Should Your Law Firm Set Up Shop In The Metaverse?
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by Bob Ambrogi
4d ago
It has been just over a year since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company was changing its name to Meta, revealing his vision for the future of online interaction. In the wake of that news, it seemed all anyone could talk about was the metaverse, and that extended to the legal industry, and even to law firms forming metaverse offices on virtual reality platforms such as Decentraland. But is the metaverse something that law firms really should be considering? In his article, Should Lawyers Consider Practicing Law in the Metaverse?, Jason Broughton, chief design offic ..read more
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A Bad Week for DoNotPay and Its Robot Lawyer, But It Should Not Reflect on Self-Help Legal Tech
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by Bob Ambrogi
4d ago
So the publicity stunt of the robot lawyer sneaking into court is no more, as Joshua Browder, founder and CEO of the self-help legal site DoNotPay, yesterday pulled the plug on the prank, saying he had received threats from bar officials of prosecution and even imprisonment. That news followed a scathing series of tweets by a woman who tried out several of DoNotPay’s self-help tools, only to conclude that they were effectively smoke and mirrors, in some cases getting the law wrong, in others failing even to deliver the promised product. On February 22nd at 1.30PM, history will be made. For t ..read more
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Now You Can Have A Conversation with Your Contracts Using Agiloft’s New ConvoAI Chat Feature
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by Bob Ambrogi
5d ago
Admit it: You’ve always wanted to have a conversation with your contracts. Well, now you can, thanks to ConvoAI, a feature introduced today by Agiloft, the contract lifecycle management company, during its Agiloft Summit 23 conference for users and partners in Las Vegas. The feature lets users interact with contracts in a chat-like interface, asking questions in natural language to more easily find details in their contracts. It is designed to be used by anyone within an organization, not just legal or contract professionals, Agiloft says, and can be accessed either from within Agiloft’s CLM ..read more
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New GPT-Based Chat App from LawDroid Is A Lawyer’s ‘Copilot’ for Research, Drafting, Brainstorming and More
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by Bob Ambrogi
5d ago
A new tool soon to be released by the no-code bot development company LawDroid uses the artificial intelligence of GPT-3.5 to serve as a lawyer’s virtual legal assistant, able to help with researching legal issues, drafting emails and letters, summarizing documents, brainstorming blog ideas, and even just conversational chatting. Called LawDroid Copilot, it is currently available only by request on an early-access basis, but will be generally available later this year. Unlike LawDroid’s other product, Builder, a no-code development platform law firms can use to build chat bots, Copilot is an ..read more
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On LawNext Podcast: As ALSP Axiom Opens A Law Firm in Arizona, Its Chief Strategy and Legal Officer Catherine Kemnitz Shares Details
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by Bob Ambrogi
6d ago
Axiom, a company that is one of the longest-running alternative legal services providers, this week stepped into the world of regulated legal services as it formally launched Axiom Advice & Counsel, an Arizona law firm. The move was enabled by the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision last May to grant Axiom a license as an alternative business structure.  That follows from Arizona’s historic decision in 2020 to become the first U.S. state to eliminate the ban on non-lawyer ownership of law firms – a development we’ve discussed several times on this podcast, including when our guest was ..read more
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Time to Vote! Pick the 15 Finalists to Compete At Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2023
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by Bob Ambrogi
1w ago
Help pick the 15 legal tech startups that will get to compete at the seventh-annual Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW 2023. Your votes determine the 15 companies selected to face off in a live pitch competition that will be the opening-night event of this year’s TECHSHOW, which is March 1-4 in Chicago. They also get to exhibit in a special Startup Alley portion of the exhibit hall. Below are summaries of the semifinalists. Each summary links to more-detailed information provided by each startup in its application. Once you have reviewed them, you can FIND THE BALLOT HERE. DEADLINE FOR VOTING IS F ..read more
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Major E-Discovery News, As Exterro, Eyeing IPO, Acquires Zapproved for Undisclosed Amount
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by Bob Ambrogi
1w ago
Among the things the two e-discovery companies Exterro and Zapproved have in common is that they were both founded in the same year, 2008, and in the same city, Portland, Ore. Now they have something else in common, as they announce today that Exterro has acquired Zapproved. While the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Exterro said that the acquisition accelerates its mission to empower its customers “to proactively and defensibly manage their legal governance, risk and compliance (GRC) obligations.” Monica Enand For Zapproved, the deal represents a major exit for a lega ..read more
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On LawNext Podcast: LexFusion’s Joe Borstein and Casey Flaherty on the 2022 Legal Market in Review
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by Bob Ambrogi
1w ago
Over the course of 2022, the principals of LexFusion conferred with 435 law departments and 250 law firms. Why? Simply put, because that is what the company does. It is a go-to-market company that defines its purpose as “to grease the gears of commerce and rapidly increase the adoption of legal innovation.” On behalf of a group of curated legal innovation companies, it works with legal departments and law firms to help them understand how innovative products can benefit them. As a result of those conversations, they came out of 2022 with a unique perspective on the legal market. In a recent ..read more
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XIRA Upgrades Its Marketplace/Practice Management Platform for Solos and Eliminates Booking Fees
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by Bob Ambrogi
1w ago
XIRA, a platform for solo attorneys to get clients and manage their law practices, is introducing a variety of upgrades to its platform as well as changes to its pricing that includes elimination of booking fees for new clients and new subscription fees for its practice management platform. I first wrote about XIRA in November 2020, not long after it launched with the dual goals of making it easier for clients to find the right lawyer and providing lawyers with free practice management software to help reduce their cost of providing legal services. A month later, XIRA launched GAVEL, a c ..read more
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Following Pre/Dicta’s Acquisition of Gavelytics, The Two Companies’ CEO Discuss What The Deal Means for Legal Analytics
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by Bob Ambrogi
2w ago
Earlier this week, I reported here that the litigation analytics company Gavelytics, which shut down operations in June, has been acquired by a relative newcomer to the legal analytics space, Pre/Dicta, which launched its product in July after two years of development. Yesterday, I met via Zoom with the CEOs of the two companies, Dan Rabinowitz of Pre/Dicta and Rick Merrill of Gavelytics, to learn more about what led to the deal and what it might mean for the field of litigation analytics. What follows is a transcript of that conversation, which I have condensed and edited for style and conti ..read more
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