Your Weekly Lawtomatic Digest
The Appetizer: Sponsors
The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week
When is access to free court records not free? When the federal judiciary decides to charge 10 cents per page to see it on PACER (actual cost: about one half of one ten-thousandth of a cent per page). Why would the government do this if it's slowing down research and, well, preventing the public from accessing publicinformation? Because the policy has resulted in a $145m windfall in recent years, amounting to about 2% of the judiciary's budget. The policy that's created this slush fund is now being challenged in a federal lawsuit. Read up on it here.
How would legal services be delivered if we could start from scratch? A terrific essay by Jordan Furlong.
Law Firm Chief Innovation Officers: Prof. Michele DeStefano (Miami) writes up the "roles, goals, and holes" of the job. A link to the abstract is here (free download to the whole piece is available from that page, too).
Echo Chambers: Bob Ambrogi reviews two very different legal tech events, and notes they're both largely driven by (and at) the same small crowd.
Decision Trees: before teaching a class on decision trees, I posted to Twitter to ask how people were using them in law. The responses were fascinating and valuable (also a testament to Twitter's ability to be authentically useful in some contexts). Thread is here. Of course, if you have other ideas/tools, feel free to add to it.
The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can: you'll never look at your can the same way. Amazing!
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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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