I spoke with Rob MacAdam, the vice president of product at BusyLamp, a legal operations platform for spend, matter, and document management, and the host of the Legaltech Arcade podcast. We discussed the differences between what one can accomplish in an innovation role within a law firm versus with a technology company, emerging workplace productivity trends, the rise of disaggregation and interoperability, and legal technology trends that will emerge from the pandemic.
I spoke with Knut-Magnar Aanestad, the country manager and head of market development at Maigon.io, an artificial intelligence application for contracts analytics, and the founder of Sebra Lawtech, a consulting firm focused on transforming the legal profession. We discussed the genesis of Sebra Lawtech, how the pandemic has impacted the way legal teams leverage AI, the features that potential users of AI should look for when making a decision, and where the contract analytics sector is headed.
I spoke with Tyrone Thomas, a vice president and deputy general counsel at Invenergy and the founder of Conversation For Six, a non-profit organization focused on expanding ongoing discussions about food insecurity. We discussed best practices for balancing community-focused work and a legal practice, how COVID-19 has affected the hunger crisis, and the impact of the pandemic on the legal community’s interest in starting charitable initiatives.
I spoke with Patrice Asimakis and Naseeha Machingal, the director of legal services and the client success and partnerships lead, respectively, for LegalEase Solutions, a provider of alternative legal services. We discussed the importance of forming partnerships in the current climate, how the pandemic has impacted client expectations, and where the market for alternative legal services is headed in 2021.
I spoke with Doug Lusk, the founder of the National Society for Legal Technology, a training and certifying organization focused on empowering students and professionals with advanced technical skills. We discussed the skills that legal professionals need to thrive in today’s economy, how the NSLT curriculum helps participants draw connections between e-discovery, cybersecurity, and related fields to gain a competitive advantage, and the NSLT’s alliance with ACEDS.
I spoke with Noah Waisberg, the co-founder and CEO of Kira Systems, a leading AI-powered contract analysis software company, and the co-author with Dr. Alexander Hudek of AI For Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise, and Transforming Careers (Wiley, February 3, 2021). We discussed the growth of Kira Systems, his inspiration for AI For Lawyers, how AI is changing the law, and where it is headed.
I spoke with Andrea Miskolczi, the Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, a global law firm. We discussed the definition of innovation, the importance of developing an intrapreneurial mindset in a law firm, the need for creativity, and best practices for demystifying the legal transformation process.