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Feb 6, 2013

LegalTech Report: Onit Unveils Legal-Process Apps

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York last week.] Just after the 2012 LegalTech, I wrote about the new direction taken by Onit, a developer of process-management applications for legal and business uses. After originally launching a Web-based, soup-to-nuts process-management platform three years ago, [...]

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Feb 4, 2013

LegalTech Report: Clio Begins Ground-Up Redesign

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

Launched nearly five years ago, Clio was the first of an ever-growing array of cloud-based practice management platforms. At LegalTech, Clio announced its first major overhaul – a ground-up redesign and dramatically improved user interface.

The redesign will be rolled out in stages over the coming months, according to Jack Newton, Clio CEO and founder. In the changes implemented this week, Clio’s forms have been redesigned to increase ease of data entry and a new “quick-start” sidebar timer has been added that allows users to start, stop and modify timers with just a few clicks.

Additional phases of the redesign will continue to be rolled out over the coming months, Clio’s announcement said, until every aspect of the platform is redesigned.

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Feb 4, 2013

LegalTech Report: WestlawNext Adds Washington Briefings from CQ Roll Call

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

For Thomson Reuters, the big news at LegalTech was the announcement of its new “legal solutions” product strategy and its release of three products tied to that strategy: Concourse, a suite of tools for corporate and government legal professionals; Firm Central, a practice management platform for small firms; and Hosted Practice Technology, a suite of litigation-related tools. But for readers of this blog, that was old news, since we gave a preview of these developments two weeks ago.

Thomson Reuters did have one other piece of notable news: the announcement that it is partnering with CQ Roll Call – a provider of congressional news, legislative tracking and advocacy services – to add a new feature to WestlawNext, Washington Briefings. The briefings will cover three practice areas – securities, banking and energy – and will appear in WestlawNext as part of its new Practitioner Insights feature. Slated to start by the end of March, the service will cover both legislative and regulatory matters, providing news and analysis.

Here is how Thomson Reuters describes it:

The alliance between Thomson Reuters and CQ Roll Call will provide WestlawNext customers exclusive current awareness content and analysis from the CQ Roll Call newsroom in Washington, D.C., leveraging CQ Roll Call’s world-class expertise in legislative and regulatory policy reporting. Regulatory content will focus on activity involving federal agencies in each practice area, providing news and analysis on proposed and enacted regulations, trends and other developments. On the legislative side, CQ Roll Call will provide Thomson Reuters with news and analysis of legislative proposals and congressional actions, with an eye toward the needs of lawyers and other legal professionals.

You can read the full announcement here.

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Feb 4, 2013

LegalTech Report: ‘TitanFile’ Secure Cloud Sharing

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

TitanFile is a SaaS file-sharing service – in the vein of Dropbox or Box – but designed for lawyers and other professionals and offering a couple of creative twists. Unlike other such services, it is organized not around files and folders, but around people and relationships.

In TitanFile, you organize files by channels. A channel can be whatever you want. In a law firm setting, a channel could be for a practice group, a specific case or deal, or a project. It could also be used as a client portal to share documents with clients.

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 Add people to the channel, then drag and drop a document to the channel, and it is almost instantly shared with all them. Adding someone is as simple as entering the email address. You see the channels you’ve created or are part of, organized by the most recently used and on down. Each channel appears as a horizontal strip displaying the people who are part of it.

A timeline charts all channel activity, creating an exportable audit trail of every event. When new documents are added to a channel, users receive notification within the application and by email.

TitanFile can be used from any device. The company offers high levels of security, both for data transfers and storage.

The Canada-based developers of TitanFile have won numerous awards for the product. The basic version is free; the professional version with enhanced features is $14.95 per month per user. There is no charge for the people with whom you share documents (such as clients).

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Feb 3, 2013

LegalTech Report: Picture It Settled

[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

Picture it SettledPredictive analytics are all the rage in e-discovery, but here is a new product that uses artificial intelligence and deep data to predict the course of a negotiation, estimating when the parties are likely to settle and for how much.

Called Picture It Settled, this web-based tool draws on data harvested from thousands of cases. Its developers claim that it is able to estimate when parties are likely to settle and for what amount with a high degree of accuracy. Advocates in a negotiation or mediation can use the tool to plot scenarios and plan strategies.

Here is how the website describes it:

Negotiation between legal parties has historically been a process dominated by uncertainty, guessing games and anxiety. However, today’s professionals can make strategic decisions based on deep data and predictive analytics to improve conventional wisdom and correct cognitive errors in judgment. Using neural networks to examine the behavior of negotiators in thousands of cases, Picture It Settled can predict what an opponent will do, thereby saving time and money while optimizing settlements. Picture It Settled does not replace lawyers – instead, it is a critically important resource that gives them a distinct edge in the negotiation process.

The tool was developed by a team led by Don Philbin, a San Antonio-based attorney and mediator. Its release at LegalTech follows the 2011 release of Picture It Settled Lite, a less-robust mobile app. (In fact, data collected through the mobile app was used to augment the case data collected from other sources.)

Until March 31, you can try Picture It Settled for free. After then, it will be available via subscription as a software-as-a-service.

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Feb 2, 2013

LegalTech Report: LexisNexis MedMal Navigator

[First in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

As I’ve noted before, LexisNexis is engaged in an ongoing project to standardize a range of products on the look and feel of Lexis Advance and to better integrate related products and services. Towards this end, LexisNexis rolled out several new litigation-related tools at LegalTech, all with the theme of drawing together in a single suite various useful tools.

One example is the new Litigation Profile Suite, which purports to be a one-stop shop for searching critical information about the key players in a case, including expert witnesses, judges and opposing counsel. It includes information derived from over 100,000 full–text transcripts and more than 40,000 expert witness curricula vitae and resumes.

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The MedMal Navigator dashboard (click for larger).

But to my mind, the most impressive of the new offerings is the MedMal Navigator, an interactive medical malpractice “dashboard” that not only draws together a broad array of medical and legal research content, but that actually walks attorneys through a case-evaluation process that helps answer key questions about a case, including its potential value and the appropriate standard of care.

Accessed from within Lexis Advance, the MedMal Navigator includes access to health and medical information from LexisNexis’s sibling company Elsevier, one of the world’s leading publishers of scientific and health information. Information usually used by doctors and hospitals, this is the first time it is being made available to this extent to the legal community. The medical information accessed through the MedMal Navigator continues to be hosted by Elsevier, meaning it is always up to date.

The Navigator also incorporates verdicts and settlements information, so that attorneys can find out how similar cases fared, and expert witness information, so that attorneys can research experts by disease, condition and jurisdiction. (Verdicts and settlements are not available for all 50 states, but they do cover the most populous states, including New York, California, Florida, Texas and others.

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Q&As guide lawyers through standard-of-care analysis (click for larger).

Perhaps the coolest feature of the MedMal Navigator is its interactive Q&A technology. By walking you through a short series of questions about the facts of your case, it helps you find the most pertinent medical and legal research. This includes a Q&A tool for analyzing the appropriate standard of care for your case, using information created by doctors expressly for LexisNexis.

While at LegalTech, I had the opportunity to meet Yogi Arumainayagam, the engineer who directed the development of the MedMal Navigator. Formerly a director of product planning and development at Thomson Reuters, he described the extensive work and thought that went into the development of this new tool.

I was given a demo of MedMal Navigator but did not test it directly. I am not familiar with anything on a par with this for med/mal lawyers. From what I saw, I would think that any lawyer who practices med/mal regularly would, at a minimum, want to check this out.

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Dec 21, 2011

Free Passes to LegalTech for Law Bloggers

Once again this year, legal bloggers are eligible for free passes to attend the LegalTech conference in New York, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2012. This is a full-access pass, covering all programs and the exhibit hall. Also again this year, LegalTech is hosting a Blogger’s Breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m. in the Petit Triannon room at the New York Hilton.

To reserve your free pass, send an email to Carl Seering at cseering@alm.com. Be sure to include your name, company or firm, address, email and phone number.

I’ll be there and I hope to see you there too.

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Feb 4, 2011

Legal Current’s Interview of Me at LegalTech 2011

Jessica Leibrook, the new managing editor of the Thomson Reuters blog Legal Current, interviewed me briefly after the annual bloggers’ breakfast. Click here to see the interview.

Jessica and other contributors to Legal Current captured a number of interviews at LegalTech, with legal technology luminaries such as Monica Bay and Andy Adkins. Browse through the blog’s recent posts to see them all.

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Jan 28, 2010

Join Me on PR Insider Radio Friday

Join me tomorrow, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. Eastern time, where I will be a guest on the Internet radio program PR Insider, hosted by Maureen Kedes. Also on the program will be Jay Jaffe, founder of Jaffe PR, and Heather Morse Milligan, director of marketing at Barger & Wolen in Los Angeles. We will be talking about PR using social media and the move away from traditional public relations towards reputation management. If you miss the live program, it will be archived on the site.

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Mar 22, 2007

ALM Owner Donates $25M to Harvard Law

Just a day after Bruce Wasserstein announced that he was putting legal journalism company ALM up for sale, his family announced that it has donated $25 million to Harvard Law School, the second largest gift in the school’s history. The money will reportedly pay for the construction of Wasserstein Hall, a new academic center on the law school’s campus. Wasserstein graduated from Harvard Law in 1971.

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