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Your Weekly Lawtomatic Digest

The Appetizer: Sponsors

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

  • Amazon edges into legal services: hold onto your hats, because Amazon is now selling legal services, reports Above the Law. The company has launched a curated network of IP law firms providing trademark registration services at pre-negotiated rates (insert ominous music).

  • Reading list: two promising legal tech books to add to your shelves: first, the team at Lawyerist has published a Small Firm Roadmap, modeled as a survival guide for the future of law practice. Second, Mike Whelan's new book, Lawyer Forward, is a how to for legal professionals to future-proof their careers.

  • Emerging Roles for Lawyers in Technology: three successful legal techies (Ivy Grey, Debbie Ting, Dominic Crosby) discuss new legal technology-based roles for lawyers at law firms, in-house legal departments and legal technology companies and give advice on how to prepare for them. Nominally, it's aimed at law school students, but it's applicable to anyone looking to land a legal tech job. It's also notable because its content created by ILTA's new law school community, which has some terrific energy around it.

  • New CEO for LegalZoom: John Suh is stepping aside, to be replaced by Daniel Wernikoff, who previously oversaw TurboTax and Quickbooks for Intuit. Given Wernikoff's record and LegalZoom's recent $500m funding infusion, expect even bigger things from LegalZoom in the near future (source: LawSitesBlog).

  • AI Standards Coming: the standard-setting org, IEEE, is developing benchmarks for legal AI applications and seeking to establish order in the market for machine learning tools, including a certification system. The first of these standards is set to be rolled out as early as next year (source: Artificial Lawyer).

  • Glenlivet Tide Pods and Le Creuset R2D2s: it's been a strange week in consumer products, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't considering buying both of these products.


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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