Aderant, a provider of business management software for law firms, has acquired Handshake Software, a company that sells SharePoint-based software to law firms for portals, knowledge management, enterprise search and mobility. Law firms use Handshake’s products to create intranet and extranet portals built using Microsoft SharePoint. It offers pre-defined integrations for many enterprise-level applications commonly […]

The Supreme Court launched a new website last week, providing various usability enhancements and, more significantly, laying the groundwork for an electronic filing system that will begin operation on Nov. 13. Once the new e-filing system is in place, virtually all new filings will be accessible through the site without cost to the public and […]

In a series of tweets on July 26, President Trump announced that “after consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Transgender service members have officially been allowed to openly serve since […]

Just two days ago, I wrote here about the launch of LawArXiv, a website devoted to preserving open access to legal scholarship. The launch was prompted by concern among academics and librarians over the acquisition last year by academic journal publisher Elsevier, a sibling company of LexisNexis, of the Social Science Research Network, or SSRN, […]

A survey released yesterday on the business of law and legal technology finds that competition for legal services remains high, demand remains relatively flat, and law firms are feeling pressure to lower prices and enhance operational efficiency. But what caught my eye in the survey was the question, “Which technologies provide law firms with the […]

Chances are you’ve downloaded a preprint of a law review article or some other scholarly article from SSRN, the Social Science Research Network. It has become the leading U.S. repository for scholarly research papers across a broad range of disciplines, including law. But when SSRN was acquired last year by academic journal publisher Elsevier, a […]

Last year, as I wrote here in December, a group of undergraduate law students at the University of Cambridge in the UK launched what they called the world’s most advanced legal chatbot, LawBot, designed to help crime victims by providing a preliminary assessment of their situation and of the actions available for them to pursue. Since then, LawBot’s […]

PDF software is a must-have for most law offices. For many lawyers, and especially for litigators, just any PDF software won’t do. They need features such as Bates numbering and redactions that are typically available only in the “pro” versions of higher-end PDF programs, such as Adobe Pro DC, which starts at $179.88 a year, […]

Two competing providers of platforms for managing intellectual property today announced their merger and their plans to create a next-generation IP software and services company. Boston-based Anaqua, Inc., which has products for both corporations and law firms, and Fremont, Calif.-based Lecorpio, which focuses on corporations, say their newly combined company will focus on powering corporations and […]

Call me naive, but I would have thought that entering the identical search query on, say, both Westlaw and Lexis Advance would return fairly similar results, at least among the cases ranked highest for relevance. After all, shouldn’t the cases that are most relevant to the query be largely the same, regardless of the research […]

A legal and financial technology startup, Bootstrap Legal, is today launching online software that uses artificial intelligence to automate the drafting of legal paperwork for real estate investors raising capital for projects in the range of $2 million or less. The bot is targeted at real estate investors who are originating private equity, crowdfunding and […]