This promises to be quite a week in legal AI. Today’s post is the prelude to what I expect to be a deluge of news from ILTACON 2018. I’ll be traveling all day Tuesday, so getting a slow start on my ILTA coverage.

  • Early news from ILTACON via Artificial Lawyer: “Thomson Reuters has

  • There’s a lot of talk this week about AI laws and regulation, most of which is unrelated to the accident in Tempe. Here’s what I’ve seen:

Here’s a very good discussion regarding medical diagnoses.

This editorial from the Washington Post does reference the death in Tempe as it calls for regulation beyond autonomous

The next part of my series on “Better Decisions with Business Intelligence and Competitive Intelligence” will be about using BI and CI when pricing legal services. (Part One is here.) As I draft that post it occurs to me that we need some more common vocabulary, specifically around Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs). We’ve been kicking this term around for several years now, but I rarely meet two people who have exactly the same things in mind when they talk about AFAs.

To each their own, but here are the forms of AFA with which I have worked and how I think of each:

Blended Rate

Billing all attorneys and every attorney class (partner, associate, of counsel) at the same hourly rate

Contingency Fees

Traditional straight contingency for plaintiff cases

“Reverse” contingency for defense cases

Often gradated based on phase of the matter

Percentages increase as case nears trial
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