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First all-virtual ABA Techshow emphasized that web conferencing tools are here to stay

Thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the first-ever all-virtual ABA Techshow was held in March. Instead of crowded expo halls, packed conference rooms and in-person networking events, conferencegoers logged on to the Techshow virtual platform and watched live remote talks and panel discussions addressing various issues relating to law and technology.

Artificial intelligence has made great inroads, but hasn’t yet increased access to civil justice

With AI using data to improve customer experience in other industries—from banking and retail to consumer electronics and transportation—can it enhance access to justice in civil court?

BigLaw’s lockstep compensation is declining in order to keep and attract talent

Lateral transfers are nothing new. Like the big leagues, BigLaw seeks to gain powerhouse rainmakers via outsize salary offers. The deals have the added value of draining rivals’ rosters to kneecap the competition. “Understand that these are not ‘all or nothing’ changes,” said John C. Coffee, director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. “But marginal ones to allow the firm to pay more to the highest-grossing partner. Other firms have decided not to change significantly.”

Some lawyers have reinvented themselves to become ‘COVID-19 attorneys’

The coronavirus has affected every aspect of life, from employment to housing to travel to child safety. And while some law firms have closed their doors within the last few months, others are simply adjusting their focus. In fact, some lawyers have switched focus entirely, becoming full-time “COVID attorneys.”

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, law firms are starting to embrace virtual offices—but will it last?

Blame it on the pandemic. Law offices throughout the country are finally tiptoeing into the virtual world. For most professions, this is nothing new: More than half of professionals worked remotely at least half the week before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March.

COVID-19 and a slow economy have forced law firms of all sizes to cut costs

Law firms throughout the United States—and the rest of the world—are dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sluggish economy. Although it’s clear that firms need to focus on cost-saving measures, what’s not so transparent is where the costs should be cut.

Since the pandemic started, contract review software providers have raked in millions in funding

Planners hope all-virtual Techshow 2021 will attract a wider audience

While attendees of ABA Techshow 2021 won’t get to walk through a bustling exhibit hall or dine together at one of Chicago’s many pizzerias or steakhouses, organizers of what will now be an all-virtual gathering because of the coronavirus say they still hope to foster a strong sense of community.

What law firms and legal organizations should consider before creating their own apps

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?

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