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A Glimpse into the Future Using Google NotebookLM Introduction In an era where technology continually reshapes professional landscapes, the legal sector stands on the brink of a transformative breakthrough. Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly in the form of tools like Google NotebookLM, presents an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine how attorneys work. This article aims not to recommend Google NotebookLM specifically but to use it as a lens through which we can view potential AI-enhanced workflows in legal practices. Understanding Google NotebookLM in the Legal Context Google NotebookLM emerges as a beacon ...
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AI LLM vs Jazz LMM Large 'Language' Models vs Large 'Musical' Models Imagine a dimly lit jazz club, where a saxophonist weaves a tapestry of melodies, each note a spontaneous yet coherent part of a larger musical story. Now, juxtapose this with the intricate workings of an artificial intelligence (AI) model, churning through data, predicting the next word in a sentence with uncanny accuracy. At first glance, these two worlds - jazz improvisation and AI prediction - seem worlds apart. However, delve deeper, and you'll discover striking parallels in the learning processes of human minds and artificial neural networks. A jazz musician must develop a "Large Musical ...
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Ten years ago, Aileen Lee, the founder of seed stage VC firm, Cowboy Ventures, studied the characteristics of VC-backed companies. In the 2013 report, “ Welcome to the Unicorn Club ,” Lee coined term “Unicorn” to describe those privately held startups with a $1 Billion or greater valuation. Unicorns were off to the races. Now, ten years later Aileen Lee and her “Cow-lleagues” have taken another deep dive into VC-backed startups. They have just published, “Welcome Back to the Unicorn Club: 10 Years Later.” And, yes, after a pandemic and years of near-zero interest rates, things have changed. The slide version of the report is 54 slides long, mostly graphs. ...
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AI - ChatGPT vs Open Source Artificial Intelligence This article provides an example of how working with Un censored and Unrestricted LLMs can be preferable for law firms in certain use case scenarios , highlighting the benefits of using uncensored, unaligned Large Language Models (LLMs) installed on a local machine for legal work in a large law firm. The term used to describe Uncensored and Unrestricted AI models is "Unali gned". Unaligned means that the output of the AI is not "aligned" with the bias of any particular country. For example, in the USA AI models are often aligned in such a way that minimizes the risk of being ...
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(Chicago, IL) January 26, 2024 – The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) proudly announces the launch of a new 2-day conference, ILTA EVOLVE , April 29 – May 1, 2024. ILTA EVOLVE is ILTA's newest high-profile conference that will dive deep into the industry's latest challenges and trends. Two focus areas will be chosen each year based on industry demand, challenges, and trending changes. 2024 ILTA EVOLVE is all about Generative Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity. "ILTA EVOLVE is targeted at legal technology professionals and members of the broader legal profession, almost all of whom are dramatically impacted by technology and the process ...
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On this date, 11 years ago, I shared a blog post about how we chose an eDiscovery platform for Vorys. It seems that our decision in 2013 was a wise one, as Viewpoint and Conduent have been serving our firm very well for over a decade! The world is a different place today and many of the tools we investigated in 2013 are no longer in existence. I also had the advantage of using Bing AI and Chat GPT to assist with this writing! :) Vorys began a firm-wide initiative in 2023 to move our key platforms to the cloud. This meant that we had to find a new cloud-based eDiscovery platform that could replace Viewpoint. First Things First Before ...
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Please enjoy this blog posted on behalf of: Glenn Fischer, Global Director of Information Governance, Mayer Brown LLP Information Governance (IG) is a firm-wide approach to the management and protection of all data related to a firm and its clients, ensuring the information assets are handled securely and in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements. This includes the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the creation, storage, use, and disposal of data, as well as the use of appropriate technology and training to make certain all information is handled properly. For law firms, IG is crucial for compliance, competitive advantage, ...
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The legal technology landscape is vast and offers time, risk and cost saving solutions for a growing range of legal service categories. Clients know what is available on the market and understand how the use of solutions can benefit them in terms of efficiency and therefore value. While the demand for visibility in delivering services increases, clients want to know what products their law firms are using (or at least what they have access to) and are often direct in requesting specific technologies. Requests invariably arise in a number of different ways and through different channels. Clients may ask that technology solutions they are familiar with, and possibly ...
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The catchy take-away from the Thomson Reuters “ 2024 Report on the State of the US Legal Market ” is that law firm leaders who don’t respond to the shifts in the legal market in the past 15 years may share a destiny with Pan Am. The US airline, Pan Am, was the largest international carrier in the mid-20th century. Pan Am filed for bankruptcy in 1991, after decades of tremendous growth in air travel. For those who recall Pan Am, it’s a vivid illustration. You will see the tie-in below. Looking at today’s legal market, the Thomson Reuters report is full of data and graphs which quantify recent trends. Key Trends: There is a shift from the “Transactional ...
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(Chicago, IL) January 10, 2024 — The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Announces the Women Who Lead (WWL) event – Catalyst: Women Leading Change ILTA is pleased to announce the in-person event - Catalyst: Women Leading Change , on March 21, 2024, at Vinson & Elkins for the New York City main stage. This nation-wide event is designed to offer in-person simulcast locations in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Francisco to increase networking. This one-day event will focus on change and disruption. Change for both our professional and personal lives and the disruption and developments in Ai. Elevate your skills and ...
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Has anyone found a simple way to block a Sender via Outlook without having the message hit the Junk Email folder first? We recently migrated away from our third-party secure mail gateway vendor, Mimecast, which allowed users to easily block Senders. We are now using Exchange Online with Microsoft Outlook. Using Rules also seems too cumbersome for users. Open to other suggestions.
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Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based, agentless, infrastructure-less, VPN-less endpoint management solution (MDM) designed to manage workstations, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices with similar operating systems and configurations with the settings available via Microsoft’s API. This post lays out some strategic thinking around how to provide good, scalable, and repeatable application deployment work to the business around Microsoft Intune. DEPLOYMENT STRATEGIES When I think about application deployment, I broadly see five points: Defining the need for an application Packaging of the application Testing the application Deploying the application ...
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Please enjoy this blog authored by Alina Antonov, Senior Information Technology Project Manager, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Daniel Wood, Director of Counsel Assistance, Womble Bond Dickinson. ChatGPT ChatGPT 1 stands for Chat Generative Pre-training Transformer. It is a language model developed by OpenAI that started in 2018. The “GPT” part refers to the “Generative Pre-training Transformer” architecture on which the model is based. This architecture generates human-like responses based on the user’s inputs. The “Chat” part indicates that this model is designed for generating conversational responses. It is trained on ...
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Please enjoy this blog authored by Tom Whittaker, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon LLP. AI regulation will affect the eDiscovery industry directly and indirectly. It may be directly relevant to providers of an AI system incorporated into an eDiscovery platform, the provider of the platform, and users of the eDiscovery platform (end clients and advisors). This article summarises the EU Act from an eDiscovery perspective, including how the Act could affect the providers and users of AI in eDiscovery. What does the future hold? AI technologies and use cases - and, simultaneously, the eDiscovery industry - are currently developing at ...
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Please enjoy this blog post co-authored by Stephanie Carty, Practice Manager, Troutman Pepper and Virginia Ong, Legal Innovation Manager, Greenberg Traurig. In the fast-paced, detail-oriented world of legal practice management, effective organization and information management are not just conveniences—they are necessities. Amidst the many tools available, Microsoft's OneNote stands out as a versatile and powerful ally. This digital notebook application goes beyond simple notetaking, offering a suite of features that can revolutionize the way information is stored, shared, collaborated and utilized. While the benefits of OneNote are clear, transitioning ...
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Please enjoy this blog authored by Rebecca Sattin, Senior Director, Partner Success, NetDocuments. Setting Up for Success in 2024: Strategies for Managing Data for Departing Users In this blog post, the author will discuss ideas on how firms may consider implementing strategies that purge departed user data and secure management approval to do so. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Having a sound information governance policy is a necessity for any business, and particularly law firms as they are responsible for keeping ...
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Please enjoy this blog authored by Beth Patterson, Director ESPconnect. Introduction If you are feeling nervous about Generative AI (GenAI) and what your organisation should be doing about it, don’t worry, you are not alone. We are at the beginning of one of the largest technology “experiments” that Silicon Valley has ever thrust upon us. Some are comparing it to revolutionary developments like the internet or electricity. It has been just over a year since ChatGPT was launched by OpenAI and took the world by storm. We’ve all heard lots of predictions about the potential impact of Generative AI, like Mckinsey research which suggests it could add ...
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Please enjoy this blog authored by BIll Bice, CEO, nQ Zebraworks. It’s been the “The Year of GenAI”. Generative AI (“GenAI”) burst on the scene in late 2022 with the public release of ChatGPT, the fastest-growing application ever. It exposed AI to everyone, everywhere, all at once. Here we had a technology where attorneys – not just born-on-the-Internet associates, but senior partners – were asking IT, “What is this?” and “How do we use it?” Instead of trying to cajole firm leadership into looking at new technology, many technologists and innovation leaders in law firms were in the strange position of trying to get in front of the train, sometimes ...
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By Rabiya Hirji, Debbie Ting, and Ginevra Saylor, ILTA DEIC Members As members of ILTA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC), we were honored to have Kate Broer, Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Officer of Dentons attend one of our planning meetings to share her DEI experiences. Kate’s background includes 20 years as a litigation partner and a leadership role in client development. In 2022, Kate was asked to lead Dentons’ Global Diversity and Equity program. We were so impressed by her talk that it inspired this blog post to share what we learned that day. During our discussion, Kate shared her pointers for sustaining diversity and ...
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Please enjoy this blog post authored by Brendan Miller, Legal Innovation Consultant. We’ve all been there. You’re the newest member of a team. You’ve joined a project in an area new to you. Or, you have a new member joining your team. The newness can be both exciting and daunting. You want to learn—or help your new team member learn—as much as you can about your new role, your new team, perhaps even a new industry, market, or practice area. And you want to learn efficiently. But where do you start? How do you find the relevant information and resources that will help you feel grounded in your new opportunity? And how do you avoid feeling overwhelmed ...
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