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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Remote Legal Teams: Getting Started and Making It Work: regardless of whether you want it to happen (I do, for what it's worth), I think we all need to agree that post-pandemic, remote legal teams are going to be more popular than they were before it. That means thinking meaningfully about best practices for creating and sustaining them. This piece by Karla Schlaepfer and Baltasar Cevc in Legal Business World does a terrific job of laying out a blueprint for succeeding.
BYU Sudents Build Tool to Improve Expungement Process: it should come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of law students building legal tech tools that help improve the lives of members of their community. To that end, Law Sites Blog reports that a group at Brigham Young U has created a terrific project to assist with the expungement of criminal records. In recent years, they've had multiple hit projects that have run through their terrific LawX legal design lab, and this is another inspiring example.
Legal Tech Non-Event: Above the Law has posted a series of really good, plain language guides to various areas of legal innovation and technology. They're going to keep releasing content on a regular basis. The releases also link to related stories ATL has run and a podcast encapsulating each week's topic. So far, they've covered Law Practice Management software, Legal Document Management Software, and Contract Management Software. They have guides you can download, and will be releasing more, week-to-week. I really liked this.
Maturing Legal Tech Market Looks to Legal Ops Pros for an Edge: with plenty of VC capital, legal tech companies are now investing in major ways in seasoned legal ops professionals to help them find their way. This article was helpful to me in understanding why so many big names in this field are moving around nowadays to new roles.
How Technology is Changing Auto Accident Law: I don't write a lot about how technology is substantively changing the legal system, but this article is pretty fascinating. Turns out that our cars now have all sorts of sensors and electronics on them that are changing how litigators prove liability in auto cases. From being able to demonstrate a driver was distracted, to having analytics on braking and road conditions, the guesswork of who was behaving negligently in a crash has never been more objective (thanks to Nick Rishwain for Tweeting about this one).
Are all these spheres the same color? I'm not going to tell you the answer, but after you settle on one, read the explanation here, and see if it makes any more sense to your brain after you do so. Hat tip to Kottke.