3 Ideas To Future-Proof Your Law Firm

Nicole L. Black’s article is a call to action: ready or not, the legal marketplace is changing and 21st century legal clients are increasingly demanding that their lawyers use technology to increase efficiency and provide more accessible, affordable legal services. How does your law firm compare? What steps is your firm taking to set the stage for success in the new world order? Nicole delivers a road map that firms can use the benchmark their current and moving forward efforts.

Subjects: KM, Legal Technology, Privacy, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 8, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Privacy concerns don’t stop people from putting their DNA on the internet to help solve crimes; Fake LinkedIn Profiles Are Impossible to Detect; Google quietly ruined Chrome, and we almost missed it; Enforcing Federal Privacy Law – Constitutional Limitations on Private Rights of Action.

Subjects: Criminal Law, Cyberlaw, Legal Research, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 1, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google; Amazon Filed A Patent To Record You Before You Even Say “Alexa”; Moody’s downgrades Equifax outlook to negative, cites cybersecurity; and First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records.

Subjects: AI, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Financial System, Intellectual Property, Privacy

Casetext’s New ‘SmartCite’ Citator Is Its Clever Answer to Shepard’s and KeyCite

Robert Ambrogi writes – “Knowing whether a case is good law is elemental to legal research. To do this, lawyers have long relied on citator services such as Shepard’s from LexisNexis and KeyCite from Westlaw. Now, the legal research service Casetext has introduced a citator of its own, called SmartCite, with many of the features you would expect to find in a citator, plus some that make it unique.”

Subjects: AI, Citators, KM, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Technology Trends

Terms, Tags, and Classification

It is helpful to classify documents or other content items to make them easier to find later. Searching the full text alone can retrieve inaccurate results or miss appropriate documents containing different words from the words entered into a search box. A document or content management system may include features for tagging, keywords, categories, indexing, etc. Taxonomist Heather Hedden identifies the difference between these elements to facilitate the implementation of more effective knowledge and content management.

Subjects: Business Research, Case Management, Competitive Intelligence, E-Discovery, Information Architecture, Information Mapping, KM

Whither Law Student Information Literacy?

Dennis Kim-Prieto, J.D., M.S.L.I.S., M.F.A. presented this paper, and the associated PowerPoint slides, at the Learning Information Literacy Across the Globe Conference, held in Frankfurt em Main, May 10, 2019. Information Literacy has only recently been applied to instructional frameworks and benchmarking assessment for legal research skills in the United States. This paper seeks to answer two simple questions: what has information literacy done for legal research since AALL has adopted Legal Research Competencies and Standards for Law Student Information Literacy, and what is the future of information literacy in legal research classrooms and the practice of law around the world?

Subjects: Legal Education, Legal Profession, Legal Research

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 26, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations want the blueprint; Ari Mahairas and Peter Beshar on AI and 5G security risks; Age of fraud: Are seniors more vulnerable to financial scams?; Concern Growing Over ‘Nefarious’ Website Offering Individuals’ Personal Information, Reputation Rating.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Elder Law, Public Records, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues May 19, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: WhatsApp fixes bug that allowed hackers to hijack smartphones; Reclaim Your Privacy with These Privacy-Focused Alternatives to Google’s Services; How facial recognition is changing life as we know it – for better or worse; and Crippling ransomware attacks targeting US cities on the rise.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Congress, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw Legislation, Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Legal Research, Privacy

Online Research Browsers 2019

Marcus Zillman’s guide highlights multifaceted browser alternatives to mainstream search tools that researchers may regularly use by default. There are many reliable yet underutilized applications that facilitate access to and discovery of subject matter specific documents and sources. Free applications included here also offer collaboration tools, resources to build and manage repositories, to employ data visualization, to create and apply metadata management, citations, bibliographies, document discovery and data relationship analysis.

Subjects: Business Research, KM, Search Engines, Search Strategies