Legal Tech

  • How Law Librarians Are Teaching Ethical Use Of AI

    Law librarians are using several strategies to teach law students and lawyers how to ethically use generative artificial intelligence tools, including reading assignments, prompt exercises and mandatory training, according to a panel at the American Association of Law Libraries' annual conference

  • Legal AI Co. Harvey Becomes 'Unicorn' After $100M Series C

    The legal generative artificial intelligence tool Harvey reached the "unicorn" status of being a private company valued at more than $1 billion after securing a $100 million Series C on Tuesday.

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    Clio Secures 'Historic Raise' Of $900M To Reach $3B Valuation

    The legal technology giant Themis Solutions Inc., better known as Clio, is now worth $3 billion after securing a $900 million Series F investment on Tuesday.

  • Lexitas Says IT Consulting Co. Didn't Finish $2M Project

    Litigation services company Depositions Solutions LLC, which does business as Lexitas, said in a Texas county complaint Monday that a Philadelphia-based information technology company hired to upgrade its web services failed to complete a more than $2 million project.

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    McGuireWoods Taps Consulting Director As Innovation Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that the director of its in-house consulting group, MWAccel, will additionally take on the role of chief innovation and artificial intelligence officer at the firm.

  • IManage Launches Data Centers In Switzerland, UAE

    Chicago-based software company iManage has announced that it is launching new data centers in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates to meet geographic compliance requirements.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Florida Opts To Use NextGen Bar Exam Starting In 2028

    Florida will adopt a new bar exam test component, known as the NextGen Bar Exam, from the National Conference of Bar Examiners beginning July 2028, the state's board of bar examiners announced Thursday.

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    Reed Smith IT Pro Named Firm's New Chief Information Officer

    Reed Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has promoted an information technology pro who has been with the firm for more than two decades to be its chief information officer.

  • Data Management Co. Cellebrite Acquires CyTech

    Data management and intelligence company Cellebrite DI Ltd. says it has acquired Cyber Technology Services Inc. and established a new division serving the U.S. federal government.

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    FTI Consulting Picks Ex-BigLaw Atty To Lead Forensic Unit

    International business advisory firm FTI Consulting Inc. has promoted a former WilmerHale managing partner to be global segment leader of its forensic and litigation consulting division and join its global executive committee.

  • Brazilian Contract Co. NetLex Raises $22M To Expand

    Brazil-based contract lifecycle management provider netLex has announced the closing of an R$126 million ($22.6 million USD) funding round led by U.S. private equity firm Riverwood Capital.

  • AI Due Diligence Tool Eyes US Expansion With $10M Series A

    Xapien, a U.K.-based due diligence platform used in legal and other industries, announced Wednesday that it has completed a $10 million Series A funding round that will allow the company to expand into the U.S.

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    Baker Donelson Adds Ex-DXC Tech GC To Public Policy Team

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is adding a former general counsel of IT service provider DXC Technology Co. as a senior public policy adviser and of counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, it announced Wednesday.

  • Clio Launches New Accounting Software Package

    Legal software company Clio said Tuesday it has launched a new accounting software product for law firms — Clio Accounting — that's designed for use with an existing Clio product, Clio Manage.

  • Legal Services Provider Execo Acquires India-Based Co. Cacti

    Alternative legal services provider Execo has acquired India-based competitor Cacti Legal to strengthen its generative artificial intelligence offerings, marking its sixth acquisition, the company said Wednesday.

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    Leya Raises $25M Series A For Its 2nd Investment In 3 Months

    The Swedish legal artificial intelligence platform Leya added a $25 million Series A investment Wednesday as it seeks to compete with other emerging players offering generative AI for law firms' use.

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    Jackson Lewis Adds Tech Officer From Citrin Cooperman

    Jackson Lewis PC has brought aboard a new chief technology officer with decades of law firm-focused information technology and management experience, who most recently held the role of chief digital officer for professional services firm Citrin Cooperman.

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    Litigation Support Provider Acquires Family-Owned Company

    National litigation support services company Magna Legal Services has acquired family-owned, California-based competitor Bosco Legal Services, an acquisition that strengthens its service offerings.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: Representation in the Ranks

    Attorneys of color now represent 27.6% of nonpartners at law firms, a new high-water mark for the industry. But progress has lagged higher up. Here's a more detailed look at the representation of minority attorneys at the associate and partner levels.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: How Firms Stack Up

    Data from Law360 Pulse's law firm survey reveals that while firms are continuing to diversify their attorney ranks, progress has slowed. Just 15.6% of firms top the benchmarks for the 2024 Diversity Snapshot ranking — a lower percentage than last year. Here’s the latest look at how diversity in law firms' headcounts compares with what it could be based on the potential marketplace of new hires.

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    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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    Dentons To Offer AI-Powered IP Risk Analysis With Tech Firm

    Law firm Dentons said Tuesday it has partnered up with an AI startup as part of its intellectual property service, saying the software will be able to speed up IP risk assessments for clients and flag when they need to speak further with a Dentons lawyer.

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    DLA Piper Adds Artificial Intelligence Policy Adviser In DC

    DLA Piper LLP has hired a new artificial intelligence policy adviser, who will join the firm in Washington, D.C., as part of the firm's government affairs and public policy team, the firm announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Last Lawyer: The Evolution And Ethics Of Legal AI Tools Author Photo

    Chatbots represent a powerful but provisional tool, but lawyers must exercise caution and use only vetted, properly guardrailed silicon advocates, scalable for future services, say Marty Robles-Avila at Berry Appleman and Michele Carney at Carney & Marchi.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Legal Tech And Lawyer Workflow: Enhancing, Not Replacing Author Photo

    When selecting from an increasing pool of legal technology capabilities, think about micro moves with macro effect, as the most successful tools will be those that feel like a natural extension of how lawyers are already accustomed to working, says Ilona Logvinova at Cleary.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 'Blind Spots' Pose Major Hurdle To AI Adoption In Legal Tech Author Photo

    Legal tech circles have been focused on how to eliminate large language model hallucinations, but blind spots, or inaccuracies through omissions, are a rarely discussed shortcoming that pose an even larger risk in the legal space, says James Ding at DraftWise.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

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