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Lawtomatic Newsletter Issue, #116

By Gabe Teninbaum

My name is Gabe Teninbaum (on Twitter at @GTeninbaum).  I'm a professor, as well as the Assistant Dean for Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education, at Suffolk Law in Boston. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project.  My work focuses on legal innovation, technology, and the changing business of law. Every day, I digest tons of content on these topics. The goal of this newsletter is to curate the most interesting, valuable, and thought-provoking of these ideas and share them with you. 

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The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week​

  • Justice Tech: one of the most important, and interesting, communities of legal innovators are those involved with "justice tech." This movement has as its goal "to leverage technology to directly scale legal services to the billions of people underserved by the existing market." Felicity Conrad, founder of one of those organizations (Paladin), has created a database of organizations operating in this space to help them build visibility and create community. Check out her write-up, and list, here.

  • Northwestern Law "AI & the Future of Lawyering" event: the team at Northwestern put on a terrific online legal tech event this week and were kind enough to post it to YouTube. Each of the speakers had a short presentation (7-8 minutes) before an engaged Q&A lead by Dan Linna. I miss going to academic events and taking in a bunch of new ideas, and this is about as close as you can get during Covid days. Here's the link.

  • State of the Legal Market: Thomson Reuters and Georgetown’s annual State of the Legal Market is out. One interesting finding is that 84% of law firms plan on increasing their technology budgets this year (hat tip to Nate Schorr and his excellent "Nate's News" newsletter. Lots of interesting legal tech VC investment updates, as well as M&A content. Plus some gems like this one! Sign up, for free, here).

  • What can legal learn from medical when it comes to ethical AI? Margaret Hagan, Director of the Stanford Legal Design Lab, recently invited Dr. Tina Hernandez-Boussard to join her class. Dr. Hernandez-Boussard is a doctor, epidemiologist, and researcher who works on how AI algorithms are being developed and deployed in health cares. Margaret turned her notes into a blog post, describing the challenges of ethical AI in medicine and mapping them on to legal challenges.

  • Internet Access and Legal Tech: Artificial Lawyer has an interesting article on the challenges associated with providing legal tech in areas without reliable internet. Thabo Magubane, a legal tech researcher from South Africa, describes how this challenge is being resolved in Africa.

  • it's rare to be able to eat in a Michelin starred restaurant; rarer still when it's 15 feet under the ocean off of Norway's coast. I'm saving my krona so that when this pandemic ends, I can visit "Under" and check both of those boxes at once. Check out their Instagram feed here and the menu here.



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