Legal Tech

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    Former Dell Atty Is Now UnitedLex's GC

    UnitedLex said Wednesday that it has named a former longtime in-house lawyer at Dell as general counsel, the latest in a string of hires at the data and professional services company.

  • As In-House Teams Adopt AI, Law Firm Work Expected To Dip

    The integration of generative artificial intelligence into legal practice marks a pivotal shift in the industry. As in-house lawyers increasingly leverage these technologies, the volume and nature of work sought from outside counsel may change dramatically, according to a recent report.

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    AI Use Among 'New Criteria' Differentiating Outside Counsel

    While top corporate lawyers have a keen interest in how outside counsel will use generative artificial intelligence, many are in the dark about their law firms' views and strategies on the technology, according to a new report.

  • Construction Contract Co. Document Crunch Raises $9M

    Document Crunch, a contract software company servicing the construction industry, announced Tuesday the raising of $9 million in a Series A funding round to scale its product and expand its team.

  • Judge Says Latham Deserves Default Win Over Scam Domains

    Latham & Watkins LLP should be handed a default win against an unknown scammer it accused of registering dozens of domain names to impersonate the firm and one of its attorneys in an attempt to defraud clients, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia recommended Tuesday, determining the firm has a protectable interest in a valid trademark.

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    AI-Generated Fake Case Law Leads To Sanctions In Wage Suit

    The owner of a Missouri-based technology business that was ordered to pay an ex-employee roughly $311,000 in unpaid wages, damages and legal costs was sanctioned Tuesday by an appellate court for briefing "deficiencies," including submitting fake cases generated by artificial intelligence.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    Few Legal Organizations Are Currently Adopting AI

    Despite the hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence, few legal professionals belong to organizations that are adopting AI tools, according to the results of a new survey on Tuesday.

  • Lexitas Acquires Record Retrieval Co. MLR

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Tuesday its first acquisition of the year, purchasing Philadelphia-based record retrieval company Medical Legal Reproductions.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

  • Retailer Sues Zimmerman Reed To End Privacy 'Shakedown'

    Zimmerman Reed LLP and thousands of its clients are unlawfully conspiring to "weaponize" a California wiretapping law in bringing a crush of arbitration claims against L'Occitane over its website user tracking practices, the cosmetics and home goods retailer alleged in urging a California federal court to put an end to this "shakedown."

  • Colo. Public Defender's Office Hit By Computer Hack

    The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender said Monday it has shut down its computer network following a cybersecurity breach.

  • Judicial Innovations Acquired By PE-Backed Gov. Tech Firm

    The state and local government technology company Avenu Insights & Analytics acquired Judicial Innovations, a provider of cloud-based court and payment tools, on Monday.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Pinsent Masons' Flexible Services Biz Launches In Dubai

    Pinsent Masons LLP announced on Monday that its alternative legal services business has expanded into the Middle East, as the law firm looks to develop its professional and legal services offering after it recently opened new offices in the region.

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    USPTO Says AI-Assisted Invention Patents Hinge On Humans

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday issued guidance on how it will determine whether inventions developed with the assistance of artificial intelligence can be patented, explaining that a human must have made a "significant contribution."

  • 9 In 10 Lawyers Concerned About AI Use, Survey Shows

    Lawyers are increasingly keen to use generative artificial intelligence tools, but most still have concerns about the risks and would be more comfortable if the technology was grounded in reliable legal sources, an industry survey released Monday said.

  • Microsoft Says Plaintiffs Show No Harm In Overbroad AI Suit

    A legal battle between consumers who say they've been harmed by unlawful data-collection practices related to the development of artificial intelligence and companies that control the new technology continued when Microsoft argued that the accusations against it were simply too broad and unexplained to allow the case to proceed.

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Millnet, Vaultinum

    A global legal technology company involved in a management buyout of a document subsidiary tops this roundup of industry news.

  • Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

  • OpenAI Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Fee Ruling

    OpenAI urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's decision not to dock it attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation lawsuit to federal court, saying it had "an objectively reasonable basis for removal."

  • Factor, Big Tech GCs Form GenAI Learning Collective

    Alternative legal service provider Factor announced on Thursday it was launching a new legal community aimed at accelerating the adoption of generative artificial intelligence in the corporate space, with founding members from Microsoft, Adobe, Ford and others.

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Expert Analysis

  • Why Process Management Is Critical To Legal Tech Adoption Author Photo

    Corporate legal departments looking to implement new technology can avoid hiccups by taking steps to define the underlying business problem and to identify opportunities for process improvements before leaping to the automation stage, say Nadine Ezzie at Ezzie + Co., Kenneth Jones at Xerdict Group and Kathy Zhu at Streamline AI.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Students Prepping For The Bar Exam Can Leverage AI Author Photo

    Tools like ChatGPT can help students studying for the bar exam achieve their two main goals — mastering law concepts and topics, and then successfully applying them to the various question formats on the test — but there are still limitations to this technology, including incorrect answers, says Joseph Wilson at Studicata.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Opinion

    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI Author Photo

    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • 10 Steps To Improve Legal Vendor Management Author Photo

    Corporate counsel often turn to third-party vendors to manage spending challenges, and navigating this selection process can be difficult for both counsel and the vendor, but there are several ways corporate legal departments can make the entire process easier and beneficial for all parties involved, says David Cochran at QuisLex.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Strategies To Improve Reporting In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    The growing demand for analytical data within law firms and corporate law departments — from live case status updates to diversity reports — highlights the need for improvements in legal profession reporting, with increasingly granular industry-standard codes to describe legal tasks being key, says Kenneth Jones at Xerdict.

  • Accessible Legal Tech Begins With Empathy In Design Author Photo

    Legal technology has the potential to eliminate barriers for disabled attorneys navigating their careers and for disabled clients seeking access to justice, but to truly level the playing field, accessible technology must be designed with input from and empathy for the often-underrepresented communities it serves, say Lisa Mueller at Casimir Jones and attorney Haley Moss.

  • 6 Tips For Document Review Projects Using Alt Legal Services Author Photo

    Despite strides made in the e-discovery industry, document reviews continue to be one of the most expensive line items for litigation, so law firms working with alternative legal service providers should consider key best practices, including providing clear protocol, having transparent deadlines, and more, says Phoebe Gebre at Integreon.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • How Law Firm Leaders Can Optimize Their Tech Investments Author Photo

    As law firms turn to legal technology to help expedite case processing and other workflows, leaders must focus on creating a lean set of business tools and keep one eye on the future to plan their technology road map, says Simon Whitburn at Exterro.

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