May, 2021

No-Code Legal Automation Startup Josef Raises $2.5M

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Josef , an Australia-based, no-code software platform that enables legal professionals to automate common tasks, has raised $2.5 million. The funding round was led by Australian venture firm Carthona Capital , with participation from U.S. investors, including The LegalTech Fund.

@thetrichordist: Will the Copyright Royalty Board Leave Songwriters In the Deep Freeze?

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[Editor Charlie sez: This post first appeared in The Trichordist.]. In case you haven’t noticed, songwriter mechanical royalty rates are about to be set again at a faraway Congressional operation called the Copyright Royalty Board.

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Livingstone on Equal Treatment and the Free Speech Clause @Yale

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Spencer G. Livingstone, Yale University, has published Equal Treatment and the Free Speech Clause. Here is the abstract. The traditional Free Speech Clause burden is a law that directly impedes speech interests and that courts can remedy through invalidation.

White Privilege ALERT: Texas Man Loses It On Protesters

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Copyright Royalty Board Decision on Webcasting Royalties Expected by June 14 – What Will the Streaming Rates for 2021-2025 Be?

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The Copyright Royalty Board decision on the rates to be paid in the next 5 years by webcasters , including broadcasters who simulcast their programming on the internet, to SoundExchange for the digital public performance of sound recordings is supposed to be released by June 14.

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LawNext: How Law Schools Should Teach Tech, With April Dawson

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There is broad agreement that if law schools are to adequately train students for careers in law, then technology is a critical part of the curriculum. Despite this, many law schools get a failing grade when it comes to teaching tech. So how, exactly, should law schools teach tech?

Pro Bono Net and Legal Aid Groups Partner To Launch Eviction Resource For N.Y. Tenants

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At a time when many are predicting a tsunami of eviction cases resulting from the pandemic, the organization Pro Bono Net , in collaboration with several legal aid organizations, has launched TenantHelpNY.org , an online resource designed to help tenants in New York understand their housing rights.

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Survey: 92% Of Firms Say They Were Prepared For Full-Scale Remote Work

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Ninety-two percent of law firms worldwide say they were completely or somewhat prepared for full-scale remote work at the pandemic’s onset, a survey released this morning finds.

Survey Reveals The New Face of Law Firm Marketing: Zoom Meetings and Digital Content

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COVID was not kind to law firm marketing and business development, with two-thirds of firms reporting that business development was more difficult in 2020, and the overwhelming majority of firms pivoting their marketing strategies, turning from live conferences and face-to-face meetings to social media, email alerts and Zoom.

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Arizona Licenses First Three Alternative Business Structures for Delivering Legal Services

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The Arizona Supreme Court has approved the first three entities to be licensed as alternative business structures, enabling businesses owned by non-lawyers to deliver legal services under the liberalized licensing rules the court approved last August.

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Must Watch: Björn Ulvaeus Emerges as a Leader for Songwriters (@CISACNews)

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You’ve probably heard of the “song economy” or what is sometimes called the “singles economy.” ” Here’s an anecdote to help explain what that means. I asked a 15 year old to name her favorite artist and she did.

Trying Out My Trial Skills In A New Virtual Reality Courtroom

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“Ok, we are on the record. Please proceed. Counsel?”. The balding, stern-faced judge stares down at me from his bench, framed by flags to either side of him, a judicial seal on the wall behind him.

Exclusive: Bill4Time Launches Fully Integrated Electronic Payments

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The pandemic has made it more essential than ever before for law firms to accept electronic payments. Clients who now pay everything else online have no appetite for lawyers who require paper payments.

Utah Sandbox OKs Two Programs Enabling Non-Lawyers To Give Legal Advice On Medical Debt

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Two non-profit pilot programs won approval this week under Utah’s regulatory sandbox to provide non-lawyer legal assistance to individuals with medical debt.

A ‘Next-Generation’ Product for Researching Corporate Counsel

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For lawyers looking to build their books of business, there is gold to be found in the biographies of corporate counsel. A shared law school or employment connection from the past can mean a foot in the door today.

The Lawyers of Substack

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This week, David Lat, who founded the blog Above the Law in 2006, and who earlier, in 2004, started the anonymous blog Underneath Their Robes , and who left blogging two years ago to take a job as a legal recruiter, is returning to writing as a full-time livelihood.

Vacca and Bartow on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Copyright Jurisprudence @RyanVacca @profabartow

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Ryan G. Vacca, University of New Hampshire School of Law, and Ann Bartow, Franklin Pierce Center for IP at UNH Law, are published Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Copyright Jurisprudence in volume 22 of the Nevada Law Journal (2022). Here is the

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With Faith in Their Hearts

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The Final Formation: U.S. Forces Cemetary, Normandy, France. “And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms.

ICYMI: Here is Legaltech Week for 5.21.21

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If you missed Friday’s Legaltech Week review of the top stories in legal technology and innovation, here are the video and audio recordings.

From Court Reporting to Video to Exhibits, An All-in-One Virtual Deposition Solution Launches

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Will remote depositions disappear as legal professionals emerge from the pandemic?

Nominations Open for 2021 American Legal Technology Awards

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Nominations open today for the second annual American Legal Technology Awards , a competition launched last year to honor exceptional achievements in legal technology.

Eversheds and Fastcase Launch Data Analytics Tool To Assess Spoliation Risk

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One of the riskiest aspects of litigation practice is spoliation — the destruction or alteration of evidence — which can carry costly sanctions for both lawyers and their clients.

A Conversation with David Colarusso, Director of Suffolk Law’s LIT Lab

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David Colarusso , director of the Legal Innovation & Technology Lab at Suffolk Law School in Boston, recently joined me for an episode of my Law Insights program on Litera TV.

Onit Unveils InvoiceAI, Artificial Intelligence for Legal Invoice Review

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Onit , the Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for corporations and corporate legal departments, is today introducing InvoiceAI, an artificial intelligence product for first-pass invoice review.

Add-On To Agiloft’s CRM Platform Manages Sourcing and Suppliers

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The contract lifecycle management company Agiloft today released an add-on module for companies to manage sourcing and supplier information, with the goal of reducing sourcing cycle time, automating supplier onboarding, and monitoring ongoing compliance.

Private Equity Firm Acquires NetDocuments

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The private equity firm Warburg Pincus has acquired NetDocuments , one of the leading cloud-based document management systems used by law firms and corporate legal departments, according to a report this morning by Legal IT Insider.

Intapp Says It Will Acquire Content Management Company Repstor

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Intapp , a major provider of cloud-based business applications for larger law firms and financial services firms, said today it has signed an agreement to acquire Repstor , creator of Microsoft 365-based enterprise content management and team collaboration tools.

NetDocuments CEO Josh Baxter Discusses Warburg Pincus Investment

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Yesterday, NetDocuments , the leading cloud-based document management systems used by law firms and corporate legal departments, announced that global private equity firm Warburg Pincus had acquired the stake in the company previously owned by PE firm Clearlake Capital Group.

New Epiq Offering Jumpstarts AI Use in Discovery and Investigations

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In e-discovery and investigations, time is often of the essence.

Discovery Company Relativity Acquires Text IQ, Whose AI IDs Sensitive Data

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At a time when corporations face increasing risk for the sensitive data they collect and control, their ability to identify and protect that data is critical. Enabling that is the focus of Text IQ, which uses AI to find and protect sensitive enterprise data for privacy, legal and compliance purposes.

LawNext: How One Company Aims to Change the Paradigm for Law Practice Management

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One of the most dynamic areas of legal tech right now is practice management, which has seen a surge of investments and acquisitions over the past year.

Alt Legal Partners with CompuMark to Expand Its Global Trademark Coverage

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Featured Resource: How To Build A Virtual Law Firm (And Why You Should)

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As more and more legal professionals do their work from home and on the road, the high overhead and inflexibility of traditional office models become less and less appealing. Enter the virtual law firm: an alternative practice model that opens up new possibilities for law firms and their clients.

Report: Law Firms that Adopt E-Payments See Speedier Collections, Increased Revenues

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Not surprisingly, the pandemic drove greater use of electronic payments across all industries, with the volume of electronic payments up 11.2 % in the first quarter of 2021 over the prior year.

Performer Payments for NFTs

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German Notgeld Notes. Well, it’s happened again. The Internet has spoken—all extra cash is going to be devoted to curing cancer, distributing COVID vaccinations, world peace, child health and…oh, no wait. It’s going to be devoted to NFTs and getting rich on the latest bubble.

Horder on Online Free Speech and the Suppression of False Political Claims

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Jeremy Horder, London School of Economics, Department of Law, is publishing Online Free Speech and the Suppression of False Political Claims in the 2021 volume of the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law. Here is the abstract. This article

Wednesday: Tromans, Torpe and Me on the Past, Present and Future of #Legaltech

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Did the legal tech movement begin in the 1970s? What is causing the current boom in legal tech? And what will happen once the pandemic is over?