Courtroom technology aids, starting with the venerable PowerPoint, increasingly have become necessary to hold the attention of juries, writes attorney Matt Lalande. He analyzes trial presentation software with an important caveat about unfamiliar courtrooms: Check out the tech capabilities before the trial.
Newly minted lawyers interviewing for jobs should expect to be asked about legaltech, writes Dan Reed, CEO of UnitedLex. "Digital lawyers set themselves apart by combining legal knowledge with the technological savvy to predict what may happen to that dusty deliverable down the line," he writes.
Software provider Levit & James has added a pay-per-document option to Best Authority, its tool that generates a table of authorities after searching a brief for legal citations. Previously, Best Authority was offered only via a site license based on the size of a firm.
The American Bar Association has gone on record asking courts and lawyers to examine legal and ethical issues related to artificial intelligence. Among the points raised by the resolution are control and oversight of AI at the law firm and vendor level; the transparency of decisions arrived at via AI; and overall ethics and benefits.
Sarah Schaaf, founder and CEO of Headnote, makes a pitch for sending invoices to clients electronically. That way, she notes, "your firm can see if a client visits the invoice three times but has not paid" and can consider offering an installment option.
Fish & Richardson is among firms opting to keep proprietary technology in-house, so the legaltech solutions group has left the IT department and will be run by Beau Mersereau. "We are piloting machine learning to auto-classify documents or incoming mail from the Patent and Trademark Office that will allow us to route mail automatically to the appropriate teams," he says.
Feedback is ideally immediate, positive, specific and development-focused, among 10 tips offered by leadership coach Naphtali Hoff. "People most appreciate feedback that helps them solve problems and improve," Hoff writes.
Special-education teacher Kathryn Nieves writes that middle-school students are often ready to move beyond personal narratives into fiction writing. She suggests five digital tools, including the collaborative writing platform Story Wars, that can help students generate ideas and refine their story ideas as they build their skills.
Four recent studies highlight the effects of increasing money for schools. Some research shows that additional money led to higher test scores and college admissions rates, while another found the greatest benefit was to students from lower-income households.
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