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By mid-November, federal judges’ 2022 financial disclosure forms should have been available on a public database, but only half the reports were up. Many courts that draw commercial litigation, from New Jersey to the Ninth Circuit, still had many judges missing, and a new type of report, meant to provide real-time snapshots of judges’ major windfalls, can take more than a year to be posted, flouting federal law.
Criminal justice software company FieldWare has acquired workforce management software provider Orion Communications, according to an announcement from the company earlier this week.
Just as a Florida Bar committee is aiming to raise awareness about online threats, a recent data breach in courts in the northwestern part of the state stands as a stark reminder about the need for judicial systems and law firms in the Sunshine State to remain vigilant about preventing cyberattacks.
Thompson Hine LLP announced an expansion to its partnership with legal technology giant Litera Corp. and its software platform Kira, saying Tuesday that it has adopted generative artificial intelligence features for use by its attorneys during contract drafting and review.
Since the 2022 enactment of the Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, litigants can easily determine whether they think a judge should sit out a case on financial grounds. How this plays out in the courtroom, though, isn't always straightforward.
Epiq announced its acquisition of the digital transformation specialist firm Mainspring Consulting Group LLC on Tuesday, saying the deal will expand the legal services company's offerings in contract lifecycle management and migration.
Belgium-based legal services provider LegalFly announced on Tuesday the closing of a €2 million seed fund for the purposes of accelerating product growth and expanding its operations to the U.S.
Major U.S. law firms are steadfast in their commitment to the pursuit of further growth despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Here’s what the leaders of four Leaderboard firms have to say about how the legal industry is preparing for next year.
Follow firms' litigation tracks through federal district courts across the country with our interactive map.
Presenting the 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard — the 100 firms that are besting their peers on measures of prestige, social responsibility and the reach of their legal practice.
These firms are being singled out for their stellar litigation footprint and transactions work. See who's leading the pack in the categories of variety of cases, range of jurisdictions, closing large merger and acquisition deals, and handling registered offerings.
A Colorado attorney has been temporarily suspended after he used "sham" case law citations produced by the artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT in a motion and lied to a judge that an intern produced the errors, according to a state disciplinary ruling.
The Third Circuit has reinstated a lawsuit against Brach Eichler LLC, finding that a New Jersey federal court was wrong to conclude that a dry-solids handling company waited too long to file the action alleging that the firm and others illegally hacked into the business's computers.
Arguing that a broad exclusion expressly prevents a payout, the National Liability & Fire Insurance Co. has told a Connecticut state court judge that it should win a feud over whether a professional liability policy protects an attorney allegedly tricked into wiring real estate closing payments to a hacker.
Attorneys before the Fifth Circuit may soon have to inform the federal appeals court that their documents were not written using generative artificial intelligence programs and, if they were, that they were reviewed by humans for accuracy.
Generative artificial intelligence changes little to the overall quality of legal analysis, yet the speed at which tasks such as contract drafting can be completed increases significantly with AI assistance, a new study from the University of Minnesota Law School found.
Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.
To efficiently manage its information and resources for supporting both lawyers and clients, the international law firm Simmons & Simmons brought in Katja Ullrich-North as a partner and its first director of knowledge management in October.
The American Bar Association is seeking to torpedo a proposed class action over a March data breach, saying allegations that the organization deceived its members are "fatally deficient and implausible," and the attorneys behind the suit can't show any damages stemmed from the breach.
Data privacy and security are the top concerns of senior executives in the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to artificial intelligence technology, according to a recent report by contract management software company Icertis Inc.
Litigation services company Lexitas continued its acquisition spree on Tuesday, announcing the purchase of litigation support provider Evolution Process Service.
Colorado state Judge Juan Villaseñor had been on the bench for only about a year when an attorney in a medical malpractice trial he was presiding over asked him to restrict when the jury could discuss the case.
The Institute for Well-Being in Law on Monday slammed a recent Fifth Circuit decision that found Louisiana State Bar Association social media posts about student debt relief, gay rights and other issues violated the First Amendment rights of attorneys in the state, calling the ruling "shocking and disturbing."
An Illinois federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action against DoNotPay Inc., the self-described "world's first robot lawyer," determining that an Illinois law firm failed to prove any real injury with its claims that the tech company offers unlicensed legal services.
A pair of Carnegie Mellon University faculty members were awarded professorships focused on the ethics of artificial intelligence that were funded by the law firm K&L Gates LLP, marking the second time these professorships have been awarded since their creation in 2018, the university announced last week.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Alternative legal service providers can marry the best attributes of artificial and human intelligence to expedite turnarounds and deliveries for contract review, e-discovery and legal research, says Tariq Hafeez at LegalEase Solutions.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Corporate legal departments looking to implement new technology can avoid hiccups by taking steps to define the underlying business problem and to identify opportunities for process improvements before leaping to the automation stage, say Nadine Ezzie at Ezzie + Co., Kenneth Jones at Xerdict Group and Kathy Zhu at Streamline AI.
A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.
There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.
Tools like ChatGPT can help students studying for the bar exam achieve their two main goals — mastering law concepts and topics, and then successfully applying them to the various question formats on the test — but there are still limitations to this technology, including incorrect answers, says Joseph Wilson at Studicata.