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Lawtomatic Newsletter Issue, #153

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 Appetizer: Sponsors

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

  • Legal Tech Legend Interviewed on LawNext: this week's LawNext Podcast is an interview with Jonathan Pyle, who created Docassemble (a free, open-source expert system for guided interviews and document assembly). My colleague at Suffolk Law, David Colarusso, commented that he "can’t think of a single person who has done more for #legaltech than Jonathan." I agree! Check out this discussion.

  • Lawyers Who Stink at Tech Make Life Hard on Everyone: the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require attorneys to achieve and maintain technological competence to be in accord with the ethical standards. Here Jordan Rothman explains why it makes life more difficult for everyone when lawyers fall short of it.

  • SixFifty Helps Ukranians in Need: the legal tech branch of the law firm Wilson Sonsini, SixFifty, just launched a free, automated tool to help Ukrainians living in the United States apply to stay here during the Russian invasion of their country To do so, they automated two otherwise-complex forms in English and Ukrainian that can be used even by those who don't have a lawyer to help them. This isn't the first time SixFifty stepped up to help others. For example, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, SixFifty helped tens of thousands of people to avoid eviction/foreclosure for free through www.hellolandlord.org and www.hellolender.org.

  • LegalDesignSchool.com Looks Amazing: I can't get enough of the website for the soon-to-be-launched legal design course (coming in May, per the site) created by Finnish company Dot. Legal Design. If the content is half as good as the marketing materials, it'll be well worth the price.

  • A2J Isn't Just for Lefties: I think a lot of folks think of Access to Justice as an issue promoted by liberals. And, while plenty of liberals are into A2J, it's *not* the exclusive domain of the left. See, for example, this excellent new opinion piece on the CATO institute blog, arguing that the First Amendment protects companies like Upsolve, which is helping low-income people with debt relief using methods that have lead to claims they're engaging in the unauthorized practice of law (hat tip: Dan Rodriguez).

  • My Retro TVs: if you want some TV-based nostalgia, this is the best site you'll ever find. Gotta go, there's an episode of the A-Team on and then I need to change the channel over to Kurt Loder on MTV.

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