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A weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology and innovation. Hosted by lawyer and journalist Bob Ambrogi, with commentary from a revolving panel of industry experts. Delivered every Friday, in 15 minutes or less.

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A weekly round-up and review of news in legal technology and innovation. Hosted by lawyer and journalist Bob Ambrogi, with commentary from a revolving panel of industry experts. Delivered every Friday, in 15 minutes or less.

    5.29.20: In Which ‘Cash Cab’ Makes the Legaltech News

    5.29.20: In Which ‘Cash Cab’ Makes the Legaltech News

    Our weekly Legaltech Week journalist roundtable, rounding up the top legaltech news, kicks off this time with news that one of our panelists was a contestant on Cash Cab. And if you don’t know what that is, then you’ll have to listen to the episode. 
    Joining host Bob Ambrogi this week are Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider; Molly McDonough, media consultant, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal; Joe Patrice, editor, Above the Law; and Zach Warren, editor-in-chief, Legaltech News. 
    Among the other stories the panelists discuss: How the ubiquity of mobile-phone cameras is changing criminal law and justice, the First Amendment implications of President Trump’s Twitter crackdown, lessons learned from the first Zoom trial in Texas, a U.K. firm’s selection of Oracle for its practice management platform, and another practice management platform’s new lead-ranking tool.

    • 42 min
    5.22.20: Our Journalist Roundtable Wraps Up the Week’s News

    5.22.20: Our Journalist Roundtable Wraps Up the Week’s News

    The Legaltech Week journalist roundtable is back, with a week-in-review discussion by leading legaltech journalists from the U.S. and U.K. who discuss and dissect the week’s top stories. 
    Joining host Bob Ambrogi this week are Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider; Molly McDonough, media consultant, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal; and Joe Patrice, editor, Above the Law.
    Among the stories the panelists discuss: doing away with “brick-and-mortar” requirements for law offices, judges question the need for large courthouses and -- by the way -- learn to love Zoom over other video platforms, a new government-backed legaltech sandbox in the U.K., a law firm gets caught by an email scam and loses its lawsuit to hold the bank accountable, and lots of audience chatter about Zoom v. Microsoft Teams.

    • 50 min
    5.15.20: Our Journalist Roundtable Wraps Up the Week’s News

    5.15.20: Our Journalist Roundtable Wraps Up the Week’s News

    Legaltech Week takes a turn in a new direction this week, presenting a week-in-review discussion by leading legaltech journalists from the U.S. and U.K. who discuss and dissect the week’s top stories. 
    Joining host Bob Ambrogi are Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider; Molly McDonough, media consultant, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the ABA Journal; Joe Patrice, editor, Above the Law; and Zach Warren, editor in chief, Legaltech News.

    Among the stories the panelists discuss: the California Bar takes a step towards a regulatory sandbox, video conferencing security and what lawyers really need, making sense of newly launched platform Lupl, a legaltech incubator in India, a ransomware attack against a law firm to the stars (and a related question of journalism ethics), and major investments in contracts tech.

    • 54 min
    Legaltech Week, 5.1.20: Sweeping Regulatory Reform, Major Free-Law Ruling, and More, Plus Commentary from Mark Palmer

    Legaltech Week, 5.1.20: Sweeping Regulatory Reform, Major Free-Law Ruling, and More, Plus Commentary from Mark Palmer

    Top stories this week include sweeping proposed liberalization of lawyer regulation, a watershed Supreme Court victory for open-law advocates, a national COVID-19 pro bono portal born out of a unique collaboration among the ABA and legaltech companies, and the first public statements by Epiq Global’s CEO on its ransomware attack and layoffs. Our guest this week is Mark C. Palmer, chief counsel of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. 
    Story Sources
    (hyperlinks available at www.lawsitesblog.com/category/legaltech-week)
    Utah regulatory reforms (0:35):
    Utah Proposes Sweeping Regulatory Reforms; Will Fast-Track Pandemic-Related Services. Utah Supreme Court. Supreme Court Regulatory Reform Proposal-Comment Period Closes July 23, 2020. Supreme Court opinion (2:51):
    In Key Ruling for Public Access, SCOTUS Says No Copyright In Georgia Code Annotations. Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. Public.Resource.Org. Pro bono portal (4:04): 
    Tech Companies, ABA, Partner to Launch National Pro Bono Portal Targeting COVID-19 and Disaster Relief. Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal. ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Program. Paladin. Clio. LegalZoom. Legal Services Corporation. Epiq Global (5:55):
    In Interview, Epiq CEO Addresses Ransomware Attack, Layoffs, and Company’s Future. Guest commentary (7:35):
    Mark C. Palmer. Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

    • 23 min
    4.17.20: New Ethics Guidance on WFH and More from the Week’s News

    4.17.20: New Ethics Guidance on WFH and More from the Week’s News

    This week’s top story is the release of the first ethics opinion to outline and address the issues raised by working from home due to the coronavirus crisis. We’re joined by an author of that opinion, Pennsylvania lawyer Daniel Siegel, to discuss its key points. Also this week: the first major virtual legal conference of the coronavirus era is held, ILTA’s CEO says its annual ILTACON conference is a go for August, and a contracts-technology company, saying corporations face a state of emergency, releases a free version of its product to help legal departments make their contracts organized and accessible. 
    Story Sources
    Major ethics opinion (2:27):
    State Bar Issues Ethics Guidance on Working from Home During COVID-19 Pandemic. Full text: PBA Formal Opinion 2020-300 Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Working Remotely. First virtual conference (4:44):
    Rocket Matter to Stage ‘Rocket Aid,’ A Charitable Virtual Conference for Lawyers. What If You Threw A Conference And No One Came (Because They All Logged In Remotely)? Litera Announces Virtual Legal Conference April 23 on Adapting to the Changing Market.  Rocket Aid. The Changing Lawyer LIVE! ILTA LegalSEC Summit. ILTACON is on (6:25): 
    Law Insights Interview with Joy Heath Rush. ILTACON Is On, ILTA CEO Says, But It May Not Seem The Same. ILTACON planning going ‘full steam ahead.’ Knowable’s new products (6:56):
    Knowable Responds to Pandemic with New Products, Including Free Contract Management. GCs Face Contract ‘Chaos’ + Knowable Wants to Help. Guest Conversation (7:52):
    Daniel J. Siegel.

    • 18 min
    4.10.20: More Layoffs in Legal Tech and Ron Friedmann Talks Fastcase

    4.10.20: More Layoffs in Legal Tech and Ron Friedmann Talks Fastcase

    Top stories this week include more layoffs in legal tech as Epiq, suffering the double blow of a ransomware attack and the pandemic is reported to let go as many as 200. Also in the news, cutbacks at other legal tech companies, a report on the state of legaltech Down Under, Fastcase says its taking a bigger cut of the BigLaw market, former Atrium lawyers land at a law firm, case management company Filevine makes its first acquisition, and Wolters Kluwer releases a comprehensive free resource on COVID-19 laws. Our guest this week is Ron Friedmann, author of the blog Strategic Legal Technology, who discusses Fastcase’s move into BigLaw and the state of investment in legal tech. 
    Story Sources
    Epiq layoffs (1:57):
    Reports Say Epiq Has Laid Off Some 200 Employees In Wake Of Ransomware Attack. Cuts at Elevate, Reynen Court (2:30):
    Elevate, Reynen Court Follow Law Firm Lead by Cutting Costs. Global Legal Tech Report (2:51): 
    First in Series of Global Legal Tech Reports Finds Good and Bad in Australia. Global Legal Tech Report. Fastcase (3:39):
    Fastcase Gains Share in Big Law. Atrium (4:03):
    Atrium, $75M Company that Vowed to ‘Revolutionize’ Law, Shuts Down. Crowell & Moring Acquires Core Atrium Senior Legal Team. Filevine (4:26):
    Case Management Company Filevine Acquires Lead-Management Company Lead Docket. Wolters Kluwer (4:56):
    Wolters Kluwer Releases Comprehensive Free Resource for Navigating Federal and State COVID-19 Laws. Free and Powerful: Wolters Kluwer Launches  Suite of COVID-19 Smart Charts Outside the Paywall. Wolters Kluwer COVID-19 Smart Chart. Guest Conversation (5:31):
    Ron Friedmann.

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