The practice of family law has been affected by clients' internet interactions, particularly on social media, so practitioners should stay atop developments, write New Jersey attorneys Alyssa Engleberg and Michelle Levin. They point out that case law and court rules are years behind and case law provides little guidance.
Instagram is expanding a pilot program that started in Canada and masks "likes" to users in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. The test is a response to mental health concerns regarding the way people feel when viewing the engagement on other profiles.
New York state's Office of Victim Services has expanded a program to connect crime victims with lawyers, extending it from three upstate counties to 26. Users of the website need only specify what county they live in and what kind of advice they seek to get information about nonprofit legal groups.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional is investing in Knowable, a spinoff from Axiom, to create a joint venture for contract analytics. Knowable will remain an independent entity with access to LexisNexis' infrastructure and resources.
Writing an effective article can enhance a law career, and it doesn't have to be in a top journal. A panel hosted by the Legal Marketing Association's chapter in the San Francisco area emphasized five tips for writing, including not being afraid of a niche audience.
Investing in legaltech means "changing individual mindsets, processes, and interactions, and building a culture that fosters change on a continuous basis," writes Clint Crosier of iManage. As associate general counsel, he offers a unique perspective from both sides of the fence.
With law firms entrusted with a daunting amount of personal data from clients, Jordan Fischer of XPAN Law Group analyzes the American Bar Association's standards for safekeeping. "The obligation is one of reasonable efforts," she writes.
As stacks of books disappear from firms, replaced by digitized versions, law librarians are often asked what return on investment they provide. Vishal Agnihotri of Hinshaw & Culbertson suggests a quarterly review of anecdotal evidence as well as ongoing evaluation of legaltech, because "if you can show that 47% of the associates are using [a tool] ... that makes it a bit more real."
HighQ, a collaboration platform that had been part of the Fuse network of international law firm Allen & Overy, has been acquired by Thomson Reuters for an undisclosed amount. The deal "will position us with an open best-in-class platform at the heart of the legal software ecosystem," said Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith.
Bloomberg Law is preparing to join the crowded field of brief-analysis tools and provided a preview at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting. Bob Ambrogi outlines how the artificial intelligence product works; beta testing with clients comes in September.
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