Priori Digest 20th Edition | 2018 Legal Tech Trends

By Oliver Duchesne
| Priori Digest

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In this edition of the Priori Digest, a weekly look at what’s happening in law and technology, we look at legal technology trends, the recent spike in Google searches for privacy and examine a statistical breakdown of those occupying the role of “Director of Legal Operations.” 

What we’re reading

  • With the GDPR deadline this week, Google searches for privacy are at a 12 year high
  • Philosopher Alain de Botton on the emotional technologies that will be the most significant in enhancing our lives
  • Legal technology trends on display at CLOC 2018
  • The ACLU is leading a coalition of civil rights organizations trying to stop Amazon from selling its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, to U.S. law enforcement
  • The UK is looking to introduce new laws to tackle the “Wild West elements” of the internet, including cyberbullying and online child exploitation

What in the weird

  • The city of Lake Worth, in Florida, has been accidentally sending out zombie alert messages to its residents
  • Parents of a man in upstate New York are suing him to have to him evicted from their home

By the numbers

  • 71: The percentage of those in the role of Director of Legal Operations with a law degree
  • 772 million: The number of people in China online. This is larger than the entire population of Europe
  • 85.4: In a recent survey of managing partners at over 800 U.S. law firms with 50 or more lawyers, 85.4% of those asked see an increase in competition from non-traditional legal service providers (like Priori!)

What we love hearing

Joe Borstein, Above the Law Contributor

"Basha harnesses that energy and comfortability with risk to conquer the terrifying world of entrepreneurship. So what does she hope to achieve with Priori? Nothing crazy, she simply hopes to create an entirely new way for in-house counsel to directly source the best lawyers from within firms.

To me, if this vision gets adopted broadly (and read [the article], some big clients are biting) this could redefine lawyer prestige, and recast the objectives of Biglaw branding." 


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