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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.

    Digitally Transforming the Legal Department: A Panel of Experts

    Digitally Transforming the Legal Department: A Panel of Experts

    At a time when corporations are demanding greater accountability, transparency and predictability from their legal departments, automation of manual processes is a critical strategic priority, offering the promise of greater efficiency and effectiveness. But what does it really mean for a legal department to digitally transform itself and how should it go about it? 
    In this special edition of LawNext, three leading corporate general counsel and an expert consultant share their stories of digital transformation and their advice for others embarking on their own transformations. Panelists featured in this episode are:
    Bill Deckelman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, DXC Technology. Todd Machtmes, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Salesforce.  Nishat Ruiter, General Counsel, TED Conferences.  Stuart Fuller, Global Head of Legal Services, KPMG Law, KPMG International. This conversation was originally recorded as part of the Legal Leaders conference presented on Oct. 26, 2021, by Reuters Events. I served as moderator of the panel and Reuters graciously granted me permission to make the discussion available to listeners of LawNext.
     
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms.   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
    Trellis Founder Nicole Clark Says Court Data is a Litigator’s Secret Weapon

    Trellis Founder Nicole Clark Says Court Data is a Litigator’s Secret Weapon

    As a litigator in Los Angeles, Nicole Clark saw that state court data could be a secret weapon for winning, but she also saw how difficult it was for her and other lawyers to access that data. That inspired Clark to found Trellis in 2018, to collect and provide access to that data so that other litigators would not have to operate blind. 
    Recently, Trellis raised $14.1 million in a Series A funding round that Clark plans to use to expand the company’s coverage into additional states and its customer base into additional industries. Eventually, Clark hopes to see the use of court analytics become the industry standard, commonplace among litigators and expected by clients. 
    On this episode of LawNext, Clark joins host Bob Ambrogi to explain why she started Trellis and how she sees its court and judge analytics as critical tools for today’s litigators. She also recounts how the company has expanded its coverage so far and describes her plans to eventually cover the courts in every U.S. state. 
     
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms.   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
    Exterro’s Bobby Balachandran, ‘LegalTech CEO of the Year’

    Exterro’s Bobby Balachandran, ‘LegalTech CEO of the Year’

    Bobby Balachandran, founder and CEO of governance, risk and compliance company Exterro, has just been named LegalTech CEO of the Year in the Legaltech Breakthrough Awards. In a year in which so many legal tech companies have seen significant growth, it is a notable honor. But Balachandran is hardly resting on his laurels. He is already eyeing an IPO in the year ahead. 
     
    A computer scientist by training, Balachandran founded Exterro in 2008, quickly convincing a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company to sign on as his first customer. In 2018, Exterro received a reported $100 million investment – at that point one of the largest investments ever in a legal tech company – and went on to make two major acquisitions – of data privacy company Jordan Lawrence and digital forensics company AccessData. 
     
    Balachandran joins host Bob Ambrogi to discuss his leadership philosophy as a legal tech CEO, his company’s formation and growth, his views on the legal tech market, and his plans for his company in the years ahead. 
     
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms. Legalweek New York, back in person for 2022. 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.

    • 46 min
    How Courts Met the Pandemic Challenge, with Pew’s Qudsiya Naqui

    How Courts Met the Pandemic Challenge, with Pew’s Qudsiya Naqui

    When COVID-19 first swept across the United States in March 2020, it forced courts across the country to shut down, bringing trials and other legal proceedings to a screeching halt. A new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts examined how courts responded in the aftermath of that shutdown, and it concluded that they did pretty well overall, rapidly embracing technology and revolutionizing their operations.
    But the study, How Courts Embraced Technology, Met the Pandemic Challenge, and Revolutionized Their Operations, also found that courts’ accelerated adoption of technology disproportionately benefited those with legal representation, while posing disadvantages for those without legal representation, particularly those whose access was limited by lack of technology, physical disabilities or limited English proficiency.
    We take a deep dive into the report with Qudsiya Naqui, a lawyer and officer on the Civil Legal System Modernization team at Pew that conducted this research and produced the report. Naqui is a podcaster herself, host of Down to the Struts, a podcast about disability and design that focuses on building more inclusive systems and structures that acknowledge the breadth of human diversity. 
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms.   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.

    • 36 min
    CEO Kiwi Camara on DISCO’s Public Offering and the State of Legal Tech

    CEO Kiwi Camara on DISCO’s Public Offering and the State of Legal Tech

    In July, the e-discovery company DISCO became one of just a handful of legal technology companies ever to go public, listing on the New York Stock Exchange. That made it the third legal tech company this year to go public, after no U.S. legal tech company had gone public since 2002. 
    On this episode of LawNext, Kiwi Camara, DISCO’s cofounder and CEO, joins host Bob Ambrogi to discuss DISCO’s public offering and its implications for the company and the broader legal tech market. He also shares his thoughts on the key factors driving the explosion of interest in legal tech, and offers his predictions on where the legal market is heading. 
    At age 16, Camara earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and at age 19, became the youngest-ever graduate of Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harris Hartz, Camara studied for a doctorate in economics at Stanford, taught corporate law at Northwestern, and was a founding partner of Camara & Sibley LLP in Houston.
    It was while practicing at Camara & Sibley that he saw the need for a better product to automate the work of gathering and sifting through evidence, leading to the founding of DISCO in 2013.  
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms.   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.

    • 44 min
    Legal Tech’s Latest Unicorn: A Conversation with Everlaw Founder AJ Shankar

    Legal Tech’s Latest Unicorn: A Conversation with Everlaw Founder AJ Shankar

    Earlier this month, e-discovery company Everlaw became one of the few legal technology companies to join the elite ranks of unicorn status — companies valued at over $1 billion — with the announcement of a $202 million Series D funding at a valuation of over $2 billion. It had already been a big year for the company, which saw 80% year-over-year growth, the launch of several new products, and its first-ever user conference. 
    To discuss these developments, host Bob Ambrogi is joined by AJ Shankar, Everlaw’s founder and CEO, He brings us up to date on the company’s latest developments and his plans for further expanding the product and its market, including expanding Everlaw’s platform beyond e-discovery into broader areas of legal technology. 
    Shankar was previously on this podcast in April 2019, where he discussed the company’s founding and early development. Those interested in learning more about Everlaw may want to listen to that episode as well. Shankar was a computer scientist with a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, when he founded Everlaw in 2011 as one of the earliest cloud-based e-discovery platforms. 
    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. 
    Paradigm, home to the practice management platforms PracticePanther, Bill4Time, and MerusCase, and e-payments platform Headnote. Woodpecker, legal document automation for solo and small firms.   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.

    • 36 min

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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A must-listen for a new perspective on how to practice the law

The legal profession is rapidly changing, and the host makes the changes easy to understand and easier to implement. He also makes topics that lawyers usually consider dry interesting. SO thank you for that.

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A Must-Listen for Lawyers and Law Firms

This podcast is excellent for lawyers and law firms who are looking to build their practice with the integration of tech. If you’re looking to grow your firm, subscribe and learn from a great host and different industry leaders.

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Must listen for anyone in the legal community/profession.

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