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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.

    Vishal Sunak, CEO of AI Contract Management Company LinkSquares

    Vishal Sunak, CEO of AI Contract Management Company LinkSquares

    LinkSquares, the Boston-based provider of AI-powered contract management and analysis technology for corporate legal departments, announced a major new product this week. Called LinkSquares Finalize, it extends the company’s technology into the pre-signature stage, helping its customers create and approve contracts more quickly and efficiently. 
    This news comes just three months after LinkSquares raised $14.5 million in a Series A financing round, bringing its total financing to $21 million. And it comes after a year in which the company saw 300% year-over-year growth. 
    On this episode of LawNext, host Bob Ambrogi speaks with Vishal Sunak, who cofounded LinkSquares in 2015 and has been its CEO ever since. He and cofounder Chris Combs started the company after participating in the acquisition of the company where they formerly worked, Backupify, and witnessing the need for a better way to manage enterprise contracts. 
    Hear how they bootstrapped and built the company from scratch, why Sunak sees contract management as so vital to corporations, and where he sees the industry heading. 
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    • 36 min
    A Coronavirus Success Story: How A State Bar and Two Legaltech Companies Partnered to Help the Unemployed

    A Coronavirus Success Story: How A State Bar and Two Legaltech Companies Partnered to Help the Unemployed

    Today on LawNext: A coronavirus success story – how a state bar, anticipating a tidal wave of unemployment claims, partnered with two legaltech companies to launch a pro bono portal in barely more than a week. 
    On April 27, 2020, the New York State Bar Association launched a website devoted to helping those who need unemployment assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The site provides assistance with filing an unemployment claim and access to pro bono attorneys for those whose claims are denied. 
    The launch came less than two weeks after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached out to the bar, asking for its help in preparing for the anticipated onslaught of claims. The bar, realizing it would need help from a technology developer, reached out to practice management company Clio, which in turn reached out to the pro bono portal company Paladin. 
    In barely a week, the three teams got the site up and running. On this episode, we hear the story of how they did that from three who were directly involved:
    Henry M. (Hank) Greenberg, president of the NYSBA and shareholder in the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Jack Newton, cofounder and CEO of Clio. Kristen Sonday, cofounder of Paladin.  NEW:
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    • 44 min
    Mark Harris on the Post-Pandemic Tsunami for Corporate Contracts

    Mark Harris on the Post-Pandemic Tsunami for Corporate Contracts

    Mark Harris is sounding an alarm – or, as he puts it, staging an intervention – for corporate counsel. 
    Harris and Alec Guettel, the original founders 20 years ago of alternative legal services provider Axiom and, since last year, the CEO and CFO of contract management company Knowable, have taken the unusual step of posting an open letter that they describe as an unsolicited intervention for general counsel. 
    Businesses are about to confront a tidal wave of urgent questions from suppliers, customers, partners, employees, and others, they warn, the answers to which are buried in thousands or hundreds of thousands of commercial contracts. Unfortunately, they say, most companies don’t know what’s in their contracts or even, in many cases, where those contracts are. 
    “We woke up a couple weeks ago and realized, there is no time,” Harris and Guettel wrote. “Our clients, you, are drifting through these pandemic rapids, focused on more important issues like the immediate safety and sanity of your employees, heading right for a cliff.”
    What has led to this situation and what can corporate counsel do about it? In this episode of LawNext, Harris, who we previously interviewed in Episode 56, returns to LawNext to share his analysis and advice. 
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    • 44 min
    The Innovation Advantage: A Panel Discussion with Leading Experts in Law Firm Innovation

    The Innovation Advantage: A Panel Discussion with Leading Experts in Law Firm Innovation

    Virtually overnight, COVID-19 changed the landscape for law firms and how they serve clients. While some firms were caught unprepared – struggling to adapt to a remote work environment and lacking the technologies and procedures to ensure seamless client service and team performance – other firms made the pivot quickly. What gave these successful firms the edge? 
    In this episode, which was recorded as a live video webinar on May 7, 2020, we speak with the heads of innovation at four major U.S. law firms about how they responded to the pandemic and its impact on their firms. The panelists are: 
    David Cambria, Chief Services Officer, Baker McKenzie. Linda Novosel, Chief Innovation and Value Officer, Blank Rome, LLP. Meredith Williams-Range, Chief Knowledge and Client Value Officer, Shearman & Sterling, LLP. Adam Ruttenberg, Senior Partner and Chairman of the Technology Committee, Cooley, LLP. Joining as co-moderator for the discussion was Josh Becker, head of Legal Analytics at LexisNexis. 
    Special thanks to Valerie Chan, founder and principal of Plat4orm PR, for helping to organize the panel. 
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    Legal Education In A Lockdown, with UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin

    Legal Education In A Lockdown, with UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin

    The coronavirus crisis has created turmoil for legal education and bar admissions, as law schools have shut down their campuses and states have put off bar exams. One proposal, advocated by Jennifer L. Mnookin, dean of UCLA Law School, and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School, in The National Law Journal, is for states to provisionally license law school graduates for two years, without a bar exam. 
    Of course, bar admission is only one of the many difficult challenges facing law school deans as they wrestle with online courses, uncertainty about student internships and placements, disrupted admissions, and enormous questions about planning for the coming academic year and beyond. 
    On this episode of LawNext, Dean Mnookin joins host Bob Ambrogi to share her thoughts and experiences on legal education in a lockdown and beyond.  
    Dean of UCLA Law since 2015, Mnookin is also the Ralph and Shirley Shapiro professor of law and faculty co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence). 
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    • 41 min
    How One Tech-Savvy Judge Jury-Rigged an Online Court

    How One Tech-Savvy Judge Jury-Rigged an Online Court

    As chair of the Specialty Treatment Courts in Jefferson Parish, La., Judge Scott U. Schlegel manages what may be one of the most advanced courts in the country for delivering justice online, and he does it almost entirely with off-the-shelf software he cobbled together himself. 
    Even before the coronavirus crisis caused courts to shut down, Judge Schlegel was conducting hearings via Zoom, scheduling sessions via Calendly, and communicating with staff and counsel via Slack. 
    But when courthouses in Jefferson Parish closed last month, it presented an even-greater challenge for the programs Judge Schlegel oversees, which focus on treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol offenders. 
    With help from legal technology companies, he rallied to further innovate, working with LawDroid to create a text-based chatbot to check in on probationers and with Documate to develop an online system for defendants to enter guilty pleas from prison. 
    In this episode of LawNext, Judge Schlegel joins host Bob Ambrogi to describe the systems he has built and how they are being used to keep the wheels of justice turning even with courthouses shut down.   
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WILOTRFan ,

Bob leads the way for legal tech podcasts

Bob’s ability to bring on top-notch guests each week and cover innovation and legal tech issues is second to none. This is definitely one of my go to podcasts to keep on top of what’s changing in the legal industry and getting to know who the innovators are who are leading the change.

Joseph Schieffer ,

Great legal innovation podcast

This is my weekly "go to" for a legal innovation podcast during a workout. A few specific things that I appreciate about the podcast:

1) The variety of guests--academics, startups, technologists, in-house counsel, private law firms, and others.
2) The guests on the show are some of the best of the best in legal innovation.
3) It is focused on innovation in the practice of law, not just tech.

Bob Ambrogi is an artisan of an interviewer. This podcast is a gift to the legal innovation community. Thanks Bob!

Ed Walters ,

Go-To Legal News & Analysis

Bob Ambrogi is the leading journalist covering developments in legal tech and changes to the profession. His podcast is a must-listen for lawyers, law professors, and law students. Always thought-provoking, and Bob is as experienced a podcast host as you will find. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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