Next week’s LegalTech will be a glitzy, bustling showcase of the world’s largest legal technology companies. But amidst it all, one individual may prove to be the biggest story of the show. After a 30-year career with ALM (the legal publishing company that runs LegalTech) and 17 years as editor-in-chief of Law Technology News, Monica […]

A former American Bar Association ethics lawyer has launched a web service that serves as an “emergency room” for lawyers who need immediate assistance with legal ethics issues. The site, ER for Lawyers, provides ethics research to lawyers nationwide. The site’s founder, Kathryn A. Thompson, is an Illinois lawyer who formerly served eight years as […]

You probably think of big data as something only big firms deal with. Increasingly, however, technology is enabling smaller firms to make use of big data. In the latest issue of the ABA Journal, I have an article that looks at two examples of how technology tools are enabling small firms to make use of […]

When last I checked in on Firm Central, the cloud-based practice management platform from Thomson Reuters, it had just added rules-based court calendaring through the Deadline Assistant add-on module. In the months since, several other enhancements have been made to Firm Central. They include two-way Outlook synchronization, better email synchronization, custom rule sets in Deadline […]

Weather reports say a blizzard is coming my way, but I’m already being snowed under. With LegalTech New York just a week away, I am being deluged with emails from vendors asking to arrange demos at the show. I appreciate hearing from you. Honestly I do. I welcome opportunities to learn about the new products […]

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Last month, two years after those horrific shootings, the families of the victims filed a lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms International, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle used by Lanza. What is the […]

Evernote recently introduced Scannable, a free scanner app for iPhone and iPad. Although it is not the perfect scanner app, it has some great features that could make it your scanner app of choice. And if you’re an inveterate Evernote user, as I am, you’ll have all the more reason to want this app. Scannable’s […]

As I noted here recently, I have an article in the current issue of the ABA Journal about the use of non-lawyers to help close the access to justice gap by allowing them to provide legal advice in limited circumstances. A particular focus of the article is Washington state’s limited license legal technician (LLLT) program. The […]

Here is a round-up of notable legal technology news from the past week. Dictation is good for you. Typing documents directly is less efficient for lawyers than dictating them, according to tests performed by BigHand and Nuance. “Tests show that lawyers are typically three times more efficient when verbalizing their ideas rather than typing them,” said […]

If you are in the Dallas area, join me next week for a panel discussion on Alternative Legal Service Providers and the Future of Law. Sponsored by Texas A&M University School of Law, the panel will discuss the role of alternative legal service providers in the legal market and how they affect and complement the work of […]

If ever there was a Swiss Army knife of an app for lawyers, it is the Wolfram Lawyer’s Professional Assistant. This multi-function app for iPad and iPhone can perform calendar computations, fee calculations, settlement calculations, interest-rate calculations and more. Use it to research historical weather information or population demographics. Look up legal terms and statutes of […]