Practice Technology

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How one firm is trying to convince technology clients to embrace subscription pricing

When two women discussed starting their own law firm two years ago, the experienced in-house lawyers agreed that they should take a subscription-pricing approach with clients.

Legal vendors have had mixed experiences with virtual conferences amid COVID-19

Vendors say they look forward to the return of conferences with in-person elements, but they advise organizers not to simply revert back to the way they have always done things.

Increasing revenue while cutting down on billable hours? ‘AI for Lawyers’ says it’s possible
As the founders of a company that provides AI-powered contract analysis software, Kira Systems' Noah Waisberg and Alexander Hudek are used to facing skepticism, fear and doubt from attorneys. Will AI steal their jobs? Would using it violate ethics rules? How can it be good for a business model that relies on the billable hour to cut down on the amount of time that it takes to review a contract?
Suit alleges BigLaw firm used LexisNexis product to inflate bills for flat-fee legal research
A corporate litigant disputing the legal bill charged by Squire Patton Boggs has filed a third-party complaint alleging that LexisNexis helped the law firm inflate its fees.
Artificial intelligence has made great inroads, but hasn’t yet increased access to civil justice
50 startup tips to get your practice off the ground

For many, being your own boss is the ultimate dream. But the idea of hanging up your own shingle can be scary and confusing, while others might not know where to start. The ABA Journal asked lawyers, legal professionals, marketers, consultants and other experts what to keep in mind when starting your own practice.

Plenty of options when it comes to litigation fact management software
If you’re a litigation attorney, you know how complicated and fact-laden your cases can be. Because there are often multiple attorneys and firms, large lists of parties, witnesses, experts and hundreds upon thousands of pages of relevant documents, managing a case file on your own can be difficult. Add a legal team to the mix—whether it consists of other attorneys, paralegals, administrative assistants or others—and it can be increasingly challenging to manage a case from start to finish.
AI certification initiatives could prove very useful to legal industry, experts say

Artificial intelligence is supposed to be a countervailing force against human errors and biases. However, AI-enhanced tools are only as good as the data they rely on.

‘60 in 60’ Techshow session features tips to improve video meetings, boost well-being
Fittingly, the first all-virtual ABA Techshow concluded Friday with a “60 in 60” session that highlighted a number of tools and tips lawyers can use to ensure their videoconferencing meetings feature solid audio and video quality.
Navigating website ADA compliance: ‘If you have videos that are not captioned, you’re a sitting duck’

“If you’re not encoding your pictures so that the blind person using a screen reader can understand what the picture is describing, that is a problem,” lawyer Willam Goren said.

Prepared for the future? Here are tips to help avoid disaster

During his Friday panel at the ABA Techshow 2021 titled “Rebooting a Practice: Disaster & Continuity Planning,” attorney Richard Ferguson pointed out that lawyers always have to deal with and plan for disaster, such as data hacks and hurricanes.

Upgrading technology can help lawyers comply with ethics rules
Lawyers seeking to comply with their ethical duties would be wise to upgrade a wide variety of technology services they utilize, attorney Megan Zavieh said during an ABA Techshow 2021 session Friday.
Legal incubator programs are poised for continued growth, Techshow speaker says
Legal incubator programs providing space and support for newly admitted lawyers in exchange for representing underserved clients first gained great traction in the aftermath of the Great Recession, which left many recent law graduates seeking employment alternatives.
Tech competency needs to be taught in law school, associate dean says

“One can’t really understand if they remain in the law school ivory tower what is going on in the legal profession and in the legal technology space,” said April Dawson, an associate dean at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Automated legal reasoning could shape future of digital services
In the next 20 years, digital technology that automates legal reasoning will change how laws are written and could help widen access to justice, an expert predicted Thursday at ABA Techshow.

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