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Your Weekly Lawtomatic Digest

The Appetizer: Sponsors

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

  • How Law Firm Libraries Can Create New Value: I've been fascinated by the work of law firm information professionals since having the good fortune of attending a regional event for law librarians several years ago. More and more, it becomes clear that this segment of the legal community has a powerful opportunity to influence the way legal professionals adopt/use new tools/methods. Ron Friedmann has some terrific thoughts on the topic.

  • Access to Algorithms: a really interesting academic piece (two terms not often connected: "interesting" and "academic piece") by Hannah Bloch-Wehba on using the Freedom of Information Act, and other transparency laws, to figure out just what the government is keeping inside those black box algorithms.

  • Explaining Elevate's Recent Acquisitions: Liam Brown digs beneath the headlines to describe the underlying strategy. Lots to unpack.

  • BYU Law Dean on Law School Innovation: they're up to all sorts of cool stuff in Utah, and Dean Gordon Smith is leading the efforts. Bob Ambrogi's interview is worth listening to.

  • The Reality of Collaboration: Jordan Furlong's take on how firms and law departments can better work together. This piece has a companion post, The Price of Collaboration, which is equally as worth checking out.

  • YKK, meet YCC and YQQ: the global zipper market is worth an estimated $25 billion (with a B) a year, with the firm YKK controlling 40% of it (check your pants collection and you'll see.). Turns out that there are others who want a piece of that sweet, sweet zipper market. This write-up on the industry is pretty fascinating.


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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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