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From Generative AI to Revenue Drivers: Insights from the LawPay and MyCase 'Legal Industry Report 2024'

The pace of technological change over the past year has been fast and furious. It seems that every day there’s a new announcement, with legal technology companies rolling out generative artificial intelligence functionality into their platforms at breakneck speed. Blink, and you’ll miss the latest advancement or news release.


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Chemerinsky: Supreme Court will hear some of its biggest cases of the term this month

Some of the most important cases of the term will be argued this month before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Feb. 8, the justices will return to the bench earlier than planned to hear Trump v. Anderson, which considers whether former President Donald Trump is disqualified from again being president because of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. On Feb. 26, the court will hear two cases that could have a profound effect on the internet and social media, Moody v. NetChoice and NetChoice v. Paxton.


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After bringing criminal charges again Netflix, DA winds up with federal court bad-faith finding

Cuties, a 2020 Netflix film, tells the story of an 11-year old Senegalese girl in France who comes from a devout Muslim family navigating the sometimes provocative culture of modern dance while having a devout Muslim family.

Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, a French filmmaker who like the main character, Amy,…



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How will generative AI affect digital investigations and e-discovery?

Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Chantelle Jalland, a London-based managing director for digital investigations and discovery with J.S. Held, a global consulting company.


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What to do when friends or family members ask for legal advice

“It’s never going to go well,” Arizona attorney Lynda C. Shely says about the prospect of representing anyone you are close to, including family members and friends. Shely, the immediate past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, works in private practice and has advised more than 2,500 law firms around the country on legal ethics matters.


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ABA achieves lobbying successes despite tumultuous session of 118th Congress

The first session of the 118th Congress achieved some notable legislative successes, but it has struggled to gain political consensus on most issues, including recently those involving funding for the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel, federal appropriations and border security. In total, only 34 bills were signed into law this past year—the fewest in decades, according to Axios.


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To be a lawyer or a doctor? That is the question

Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” So you want to become a doctor or a lawyer? For some reason or other, these two words are often muttered together, like St. Paul and Minneapolis. Or like Dallas and Fort Worth. Or like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Do these professions generate similar value to society?


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Chemerinsky: Expect another momentous year at the Supreme Court

I do not recall ever facing a new year with such a sense of trepidation and even fear of what to expect. The presidential election campaign of 2024 promises to be unlike any we have seen in American history, and it seems inevitable that the U.S. Supreme Court will play a large role. And the docket for the current term is filled with major issues about controversial matters, such as abortion, administrative law, gun rights and the First Amendment and social media.


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CEO Roundtable With Ari Kaplan: Legal industry CEOs share perspectives on 2023, vision for 2024

Industry analyst Ari Kaplan recently hosted the 2023 Ari Kaplan Advisors CEO roundtable and spoke with leading CEOs about opportunities, challenges and the road ahead in the legal industry.


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The top legal technology trends of 2023

The past year has been one defined by unpredictability and economic uncertainty as well as the lasting impact of the pandemic on technology adoption and the emergence of generative artificial intelligence. In the wake of these developments, lawyers, traditionally tech-resistant, began to embrace advanced tools even as there was a sudden and marked downshift in legal technology investments and mergers.


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