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

  • Open Notebook experiment: coders share their work on Github for others to see, comment on, and draw ideas from, so why don't researchers in law do likewise with their ideas? I'm giving it a try. My open notebook experiment is here. Feel free to contribute...or create your own open notebook of ideas (and if enough folks do it, I'll volunteer to create a directory or highlight interesting work. Send me a link.).

  • Coding Tenant Rights: it's exciting to see the NY Times covering what amounts to a legal tech project that's doing positive things for NYC residents (also, the projects highlighted are relatively simple - some are examples of what law students or tech-savvy attorneys could build with the right mentoring).

  • Lawyers, Be Curious about Legal Tech: an interview with Kerry Westland, who heads up the legal innovation shop at the international law firm, Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Robot Takeover: Jared Correia interviews Milena Higgins on how automation can improve legal work on the Legal Toolkit podcast.

  • Connecting Smart Contracts to Physical Devices: as someone interested in both smart contracts AND an owner of a few Flic buttons, I really enjoyed this post from the team at

  • Top Podcasts of 2018: if you've followed this newsletter for any length of time, you know that I'm a big fan of podcasts, and Apple just released its "best of" list for 2018. I hadn't heard Bundyville and am starting it now - amazing so far. I've listened to about half the series they named, and agree they're excellent. Enjoy.


About Gabe Teninbaum

Gabe Teninbaum (@GTeninbaum) is a professor at Suffolk Law (with additional affiliations at Yale, Harvard, and MIT) focusing on legal innovation, technology, and the changing business of law.

Every day, he digest tons of content on these topics. The goal of Lawtomatic, his newsletter, is to curate the most interesting, valuable, and thought-provoking of these ideas.

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