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Lex Connect Curated Reading List October 30, 2015

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 With so much content available on-line, it is easy to miss the really good stuff. 

 Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
 Enjoy your 30 minutes power reading.

 

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The state of the art of technology circa 2015

Over the past few years, tech has entered the legal sphere. Courtrooms finally digitize and more and more legal tech systems enter the market. The CodeX FutureLaw Conference 2015, held on April 30, discussed the future of legal tech with a more academic approach. One of the most interesting speeches was given by Professor Oliver Goodenough. He spent the last six months as a visiting scholar at the Stanford’s CodeX Center for Legal Informatics studying legal tech and innovation. Goodenough talked about the state of the art of legal technology circa 2015. IUS&VITA gives a brief overview of his speech.

Denton invests in pre-artificial intelligence for lawyers

Detons has announced today that its collaborative innovation platform, NextLaw Labs, has signed two deals that will enable it to leverage IBM technology.

In a deal with its first portfolio company, ROSS Intelligence, NextLaw Labs is developing a legal advisor app powered by IBM Watson.

Innovation Has Failed Big law, Legal Ops Can help

New Law,” “Paradigm Shift” and the “New Normal.” All describe the morphing landscape of the legal profession as law firms and professions adapt, for the first time in more than 100 years, to unprecedented market change.Legal service providers and their clients are experimenting with new agreements, pricing schemes and staffing measures as they strive to innovate the modern practice of law.

2015 ACC Legal Census: A Profile of In-House Counsel

From the Association of Corporate Counsel, "Between March and May 2015, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) conducted a census study to profile the corporate, in-house legal profession. In total, 5,012 in-house counsel from 73 countries participated in the survey.

 

Will there be a new deal for the legal profession?

For those interested in the New Normal in law, there has been no more prolific or significant thinker in this field than Richard Susskind. Richard has long been the leading analyst and visionary around how law and legal services are changing and will change with technology.

 

 

BT's Legal Tranformation

Chris Fowler, General Counsel UK Commercial of BT Legal, speaks about transforming BT Legal’s approach to delivering legal services.

At BT our business has had to address the same challenges and exploit the opportunities that the legal industry as a whole is grappling with today.

 

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 Legal Practice and Legal Delivery: An Important Distinction

 

 

Lawyers parse words and define terms. So why do they so often use “legal practice” and “legal delivery” interchangeably when the terms have such different meanings and implications? This distinction is especially important in the context of the tectonic shift occurring in the legal vertical. The practice of law is very different than the delivery of law. This is more than a semantic distinction.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lex Connect Curated Reading List October 14, 2015

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 With so much content available on-line, it is easy to miss the really good stuff. 

 Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
 Enjoy your 30 minutes power reading.

 

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How to mitigate the security risks of sharing data in the legal sector

Security should be a priority for any organisation, regardless of the size of the company or the sector they work in. Within the legal sector, however, keeping your data secure and free from corruption is of the upmost importance. Whether it be client or internal information, it’s imperative that it is always secure. Unfortunately, remaining secure when sharing data isn’t always as simple as it seems, and numerous law firms are still putting themselves, and their clients, at continual risk. 

We spoke with three industry experts, asking them what the biggest risks of sharing data in the legal sector were, and how best to mitigate these risks.

The Is the inexorable advancement of technology an opportunity or a threat for the legal profession?

A lot has happened in the AI world in the last year. Robots can now create art, learn how to play computer games, categorise buildings and even determine how creative a painting is. But I think we can all agree that the most exciting development in computing this year has to be the IBM food truck, which combines cognitive computing, big data and the cloud to invent delicious new food. The perfect combination for us techies :)

New Law Technology

Technology is key in New Law, and effective models leverage technology to provide legal services in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Three examples of companies doing this are Valorem Law Group, NewLAWu.s, and Axiom. I spoke at length with representatives from these legal service providers.  While each may be using technology differently and to varying degrees, all agree that it plays an increasingly important role.

BLP Pioneers ''Contract Robots" for lawyers

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) in real estate, its largest UK practice area, the firm has revealed to Managing Partner.

Developed in conjunction with London tech start-up RAVN, the global law firm's 'contract robot' can complete within seconds legal work which would take a team of paralegals and associates months to do.

What does the ECJ's preliminary opinion for data transfers to the US?

Preliminary opinion from the Advocate General in a European Court of Justice (ECJ) case challenging the lawfulness of Facebook’s data transfers from Ireland to the United States has received substantial media coverage. The ECJ’s press release can be found here. In short, the Advocate General has said that the Safe Harbor scheme approved by the EU Commission does not comply with EU laws as it does not ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data.

 

 

 

 

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 The Benchmark Survey - Legal Hold and Data Preservation

 

 

The Benchmark Survey is the industry’s most extensive survey series focused on legal data preservation and collections practices. Building on the inaugural 2013 and 2014 studies, over 421 professionals dealing directly with litigation hold management participated.

The report has findings on the demographics, processes, common pain points and risks associated with legal holds, data preservation and data collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Benchmark Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

The Benchmark Survey is the industry’s most extensive survey series focused on legal data preservation and collections practices. Building on the inaugural 2013 and 2014 studies, over 421 professionals dealing directly with litigation hold management participated.

 

The report has findings on the demographics, processes, common pain points and risks associated with legal holds, data preservation and data collection. Some of the key findings include:

  • More than half of survey respondents still use manual processes for tracking litigation holds, and 3.5 percent communicate litigation holds verbally; nearly half of respondents now have a software system in place.

  • 34 percent of the survey respondents have had to defend their preservation efforts, a fact that underscores the importance of defensible processes.

  • 56 percent of respondents consider their organization to be "at risk" when it comes to legal holds.

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Lex Connect Curated Reading List August 15, 2015

Lex Connect Curated Reading List

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 With so much content available on-line, it is easy to miss the really good stuff. 

 Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
 Enjoy your 30 minutes power reading.

 

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Players not gatekeepers

The number of in-house lawyers is on the rise and the size of in-house legal departments is growing. The increasing complexity of business and the necessity of cost-saving has ensured in-house counsel’s place at the heart of organisations.

 

The Case for Technology Assisted Review and Statistical Sampling in Discovery

There’s mojo in metrics – as long as they’re the right metrics. The right metrics can cut the challenge of demonstrating a law department’s value down to size by providing tangible proof of the department’s contribution to the business. The right metrics can identify trends and patterns that indicate business opportunities and potential risks.

IADC Inside/Outside Counsel Relationship Survey

Seeking a better understanding of the relationship between lawyers in law firms and lawyers in corporate legal departments, the IADC conducted its 2015 IADC Inside/Outside Counsel Relationship Survey. The survey explored their relationship with a view toward making that relationship more valuable and productive for both parties. The report revealed there are several key areas where inside and outside counsel still are not always on the same page.

9 Tech Startups Disrupting the Legal Industry

Legal technology is booming as companies compete to crash the technological, legal space at every level and in every angle. There’s a good reason. Experts say the market for legal technology is as much as $400 billion. The legal field has been tough to crack because of non-uniform regulations and risk-averse stakeholders.

Your Lawyer May Soon Ask This AI-Powered App for Legal Help

The app is yet another example of the ways machine learning is infiltrating our everyday lives. These days, it’s not just AI algorithms themselves that have improved, but the ability to deliver them across the Internet that has made so many new applications possible.

 

 

3 Thoughts On Moving Up Through The Ranks — At Law Firms And In-House

When I worked at a law firm, I would have said that I was evaluating most lawyers on brainpower and technical prowess. If you were typically the smartest guy in the room, that was good. If you wrote briefs (and other documents) that made the right arguments in the right order in short sentences and little words, that was great. If you knew how to examine witnesses, that was spectacular. And if you worked efficiently, that was a plus.

 

 

 

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E-Discovery/E-Disclosure in the EU

There are a number of differences between e-discovery in the United States and e-disclosure in the European Union. This article, originally published in ILTA’s May 2015 whitepaper entitled “Litigation and Practice Support: A 2015 Snapshot,” explores some of the misconceptions, challenges, and trends related to e-disclosure in the EU, in particular the United Kingdom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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