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Near the end of Casablanca, there is the classic scene in which police captain Louis Renault commands his men, “Round up the usual suspects.” Unfortunately, there is a perception among some that this is how ABA Techshow goes about its faculty selection process. I’ll admit, I’ve expressed that very concern at times, and I’ve heard […]

In the latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the legal showdown over same-sex marriage in Alabama. In January, a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Then, last week, the Alabama Supreme Court snubbed its nose at the federal court and ordered the state’s probate judges […]

Here are some of the interesting items I’ve taken note of this week. The most successful legal apps. You can find any number of articles out there summarizing lawyers’ favorite legal apps. But over at the iBraryGuy blog, Stosh Jonjak, a research services librarian with Reed Smith, decided to analyze the popularity of legal apps from a […]

Colorado does a number of things very well. Mountains are one. Beer is another. Colorado has some 230 breweries and is home to more than 10 percent of the nation’s craft breweries. It makes a certain degree of sense, therefore, that when two Colorado lawyers decided to launch a podcast, they agreed to include craft beer on […]

Bloomberg BNA today launched Big Law Business, a free news and community site targeted at lawyers in AmLaw 200 law firms and corporate legal departments. The site will provide an array of editorial and multimedia content — both created by Bloomberg BNA editors and contributed by outside “thought leaders” from the legal industry. It is also […]

In the January 2015 issue of the ABA Journal, I had an article about Washington state’s limited license legal technician (LLLT) program, which will formally license non-lawyers to deliver legal services in limited circumstances independently, without a lawyer’s supervision. The article also discussed New York’s program of court navigators and reported on other states considering […]

It was big news in 2012 when the American Bar Association amended the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent in technology. Specifically, the ABA amended the comment to Model Rule 1.1, governing lawyer competence, to say that, in addition to keeping abreast of changes in the […]

Internet Brands, one of the world’s largest operators of websites that serve targeted vertical markets, this week widened its footprint in the legal industry with the purchase of the law practice management and marketing site Total Attorneys. Internet Brands already operates the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer directory; the Nolo legal self-help site; and the, AllLaw and […]

Lawyers often have to redact documents in order to obscure confidential, privileged or sensitive information. Redaction is most typically required for documents filed with a court or exchanged during discovery. For PDF documents, redaction is a fairly simple process, because most of the leading PDF programs used by lawyers include redaction as a built-in feature. […]

In a recent post here, Microsoft Readies Launch of Practice Management Product for Lawyers, I wrote about Microsoft’s forthcoming launch of a practice management product for lawyers. I speculated that the launch would be of Matter Center for Office 365, which Microsoft previewed at last year’s International Legal Technology Association conference. I further speculated that […]

This is one in a series of brief posts rounding up what I saw and heard at LegalTech New York. Last year I reviewed the digital dictation system BigHand. As I noted then, the company describes its product as “voice productivity and workflow” software. It provides not only cloud and enterprise dictation systems, but also a dictation […]