The video site TalksOnLaw describes itself as on a mission to help everyone better understand the law. To that end, yesterday it launched a new feature, TOL Briefs, which are short videos of five minutes or less designed to explain legal issues to the public. The site, which launched about a year ago, already provides […]

What if a contract could be enabled to perform itself? It would know, for example, when delivery was made and whether the conditions of the delivery were met and then automatically execute payment of the transaction. A legal startup called Clause is aiming to make contracts “come alive” using a combination of data and the […]

Vendors of cloud-based practice management applications are continually building out their products by adding new features and new integrations with third-party software. Overall, that’s a good thing, in that it broadens the options available to law firms and lets law firms tailor systems to their own needs. However, one side effect of all this is […]

The good folks at the Legal Talk Network — who host my two podcasts — have launched two new podcasts worth your listening time. The newest, launched earlier this month, is Down the Hall with Practical Law. Presented by Thomson Reuters Practical Law, and hosted by Renee Karibi-Whyte, a director with the legal know-how group at […]

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 […]