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The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week
An Impending Skills Crisis in Law: the legal industry isn't ready for digital transformation. Mark Cohen explains why, and offers solutions.
Louisiana Ethics Opinion Misses the Mark on Tech Competence: one would think that a Louisiana ethics opinion (pdf) confirming lawyers have a duty to maintain tech competence would be welcome. However, the opinion falls short in important ways, explains Nicole Black. More coverage and critique of the opinion by Bob Ambrogi.
Legal Design Interview: Mike Whalen interviews one of legal ed's most interesting people, Vanderbilt's Cat Moon, on legal design, writing, poetry and much more.
Cost and Confusion: a Bloomberg Law survey reveals about 23% of law offices are using AI; another 24% don't know one way or another if they are. Yikes. If I were to be able to chat with the confused 24%, I'd recommended they start with this piece by Michael Mills, which gives helpful background on the various branches of AI and their uses in legal work. Also, the answer is YES, all law firms (and most Americans) harness AI in our day to day lives, assuming we use things like smart replies in gmail, Siri or Alexa, music or video recommendations on sites like YouTube or Spotify, or by making basic searches on Google (or, close to home for the legal crowd, when searching using proprietary research tools, like Westlaw, Lexis, FastCase or CaseText)
Cooltool Alert: CaseText Smartcite is a clever, low-cost alternative to Shepard's and KeyCite, with features being described on the Law Sites Blog. I've been a long-time fan of CaseText and the team behind it, and have been waiting for/rooting on an alternative research tool that can do the work of WL/Lexis citators at a much lower cost. This seems to be that tool.
Game of Thrones: if you're like me and nearly 20 million others, you watched the GoT series finale this past weekend. If you want more-more-more, I recommend this Vanilla Ice/GoT mashup, or, for a more intellectual analysis, Zeynep Tufekci's Scientific American piece on why many of the show's fans felt season 8 fell short.
It's that time of year for me: the academic year has come to a close, and it's time for me to get a suntan and turn off my computer. There's an off-chance I'll post a special edition or two over the summer but, more likely, you'll next hear from me toward the end of August. Until then, feel free to email me if you have questions, ideas, or would like to say hello.
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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