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AI Beats Attorneys in Law Competition

Remember that show where the computer totally destroys the lawyer?

No, not that one. That was a computer-generated dinosaur crunching on the attorney.

We're talking about CaseCrunch, which hosted an AI-versus-lawyers competition. You guessed it: the robot killed the lawyers.

The marijuana industry, despite the federal taboo and legal challenges, is booming. The law firms and other ancillary industries that cater to the marijuana industry are seeing massive growth alongside the pot boom as well.

However, one of the big challenges faced by both businesses and the states is the regulation of the industry. From monitoring sources to recording transactions, due to the highly regulated nature of the industry, marijuana businesses will likely need to rely on technology to ensure they keep on the legal side of the marijuana regulations. And, like most highly regulated industries, pot regulation could potentially benefit from the use of blockchain.

Legal Tech Is Booming, So Where Is My Robot?

Legal tech is booming.

The good news is, that means more work for tech savvy lawyers. The bad news is, maybe you're not one of them.

So either you get tech smart, or you get a techie to work for you. Then again, maybe you should get a robot before a robot gets your job.

Bad news divorce lawyers: Your easy cases might be harder to come by after February 2018. That's because the maker of the DoNotPay chatbot has turned his focus to uncontested divorces.

In a few months, a free service for divorce papers preparation will be available to couples that qualify and agree to an uncontested divorce. Like the DoNotPay chatbot (that handles parking tickets), an individual will go through various chat prompts and then receive filled out court forms. All that's really left after that in an uncontested divorce is getting the papers signed and filed.

K&L Gates Invests in Private Blockchain

K&L Gates, a large international law firm, is going where few law firms have gone before: blockchain.

The firm is developing its own blockchain for smart contracts and other applications. The technology, a virtual chain of authentication, also underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

"By investing in this technology that is expected to significantly impact the practice of law, K&L Gates is committed to finding practical and timely solutions that benefit both our clients and the firm," said James Segerdahl, the firm's global managing partner.

What to Expect in the Desktop Outlook Redesign

You know when someone says, 'How do you like my new hairstyle?'

It's usually an awkward moment, right? Even if you say,"oh, I love it," people know when it's not working.

That might be the response when Outlook rolls out its new redesign. It's going to take some getting used to.

DNA Testing Under Scrutiny

While Josiah Sutton was sitting in prison on rape charges, his mother was thanking God.

He had been convicted years earlier on DNA evidence, but she knew he was innocent. When she learned about problems at the crime lab, she also knew that her prayers had been answered.

"Thank you, God!" she recalled in a report about false DNA testing. His case and many like it are changing the way labs analyze DNA.

How Working in the Cloud Can Keep Your Practice Competitive

Everybody is in the cloud these days, including lawyers of all sizes.

From BigLaw to solo practitioners, cloud computing has become a great equalizer. It enables almost any lawyer to practice virtually anywhere.

Many concerns, like cybersecurity and confidentiality, are always there. But the cloud-based lawyer is not some tech experiment. It's a proven business model that can help keep you competitive.

In the technological world we live in, email has become the gold standard of communication, particularly for client communications. But when you need to inform a client about something critical, or get some time-sensitive answers to questions or access to documents, can you just send an email? How can you be sure that your client will see it in time?

Or most importantly, how do you confirm that a new potential client received their retainer agreement via email?

Below you'll find a few tips on ensuring that your emails get received and read by clients.

Apart from the usual tips that go along with opening and running a virtual law firm, there are some serious practical considerations.

If you won't actually have an office, you may want to check to ensure that's ethical. However, most states have found shared virtual office services to be acceptable. If you opt for one of these arrangements, below you'll find five important tips for running your virtual practice.