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The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week
Final Stage Reentry Project: this is a neat academic-legal aid collaborative project to help expunge criminal records. Nearly 1/3 of people have a record - many for minor offenses or for arrests that never lead to any conviction at all. This can create lifelong barriers to jobs and housing. The project, lead by the Harvard A2J Lab, Kansas Legal Services, Neighborhood Legal Services, and Duquesne and Pitt Law Schools, looks to be one of the largest projects yet to fix that.
Why scraping publicly available info online isn't a crime: the Ninth Circuit recently said it's kosher to do automated searches on publicly accessible websites (aka webscraping), even if the website owners say you can't. Jason Tashea explains why this is a murky area of law, and what's at stake...and argues that Congress should act to clarify that it's no crime to scrape websites.
What's a Lawyer Now? A good read from Mark Cohen on law's shift from a practice to a skill, and how this will impact everything from training to hiring to the output of work.
Community.Lawyer: I had Thomas Officer (co-founder of Community Lawyer) to run an exercise using their software. It's not often that I get excited about a specific legal tech tool, but the students immediately took to it, and I got several emails/comments in the halls after class about how impressed they were. It's free to try it, and I recommend you do (nb: I have no affiliation with Community Lawyer, and they're not paying me a dime. I just think it's a cool tool that others should check out).
Linklaters embraces Legal Design: Artificial Lawyer reports that the global law firm, Linklaters, is re-thinking the way it approaches design...starting with offer letters it makes to trainees, and potentially expanding to a design-based approach to contracting in general. An interesting sign of the times that, hopefully, more will embrace. Related side-note: the Stanford Legal Design Lab is hiring, and working with Margaret Hagan would be great for anyone
Moore's Law Visualized: In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors in circuits would double each year for the next decade. In 1975, he revised his prediction to a doubling once every two years. This bar chart visualization shows Moore’s prediction new microprocessors released on the market (link via kottke.org, which is a terrific website and repository of interesting stuff)
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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