Business of Law

678 ABA Journal Business of Law articles.

Since the pandemic started, contract review software providers have raked in millions in funding
What law firms and legal organizations should consider before creating their own apps
Planners hope all-virtual Techshow 2021 will attract a wider audience
National security lawyers say Russia is ramping up attacks on the American judiciary—and meeting resistance

“I think their clearest objective is to convince people that our institutions, including our justice system, are irrevocably broken,” says Suzanne Spaulding, senior adviser for homeland security and director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

How do you make your workplace culture into one that will be embraced?

Winning cases and helping clients is crucial to a profitable law firm. But there’s another piece of the puzzle that’s often neglected: company culture.

Will court reporting undergo a pandemic shift?

The need for social distancing has forced every industry to rethink how it operates and seek creative ways to conduct business. Obviously, the courts provide an essential service, but COVID-19 may have dealt a huge blow to court reporters as court systems reconsider how they conduct proceedings that previously required people to gather together in close quarters.

Not all litigation analytics products are created equal

Litigation software is expected to deliver accurate and comprehensive results, but the outcome isn’t always as clear cut.

Law firms are staffing up on bankruptcy lawyers in anticipation of a post-COVID-19 boom

A lot remains unknown about our post-coronavirus future, but an onslaught of commercial bankruptcies seems inescapable—and law firms are taking a hard look at their bankruptcy and restructuring practice groups in anticipation of increased demand.

Would a government-backed social credit scoring system like China’s ever fly in the US?
Awards are great marketing tools, but they’re not all created equal

Lucy Davis of Davis Law Group in Seattle is not an attorney. In fact, she is ineligible to sit for the bar. That’s because she’s a poodle. Nevertheless, that didn’t prevent her from being honored as a Lawyer of Distinction in the personal injury field in 2017.

Some lawyers have baked their political views into their firms’ DNA

It’s long been acknowledged that politics should be a topic avoided on dates, at family gatherings and at work. But for some attorneys, being political has become part of their business model.

ABA Techshow 2020 adopted a holistic approach to law
Gunshot detection technology company voluntarily submitted itself for an audit after privacy concerns

Believing concerns that its microphones could allow for eavesdropping on private conversations were largely because of a misunderstanding of the product, ShotSpotter did something radical: It opened itself up to an independent privacy audit conducted by the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.

Facebook’s woes may have driven big firms away, but small firms and solos still see it as a great way to advertise
Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras may help deter package thefts, but critics worry about overreach

According to the New York Times, more than 90,000 packages a day are stolen or disappear without explanation in New York City alone, up about 20% from four years ago.

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