The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. The new opinion, Formal Opinion 477 (embedded copy below), updates Formal Opinion 99-413, issued in 1999, to reflect changes in the digital landscape as […]

A startup founded by a law professor is using algorithms to help law students get better class grades and pass the bar examination. Called SeRiouS, or just SRS, it uses the learning technique of spaced repetition to help students remember much more of what they study. The company projects that students using its software will […]

You may think of Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant Alexa as a fun accessory for your home, allowing you to ask for a song or check the weather. But a new tool from Thomson Reuters might encourage you to take Alexa to your law office, where it can now track your billable hours and control time […]

One of Canada’s oldest legal publishers is about to launch what could turn out to be the country’s most cutting-edge and comprehensive legal research suite. Last November, Maritime Law Book Ltd., a Canadian case law publisher founded in 1969, came under new ownership, led by a new CEO, Colin Lachance, the former president and CEO […]

I happened to catch this picture of Arredondo at work during a visit last week to the Casetext offices. Every year at its annual meeting, the American Association of Law Libraries presents an award for the new product of the year. This week, it announced that this year’s honoree will be Pablo Arredondo, vice president […]

Since at least 2013, the website of Judicata has been teasing visitors with the promise of a better legal research service. “We’re mapping the legal genome to help you better understand the law,” said its home page. The San Francisco-based company was started even earlier, in November 2011. Along the way, it picked up some […]

Now you can add bills for accounts payable within CosmoLex. CosmoLex today released an update to its cloud-based practice management platform that adds a new module for managing a law firm’s accounts payable. While some desktop practice management systems include accounts payable functions, this is the first cloud-based platform to add this, as far I […]

A few weeks ago in my column at Above the Law, I wrote about the growing number of law-related chatbots. “Suddenly, it seems, new law-related chatbots are springing up regularly,” I wrote. “It is premature to say they are taking off in the legal industry, but they are certainly making a splash and drawing attention.” […]

Wolters Kluwer today announced that Jonah Paransky has been named executive vice president and general manager of its ELM Solutions business, a part of its Governance, Risk & Compliance group. ELM Solutions provides enterprise legal management software to facilitate workflow and collaboration in law firms, corporate legal departments and insurance claims organizations. Paransky was formerly […]

On Friday, I moderated a webinar, Litigation Tool Tips: A Holistic Approach to Litigation Technology, sponsored by the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division. If you’re interested, the ABA has now posted the recording of the webinar at the above link, where it is free to view. The theme of the webinar was how litigators can benefit […]

If you’ve always imagined yourself on stage at a TED-style event, this could be your chance. The ABA Center for Innovation is seeking proposals for talks on legal innovation to be presented during a special Spotlight event at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City on Aug. 12, 2017. The center will select 10 speakers, each […]