As stacks of books disappear from firms, replaced by digitized versions, law librarians are often asked what return on investment they provide. Vishal Agnihotri of Hinshaw & Culbertson suggests a quarterly review of anecdotal evidence as well as ongoing evaluation of legaltech, because "if you can show that 47% of the associates are using [a tool] ... that makes it a bit more real."
HighQ, a collaboration platform that had been part of the Fuse network of international law firm Allen & Overy, has been acquired by Thomson Reuters for an undisclosed amount. The deal "will position us with an open best-in-class platform at the heart of the legal software ecosystem," said Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith.
Bloomberg Law is preparing to join the crowded field of brief-analysis tools and provided a preview at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting. Bob Ambrogi outlines how the artificial intelligence product works; beta testing with clients comes in September.
Choosing the proper software can streamline legal research, writes paralegal Sean Dagel of Cogneesol. Dagel addresses five specific tools and also looks at the benefits of outsourcing.
UK-based ContractPod Technologies, which produces artificial intelligence tools to analyze and manage contracts "end to end," has received a $55 million round of capital funding led by Insight Partners. The investment is part of a trend favoring legaltech startups.
Legal recruiter David Lat's tips for having a successful law career start with "When in doubt, hear the pitch or take the meeting." He outlines four others, concluding with the sweet spot for leaving a big firm if a partnership isn't in the offing.
It's official: The Law School Admission Test will be all-digital in September, the next time it is administered. About 24,000 prospective students took the test Monday, half with pencils and half with tablets, and the Law School Admission Council called the experiment a "resounding success."
New tools are available to unlock data in cellphones and computer hard drives, writes forensics expert David Notowitz. Adopting the right ones can help attorneys streamline their efforts "and find that needle in the haystack -- the one piece that makes the case," he writes.
Working educators are among the top 100 education technology influencers as determined by Ed Tech Digest. Those educators include Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools in Florida, who launched the district's one-to-one tech initiative.
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