Legal Technology

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Can Big Data Increase Access to Justice?

We have talked about how legal tech often focuses on the wrong problems and that one of the things we should be doing is working to better access and wrangle big data. We have also discussed, again and again and again, how to close the access to justice gap. One legal aid organization in Maryland – the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers […]

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Get Free Storage When You Check Your Google Security Settings

It’s Safer Internet Day (apparentlyt) and Google is once again offering 2GB of extra Google Drive storage as incentive to do its free security checkup. The checkup itself is stuff you should check regularly anyway, so the extra Google Drive storage is just a nice perk. Unfortunately, this is only for personal Google accounts, which […]

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Podcast #54: Open Access to Law, with Sarah Glassmeyer & Ed Walters

Sarah Glassmeyer is trying to get to the bottom of open access to law, and Ed Walters is trying to build a company based on access to that law. Both share their frustrations and wishes for open access on today’s podcast. Plus, lawyers are terrible at client intake. News at 11. Law-Firm Intake: Lawyers Dropping […]

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Legal Cloud Computing Association Releases Security Standards

How do you know whether your cloud software is sufficiently secure to meet your obligation to protect your clients’ information? Right now, there is no easy answer. You just have to educate yourself and then make up your own mind. That could change as a result of the draft security standards that the Legal Cloud […]

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New Survival Guide: How to Set Up Your New Windows Computer

A brand-new Windows PC, fully updated and unsullied by crapware, is a wonderful thing. Sadly, very few people ever get to experience it, because so many PC manufacturers bundle loads of junk software with the computers they sell. Instead of the high-performance machine you thought you were getting, you get a computer bogged-down by stuff […]

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Some Legal Tech Companies are Focused on Accessibility, but Most Aren’t

This year, ABA TECHSHOW will shine a spotlight on accessibility by showcasing some of the products and services that make accessibility a priority.

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Have Some Security Risks with Your Appellate Filing

As if electronic filing in the federal court system weren’t bad enough, it’s about to get less secure as well. In order to e-file in the federal appellate circuits, you must go through the Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (CM/ECF), the nemesis of so many lawyers. And in order to use the appellate CM/ECF, you have to be […]

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Nobody in Legal Tech Knows Anything About Practicing Law

Well, statistically nobody. According to a survey done by case management software company Smokeball, only 9% of legal tech employees have a legal education. When it comes to career background, only 18% of employees come from the legal industry in general. The survey doesn’t specify how many of the 9% of employees with a legal education had passed […]

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The Lawyers’ Guide to Hacking Threats

As quickly as we build new technology to keep criminals out, hackers are working around the clock, and using sophisticated tools like Darkode, to climb your security walls. Prevent these attacks with a

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Fix Common Website Errors By Clearing the Browser Cache

Learn how to clear your browser cache to solve common website errors and to protect your data.

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Podcast #51: Legal Tech Trends That Defined 2015, with Bob Ambrogi

Bob Ambrogi has had his finger on the pulse of legal technology for a long time, and in this episode he talks about the ten trends that defined 2015. Plus, a reluctant preview of the trends that might define 2016.

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Another Reason Not to Use Email for Confidential Communication

In a scheme called “spear phishing,” hackers are targeting small law firms that handle real estate transactions in order to steal client funds. The hackers sneak into the lawyer’s email accounts and monitor the emails between the lawyers, clients, and closing or title agents. When the day for closing comes, the hackers use the lawyer’s […]

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Podcast #50: Stuff You Should Know About Computers but Probably Don’t, with Adriana Linares

Adriana Linares trains lawyers to use technology, but she often has to back up and teach basic skills. In this episode, she goes over some of those basic skills and how to master them. The second tip alone is worth the download. Before that, Aaron gushes about Making a Murderer. If you’re watching, too, discuss […]

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Find Out Where Two-Factor Authentication is Available

You should be using two-factor authentication with your critical online accounts. It is one of the four steps we recommend taking in our security guide, because it is an easy way to drastically increase security. Two-factor authentication means using something you know (your password) and something you have (usually your phone, which most people keep […]

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The Impact of White Teeth on Legal Tech

After the U.S. Supreme Court decided that dental associations can’t regulate teeth whitening services, professional associations of all kinds were hit with similar lawsuits—including bar associations. Now, to avoid looking like they have a monopoly on legal services, bar associations may be forced to play ball with some legal tech companies they have been trying to push […]