Prof. Richard Susskind on Upgrading Justice

Professor Richard Susskind delivered an address at Harvard Law School earlier this month. His talks on the future of law practice are well-known and we have seen many of his predictions already come true. Thanks to Harvard for posting the video. It would have been even better if the camera operator had panned up to give us a glance at his presentation slides. If you are a lawyer and have never listened to Prof. Susskind, you should take advantage of this opportunity. If you have heard him years ago, he has more data now.


Prof. Richard Susskind on Upgrading Justice

Digital Edge podcast: The Importance of Legal Writing

Does quality writing really make you a better lawyer? On this episode of The Digital Edge, The Importance of Legal Writing, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss legal writing with Gary Kinder, founder of the editing program WordRake. Together, they explore lawyers’ biggest writing errors, why this is important in the  Gary Kinder courtroom, and how writing well can help build a positive reputation for a firm. In their conclusion of the episode, they shift the focus to WordRake itself, expanding on what it is, the cost, and why it’s effective. They even include a treat especially for Digital Edge listeners.

Gary Kinder founded the software company WordRake in 2012. The company’s eponymous software is an automated editing program that suggests changes to improve brevity and clarity.

On a personal note, I write a column, a CLE paper or a book chapter almost every week it seems, and consider myself a fairly accomplished writer. I always get some usable edits and suggestions from WordRake. You probably will, too. Enjoy your “free treat.”

Digital Edge podcast: The Importance of Legal Writing

How to Ethically Use Technology in Your Practice – Free Webinar this week

I am teaching a free webinar on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm CENTRAL time. It is titled: How to Ethically Use Technology in Your Practice

It is sponsored by MyCase. Here is the information:

Keeping client confidences secure in the digital age is not always easy, but it certainly is necessary. It seems like there’s always some new technology tool or gadget that lawyers are told they “have to” use.

Jim Calloway, director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program, will talk about how to ethically use today’s technology and which emerging tools are important for lawyers.

Register for our free 60 minute webinar on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET to learn about:

    Why lawyers cannot ethically avoid using technology tools

    Digital security – It’s your responsibility

    Encryption of email to clients – now required?

    The risks and benefits of cloud computing

    Emerging technology tools that benefit lawyers and their clients

No Oklahoma MCLE credit is offered.

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How to Ethically Use Technology in Your Practice – Free Webinar this week

Automation in Today’s Law Firm

Robot and gavelThe idea for my column, Automation in Today’s Law Firm, came during a holiday evening in the Calloway household, when my spouse and I were setting up several automated tasks, none of which had anything to do with the Internet of Things.

There has been much discussion among futurists and technologists about how robots and artificial intelligence were moving on from taking the jobs of factory workers to threatening knowledge workers, like lawyers. Yet, some law firms have not implemented some simple and easy-to-use automation tools that are available today.

So Automation in Today’s Law Firm is about automation projects you can do today and, that some readers already have incorporated. I end with a few more sophisticated automation tools like IFTTT (If This Then That) and Zapier. These two are not widely in use in the legal profession, but definitely are in use in the legal profession.

Full-blown massive law office automation projects are beyond the scope of the column, but here is some additional reading on automation and artificial intelligence not included in the column:

Benefits and the Climb of Legal Automation by Sarah A. McCromick

Biglaw Automation: Whose Job Goes First? by Michael Allen

How automation is changing the legal profession – an October 2015 roundtable discussion by Gwynne Monahan

How artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession by Julie Sobowale (ABA Journal April 2016 cover story)

Several hundred academic articles are available for free download at Vanderbilt law School’s Artificial Intelligence – Law, Policy, & Ethics eJournal on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Some provocative titles include Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes in Tax Law, Siri-ously 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment , and for Issac Asimov fans, The Three Laws of Robotics in the Age of Big Data. My favorite title (even thought I didn’t read the paper) was Do Driverless Cars Dream of Electric Sheep?

Automation in Today’s Law Firm