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The Main Course: 5 Things That Made Me Think This Week
Big Money is Betting on Legal Transformation: investors have largely been watching from the sidelines when it comes to investment in legal tech...until the past few years. Mark Cohen explains the market conditions that have created this goldrush and what has to happen for the industry to reach its potential.
Utah's Bold Experiment in A2J: this is a terrific interview featuring a Utah Supreme Court justice and a past-president of the state bar association about Utah's substantially loosening regulatory restrictions on lawyers and creating a “regulatory sandbox” to allow a market of non-traditional legal entities to provide legal services in the state.
Contract Platforms Verboten In Germany: a Hamburg bar association has won a court battle that appears to ban automated Q&A expert systems that fill in a contract or other legal document template, reports Artificial Lawyer. The full written judgment of the court has not yet been made public, but in theory, it prevent LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer, and others that use an expert system to complete contracts without a lawyer, from operating in the region.
LSC Awards More than $4m in Grants: it's terrific to read about the initiatives funded by the latest round of technology grants from the Legal Services Corporation, all of which are designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of legal help to low-income Americans.
Suffolk Law Featured in The Future Lawyer: I'm proud to report that the latest issue of The Future Lawyer is entirely devoted to the legal innovation work at Suffolk Law. I hope this isn't perceived as bald-faced self-promotion: there are *a lot* of cool things this community is up to that are worth sharing. Please feel free to reach out if you see an avenue for collaboration based on what you read!
Rare Cheetos: Dozens of “rare Cheetos,” shaped like everything from Donald Trump to a squirrel, are up for sale on eBay. But who’s buying
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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