Category «Courts & Technology»

Robots are coming for the lawyers – which may be bad for tomorrow’s attorneys but great for anyone in need of cheap legal assistance

Imagine what a lawyer does on a given day: researching cases, drafting briefs, advising clients. While technology has been nibbling around the edges of the legal profession for some time, it’s hard to imagine those complex tasks being done by a robot. And it is those complicated, personalized tasks that have led technologists to include lawyers in a broader category of jobs that are considered pretty safe from a future of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence. As Professors Elizabeth C. Tippett and Charlotte Alexander discovered in a recent research collaboration to analyze legal briefs using a branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, lawyers’ jobs are a lot less safe than we thought. It turns out that you don’t need to completely automate a job to fundamentally change it. All you need to do is automate part of it.

Subjects: AI, Courts & Technology, KM, Legal Marketing

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 4, 2021

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: CISA Begins Cataloging Bad Practices that Increase Cyber Risk; Google Is Adding Support for Digital Covid-19 Vax Cards into Android; How a Burner Identity Protects Your Inbox, Phone, and Cards; and Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Computer Security, Congress, Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Healthcare, KM, Legal Research, Legislative, Privacy, Search Engines

We are STENO. This is why we are still here.

The February 2021 Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump was a significant example of the critical work done by America’s stenographers. Ana Fatima Costa broadens our awareness about her profession whose members have been providing immediate transcription of the spoken word via cutting-edge CAT technology known as “realtime” (from shorthand to English) since the 1960s. Costa describes how her colleagues work diligently as guardians of the record in a challenging, stressful job capturing the spoken word in high-profile events, providing verbatim, accurate, official transcripts for Congressional hearings, in deposition rooms, at trials, arbitrations, and for captioning services used by media organizations.

Subjects: Congress, Court Resources, Courts & Technology, Government Resources, KM, Legislative, Litigation Support

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 6, 2021

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: 30% of ‘SolarWinds’ Victims Did Not Actually Use SolarWinds Software, Feds Say; Tough to Get Help Opting Out of Data Sharing; Police in Almost All U.S. States Use Amazon’s Ring Program; and Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to U.S. court system.

Subjects: AI, Computer Security, Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Legal Research, Legislative, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 5, 2020

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: Fake calls from Apple and Amazon support: What you need to know; How to wipe your old Windows PC clean before getting rid of it; How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World; and Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Benefits and Challenges of Technologies to Augment Patient Care.

Subjects: AI, Computer Security, Congress, Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Healthcare, KM, Legal Research, Legislative, Mobile Technology, Privacy, United States Law

RSS Feeds, PACER, and the Fight for Access to Federal Docket Information

What is RSS and how do federal courts use it? Rebecca Fordon informs us that courts vary in the types of documents they provide via RSS feeds – only about 70% of bankruptcy courts and 50% of district courts provide full feeds. The effort urging courts to fully enable RSS feeds has many advocates and would have a significant positive impact for legal researchers in all sectors.

Subjects: Court Resources, Courts & Technology, Freedom of Information, Government Resources, Legal Technology, Public Records, RSS Newsfeeds, United States Law

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues February 2, 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: Lawmakers warn of ‘deepfake’ videos ahead of 2020 election; Cyberattacks in Medicine: Is Radiology the Weakest Link?; Vint Cerf sees a big danger from the internet of things; and Facebook’s ‘Friendly Fraud Scandal’: What Parents Need to Know.

Subjects: Congress, Courts & Technology, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Legal Research, Legislative, Privacy, Social Media

From Judging Lawyers to Predicting Outcomes

Itai Gurari discusses Judicata’s latest technology solution – Clerk – that evaluates briefs filed in court, grading them on three dimensions: Arguments, Drafting, and Context. The grading reflects factors like how strong the brief’s arguments are, how persuasive the relied upon cases are, and the extent to which the brief cites precedent that supports the desired outcome.

Subjects: AI, Court Resources, Courts & Technology, Legal Research, Legal Technology