ABA TechShow: Top 10 Sources for Keeping up with Legal Tech

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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:

Legal Tech Link (Winter issue) — Legal Executive Institute

Twitter: @LegalExecutives

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.


Bob Ambrogi’s Law Sites

Twitter: @bobambrogi

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.


Three Geeks and a Law Blog

Twitter: @glambert, @gnawledge, @rmcclead, @dcaseyf, @lihsa

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.


Jordan Furlong’s Law 21

Twitter: @jordan_law21

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.

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Dan Katz’s Computational Law Blog

Twitter: @computational

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.


Ron Friedmann’s Prism Legal blog  

Twitter: @ronfriedmann

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.


Ken Grady and others, SeytLines Blog

Twitter: @LeanLawStrategy

A blog that focuses on process improvement from Seyfarth & Shaw and SeyfarthLean Consulting. Always a good read. Really!


alt.legal: Joe Borstein and Ed Sohn at Above the Law

Twitter: @edsohn80 and @jborstein

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.


Richard Tromans’ Artificial Lawyer

Twitter: @ArtificialLawya

This site offers all things AI: interviews, tech company profiles, law firm and in-house AI news, links and views. Readable and accessible.


Sarah Glassmeyer

Twitter: @sglassmeyer

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.