Legal Innovation

Law Librarians: The Hidden Bastions of Data-Driven Innovation

It is not uncommon to hear of venture capital’s hesitancy to invest in legal tech startups. The challenges are many: a long sales cycle, cultural conservatism and entrenched processes to name a few. Within the academic community, we’ve heard a similar reason for not investing in evolving and increasingly important legal tools. A law school […]

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Measuring the Subjective

Abstract This article describes a generalized approach to measuring subjective notions of quality.  It shows how using a particular mathematical framework can yield several beneficial properties.  These properties allow for measurements of complex, subjective notions of value or quality that are intuitive and easily tailored to a particular individual and data set.  This example shows […]

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UPL, Technology, and Access to Justice

I was asked to participate on a panel at the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility’s 2nd UPL School in Chicago on April 17th. The panel topic was “The Users and Abusers: Technology and the Unauthorized Practice of Law“. I’d written a guest blog at MyCase in 2013 called “Using A Document Automation System – Authorized  […]

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Big Law as Legal Fiction and the Lack of Innovation

We often come across the concept of “legal fiction” in law: corporations, survivorship, adoption, real property, etc. In particular, large law firm partnerships are a legal fiction, and the fiction becomes paramount when one views the decision-making processes involved in keeping a firm viable under today’s changing ground rules. Decisions that would be in the […]

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