March, 2023

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The Strange Case of the Two Legal AI Companies Named Harvey, and their Coincidental Connection to Winston

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Wait, are there now two legal AI companies named Harvey? And how is it they both involve a Winston? And why did one disappear overnight? It’s a legal tech mystery. Last November, a GPT-powered legal AI startup called Harvey came out of stealth mode , revealing it had raised $5 million in funding led by the startup fund of OpenAI, the developer of GPT.

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FAQs on Chat GPT for Solo and Small Law Firms

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In the past three months since the November 30, 2023 release of ChatGPT, I’ve seen all kinds of misconceptions about the technology from how it works to whether reliance on it could trigger copyright liability or penalties in Google search engine ranking. Part of the misunderstanding arises from reliance on outdated material – the tech… The post FAQs on Chat GPT for Solo and Small Law Firms appeared first on My Shingle.

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GPT Takes the Bar Exam Again; This Time It Scores Among Top 10% of Test Takers

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Remember earlier this year when two legal scholars and scientists had GPT 3.5 take the multiple-choice portion of the bar exam and it failed to pass? Well, the second time’s a charm, as GPT has now passed not only the multiple-choice portion, but also the essay portion, and scored around the top 10% of test takers. Only this time, it was the just-released GPT-4 taking the exam, the latest AI model from OpenAI that the company says “exhibits human-level performance on various professi

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Top Law Firm Website Design Trends for 2023

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How can your website remain relevant and stand out from the competition? Karin Conroy points to the biggest law firm website design trends of the year. The post Top Law Firm Website Design Trends for 2023 appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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Human rights organizations urge UN to keep mandate of body investigating Tigray conflict

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A group of 60 civil and human rights organizations Tuesday urged the United Nations to oppose Ethiopia’s request to end the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE), the body tasked with investigating human rights abuses in the Ethiopia-Tigray conflict. The organizations, led by Human Rights Watch (HRW), cited Ethiopians’ lack of faith in official institutions as an incentive to keep ICHREE as the country grapples with the conflict.

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Biglaw Firm Conducts Layoffs, Citing ‘Shifting Market Dynamics’

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Layoffs continue among even the most successful Biglaw firms. The post Biglaw Firm Conducts Layoffs, Citing ‘Shifting Market Dynamics’ appeared first on Above the Law.

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The ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: What Happens Now?

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Photo by Mathias Reding on Unsplash Climate change litigation has finally reached the world’s highest court. On March 29, 2023, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the obligations of States with respect to climate change. The UNGA adopted resolution (A/77/L.58) by consensus.

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So This Happened … And For Once I Had No Words

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As the person who plans and emcees the Startup Alley pitch competition at ABA TECHSHOW, I was pretty sure that I knew how the 90 minutes would unfold when the event kicked off TECHSHOW in Chicago last week. But in the final moments, after the pitches were done and just as I had invited the audience to cast their votes for the winning startup, I was thrown for a loop.

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Justices appear divided over Navajo Nation’s water rights

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Share What water the United States owes the Navajo Nation under the 1868 Treaty of Bosque Redondo formed the crux of the argument in Arizona v. Navajo Nation. The treaty, known by the Navajo people as the Naal Tsoos Sani , or the Old Paper, established the Navajo Reservation as a “permanent home” for the Nation. The justices on Monday wrestled with the scope of the government’s responsibility to ensure that the reserved land has enough water.

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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US Supreme Court rules against Delaware in $400M interstate unclaimed property dispute

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The US Supreme Court Tuesday released a unanimous opinion holding that certain abandoned financial instruments that are similar to money orders may be recovered by the state in which they were purchased. In Delaware v. Pennsylvania , the court ruled that these abandoned financial instruments, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, fell under the definition of “money order” in the Disposition of Abandoned Money Orders and Travelers Checks Act of 1974 (Federal Disposition Act or FDA),

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Ready to Lawnch? The Law Firm StartUp AI-ccelerator Is Coming Soon!

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Hey there, Law Firm Owners, Innovators, Dreamers & Schemers! Are you ready to transform the legal landscape and jumpstart your very own law firm in just SIX weeks? Say hello to the Law Firm StartUp AI-ccelerator, the groundbreaking program that can help you make the leap. Gone are the days of going solo without support.… The post Ready to Lawnch?

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New York Judge Fired After His Pornographic OnlyFans Side Hustle Is Revealed

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He's been showing fans his 'body of evidence' for years on OnlyFans. The post New York Judge Fired After His Pornographic OnlyFans Side Hustle Is Revealed appeared first on Above the Law.

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Publicly Traded International Patent Firms

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by Dennis Crouch In October 2022, Canada’s largest intellectual property firm became a publicly traded entity. Smart & Biggar , a firm that includes 100+ Canadian patent attorneys and agents (most of whom are also registered with the USPTO) was purchased by the Australian company IPH Limited. The holding company trades on the Australian stock exchange with a market valuation of $1.8 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion USD).

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Here Are the Winners Of ABA TECHSHOW Startup Alley

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ABA TECHSHOW kicked off in Chicago last week with its traditional opening event, the Startup Alley pitch competition, in which 15 legal tech startups present three-minute pitches in pursuit of top honors. The winners of the competition (which I organize and emcee) are selected by popular vote of those in attendance in the audience, which votes registered via an app.

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New York City Advocates and Legislators Push To End ‘Predatory Court Fees’

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Advocates and legislators gathered outside of a supermarket in Brooklyn last week, rallying behind the End Predatory Court Fees Act, a piece of Albany legislation aimed at eliminating New York court surcharges and fees including mandatory minimum fines, incarceration on the basis of unpaid fines and fees and garnishment of commissary accounts. “In grocery stores like this one across the state, food prices are surging by an average of 10 percent,” Peggy Herrera, a community leader with the Center

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Dépêche canadienne: enjeux, défis, et victoires de la francophonie canadienne

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In honor of the International Day of Francophonie, this dispatch is published first in French. An English translation is available here. Lisez l’entrevue complète ici. En l’honneur de la journée internationale de la francophonie, j’ai eu le privilège d’interviewer le professeur François Larocque , professeur titulaire en droit linguistique à la faculté de droit de l’université d’Ottawa dans le programme de common law en français, dans lequel je suis élève de deuxième année.

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Big Law Still Isn’t Big Enough for Women Who Want to Make It Big

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Six and a half years after arguing that women’s success in legal doesn’t matter if they don’t work at Biglaw, Vivia Chen is back with this interview with Beth Wilkinson, who left biglaw at Paul Hastings back in 2016 to launch her own firm. Reading the interview, you can tell that Chen still doesn’t get… The post Big Law Still Isn’t Big Enough for Women Who Want to Make It Big appeared first on My Shingle.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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New York Agrees To Pay Out Millions Because The NYPD Got Caught Brutalizing People. Again.

Above The Law

Breaking the law is one thing, but for guardians to break the law undermines the concept of legality as such. The post New York Agrees To Pay Out Millions Because The NYPD Got Caught Brutalizing People. Again. appeared first on Above the Law.

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Does the federal law that prohibits encouraging or inducing unlawful immigration violate the First Amendment?

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Share For four years, Helaman Hansen falsely promised undocumented immigrants that they could, for a substantial fee, become U.S. citizens through “adult adoption.” Although Hansen persuaded more than 450 people to pay him for his services, the program was a ruse that would not lead to citizenship. On Monday, in United States v. Hansen , the Supreme Court will consider whether 8 U.S.C. §1324(a)(1)(iv) , the federal law that criminalizes “encouraging or inducing unlawful immigration,” violates th

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Are Drill Bits Now Abstract Ideas Too?

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The following is a really wonderful Guest Post from UC San Francisco Law School Professor Jeffrey Lefstin focusing on a recent ITC decision finding a claimed drill bit abstract because of its functional limitations. by Jeffrey Lefstin Not too long after the Supreme Court decided Mayo v. Prometheus , I wrote an article suggesting, based on some of the history that followed Funk Brothers , that patents on ordinary industrial processes and compositions could become ineligible in Mayo ’s wake.

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This Was Not Your Grandparents’ ABA TECHSHOW

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At ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago last week, it struck me that it is conceivable that an attendee could be the third generation within a family to have been to a TECHSHOW. After all, the conference was first held nearly four decades ago, way back in in 1987. That means that, in a multi-generational family of lawyers, an attendee this year could well have had a parent and grandparent attend in some prior year.

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Dangers of Digital "Reporting": Legal Risks and Unreliable Transcripts

In the world of legal proceedings, the choice between a certified stenographer and digital "reporting" holds significant implications. Certified stenographers go through rigorous training and testing and stand as the gold standard for accuracy in capturing every word. Their expertise ensures a reliable record, a crucial foundation for legal cases.

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Report indicates 36% increase in antisemitic incidences in the US from 2021 to 2022

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Wednesday released statistics demonstrating 3,697 antisemitic incidents in the US during 2022, a 36 percent increase from the 2,717 incidents recorded in 2021. This is the third year in five years that the number of antisemitic incidents has been higher than the year previous, save for a slight dip in 2020 during stay-at-home orders for COVID. 2022 saw an average of seven antisemitic incidences a day.

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Protecting Client Trust Accounts When Banks Collapse

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As if lawyers didn’t already have enough to worry about when it comes to protecting client trust accounts, add bank solvency to the list. As the recent meltdowns of the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank remind lawyers, even a bank may not always be a secure repository for client funds. Lawyers Should Understand the… The post Protecting Client Trust Accounts When Banks Collapse appeared first on My Shingle.

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Formal Complaint Lodged Against Federal Judge For Handcuffing Crying 13-Year-Old Girl

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Ninth Circuit announces that it's going to have a look at judges traumatizing children. The post Formal Complaint Lodged Against Federal Judge For Handcuffing Crying 13-Year-Old Girl appeared first on Above the Law.

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As drought persists in the west, justices to consider Navajo Nation’s rights to Colorado River

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Share Thirty percent of Navajo Nation citizens have no running water. Navajos use 8-10 gallons of water a day, about a tenth of what the average American uses. Meanwhile, the water level at Lake Powell, the massive reservoir created by the Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah-Arizona border, is at historic lows, threatening its ability to generate power. The federal government has ordered the seven Colorado River states to reduce their water usage by one-fifth.

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Optimizing Contract Management and Enhancing Team Collaboration: Insights from a Legal Operations Perspective

Speaker: Adina Marta Newman

Learn about a world of effective contract management and seamless teamwork across departments in this upcoming webinar from Cobblestone Software. You'll discover practical strategies and tips that legal professionals can use to streamline contract processes and enhance collaboration, making significant impact across legal and corporate departments. Join us as we show how you can supercharge contract processes, improve team communication, and take your contributions to the next level.