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Tomorrow begins the week-long ABA TECHSHOW, the first virtual version of one of the world’s leading legal tech conferences. Kicking off the conference is the fifth annual Startup Alley pitch competition, featuring 15 up-and-coming legal tech startups competing for your votes. Once again, I will be the moderator of the pitch competition, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time and runs for 90 minutes. Once again, the practice management company Clio is generously sponsoring the competition. This is the first time the pitch competition will be virtual. It follows a months-long selection process that started last November, when we…
What were the week’s top stories in legal tech and innovation? Find out today at 3 p.m. E.T. with Legaltech Week. Join us as our weekly roundtable of journalists and bloggers recap the top stories. We were off last week, so we have plenty of catching up to do. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology…
LawSites Resources is a library of free whitepapers, webinars, product guides, cases studies, e-books, and more. Each week, I highlight one of the resources available there. This week’s featured resource is Medicaid Planning Opportunities, a free training webinar for estate planning lawyers that will show you how to make a real difference to those in need in your community while increasing your firm’s bottom line. Presented by Lawyers With Purpose, the webinar will cover: How to use the Medicaid Freeze strategy to convince prospects and existing estate planning clients to get off the sidelines and engage you now for…
Last September, I wrote about the Canada-based entity management company Athennian, which had emerged from three years of quiet growth and development to announce an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round. Today, Athennian is announcing that it has raised another $7 million CAD in Series A extension funding. This extension was led by Arthur Ventures, which also led the initial Series A, and was joined by two new investors, Touchdown Ventures — whose portfolio includes legal tech companies Casetext, LawGeex, LinkSquares, and Text IQ — and…
I’ve written a number of times about SixFifty, the technology subsidiary of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has been automating the firm’s legal expertise to create tools that businesses and individuals can use to make legal processes more efficient and affordable. Its first product, launched in 2019, automated compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Others have helped businesses comply with GDPR, create COVID-19 employment policies, safely return employees to work, and achieve diversity and inclusion, while another helped churches assess readiness to resume services. Now, in its latest…
Kristen Sonday, cofounder of the justice tech company Paladin, is among six partners who are today launching a venture fund designed to support startups founded by diverse and underrepresented individuals in Chicago. The fund, LongJump, is a first-check venture fund that will invest amounts averaging $100,000 in underrepresented ideas and founders, including founders of color or women. While the fund will not focus on any particular industry, Sonday told me that she hopes that legal tech and justice tech companies will apply. She also hopes the fund’s model will encourage others in legal tech to invest in…
The pandemic has sent lawyers packing — to makeshift offices in their bedrooms, basements and attics. But what happens when a lawyer’s home office is located outside the state in which the lawyer is licensed to practice? Is it ethical for a lawyer who is licensed in one state to practice from a home office across the state line? In a joint ethics opinion yesterday, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association concluded that a lawyer licensed in Pennsylvania may work remotely from another jurisdiction, even if the lawyer is not licensed in that jurisdiction, provided the lawyer…
The International Legal Technology Association today named five women, from locations ranging from Canada to Kenya, as its 2021 Influential Women in Legal Tech. The list of influential women, released annually, recognizes five outstanding women leaders in the legal technology community, based on their mentorship history and overarching level of impact on legal technology. The five were selected from among 91 nominations after an extensive judging and review process, ILTA said in an announcement this morning. The nominees represented nine countries. This year’s honorees are: Rosemary Koech-Kimwatu, public policy manager, Safaricom PLC (Nairobi, Kenya). Andrea Markstrom, chief…
 Contract lifecycle management has become one of the hottest sectors of legal tech in recent years, and within that sector, Evisort, founded in 2016, has become one of the hottest companies, experiencing four-times revenue growth in 2020 and having just completed a $35 million Series B funding round, for total funding of $55 million. But Evisort cofounder and CEO Jerry Ting sees his company’s AI-driven technology becoming something more – becoming, in effect, an operating system for companies and legal departments, helping them speed up their contracting and reduce associated costs. So what makes Evisort stand out in…
Last year, LexisNexis introduced Context, a refinement of an analytics tool originally developed by Ravel Law that analyzes the language of a judge’s opinions to determine the cases and arguments the judge finds most persuasive in deciding specific types of issues. As I reported then, that original launch also included Context for expert witnesses, and, since then, LexisNexis has expanded Context to also cover courts and companies. Today, LexisNexis is further expanding Context with the introduction of Attorney Analytics, the fifth module in the platform, for researching opposing attorneys in litigation matters. Context Attorney Analytics analyzes the briefs,…
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. is today introducing an application programming interface (API) that will enable law firms to search and access treatise content on WK’s Cheetah research platform directly from their internal intranets. The new search API allows access to WK’s treatise content through a representational state transfer (REST) API framework. It will allow law firm IT staff to embed the native Cheetah search experience within the firm’s intranet portal, so that legal professionals can search treatises without having to switch away from the environment in which they are working. In addition to allowing search and filtering of…
The past year has forever shifted how attorneys and firms work. But with unprecedented challenges came new lessons and opportunities. Featured this week in the LawSites Resource Center is a whitepaper by NetDocuments that addresses the unique challenges that now face the legal industry and how professionals can meet them. Topics addressed in the whitepaper include: Four major themes revealed during 2020. Top challenges small to medium sized law firms face in a post-2020 workplace. Five strategies to thrive in 2021 and beyond. Download the report for free. Be sure to check out the full array of free materials…
Atlanta-based Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, has named Jairam Padmanabhan to the newly created position of chief product officer. In this new role, Padmanabhan’s primary objective will be to accelerate the company’s worldwide innovation across its entire product suite. Padmanabhan is a veteran product management leader with more than 30 years experience in software strategy, marketing, and development, with a particular focus on the professional services market. He has substantial knowledge of cloud-based machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, Aderant said. Before joining Aderant, Padmanabhan was chief product officer at XCM Solutions, a…
There has been much speculation within the legal industry about when live conferences will return. Now we know. The International Legal Technology Association said today its annual ILTACON conference in August will be a hybrid event, with both in-person programming and live-streamed educational content and sessions. The in-person conference will take place in Las Vegas Aug. 22-26, 2021, and will include an in-person exhibit hall. In a press release this morning, ILTA said it is committed to making ILTACON a safe event and will follow local, regional and state laws “to ensure a productive and successful meeting.” “ILTA looks forward…
Evisort, an AI-powered contract management platform, today announced a Series B funding round of $35 million, bringing its total funding to $55 million. The funding round follows a year of four-times revenue growth, the company says. The round was led by global growth equity investor General Atlantic, with participation from existing investors Amity Ventures, Microsoft’s venture fund M12, and Vertex Ventures. Evisort was founded in 2016 by two Harvard Law School students, Jerry Ting and Jake Sussman (who both graduated last year), and MIT student Amine Anoun. Their vision was to build a platform that used AI to…
Solos struggled more significantly than larger law firms in adapting to remote work throughout the pandemic, suffering greater shortfalls in new cases and firm revenue. But solos who harnessed modern legal technologies fared significantly better during 2020 than those who did not — bringing in $50,000 more in revenue on average — and solos who continue to adapt and innovate are most likely to do well both in the immediate future and in years to come. These are among the findings and conclusions of a report issued today, Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms, published by the practice management…