Podcast category: Legal Technology

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ATL Converge: The Future of Legal Technology is Already Here

Legal Talk Network host Adriana Linares interviews Adam Nguyen and Ned Gannon, lawyers and co-founders of eBrevia, a company offering technology that facilitates contract review, at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. They discuss how algorithmic predictions of litigation, collaboration tools, and legal billing technology options today represent the future of law. eBrevia automates the contract review process by using machine learning technology in due diligence, contract management, lease abstraction, and document drafting.

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ATL Converge: Public Relations and Communication with John Hellerman

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews John Hellerman, partner at Hellerman Baretz Communications, about law firm public relations and media communication at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. Hellerman discusses the differences between media exposure earned through the attention from mainstream media, paid media through sponsorships or advertisement, and owned media in the form of podcasts, white papers, and blogs. Tune in to hear about how each are important and where your law firm or practice should be focusing its energy. Hellerman Baretz Communications helps their clients identify and communicate with audiences through mainstream media.

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ATL Converge: Media Relations with Joshua Peck

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Joshua Peck about how law firms should interact with the mainstream media at the 2015 Above the Law conference ATL Converge. Peck explains that law firms need to openly and specifically communicate with journalists, victories in litigation, bankruptcy, corporate deals, and general firm advancements. Positive attention from niche legal and major business publications can increase firm reputation and attract the attention of prospective new clients. Joshua Peck is the senior manager of media relations at the Law Firm of Duane Morris and he co-founded Law Firm Media Professionals.

Digital Detectives

The Law of Robotics: Autonomy, Responsibility, and Risk

From self-driving cars and drones to robotic surgeons and soldiers, humans are delegating more tasks to machines and software. But who is responsible when then these new innovations cause damage, injury, or death? Can we trust machines to prioritize preserving human life when accidents inevitably occur? Should we be thinking about sweeping regulations?

In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview The Law of Robots Professor Ed Walters. Together they discuss our robotic world and potential future risks. Can humans keep up, will our laws protect us, and how worried should we be? Tune in to hear insight on these questions plus many more.

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, a legal publisher based in Washington, D.C., with over 800,000 paid subscribers and the most popular smartphone app for lawyers in the last two years. Ed also teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology, at Georgetown University Law Center.

Lunch Hour Legal Marketing

The 21st Century Lawyer: Utilizing Technology Competency as a Marketing Tool

This episode of Lunch Hour Legal Marketing offers an overview of the new skills and competencies that lawyers should have today that they did not need only 20 or 25 years ago, especially with regard to the use of technology. The panelists cover a number of issues, including cybersecurity, internet marketing and investigation, and e-discovery, but will focus most heavily on the Suffolk/Flaherty Legal Technology Audit, which was created to assess lawyers’ ability to use basic law practice technology, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and how that demonstration of technological competence can be used as a marketing tool.

Andrew Perlman presented the webinar on February 25, 2015 at 12pm EST.

Andrew Perlman is a professor at Suffolk University Law School, where he teaches professional responsibility and civil procedure and directs the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation. Andy also created and directs Suffolk’s concentration in Legal Technology and Innovation. The concentration, which is similar to a major, prepares students for 21st century legal employment with specialized courses in important legal innovations and technologies, such as automated document assembly, expert systems, legal project management, process improvement, and virtual lawyering.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

Only the Shadow IT Knows

Hillary Clinton has been all over the news recently for having a personal email server, an action rather ominously referred to as “shadow IT.” Shadow IT is a blanket term for when employees utilize technologies or systems that are not approved by their IT department. This is not often a malicious act, but rather efficient employees attempting to work around the frustrating technology at their workplace. So why is it such a big deal and what can employers do to reduce this practice?

In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell explain why shadow IT happens, discuss implications to the company’s IT and legal departments, and suggest steps employers can take to resolve the prevalence of shadow IT in their own companies (hint: it doesn’t involve more regulations). Kennedy and Mighell describe the different forms of shadow IT that have been used over time, from personal instant messaging before companies introduced accepted ones, to current cloud-based softwares like Basecamp and Dropbox used for project management and collaboration. Mighell even suggests that backing up your email on a home computer can be considered shadow IT due to issues created in data preservation and discovery. Shadow IT causes issues for IT departments, because they can’t control the hardware and software being used, legal departments, because of regulatory issues in electronic discovery, and even human resources departments due to unseeable employee interactions. Tune in to hear what Kennedy and Mighell explain as a relatively simple solution to technology workarounds.

In the second part of this podcast, Kennedy and Mighell discuss which PowerPoint slide transitions lawyers prefer. Can the choice of slide transition really enhance your presentation? Do you have any favorites? As always, stay tuned for Parting Shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.

Special thanks to our sponsor, ServeNow.

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Above The Law Editors Discuss Converge Panels

The 2015 Above the Law Converge conference featured discussions of four current legal topics: privacy, reputation, communication strategy, and emerging technical trends. Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti sits down with the Above the Law editors moderating each panel the day before the conference to talk about why each topic is relevant to today’s lawyers.

The following are moderators and their discussion topics. For the benefit of our listeners, we interviewed the panelists about these legal topics after each panel.

Staci Zaretsky: Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law

David Lat: Pitching the Mainstream Media

Joe Patrice: Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices

Elie Mystal: The Future of Law

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ATL Converge: Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi and Above the Law editor Staci Zaretsky interview Michael Gottlieb, Leeza Garber, Kashmir Hill, and Mary-Rose Papandrea, panelists at the Above the Law Converge conference panel Online Reputation, Privacy, and the Law. Together, they discuss the danger of law firm hacking, trends in the availability of U.S. government information, and the right to be forgotten. Overall, the question remains, is privacy even a thing anymore? Nudity is only briefly brought up.

Michael Gottlieb practices data privacy and cybersecurity issues, government and regulatory litigation, white collar criminal investigations, and enforcement actions at Boies, Schiller, & Flexner LLP.

Leeza Garber is corporate counsel and director of business development at Capsicum Group, LLC.

Kashmir Hill is editor and privacy writer at Fusion, a pop culture and news media outlet.

Mary-Rose Papandrea is a professor at Boston College Law School. Her teaching interests include civil procedure, constitutional law, media law, and national security and civil liberties.

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ATL Converge: Pitching the Mainstream Media

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Above the Law Converge panelists John Hellerman and Casey Sullivan after their discussion in the panel Pitching the Mainstream Media. Ambrogi asks the panel about how lawyers should engage with members of the media, including crafting a pitch and building relationships. Additionally, the panelists discuss the value of a traditional press release and what “mainstream media” means for lawyers today.

John Hellerman is a partner and co-founder of Hellerman Baretz Communications, a corporate PR agency that works directly with law firms.

Casey Sullivan is the editorial director of Biglaw Business, a business of law community website recently launched by Bloomberg.

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ATL Converge: Emerging Technical Trends

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Bob Ambrogi interviews Above the Law Converge panelists Dan Lear, Tasha Cooper, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Lytle, and Joe Patrice about Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices. Together they discuss lawyers blogging and what it means to be “part of the social media conversation.” Additionally, the panelists address the issues of oversharing, setting goals and calculating marketing success, and why every lawyer should be on LinkedIn.

Dan Lear is the director of industry relations for Avvo, an online legal services marketplace.

Tasha Cooper is the president of Upward Action where she does social media training and runs paid advertising campaigns on social media networks for attorneys.

Mike Schmidt is vice-chair of the labor and employment department at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor and a prominent legal blogger.

Ryan Lytle is head of social media and community for Mashable, a news website that provides information and resources about digital innovation.

Joe Patrice “makes jokes about law firms on the internet.” Editor at Above the Law, he moderated the Emerging Technical Trends and Best Practices panel.

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