In the book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Michael Lewis documented how the Oakland Athletics used analytics to build a competitive baseball team. In much the same way, lawyers are increasingly using analytics to get the upper hand in litigation and business development.

One of the companies that pioneered the use of analytics in law is Lex Machina. In this edition of the podcast Law Technology Now, I speak with the company’s CEO Josh Becker. We discuss the company’s beginnings as a project at Stanford Law, its acquisition by LexisNexis, and its future course, as well as the future course of analytics more broadly.

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Although blockchain is emerging as one of the technologies that will most change the practice of law, many legal professionals still know little about it. In this episode of Law Technology Now, I have a conversation with David Fisher, CEO of Integra Ledger, a blockchain for the legal industry, about blockchain and its applications in the legal industry. We discuss the benefits of using blockchain for purposes such as validating digital identities and maintaining integrity in documents.

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Recently, the tech-enabled legal services company Axiom announced its first AI offering, AxiomAI. Paul Carr, president of global strategic projects at Axiom, believes this technology and AI in general could be transformative for the legal industry.

In the latest episode of Law Technology Now, I have a conversation with Carr about how Axiom will be using AI to modernize legal services and streamline processes in order to better serve their clients.

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For lawyers, it is an abundance of riches when it comes to selecting a practice management application. But what separates one product from another? And how does a company decide which features to build and how to prioritize them?

In the latest episode of the podcast Law Technology Now, I interview Tracy Stevens, vice president of product and design at MyCase.

In an interview conducted live in the MyCase offices in San Diego, we talk about cloud-based practice management software, product design, and what she thinks sets MyCase apart from the competition.

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Founded 25 years ago, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School was the first-ever legal website. Rather than rest on its laurels, the LII continues to be a leader today in providing free and open access to law. On the LII’s 25th anniversary, I speak with cofounder Tom Bruce about its origins and where it is today.

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Well, maybe not everything. But in the latest episode of the podcast Law Technology Now, I speak with Adriana Linares, the chair of Techshow 2017, about what to expect at this year’s conference, which is next week, March 15-18, in Chicago.

Linares, a law practice consultant when she’s not organizing Techshow, discusses the panels, special programs and social activities on the agenda for this year’s conference. These include a keynote featuring the CEOs of three alternative legal services providers, Mark Britton of Avvo, Charley Moore of Rocket Lawyer and John Suh of LegalZoom, questioned by Judy Perry Martinez, who chaired the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and Paula Frederick, general counsel of the State Bar of Georgia and also a member of the future commission.

Linares also discusses other highlights that are new to this year’s Techshow, including a startup competition on the opening night, a hackathon to improve veterans’ access to justice, and a new academic track.

She also talks about her decision — controversial among some — to mix up the speaker roster by bypassing those who’ve spoken for five or more years in a row in order to bring in new voices.

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It was nine years ago this month that Rocket Matter introduced the first cloud-based practice-management platform, followed a week later by Clio. The two companies brought about a sea change in how lawyers manage their practices and use the cloud.

Recently, I sat down with Rocket Matter’s founding partner and CEO Larry Port for what turned out to be a wide-ranging and thoughtful conversation. Our talk covered the origins of his company, the evolution of his product, his thoughts on the legal marketplace, his advice for legal startups, and even his current reading list.

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Next week is the annual Legaltech conference in New York. But in case you haven’t heard, there’s a big change this year. Legaltech has expanded into something called Legalweek, The Experience.

Rather than just legal technology, the conference will include what ALM is calling seven “events-within-an-event,” each with a distinct focus: LegalExecutive, LegalCIO, LegalPros, LegalMarketing, LegalSmallFirm and LegalWomensForum, in addition to the anchor of Legaltech.

So what’s this all about? On this episode of Law Technology Now, my cohost Monica Bay and I interview John Stuttard, senior vice president of Global Events at ALM, who discusses why ALM expanded Legaltech and what attendees should expect to see there.

We’re also joined by Nicholas Bruch, senior analyst at ALM Legal Intelligence, who is part of Legalweek’s opening program on the state of the legal industry. He discusses trends in the industry and offers a preview of how the conference will address them.

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Alma Asay

Speaking of podcasts, I sat down Friday with Alma Asay, founder of Allegory Law, for a conversation about litigation technology and Allegory’s unique approach to managing litigation documents and data. Asay also talks about her journey from Gibson Dunn litigation associate to legal technology entrepreneur and discusses the challenges she faced as a woman trying to raise capital in Silicon Valley.

The episode is part of the Law Technology Now podcast I cohost with Monica Bay. Listen to it above, at the Legal Talk Network, or in your favorite podcast app.

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David-Perla-Headshot-708x1024In the latest episode of Law Technology Now, the podcast I cohost with Monica Bay, I have a conversation with David Perla, president of Bloomberg BNA’s legal division and of Bloomberg Law, about the company, his career and Bloomberg Law’s new Smart Code, which he says is changing traditional legal annotation.

Before joining Bloomberg BNA, Perla was chairman and CEO of Matterhorn Transactions and co-CEO and co-founder of Pangea3, the globally known legal process outsourcing provider. Prior to forming Pangea3, he was vice president of business and legal affairs for Monster.com. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he started his legal career as a corporate lawyer at the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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