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Disabled Lawyers Compete With Tech and Time

It wasn't a joke when the law firm sent a yellow school bus to pick up a summer associate for a firm function.

It was just insensitive. Stuart Pixley had cerebral palsy and used an electrical wheelchair to get around.

The office party was two miles away and the firm couldn't figure out how to get him there. That was in the mid-1990s; in some ways, things haven't changed much.

Legal Tech Firm Gets $65M Boost for AI

We knew it was coming -- computers are replacing lawyers.

With $65 million in new money, legal tech startup Atrium is developing smart machines to take over more legal tasks. The year-old company already has applications for smart contracts, but machine learning is changing everything.

We just didn't expect it to happen so soon. If we're honest about it, however, we knew clients would have replaced us a long time ago if they had the technology.

For attorneys, getting on a video chat with a potential client, or an expert witness, is a great way to avoid actually having an in-person meeting. And with the prevalence of smartphones, and integrated microphones and webcams in computers, video calls are easier than ever before.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that not everyone's cellular phone service will be compatible for video calling (notably thanks to the Android/Apple divide), or will allow video or even regular calls across platforms, services like Skype can really stand in as a perfect alternative. However, attorneys have often questioned whether Skype was a viable and secure option, but that may no longer be an issue with the latest updates.

Ex NSA Hacker Finds Security Flaw in macOS

Dr. Alexander Fleming famously discovered penicillin by accident.

He found the mold growing in his lab, leading to one of the greatest advances in human history -- a cure for deadly infectious diseases. That's like Patrick Wardle's story -- without the mold.

The software security expert accidentally copied the wrong code and discovered a bypass to "do a lot of malicious stuff" to Apple products. Here's how it happened.

Just about every lawyer has had the experience of having a client with a good case come to them in need of help but unable to pay the full retainer.

Unfortunately, too often, lawyers turn away clients who can't afford the upfront retainer (even on a credit card), but if given the option of a payment plan, might have otherwise been able to pay. This is due to the fear that lawyers have that clients will just stop paying. That fear is rather understandable though, as there is no shortage of anecdotes involving deadbeat clients skipping out on bills without retribution (because what attorney wants to get into a fee dispute or sue to collect from a client?).

Below, you can find three tips on using current tech to make payment plans safe and easy, at least for certain clients.

Legal research just got a little bit easier thanks to the combination of artificial intelligence and Westlaw.

The new product, known as Westlaw Edge promises to provide practitioners with the most advanced legal research software on the market. The updated and new, AI-powered, tools, can still deliver the same high-quality research you've come to expect from Westlaw, but now it's faster and more comprehensive. (Disclosure: Westlaw is FindLaw's sister company.)

Below, you can read about three of the new features.

Clients to Lawyers: Protect Our Data, Or Else

A lot of outside counsel are going to lose their jobs if they don't improve their cybersecurity.

According to a new report, seventy percent of companies are "somewhat confident" that their outside attorneys adequately protect their data. Nine percent are "not at all confident."

For the law firms with superior cybersecurity, that could be good news. For the rest, it's time to get serious about it.

If you live in the modern world, then there's a pretty good chance that you have both a Gmail account and a Dropbox (as well as a Netflix, a YouTube, a Facebook, a Twitter, a Pintrest, a Soundcloud, and the list probably goes on and on and on). 

For those of you who live in Gmail and love using Dropbox, there's good news. Close work between the two companies has finally led to a significant update to Gmail. Now, Dropbox users will be able to access their Dropbox accounts directly from their Gmail, without having to navigate to a separate webpage or open a new tab in their browser.

Apparently lawyers who are poised to take the lead in the legal tech industry may soon be living the most glamorous life out of any lawyer that ever came before. After all, the legal tech industry is thriving, and lawyers finally do have a real chance a recreating the wheel.

But, according to the opinion of one Forbes contributor, lawyers trying to pioneer legal tech are currently lost. Many lawyers with pioneering ideas lack either good legal tech or a good go-to-market strategy. It's up to the nerds to bring the pioneering ideas forward. But does that mean legal nerds are going to take the place of BigLaw trial lawyers in TV dramas in terms of being, in Forbes' words, "the most glamorous"?

AI Assistants: The Most Powerful Marketing Tech Ever

If Alexa is not your office assistant, that's okay.

Chances are you have a different digital assistant working for you. If you've met one smart device, you've met them all.

In any case, Alexa, Google, and Siri are not who you thought they were. They are AI middlemen -- in a generic, non-gender specific, marketing sort-of way. And your AI assistants are far more powerful than you can imagine.