Dentons (World's Largest Law Firm) Launches NextLaw Labs and Creates Legal Business Accelerator

Read stories here, here and here  plus check out NextLaw Labs.

Stanford CodeX FutureLaw Conference 2015 – Conference on Innovation, Technology and the Future of the Legal Industry

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Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup (@Skadden in Chicago)

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night @Skadden for the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup.  Our next meeting is at Chapman & Cutler in May with a series of additional events in the months to come …

Even The Algorithms Think Obamacare’s Survival Is A Tossup (via 538.com)

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Readers will probably observe that {Marshall+} is still a work in progress (for example – my colleague noted {Marshall+} believes that Justice Ginsburg would appear to be slightly more likely to vote to overturn the ACA than Justice Thomas).  While this probably will not prove to be correct in King v. Burwell, our method is rigorously backtested and designed to minimize errors across all predictions (not just in this specific case).  This optimization question is tricky for the model and it will be the source of future model improvements. I have preached the whole mantra Humans + Machines > Humans or Machines and this problem is a good example.  The problem with exclusive reliance upon human experts is they have cognitive biases, info processing issues, etc.  The problem with models is that they generate errors that humans would not.

Anyway, the good thing about having a base model such as {Marshall+} is that we can begin to incorporate a range of additional information in an effort to create a {Marshall++} and beyond.    And on that front there is more to come …

Daniel Martin Katz to Join IIT Chicago-Kent Faculty to Support Chicago Kent's Ongoing Initiative to Build the Preeminent Law & Technology Program in the Country

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.48.18 PMI am excited to announce that I am leaving MSU to join the Chicago-Kent College of Law where I have accepted a lateral offer starting this summer.

It is has been a good run here at MSU Law and wish my MSU colleagues all the best.

The opportunity to be part of one of the long standing and premier law+tech programs is extremely exciting and I look forward to doing great things with my new colleagues at Chicago Kent.   As noted in the press release, I am excited to “assume a key leadership role in the law school’s ongoing initiative to build the preeminent law and technology program in the country!”

More to come starting this summer …

Legal Tech NYC 2015 – A Short Recap #LTNY #LTNY15

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As Oliver Goodenough has noted – #LegalTech NYC features between “$20 billion to $30 billion a year in commercial activity.”  Curated by Stanford CodeX (where I am now an external faculty affiliate) and Mike Bommarito is a fellow, this year’s legal tech offered ten early to mid stage legal tech startups who collectively cover a wide range of practice areas.

I presented on a panel sponsored by FTI Technology which featured Judge John Facciola (United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Columbia),  David Horrigan (451 Research) and Cliff Nichols (Day Pitney).

Check out a Cartoonist’s recap of our panel!  #LTNY  #LTNY15

David Perla – Today's Legal Start-Up Ecosystem: Cambrian Explosion or Crowded House? (via ReInventLawChannel.com)

David Perla – Today’s Legal Start-Up Ecosystem: Cambrian Explosion or Crowded House? from ReInvent Law Channel on Vimeo.

Legal Tech Startups – $458 Million in Legal Services R&D (via TR Legal Executive Insights)

Take a look at this list of legal startups on Angel List – 414 and counting.  I am happy  to count many of these companies as #ReInventLaw Speakers / Attendees.  While many of these companies may not succeed in the long run – these companies tend to cluster around certain ideas.  It is my belief that many of those ideas will ultimately prevail.  For more thoughts check out Bob Ambrogi’s post “A Time of Unprecedented Innovation in Legal Technology.”  I agree with most of his thoughts on the matter.

ReInvent Law London 2013 – Pictures, Wrap Up and More from the ReInventLaw Laboratory