CHICAGO — Legal professionals have enough on their plate just keeping up with developments within their own legal specialties. Keeping up with everything that’s happening in legal technology is just another overarching challenge.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of engaging, readable and informative commentary on legal tech. At the risk of excluding some very good sources, I recently presented the following list of sources for keeping up with legal tech in a session entitled Keeping Up with Legal Technology and Innovation in 2017 at this week’s ABA Techshow 2017.
These web-based sources all use Twitter to alert readers to new material; so, if you haven’t started using Twitter, try using these 10 sources as a good starter set of “Follows.” (One caveat: This was delivered to the U.S.-centric audience at the ABA Techshow, and thus doesn’t include some excellent non-U.S. sources. Stay tuned for additional coverage of those!)
In no particular order, the Top 10 are:
Okay, we’ll get the self-promotion out of the way first. Legal Tech Link is our own quarterly recap of essential legal tech news, interviews and events, delivered in an easy-to-read PDF. Legal Executive Institute (you’re reading it) is Thomson Reuters’ flagship source of commentary and analysis on the business of law and the legal industry, including legal tech.
Best source for current, real-life legal tech news of interest to practitioners, Bob Ambrogi’s site offers announcements and product reviews. Ambrogi, a veteran legal journalist, continues to be ahead of his time in focusing on legal tech.
Eclectic legal tech commentary, usually with a point of view. Not afraid to tackle the gnarly issues, comment on the Emperor’s new clothes, or swim against the current, the site is run like a co-op with multiple voices. Regular contributors include Toby Brown, Greg Lambert, Ryan McClead, Casey Flaherty and Sophia Lisa Salazar.
Readable, 30,000-feet view of the legal services industry. Furlong is great at context-setting and conveying the big picture of what’s happening in legal tech, as well as perceiving the direction of the legal services industry.
This is the advanced class. Katz is the new head of The Law Lab at Chicago Kent College of Law. This is the place to go deep on analytics, AI and quantitative methods in law. A little on the wonky side, if that’s your thing; and in addition to his own presentations and articles, Katz offers lots of links to cutting-edge events and articles from other sources.
Friedmann’s blog offers commentary on the intersection of legal practice, business management, technology and alternative legal services delivery. And Friedmann is good at finding the sweet spot that links legal tech and organizational strategy.
A blog that focuses on process improvement from Seyfarth & Shaw and SeyfarthLean Consulting. Always a good read. Really!
Two Thomson Reuters colleagues who bring their best snark to the alt.legal series at Above the Law. Articles feature profiles and interviews about legal tech startups.
This site offers all things AI: interviews, tech company profiles, law firm and in-house AI news, links and views. Readable and accessible.
Lots of info about open legal data issues, legal information and legal innovation. Always subversive and status quo-challenging with occasional salty language.
So there you have it. You may not be at the cutting edge of legal tech yourself, but if you follow these sources you’ll be ahead of most in understanding where that edge lies today.
Are we omitting and must-read sites or blogs? Chime in with your own suggestions in the comments section below.