Ever since 2012, when the American Bar Association amended the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to say that lawyers have a duty to be competent in technology, there has been debate over just how far that duty extends. In a decision that could be a harbinger of how other states will rule, the State Bar […]

In a post yesterday, In Litigation and Legal Research, Judge Analytics is the New Black, I wrote about three websites that provide data and analytics about judges. Thanks to sharp-eyed readers, I have learned of three other sites with similar missions. Two of the sites were just this week awarded start-up funding through the Knight News […]

Just noticed that I recently published my 3,000th post to this blog. Given that I started this blog in 2002, that averages out to 231 posts a year. Compared to a prolific blogging machine such as Howard Bashman or even a consistent two-posts-a-day blogger such as Scott Greenfield, that is a relatively paltry output. But […]

Imagine if you could predict how a particular judge might rule on your summary judgment motion. Or if you knew which cases the judge found most persuasive so you could emphasize them in your memorandum? How would it affect your pretrial strategy if you knew your opponent’s motion might not get decided for six months? […]

This week saw the 30th anniversary of LegalTech West Coast, the legal technology conference that wrapped up earlier this week in San Francisco. More than an anniversary, it might also have been a turning point, marking a new level of energy and importance for this sometimes overlooked sibling of LegalTech New York. I did not […]

At the conclusion of Legaltech West Coast this week, Legaltech News (formerly Law Technology News) announced the winners of its 2015 Innovation Awards. The awards recognize law departments, law firms and vendors for outstanding achievement in legal technology. I am very pleased to report that the Product of the Year award went to the e-discovery […]

Adobe’s legal department is striking a blow against legalese today. It is releasing to the legal community at large the style guide it developed to help its own inhouse staff write legal documents in plain English and avoid legalese. Adobe is releasing The Adobe Legal Department Style Guide (embedded below) under a Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike […]

Fastcase today announced the recipients of its 2015 Fastcase 50 awards. The awards recognize “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” This is the fifth year of these awards. Previous winners can be seen for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. (Proud to say I was in the inaugural class.) […]

The American Association of Law Libraries is holding its 108th annual meeting and conference July 18-21 in Philadelphia. On Monday, July 20, I will be giving the presentation, Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research. The one-hour program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Room 113BC at the Pennsylvania Convention […]