Technically Legal is a podcast about legal tech, legal innovation and the impact of tech on the law and legal industry.
In each episode we interview an innovator in the legal industry. Guests discuss how technology is changing the practice of law and how they are implementing legal technology and innovation into their legal departments and law firms.
The podcast is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled legal services provider. Chad launched Percipient on the belief that when technology is leveraged correctly, it makes legal teams more effective.
How to Improve Legal Operations With Data Driven Decision Making Alex Kelly (Brightflag COO)
Brightflag COO Alex Kelly discusses the AI powered legal operations platform he co-founded that helps legal teams get a handle on legal spend and gain insight into their legal operations as a whole.
By collecting information from legal bills and other sources, Brightflag provides analytics about how legal work is being resourced which can then be used to inform procurement decisions, help determine which legal service providers to add to panels and help create legal pricing models.
It is interesting that Alex ended up cofounding Brightflag because he never worked in-house and instead spent seven years in private practice at one of Ireland’s premier law firms representing financial institutions.
But, that Alex is a lawyer turned entrepreneur is not surprising. Both his father and stepmom are lawyers and his mother’s family founded one of Ireland’s preeminent bespoke carpet manufacturing companies.
Daniel Linna on Legal Education and Legal Tech Adoption (Northwestern University)
Daniel Linna, Senior Lecturer & Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering visits the podcast to talk legal education, artificial intelligence and intersection of computer science and law.
Professor Linna teaches classes at both Northwestern’s law school and engineering school that relate to tech and law including a couple on artificial intelligence. Dan is also heads up the University’s Legal Innovation Lab.
Dan also does a fair bit of research including his most recent project that is testing conversational AI that tenants can use in disputes with landlords.
Prior to Northwestern Dan held positions at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State. Before he was a professor Dan practiced law at a large law firm.
Why Legal Teams & Tech Companies Should Think About Data Privacy “Early and Often” (Chris Handman TerraTrue COO & Co-Founder)
In this episode Chris Handman, COO and Co-Founder of data privacy management app TerraTrue, talks about Shifting Left with data privacy. “Shift left” is a concept used to identify defects and bugs early in the software development process before deployment.
This is also how Chris and his team think legal departments, privacy officers and compliance professionals should think about data privacy.
TerraTrue is a data privacy management platform that companies can use and integrate with the other software (like Jira and Slack) to get people thinking about the data privacy implications of products they are building while they are building them.
Chris explains that with the continued growth of privacy regulations, companies cannot just ship software and hope to deal with privacy issues after the fact.
Chris ended up in the data privacy world after a successful career as a lawyer in private practice. Chris worked as an appellate lawyer right out of law school and handled high profile cases in front of federal appellate courts including the United States Supreme Court.
After a few years, an executive search firm contacted Chris about becoming Snapchat’s first general counsel. He had been doing more and more privacy work in his appellate practice and people began to notice. Chris made the jump to Snapchat and hit the ground running.
Among other intense and high profile legal cases he had to deal with, the FTC was all over Snapchat about data privacy issues that ultimately ended in a consent decree.
In 2017 Chris left Snapchat, took a little time off with his family, and began talking to some of his old Snap colleagues about building a new company. That is when TerraTrue was born.
The Impact of Blockchain on the Law – Now and Beyond (Jacob Robinson, Law of Code)
Blockchain lawyer and fellow podcaster Jacob Robinson visits Technically Legal to talk about how blockchain technology is impacting the law now and how it will in the future.
Jacob hosts the Law of Code Podcast covering blockchain related legal issues and hosting a Who’s Who of #Cryptolaw as guests.
On this episode, Jacob discusses the interplay between blockchain technology and legal rights (such as property rights). He also explains how, for some endeavors, blockchain might change the look of business organizations. Specifically, Jacob covers legal issues implicated by NFT (non fungible token) ownership and participation in a DAO (distributed autonomous organizations).
Jacob also fills us in about interesting legal questions arising in the metaverse.
Krystal Kovac (GC Oncore) on Building a Legal Function by Fostering Relationships and Using Accessible Tech
Krystal Kovac, Head of Legal & Compliance at Oncore, visits Technically Legal to share her story about building a legal department from the ground up. Like many, Krystal decided to become a lawyer without a good understanding of all that entails. Also, like many, she didn’t like her first legal job that much, and when it ended, she went to Canada and became ski instructor. She also got another legal job in Canada that she actually liked, but her Visa ran out and she headed back home to Queensland.
When Krystal got back to Australia, she did a stint as a temporary attorney working for a tech company but ended up at Oncore for what was supposed to be a temporary gig helping the company clean up their contracting process.
Well…it turned out Krystal did such a good job, they asked her to be be general counsel and build out their legal and compliance functions.
Krystal explains that to build a legal department from the ground up, you need to first map out operational processes that touch legal. She says lawyers should also get out and talk to people to not only learn more about the company, but to actually build relationships.
Krystal also is a big proponent of meeting clients where they are, communicating with them via methods they already use and using tech that is accessible.
How to Connect Real World Contracts to Blockchain Technology (Aaron Powers, CEO Hunit)
Aaron Powers, CEO and co-founder of Hunit, talks SLCs or, Smart Legal Contracts, that are natural language contracts but utilize blockchain technology to record certain aspects of contractual relationships. Hunit enables users to create text based contracts in Microsoft Word, but tie the document to a blockchain creating an immutable record of certain contract components, like successful performance and the fact that a contract even exists between two parties.
Aaron is an entrepreneur first and foremost and started his career in wireless communication technology in the early 2000s, but ultimately joined the founding team of a biostimulant company.
After almost a decade in the biostimulant industry, in 2018, Aaron jumped over to legal tech and founded Hunit.
Love this podcast- a must for any legal tech
Stumbled upon this podcast and it is a treasure. As a KM manager at a firm, previous law librarian, this podcast is engaging, relevant, and makes me nod my head while also giving me perspective on what is going on in the legal realm outside my organization. Def worth listening to if you have any sort of interest in legal tech!
Engaging conversations on legal tech.
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Chad Main provides a unqiue window into the legal tech world by asking engaging questions to interesting people who are breaking new ground in the profession. I can see why it made the ABA Journal 2018 Web 100.