I recently returned from an eye-opening trip to Cuba, a beautiful country full of warm and hospitable people. My visit — and those of many other U.S. citizens in recent months — became possible after President Obama decided in 2014 to reject “the failed, Cold War-era policy era of the past to chart a new […]

Texting is the most widely and frequently used smartphone feature, according to Pew Internet, with 97 percent of smartphone owners using it regularly. But lawyers are often reluctant to advertise or give out their own mobile numbers, limiting their clients’ ability to communicate with them by text. Add a text widget to your firm’s mobile […]

It was 14 years ago today that I started this blog. Here was my first post, on Nov. 19, 2002. As I’ve noted before, this blog is so old it’s in a Hall of Fame. Let me extend a very warm thank you to everyone who has read this blog over the years. Also a […]

Adobe is today releasing a new scanning tool built into its free Acrobat Reader app for iOS and Android mobile devices that lawyers should find useful for scanning documents, receipts, business cards and other paper. If you already have the Adobe Reader app, the scanning tool will be available as soon as you update it. […]

The number of law firms with blogs has plateaued, neither growing nor dropping for four years straight, according to the 2016 Legal Technology Survey Report recently published by the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. The survey found that 26 percent of firms have blogs. That number has remained effectively unchanged for 2016, 2015, […]

A month ago in my column at Above the Law, we announced the first-ever competition to select 12 legal technology startups to participate in ABA Techshow’s inaugural Startup Alley. We received a number of entries and the judges have narrowed them down to 20. Now your votes will select the final 12. The 12 startups that […]

This is a screencap taking during a demo I was given last week by Brian Howard, Lex Machina’s legal data scientist. The legal analytics company Lex Machina is announcing today its expansion into a third practice area, antitrust law. This follows its expansion in July to add securities law. Until its acquisition last year by […]

I’ve published a couple of posts so far on the recently released Legal Technology Survey Report from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center — one post about cloud computing and another about mobile apps and devices. Now I’ve gone through the survey to find what it reveals about trends in e-discovery. I’ve published that post […]

Below are the latest additions to my list of legal startups. Send additions and updates to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post. Also, I’ve reformatted the list to make it easier to use and nicer to look at. Previously, the list was an embedded Excel spreadsheet. I […]


In the practice of law, time is money. Ask any lawyer what he or she looks for most in legal technology, and the answer will immediately be efficiency. Having everything you need in one place, without having to switch platforms, is not simply a convenience, it’s a necessity. That’s why practice management tools were invented. […]

The new start page displays information in colored tiles, similar to the style of Windows 10. If your first order of business today is researching Canadian immigration law, you may be able to do it on an all-new research platform. The legal research company Fastcase has begun a broad rollout of its all-new version, Fastcase […]