LAW FIRM INNOVATIONS
Clifford Chance Launches Legal Tech Innovation Lab in Singapore
- Clifford Chance has launched an innovation lab, named Create+65, in Singapore. The lab is part of the firm’s Singapore-based Asia Best Delivery and Innovation Hub, which was launched earlier this year. The venture operates in collaboration with the Singapore Academy of Law’s Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP), which encourages legaltech in Singapore. [Yahoo News]
LEGALTECH PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND PARTNERSHIPS
National Grid’s Legal Operation Head Launches Opensource Knowledge Portal
- Mo Ajaz, the Global Head of Legal Operations at National Grid, has launched an opensource network for the legal ecosystem, named LexOpenSource.com, to share learning on the business of law. [Legal IT Insider]
EXPERT PREDICTIONS FOR 2019 ON LEGALTECH
- Andrew Baker, HBR Consulting: There will be more ad hoc data science work that leverages code written in Python or R to draw insights into specific problems, such as litigation-specific issues, real estate-related questions.
- Jodie Baker, Australian Legal Technology Association: There will be a fundamental shift in the way legal data analytics is understood and deployed by legal departments as in-house teams evolve beyond narrowly-defined spend analysis. The surging popularity of legal operations—along with a continued focus on Big Data—will lead company leaders to demand more transparency and visibility on their legal team’s capacity, capability, cost and return.
- David Horrigan, Relativity: By the end of 2019, we will have 40 U.S. states with ethics opinions or rules on attorneys’ duty of technical competence.
- Michele Lange, Workstorm: 2019 will be the year where law firms and legal departments embrace collaboration technology. Messaging, email integration, video conferencing, document management, and screen sharing, collaboration platforms are the future of how legal professionals conduct business.
- Daniel Lewis, Ravel Law: 2019 will be the year of litigation analytics. Adoption of analytics that improves legal research and strategy will accelerate, with an increasing gap in success between those who use analytics and those who don’t.
- Kristin Tyler, Lawclerk: In 2019, we will see the influence of millennials attorneys further accelerate the adoption of technology and create a renewed willingness to integrate new models like freelance lawyers into the workplace—serving as bellwethers of disruption in a traditionally static legal industry. [Legal Tech News]
- Bobbi Basile, HBR Consulting: The focus will shift to the gap between legal hold issuance and data collection. Earlier engagement with custodians—in a transparent, documented and substantiated way—to determine actual relevance will reduce custodians’ hold, phasing and/or targeted collection efforts and may allow an earlier release of some holds.
- David Carns, Casepoint: Firms and legal departments will look for new ways to exploit the power of analytics across the entire e-discovery workflow and across multiple matters to proactively control costs, budget more accurately, litigate more efficiently and generate better legal outcomes.
- Janice Hollman, Relativity: We will continue to see more paralegals and litigation support professionals getting certified—along with increased demand for tech-trained paralegals and lawyers.
- Maureen O’Neill, Consilio: 2019 will be a tipping point for the protection of personal data privacy in legal discovery.
- Anthony Petruzzi, Adrienne Kirshner, and Stephanie Rzepka, Tucker Ellis: We expect to see the threat of ESI platform data breaches move to the forefront in 2019.
- Michael Swarz, Veritone: 2019 will be the year demand for translation of any Electronically Stored Information (ESI) file—text, audio, and video—will balloon to meet increasingly globalized e-discovery & compliance requirements.
- James Whittington, GravityStack: The introduction of a mandatory two-year disclosure pilot scheme in the UK Business and Property Courts from January 2019 will produce significant change that will require parties to conduct e-discovery at a much earlier stage. [Legal Tech News]
LEGALTECH EVENTS AND CONFERENCES
A Preview of ABA TECHSHOW 2019
- The Digital Edge hosts, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway, talks to Lincoln Mead and John Simek, the Co-chairs of the Conference Board to give a preview of ABA Techshow 2019. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Reimagining Innovation in Legal Education
- In a recent podcast, Gabe Teninbaum, a Professor at Suffolk University Law School, discussed why law schools are incorporating initiatives like the Legal Innovation & Technology labs, essential skills that current law students must have, and how law schools will be changing in the next few years. To listen to the podcast, click here.