Adobe released an update last week to its Acrobat DC PDF software that significantly enhances a tool often used by legal professionals, Compare Documents, and that updates its Certificates tool to make it easier to digitally sign, certify and verify documents with a certificate ID. (See my original review of Acrobat DC.) The enhanced Compare […]

If you are an innovative legal tech startup looking to gain exposure, here is a first-of-its-kind opportunity to compete for a space at ABA TECHSHOW’s inaugural Startup Alley and participation in a “Pitch Madness” startup face-off. Full details are provided in my column this week at Above the Law, but here’s the nutshell version: For […]

Last year, I wrote here that judge analytics is the new black. I was referring to the growing selection of tools that analyze case dockets and judicial opinions to provide insights into how judges rule on various types of matters and how long it takes them to do so. Products in this space include ALM’s […]

Adding time passively captured in Chrometa to a CosmoLex matter. The practice management platform CosmoLex today announced its integration with the passive timekeeping system Chrometa. The advantage of this integration is that it helps attorneys ensure that they are capturing and billing as much of their time as possible. “Passive timekeeping” means that Chrometa tracks […]

Image by LaurMG. [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsIn a recent conversation, a lawyer questioned whether practice management software was making him any more productive. That got me to thinking about the reasons to use practice management software in the first place. Increased productivity is one, but even setting productivity aside, there are plenty […]

The law practice management system Credenza is shutting down, according to a notice on its website. “Credenza has reached end-of-life,” says the notice. “Effective 60 days after your August 2016 renewal date, Credenza will no longer be offered or supported.” Credenza was an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that provided the ability to organize client files, phone […]

On this last day of September, catching up on legal tech news: LexisNexis acquires Intelligize. This was announced Sept. 21 and I have not had a chance to get to it here. Fortunately, Jean O’Grady has it covered at her blog Dewey B Strategic. Intelligize is an analytics platform for mining intelligence out of SEC […]

Just last week, I reported that Oklahoma had adopted the duty of technology competence  for lawyers, becoming the 24th state on my ongoing tally of states that have adopted the ABA Model Rule. Now there is another. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Florida ordered adoption of the duty of tech competence for that state, effective […]


Just one month from today, on October 28th, 2016, Above the Law will host its second annual Academy for Private Practice (“APP”), a full-day conference offering practical solutions and expert insight on meeting the challenges of starting and optimizing a small law firm practice. The conference programming combines panel discussions and breakout sessions on subjects […]