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LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice.

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LawNext is a weekly podcast hosted by Bob Ambrogi, who is internationally known for his writing and speaking on legal technology and innovation. Each week, Bob interviews the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving what’s next in the legal industry. From legal technology startups to new law firm business models to enhancing access to justice, Bob and his guests explore the future of law and legal practice.

    AltaClaro’s Abdi Shayesteh on Developing ‘Rocket Fuel for Legal Skills Training’

    AltaClaro’s Abdi Shayesteh on Developing ‘Rocket Fuel for Legal Skills Training’

    Legal technology company AltaClaro describes itself as “rocket fuel for legal skills training. It uses a unique experiential framework based on education science, with mock transactions and live feedback, all done online.
    Our guest this week on LawNext is AltaClaro’s founder and CEO Abdi Shayesteh, who says he first developed his entrepreneurial bent as an 11-year-old Iranian immigrant helping his father manage a small café in San Diego, and then as a 17-year-old founding a clothing company to support himself through college.
     
    When, later in life, he became a lawyer and saw how poorly prepared new associates were to practice law, he began to research education science and came up with the concept for AltaClaro, a company that combines education science with technology to deliver practical skills training for lawyers. Today, its customers include law firms who use it to train associates and individual lawyers seeking to enhance their skills. 
    Thank You To Our Sponsors
    This episode of LawNext is generously made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out. 
    ASG LegalTech, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. XIRA.com, where potential clients find, book and meet with attorneys; and where attorneys get free, fully integrated practice management software. Everlaw, the cloud-based ediscovery platform for law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  Law Insider, producer of the show Contract Teardown, where they analyze the contracts that others are talking about.  A reminder that we are on Patreon. Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests.

    • 47 min
    Leaders of Fastcase and Casemaker Discuss their Merger

    Leaders of Fastcase and Casemaker Discuss their Merger

    Just a few days into 2021 came news that could end up being one of the biggest legal technology stories of the year. On Jan. 5, two leading legal research companies, Casemaker and Fastcase – two companies that have been rivals for as long as they’ve been in business – announced their merger. 
    The combined company, which will operate under the Fastcase name, has a subscriber base estimated to be more than a million lawyers, or more than three quarters of the 1.3 million  lawyers in the United States. What does this mean for the companies, their customers, and the legal research landscape more broadly? 
    To discuss the merger and its implications, host Bob Ambrogi welcomes the three top executives of the two companies:
    Dr. Satish Sheth, president and CEO of Casemaker, and also a full-time emergency pediatrician for Kaiser Permenante in California. Ed Walters, cofounder and CEO of Fastcase. Phil Rosenthal, cofounder and president of Fastcase.  Thank You To Our Sponsors
    This episode of LawNext is generously made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out. 
    ASG LegalTech, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. XIRA.com, where clients find, book and meet with attorneys; and where attorneys get free, fully integrated practice management software. Everlaw, the cloud-based ediscovery platform for law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  Law Insider, producer of the show Contract Teardown, where they analyze the contracts that others are talking about.  A reminder that we are on Patreon. Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests.

    • 53 min
    Special Episode: ASG LegalTech Rebrands As Paradigm

    Special Episode: ASG LegalTech Rebrands As Paradigm

    ASG LegalTech, a portfolio company composed of four leading legal practice products — PracticePanther, Bill4Time, MerusCase and Headnote — has introduced a new brand for itself, Paradigm, to better represent how the company views itself, its customers and its plans for moving forward.
    In this special episode of LawNext recorded in advance of the announcement, host Bob Ambrogi discusses the rebrand and the reasons for it with Soumya Nettimi, CEO of Paradigm, and Colin Li, chief growth officer of Paradigm.
    “When people hear the word ‘paradigm,’ they typically think of ‘paradigm shift,’” Nettimi says on the podcast, “and with that, what we want to communicate with our rebrand is that our mission is to fundamentally shift the standard for legal technology.”
    Listen as Nettimi and Li describe the process they went through to bring about the rebranding, what they hope to convey and achieve with it, and their plans for the future of the company and its four distinct products.

    • 42 min
    The Founders of Findlaw and Justia on 25 Years of Making Law Free

    The Founders of Findlaw and Justia on 25 Years of Making Law Free

    Twenty-five years ago, in the still-fledgling days of the web, the husband-and-wife team of Tim Stanley and Stacy Stern founded FindLaw and quickly developed it into the most highly trafficked legal site on the internet. In 2001, they sold FindLaw to the West Group, and two years later, they founded Justia, repeating their earlier success and then some with what is now one of the most popular legal sites in the world. 
    Throughout, their mission has remained the same: to make law and legal resources free for all. Whereas FindLaw started as a modest collection of links to legal resources, Justia is now one of the largest databases of cases, codes, and other legal resources, all available for free to the site’s visitors. It also supports various public interest and pro bono projects, including the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center, the LGBTQ Legal Resource Center, and the Supreme Court Center.
    Justia supports all this by selling law firm marketing services, including a lawyer directory, SEO, websites and blogs. 
    In this episode of LawNext, Stanley, CEO, and Stern, president, both lawyers by education, discuss how they came to start FindLaw, the sale to West, starting again with Justia, their future plans, and their thoughts, after 25 years, on how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go towards providing free access to law. 
     
    Thank You To Our Sponsors
    This episode of LawNext is generously made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out. 
    ASG LegalTech, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. XIRA.com, where potential clients find, book and meet with attorneys; and where attorneys get free, fully integrated practice management software. Everlaw, the cloud-based ediscovery platform for law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  Law Insider, producer of the show Contract Teardown, where they analyze the contracts that others are talking about.  A reminder that we are on Patreon. Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests.

    • 50 min
    Founder-Turned-VC Jules Miller On Investing In Legal Tech

    Founder-Turned-VC Jules Miller On Investing In Legal Tech

    Jules Miller knows what it is to be a legal tech entrepreneur. She is a three-time founder, twice of legal tech companies: Hire an Esquire in 2012 and Evolve Law in 2015. Now a partner in venture capital firm Mindset Ventures, she is leading her firm’s expansion into legal tech investing, most recently with the Series A financing of legal marketplace Priori Legal. 
    On this episode of LawNext, Miller joins host Bob Ambrogi for a conversation about venture investing – in technology generally and in legal technology specifically. She discusses what she looks for in a founder, the types of companies and technologies that excite her, and how a founder can get her ear. She also talks about what VCs can do to increase diversity among founders. 
    Prior to joining Mindset in June, Miller was an executive at IBM, where she co-founded IBM Blockchain Ventures, launched and ran the IBM Blockchain Accelerator, and led the IBM Blockchain Garage for North America. Earlier, she was a partner at LunaCap Ventures, a venture debt fund investing in diverse founders, and was COO of gender lens investing pioneer BRAVA Investments. She is co-author of the forthcoming book, Designing the Successful Corporate Accelerator.
    Thank You To Our Sponsors
    This episode of LawNext is generously made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out: ASG LegalTech, XIRA.com, Everlaw, and Law Insider
    A reminder that we are on Patreon. Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests.

    • 47 min
    BlackBoiler Founder Dan Broderick On Automating Contract Markup

    BlackBoiler Founder Dan Broderick On Automating Contract Markup

    Dan Broderick believes businesses waste billions in repetitive work reviewing and negotiating semantically similar contracts. As a former lawyer, he saw the problem first-hand. It led him to found BlackBoiler, whose AI-based technology automates the review and mark-up of inbound contracts right in Word’s Track Changes. 
    This week, BlackBoiler announced two new U.S. patents for its contract review software, bringing its total to seven. This comes less than two weeks after the company secured $3.2 million in funding from a group of strategic investors that included agreement cloud company DocuSign. 
    In this episode of LawNext, Broderick joins host Bob Ambrogi to share the story of how BlackBoiler came to be and the problem it addresses. He also describes how BlackBoiler works to automatically mark-up contracts, and discusses his plans for the future development of the technology and the company. 
    Thank You To Our Sponsors
    This episode of LawNext is made possible by our sponsors. We appreciate their support and hope you will check them out. 
    ASG LegalTech is the company bringing innovation to the legal space with modern and affordable software solutions. ASG LegalTech’s suite of technology includes the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Everlaw is a cloud-based ediscovery platform that enables law firms, corporations, and government agencies to collaboratively discover information, illuminate critical insights, and act on key evidence.  TrustBooks is trust accounting made easy. The only standalone accounting product designed 100 percent for attorneys and law firms, it helps them easily manage client accounts and stay compliant with their state bar requirements.   A reminder that we are on Patreon. Subscribe to our page to be able to access show transcripts, or to submit a question for our guests.
    Thank you to our leading Patreon member Allen Rodriguez and ONE400 for your support!

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