LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, publisher of LawSites. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice. Subscribe to receive future episodes at iTunes, LibSyn, or using your favorite podcast player.

It was around the world in 40 days — the legal tech world that is. Earlier this year, Dera Nevin traveled to 19 destinations in 15 countries on six continents over 40 days, meeting with legal hackers and legal entrepreneurs all over the world. The trip, in conjunction with the Global Legal Hackathon, taught her lessons about legal technology and innovation on a global scale, and even taught her something about herself.

In this episode of LawNext, Nevin — who is now writing a book (maybe two) about her trip — describes how she came to embark on this trip, her objectives starting out, where she went, what she saw, and what she learned. Perhaps her biggest takeaway was that there are universal themes to the problems legal technologists are tackling and the obstacles they face.

Nevin was most recently e-discovery counsel and director of e-discovery services at Proskauer Rose in New York. Before that, she was managing counsel, e-discovery, at the TD Bank Group, and earlier was an e-discovery attorney at several law firms. Now, in addition to writing her book, she is teaching the course, Taxonomy of Innovation, in the Global Professional LLM program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

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Two years ago, James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, urged that one way to accelerate technology adoption in the legal industry would be to assess and rank law firms based on their use of technology. Last year, Daniel W. Linna Jr., then director of L LegalRND: The Center for Legal Services Innovation at Michigan State University College of Law, decided to tackle that project.

One year ago, Linna launched the Legal Services Innovation Index, a project to create an index of innovation in the delivery of legal services. It launched with two parts: a catalog of law firm innovations and a law firm innovation index. A few months later, he launched the Law School Innovation Index, focused on how well law schools are preparing students to deliver legal services in the 21st Century.

In this episode of LawNext, Linna talks about what innovation looks like at law firms and law schools in practical terms. Now a visiting professor of law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, Linna also discusses how he will teach his students about innovation and technology, and about the Innovation Lab he will help lead at Northwestern.

He is an affiliated faculty member of CodeX, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and cofounder of the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Group. He is a 2015 Fastcase 50 honoree, recognizing the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”

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Earlier this week, as I reported here, the online legal services company LegalZoom announced a $500 million secondary investment, the largest investment ever in a legal technology company. It comes as the company continues to expand both its services and its geographic reach. With a valuation of $2 billion and a customer base of 4 million, what will this investment mean for LegalZoom now and into the future? Continue Reading On LawNext: LegalZoom’s GC on the Company’s $500 Million Investment

Yesterday I introduced my new podcast, and today I’m jumping right into episode #2. In this episode, I speak with two of the Thomson Reuters executives responsible for last week’s launch of Westlaw Edge, the company’s next-generation legal research platform that uses artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to help legal professionals find answers and perform research more efficiently.

Continue Reading In Episode #2 of My New Podcast: A Closer Look at Westlaw Edge with Two of the People Who Developed It

I am no stranger to podcasting. Lawyer 2 Lawyer, the podcast I cohost with J. Craig Williams and which is produced by the Legal Talk Network, will mark its 13th anniversary next month, and is the longest-running podcast in law. I have also been cohosting another Legal Talk Network, Law Technology Now, along with Monica Bay.

But I’ve been itching to launch a podcast of my own and am finally taking the plunge. It is called LawNext, and my focus will be interviews with the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, I hope to explore the future of law and legal practice.

Continue Reading Introducing LawNext, My New Podcast about Innovation in Law, and My First Guest, Nicole Bradick