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Pre/Dicta takes a radically different approach to predictive analytics than others

There are plenty of judicial analytics and litigation prediction tools on the market. They may have differences in execution and focus, but the general rule of thumb is that they look at a judge’s past rulings and opinions to predict how that judge might rule on a similar motion or case in the future.


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What the Silicon Valley Bank failure means for our financial institutions

Many of us still get a chill running down our spines when we hear about bank failures and bailouts. After all, it was less than 15 years ago when we went through one of the worst economic disasters in history, and institutions such as Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers Inc., American International Group Inc. and others became famous for the wrong reasons. The Great Recession took years to recover from, and some of its effects can still be felt to this day.


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How Casetext utilized the latest GPT technology to create an AI legal assistant

In November, when OpenAI unleashed the newest, most advanced version of its chatbot, ChatGPT, it immediately captured the imagination. As we’ve covered on this podcast, ChatGPT represents a major leap forward for generative artificial intelligence in that it can converse with and respond to users in a natural, almost humanlike way. So far, it’s been a hit.


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What to expect from ABA Techshow 2023

One of the biggest and longest-running legal technology shows in the country, the ABA Techshow, is right around the corner. From March 1 to 4, thousands of lawyers, legal professionals and vendors will descend upon Chicago to talk about technology.


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Freedom Fight: Working tirelessly to free her brother from prison inspired Janis Puracal's Forensic Justice Project


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Building Bridges: Patrick Palace draws on his experience to demystify technology and push for regulatory reforms


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True Calling: Ameelio platform helps inmates communicate more easily with family and get an education


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Thought Leader: Natalie Anne Knowlton's research has provided an important foundation for regulatory reform efforts


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Self-Taught: Courtroom5 founders educate pro se litigants and prepare them for court


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Developing an Identity: Zachariah DeMeola created a holistic way for law students to find where they fit into the profession

Zachariah DeMeola, senior director of strategic initiatives with the Law School Admission Council, has spent a lot of time stressing the importance of lawyers developing their own professional identity.


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Data Broker: Josh Blandi's platform gives firms and businesses real-time access to court records and analytics 


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On Demand: Stacy Butler channels passion for legal innovation into i4J incubator


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Should lawyers embrace or fear ChatGPT?

For some academics, researching, writing, editing and publishing a scholarly piece of work can take months, if not years, of painstaking effort, diligent commitment and rage-inducing frustration. In December, Andrew Perlman, the dean of the Suffolk University Law School and the inaugural chair of the governing council of the ABA Center for Innovation, authored one in less time than it takes to watch an episode of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.


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Why this BigLaw firm recently started a legal ops division

What are legal operations? According to the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, legal ops can be loosely defined as a “set of business processes, activities and the professionals who enable legal departments to serve their clients more effectively by applying business and technical practices to the delivery of legal services."


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It's a long road ahead for driverless cars, says Fastcase executive

Four years ago, Damien Riehl, like many others, was quite bullish about the future of autonomous vehicles. The potential of the technology was obvious: No more worrying about someone trying to text and drive, no more need for drunken driving checkpoints, and no more danger of falling asleep at the wheel.


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How lawyers can unlock the potential of the metaverse

The metaverse is all the rage these days. Users can enter a virtual world where they can interact with people from all parts of the physical world, play games, engage in commerce and do a lot of other things. Think Ready Player One, or for older folks, think The Matrix movies, Total Recall or even Disclosure.


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Legal Chatbots: What can and can't they do?

The next time you go to a website, find the customer service tab and enter a live chatroom with an assistant tasked with answering your questions and helping you with your issues, the chances are that you’re not actually talking to a human.


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Why this BigLaw firm adopted a permanent work-from-anywhere policy for its lawyers and staff

Thanks to nearly two-years of COVID-19-related shutdowns and sheltering-in-place orders, working from home has become the new normal. Face-to-face interactions have been replaced by meeting on real-time videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime or Microsoft Teams, while cloud-based collaborative programs have become absolutely vital if any work is to be done.


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How technology can improve immigration policy and practice

The U.S. immigration system is complex and confusing, and it causes no shortage of stress for those who have to go through it.


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Taking on unauthorized practice of law regulations to expand access to justice

Are you struggling with debt? Do you have collectors breathing down your neck, threatening to repossess your property and filing lawsuits against you in court? For many Americans facing this dilemma, their options are fairly limited.


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