ABA Journal: Legal Rebels
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ABA Journal: Legal Rebels


The ABA Journal Legal Rebels Podcast features men and women who are remaking the legal profession and highlights the pioneers who are changing the way law is practiced and setting the standards that will guide the profession in the future.

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Jun 12, 2024

Can generative AI tools make it easier for lawyers to offer pro bono services?

How is generative AI changing the face of pro bono services for lawyers and the clients they serve?

May 22, 2024

Will generative AI (finally) spell the end of the billable hour?

With the advent of generative artificial intelligence tools that can perform tasks in minutes but might take lawyers or legal professionals hours, could we finally see the end of the billable hour?

Apr 17, 2024

The future of DEI programs in the legal industry

The legal professional lacks diversity. In other news, the sun is hot, law school is expensive and junk food is bad for you.

Mar 13, 2024

Could automated transcription tools replace human court reporters?

Transcription technology has existed for a while now, but its accuracy has never been that high. Now, artificial intelligence could make automated transcription even more accurate. As the tech becomes better and...

Feb 7, 2024

Fall in love with legal technology at this year’s ABA Techshow

It’s that time of year again. The ABA’s annual technological showcase—the ABA Techshow 2024—starts Feb. 14 and runs through the weekend in Chicago.

Jan 17, 2024

Want to clear a criminal record? This lawyer has an app for that

In 2022, lawyer Noella Sudbury launched an app called Rasa to provide a quick, cheap and easy solution for people who want a fresh start, automating the process of expungement from start...

Dec 13, 2023

What were the top legal tech stories of 2023?

As 2023 draws to a close, the Legal Rebels Podcast looks at the top stories in legal technology for the year.

Nov 15, 2023

How this lawyer uses TikTok to skewer law firm culture

In the past decade, influencer culture has exploded. However, content creation is not just about Gen Zers and millennials promoting new brands, hot products and lifestyle choices.

Oct 18, 2023

How generative AI is already changing contract review

The potential is there for lawyers to save tons of time when it comes to contract drafting, review and analysis. And as the technology continues to improve, who knows what it might...

Sep 13, 2023

What is the future of remote working in the law firm world?

Is it only a matter of time before we’re back to being physically present in the office at least five times per week? Or will the virtual or hybrid arrangements that have...

Aug 16, 2023

Changing the culture at law firms to promote wellness and mental well-being

Whether it was the idea that stress was just part of the job or that taking time out for your wellness was a sign of weakness, the legal industry has not always...

Jul 19, 2023

How GPT and other large language models could change e-discovery

Large language models such as ChatGPT are all the rage these days. But this isn’t the first time that a promising piece of legal technology upended the legal industry.

Jun 14, 2023

What could AI regulation in the US look like?

In the United States, there has been very little movement toward establishing a regulatory framework at the federal level for artificial intelligence. Why is that?

May 17, 2023

Pre/Dicta takes a radically different approach to predictive analytics than others

In addition to looking at rulings and jurisprudence, Pre/Dicta also examines a judge’s political affiliation, net worth, area of residence, career and other personal and demographic data.

Apr 12, 2023

What the Silicon Valley Bank failure means for our financial institutions

A partner at the Am Law 100 law firm Ballard Spahr talks to the ABA Journal about the Silicon Valley Bank failure and what it means for the larger financial sector.

Mar 22, 2023

How Casetext utilized the latest GPT technology to create an AI legal assistant

The CEO and co-founder of Casetext talks about its AI legal assistant CoCounsel, as well as the potential of advanced chatbots to change the legal industry.

Feb 15, 2023

What to expect from ABA Techshow 2023

The ABA Techshow offers something for everyone. It’s also a way for people to exchange ideas.

Jan 18, 2023

Should lawyers embrace or fear ChatGPT?

Released Nov. 30, ChatGPT, a chatbot created by OpenAI, has made waves in a short amount of time for how responsive, sophisticated and realistic it is.

Dec 14, 2022

Why this BigLaw firm recently started a legal ops division

Shearman & Sterling’s global director of legal operations discusses his group’s objectives, goals, current and future projects and uniqueness in the law firm world.

Nov 9, 2022

It’s a long road ahead for driverless cars, says Fastcase executive

Four years ago, Damien Riehl, like many others, was quite bullish about the future of autonomous vehicles.

Oct 19, 2022

How lawyers can unlock the potential of the metaverse

A partner at a personal injury firm discusses the potential of the metaverse for lawyers and law firms.

Sep 14, 2022

Legal Chatbots: What can and can’t they do?

Chatbots have emerged as a tool with the enormous potential to help bridge the access-to-justice gap. But could they also have an enormous potential for harm?

Aug 17, 2022

Why this BigLaw Firm Adopted a Permanent Work-from-Anywhere Policy for its Lawyers and Staff

As things are opening up again and people are getting back to how they lived before the COVID-19 pandemic, will that spell the end of the remote-work era?

Jul 20, 2022

How technology can improve immigration policy and practice

An immigration lawyer talks about law and policy, as well as the potential of technology to streamline and improve the immigration process.

Jun 15, 2022

Taking on unauthorized practice of law regulations to expand access to justice

A professor talks about New York-based company Upsolve’s lawsuit regarding UPL rules and access-to-justice issues in general.

May 18, 2022

EmotionTrac analyzes facial expressions in real time to help lawyers pick juries, market themselves

A legal tech CEO talks to the ABA Journal’s Victor Li about how EmotionTrac works and how lawyers can use it for their benefit.

Apr 13, 2022

TurnSignl app seeks to provide real-time legal assistance and de-escalation of tension during traffic stops

A legal tech CEO talks about how TurnSignl works; the benefits of using the app for users, lawyers and police officers; and his plans for the future.

Mar 23, 2022

With alternative dispute rising in popularity, this platform aims to help mediators and arbitrators

A lawyer realized that there were limited tech options to assist him in the alternative dispute resolution realm, so he and his wife developed a technology platform for mediators and arbitrators.

Feb 16, 2022

How a social justice innovation lab is developing new types of legal services

“It is a really exciting frontier to be in to be able to look at projects in both the regulatory reform states at once,” says director Stacy Butler.

Jan 19, 2022

How this contracts platform uses AI to help users manage and analyze key documents

“We treat contracting like a loop, where we feel it is really important that you learn from your executed contracts to make your new agreements better,” says Jake Sussman of Evisort.

Dec 15, 2021

How an e-discovery platform has evolved to meet the new challenges facing clients

Everlaw CEO AJ Shankar shares how his company has enhanced its e-discovery offerings.

Nov 17, 2021

How a law prof is training paraprofessionals to represent immigrants in legal proceedings

A law professor discusses the creation and components of the VIISTA program, the diverse backgrounds of students it has attracted so far, and the types of work that the program's initial graduates...

Oct 13, 2021

Why this BigLaw firm is embracing an ‘augmented automation solution’ for clients

David Wang emphasizes that the firm’s lawyers will still have key roles to play in assisting clients with completing their registration statements ahead of planned initial public offerings.

Sep 15, 2021

Why an online legal marketplace has added tech companies and other alternative providers

"We are creating a much more connected ecosystem, so that in-house teams can find the right solution in one place," says Basha Rubin, CEO and co-founder at Priori.

Aug 18, 2021

This online platform aims to help pro se litigants with complex civil cases

Sonja Ebron discusses the build-up to the launch of Courtroom5 in 2017 and breaks down the different ways the platform can assist users.

Jul 21, 2021

How one bankruptcy software company had a banner year despite filings hitting a low

NextChapter’s success last year came in its first full year after being acquired by legal research company FastCase.

Jun 16, 2021

A new evidence management tool aims to help public defenders process video and audio

Two University of Chicago alums and technologists have developed a technology platform known as JusticeText, an AI-powered evidence management tool primarily geared toward public defenders.

May 19, 2021

New AI-powered legal writing tool aims to help lawyers craft winning briefs

A former assistant attorney general has created an AI-powered legal writing tool to help other lawyers craft case-winning briefs in an efficient manner.

Apr 14, 2021

How one firm is trying to convince technology clients to embrace subscription pricing

When two women discussed starting their own law firm two years ago, the experienced in-house lawyers agreed that they should take a subscription-pricing approach with clients.

Mar 17, 2021

Experienced cloud-based law firm thrives during COVID-19, firm co-founder says

“You make a lot more money when you come work for us than you do at a traditional firm,” says Kevin Broyles, a co-founder and managing partner of FisherBroyles.

Feb 10, 2021

Virtual onboarding has provided some unexpected benefits, firm shareholder says

John Van Amsterdam says his law firm has prioritized frequent virtual contacts with new attorneys and staff, generating particularly good feedback from lateral hires.

Jan 13, 2021

Law firms should not rush lateral hiring, due diligence expert says

Michael Ellenhorn, the founder and CEO of Decipher, says law firms would be wise not to quicken the hiring process too much.

Dec 16, 2020

Deloitte is monitoring regulatory reforms but is focused on growing new practice

For now, Don Fancher says Deloitte is focused in the United States on growing the legal business services practice that it launched in July.

Nov 18, 2020

Constant communication has been key amid COVID-19, law school dean says

L. Song Richardson, the dean at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, discusses with the ABA Journal's Lyle Moran how to making remote learning successful during a pandemic.

Oct 14, 2020

Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing

Sherry Cushman, a vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, talks to the ABA Journal's Lyle Moran about law firms and real estate downsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sep 16, 2020

This Louisiana judge continues to innovate during the COVID-19 crisis

Judge Scott Schlegel talks about his initial tactics into delivering justice online and delve into how he and his court responded to COVID-19.

Aug 19, 2020

Bench trial by video? This lawyer says it went better than expected

Kathy Ehrhart discusses the protocols she helped develop for the trial and talk about how the video proceeds went.

Jul 15, 2020

Legal reform advocates need to more actively engage the public

Paula Littlewood discusses the ongoing lawyer re-regulation efforts across the country and Washington State's pioneering limited license legal technician program.

Jun 17, 2020

BigLaw firm’s legal tech subsidiary has launched a steady stream of COVID-19 tools

Kimball Dean Parker talks about SixFifty and how this tool can help your law firm during COVID-19.

May 13, 2020

How hosting a national pandemic summit aided Nebraska courts with its COVID-19 response

Michael G. Heavican, the chief justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court, talks about the National Pandemic Summit that he hosted in May 2019 for court leaders across the country.

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Victor Li is the legal affairs writer for the ABA Journal. Previously he was a reporter for...

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