“Unprecedented” is a biweekly podcast hosted by Law.com reporter Ben Hancock about technology, the law, and the future of litigation. Based in San Francisco, Ben writes about third-party litigation finance, legal data analytics, artificial intelligence, privacy, and related issues. Listen to more Law.com podcasts here.
We Have Moved!
Hello Unprecedented listeners. We’ve been in the process of transitioning this podcast to a new home and a new format. From here on out, you can find future episodes of Unprecedented over on the Legalspeak podcast, hosted by Law.com’s Vanessa Blum and Leigh Jones.
Every three or four weeks, I’ll be dropping in with a dispatch from the intersection of technology and the law. Instead of focusing on individual conversations, going forward I'm hoping to go out and get lots of different voices to talk about how the law and the legal profession are grappling with technological change, and bringing listeners along for the ride.
For my first episode, we’re getting a crash course in artificial intelligence and the law, featuring conversations with people in different quarters of the legaltech industry I’ve spoken to over the last several months. That episode is live now. You can subscribe at any of the links below, or wherever you listen to podcasts:
Apple Podcasts (iOS devices)
Google Play (Android devices)
Thanks for listening and I’ll hope you’ll be tuning in to Legalspeak soon!
The CFAA, Blockchain, and Why the 'Best Lawyers Would Qualify as Hackers
Alexander Urbelis of New York’s Blackstone Law Group describes his unusual career path from getting involved with 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, to becoming a lawyer for the U.S. Army JAG Corps and the CIA, and later joining Big Law. He also discusses the evolution of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the biggest legal challenges facing the internet, how his background has shaped his information security-focused legal practice.
David Howard, Microsoft's Head of Litigation: Why Tech Is Fighting the U.S. Government
Microsoft is going head-to-head with the Department of Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month over law enforcement access to data stored overseas. In this episode, David Howard, a former federal prosecutor who's now the head of litigation at Microsoft Corp., explains what's at stake in the case and why this issue has become a rallying point for the wider tech industry.
The Smart Contracts Are Coming: An Interview With Cardozo Law's Aaron Wright
In this special episode of Law.com's Unprecedented podcast, we talk with Aaron Wright, an associate clinical professor at Cardozo Law School in New York City and director of the school's Blockchain Project. Cardozo has been significantly expanding its initiatives with the technology since 2014, helping major blockchain projects like Ethereum and teaching its students how to code smart contracts. Wright talks about his forthcoming book co-authored with Primavera De Filippi of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center, "Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code," and what blockchain will mean for the legal profession—beyond the hype.
Scott Reents: AI, Analytics, and How Cravath Is Embracing Technology
At ALM's upcoming Legalweek conference, one of the major overarching themes is how artificial intelligence will change the practice of law. In this episode of Law.com's "Unprecedented" podcast, we talk with one of the speakers at the event—Scott Reents, the lead attorney for data analytics and e‑discovery at Cravath, Swaine & Moore—about the challenges and advantages to integrating AI with the legal profession. For more info, check out the show notes on Law.com.
Heather Meeker: Big Trends in Open Source Software and the Law
Recent months have seen important legal developments in the open source software world. Large organizations including Facebook, Google and the Linux kernel community have adopted new enforcement policies around copyright licenses. And Facebook saw major blowback over patent rules in its open source license. In this episode of “Unprecedented,” O’Melveny & Myers partner Heather Meeker explains these trends and what they mean for lawyers and coders. She also talks about open source security, and the challenges open source projects face in dealing with sexual harassment amid the #MeToo movement.
Read the full show notes at www.law.com
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