It is now generally accepted that lawyers may use cloud-computing platforms without violating legal ethics rules. Even so, however, many states say that lawyers who use the cloud have a duty to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the cloud services are provided in a manner that is compatible with the professional obligations of the […]

Last month, this blog was the first to report the news that Avvo was beginning to roll out a service, called Avvo Legal Services, offering fixed-fee, limited-scope legal services through a network of attorneys. At that point, the service was being tested in five cities. Today, Avvo is officially launching the service across 18 states […]

Legal analytics company Lex Machina — which LexisNexis acquired in November — is introducing a new feature today that is designed to correct and improve upon the information PACER provides about attorneys of record in federal district court lawsuits. Called the Attorney Data Engine, it leverages various data sources extracted from PACER to correct the data […]

Two of the nation’s leading legal research services will be facing off in federal court, as Fastcase has sued Casemaker seeking a declaratory judgment that could have broad-reaching implications for legal publishing in the United States. Fastcase went on the offensive and filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on Feb. 3 after […]

Last July brought a shake-up for the document and work-product management company iManage. It had been acquired by HP in 2011 as part of HP’s purchase of Autonomy. The Autonomy acquisition turned into a fiasco for HP, resulting in both litigation and a write-down of nearly $10 billion. But in the midst of all this, […]

At Legaltech today, the cloud-based practice-management application Rocket Matter announced two new features: integration with QuickBooks Online and a fully integrated payment-processing system called Rocket Matter Payments. Both announcements were described as representing the start of a year-long initiative to dramatically boost its users’ profitability. The QuickBooks integration will allow Rocket Matter users to synchronize […]

I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, Law Technology Now, co-hosted with Monica Bay, longtime editor of Law Technology News now a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and produced by the Legal Talk Network. In each episode, Monica and I will explore the latest in legal […]

  Legaltech New York kicks off tomorrow, and if you want to know what everyone there will be talking up, it pretty much boils down to one word: eDiscovery. As she’s been doing every year now since 2011, JoAnna Forshee at InsideLegal has created a word cloud from the Legaltech agenda, visually displaying the sessions’ themes. […]

Before I head off to Legaltech New York, here are a couple items from last week’s legal technology news: New from LexisNexis. LexisNexis released a few announcements in advance of Legaltech. In addition to its recent acquisition of Lex Machina, which it will be highlighting at Legaltech, it also announced: An update for Lexis Advance featuring […]

March 15 is the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (and the end of my two-year term as president). We are extremely proud this year to be presenting our Great Friend of Justice award to Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights lawyer whose powerful arguments and long-term legal strategies have led to historic strides in […]

At what was billed as an Innovation Summit in its Times Square headquarters yesterday, Thomson Reuters Legal briefed journalists, bloggers and analysts on two products it is unveiling at Legaltech New York next week and also offered tantalizing hints of a product it is developing using the cognitive computing power of IBM’s Watson, the computer […]