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A year ago, I reported here on the announcement of a pilot program by the Legal Services Corporation, Microsoft and Pro Bono Net to develop state legal portals to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance. After soliciting proposals from states to participate in the program, the program sponsors […]

One week from today, on April 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern, I will be moderating a free, one-hour webinar, Litigation Tool Tips: A Holistic Approach to Litigation Technology, presented by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. The panel will feature the CEOs of three legal startups — Allegory, Casetext and PacerPro — discussing how […]

The Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing free, public access to primary legal materials, has announced plans to download all of the free opinions and order available on PACER, the federal courts’ system for electronic access to court records. Although PACER charges fees for downloading case documents and dockets, it does not charge […]

Are you a lawyer-turned-journalist or a journalist with an interest in writing about legal issues? If so, then here’s the job for you. The ABA Journal, the flagship magazine and website of the American Bar Association, is looking for a full-time legal affairs writer. And, although the publication is based in Chicago, the job can […]

When lawyer Robert P. Bigelow came out with his book Computers and the Law: An Introductory Handbook in 1966, he was so far ahead of his time that a reviewer of the book noted, “The effects of computers upon the legal profession are still basically unknown.” It was the first book on the topic, published under […]

Fujitsu yesterday announced new capabilities added to its ScanSnap Cloud feature for iX series ScanSnap scanners. Most notably, it introduced a new app for iOS and Android that includes the ability to scan using your phone’s camera and new OCR capabilities for making scanned PDFs searchable. As I wrote here last year, ScanSnap cloud is […]

Most document management systems have a problem, and that problem is that they are a bother to use. Documents have to be filed in a certain way, tagged in a certain way, checked in and checked out. Sharing and collaboration often are not intuitive. And when technology is a bother to use, lawyers don’t use […]

Ask a roomful of small-firm lawyers about KPIs, and I’d be willing to bet a good number of them would have no idea what you are talking about. Kitchen patrol in the infantry, maybe? Another group would know about KPIs, but consider them relevant only to large firms or other types of businesses. And then […]

The folks at Bloomberg Law are keeping busy. Last week, I wrote about the legal research platform’s rollout of a major redesign of its user interface and search experience. This week, it is announcing expansion of its labor and employment resources and content. The new resources — all of which are available within Bloomberg Law’s Labor […]

Cyrus Zal In recent weeks, I’ve written posts about two new legal startups, LawTova and Text to Ticket, and described ties they appeared to have to another legal startup, QuickLegal, that shut down amid fraud allegations concerning its founder Derek Bluford. (All of my posts pertaining to Bluford and QuickLegal can be found through the […]