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Lawtomatic Newsletter Issue, #114

By Gabe Teninbaum

My name is Gabe Teninbaum (on Twitter at @GTeninbaum).  I'm a professor, as well as the Assistant Dean for Innovation, Strategic Initiatives, & Distance Education, at Suffolk Law in Boston. I'm also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project.  My work focuses on legal innovation, technology, and the changing business of law. Every day, I digest tons of content on these topics. The goal of this newsletter is to curate the most interesting, valuable, and thought-provoking of these ideas and share them with you. 

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

  • Richard Tromans on the Innovator's Dilemma in Law: the Artificial Lawyer is one of my favorite blogs to keep up on what's happening in legal innovation. The founder, Richard Tromans, does an enormous number of interviews, product reviews, and updates on industry happenings...but he's also a terrific writer. This piece, applying the late, great Clay Christiansen's "Innovator's Dilemma" model to legal innovation (by which outsiders with big, game-changing new ideas repeatedly displace powerful insiders that are just trying to make incremental improvements) is thought-provoking.

  • Legal Tech Marketplaces Catch Fire: in the past few weeks, I've been interested in several new marketplaces that have emerged (including those launched by Orrick and the LegalTech Hub, both of which I featured in this newsletter) - sites by which consumers can compare legal tech products and features, and make smart purchasing decisions. It's also pretty amazing that these things are proliferating at such a high rate, considering they're a relatively new tool. Bob Ambrogi writes here on the Cambrian Explosion of legal tech marketplaces.

  • ILTA Survey: the International Legal Technology Association has published its annual technology survey results. This year’s Survey was conducted during the first few months of the pandemic, so offers insight into COVID-related technology trends, including the ways that law firms are using remote working tools and cloud-based legal software. At $500 the survey, is not for everyone...but Nicole Black has a really useful summary that highlights some of the most interesting findings here.

  • Increased Email Security on Outlook: I don't deal with a lot of highly sensitive email nowadays, but if I did (say, if I were sending notes that included privileged information, work product, or sensitive financial or medical information), I'd make sure I was using some stronger security tools than Microsoft's built-in package offers. I thought this write-up was useful and rather straightforward in terms of executing the delivery of a secure, private email using Outlook and PGP (hat tip to Zack Glaser, who tweeted about this article).

  • People Prefer One-to-One Legal Tech Training: according to Bloomberg Law’s Legal Technology Survey 2020, technology training is generally quite effective. The exception? Online community training. Although many respondents believe this forum would be beneficial, those who have tried it aren’t particularly impressed. According to the results from the legal tech survey, more than nine out of 10 respondents who receive either in-person or remote one-on-one legal technology training find it effective. Webinars—a form of remote training—are also effective. According to the data, the more personal the training provided, the better the trainee will fare, regardless of whether that attention is in person or remote. These training types allow participants to ask experts questions in real time, boosting understanding of intimidating technical concepts.

  • Tom Whitwell's "52 Things I learned in 2020": not a single one of these well-cited facts isn't fascinating, most of them were also new to me. Read on.

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