, Mac (with video baked in) and their HomePod speaker ($349). Google has several speaker options but for video you need to connect to your TV. Amazon has several speakers and two video options.

Regardless of which you may choose, now’s a great time to time to buy!

And now, on to the rest of AI!!

  • Post of the day, this from Michael Mills. Siri, Esq.—The AI Robots are (not) Coming. The clever title is misleading, the AI solutions ARE coming and they will take some jobs. The article is a good update on the state of AI in law.

 

  • Last week I posted about the major new AI releases by Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. Here, from Artificial Lawyer is a good overview of the implications of these releases and related moves by their smaller, more agile, competitors. And here’s Bob Ambrogi’s in-depth look at Lexis Analytics.

 

  • From Hogan Lovells: Artificial intelligence and data analytics in fraud and corruption investigations. “This update explains how the process of gathering, sorting and evaluating enormous volumes of data has changed, and why skilled human intelligence is likely to remain a required component of an accurate analysis.”

 

  • Law Technology Today posted this interesting editorial about the evolution of legal service providers. “Regardless of where your firm is now—BigLaw or SmallLaw, OldLaw or NewLaw—if you are still around in 2050, it’s likely you will be practicing SmartLaw.”

 

  • Fasken is promoting it’s use of AI to better serve clients. “At Fasken, our Legal Innovation team understands that AI is about more than robots and autonomous driving. With AI tools, performance gets better over time as the technology learns and improves from experience. We’re embracing the disruption, taking new approaches and using the benefits from a number of tools to transform our legal services for our clients.” This post discusses a webinar on the subject, but I could not find a link.

 

  • From ABFJournal, “While some lawyers may be leery of or intimidated by artificial intelligence tools, a panel of experts has demystified the technology and described the ways in which it can expand the legal services market. Karim Guirguis and John Hartgen recap a recent American Bankruptcy Institute panel discussing the role of artificial intelligence in bankruptcy.”

 

  • Ganado Advocates took a leading role in drafting Malta’s blockchain legislation, making it one of the world’s most blockchain-friendly countries. Here’s an interview with one of their partners on the subject. “The purpose was to make Malta a blockchain hub, attracting a number of investments in the country. And, I mean, the aim of the regulation has already attracted lots of interest. As a law firm, we’ve been inundated with requests and have already been working on a number of transactions. And we anticipate that this will go on and progress even further now that the laws are in place.”

 

  • “Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly disrupt the U.S. real estate market. Vasiliki Yiannoulis of the law firm Withers, discusses how this new technology will impact the industry within the next few years.”

 

  • From K&L Gates: “AI systems are increasingly utilized to help streamline certain diagnosis, treatment, and administration procedures. In this episode, Ryan Severson discusses some of the key legal issues associated with AI and how the landscape is expected to change over the next few years.”

 

  • Mayer Brown Tech Talks, Episode 1: Staying Ahead of AI with Rebecca Eisner. 24-minute webinar here. It’s mainly an overview of AI generally, with some legal considerations near the end.

 

  • “POLITICO hosted a conversation on the role of government and its implications for AI growth in national public safety, privacy and civil rights. Watch the full video here to see how artificial intelligence is accelerating rapidly — from social media bots to facial recognition technology to driverless vehicles.”

 

  • From Jeffrey Catanzaro of UnitedLex: What junior lawyers need to know about artificial intelligence. “… AI and other associated technologies are creating huge opportunities – especially for younger lawyers – but it’s important for those who are newly qualified not only to recognise those opportunities but also to appreciate how the job is changing.”

 

  • Finally for today, here’s an interesting slant on legal tech: With A Defined Go-To-Market Strategy, Legal Tech Can Conquer The Industry. “The most glamorous figure in the legal profession used to be the trial lawyer. Now it’s the nerd.”