Sunday LegalTech Review – 19th August 2018



ILTA’s 41st Annual Conference kicks off today at National Harbour, Maryland. This years event promises to be “the best place to learn what works, what doesn’t and what’s next in legal technology”. I am very much looking forward to being part of this years event – just waiting to board my flight! 🙂

Dera Nevin’s around the world tour of Legal Innovation

In a podcast on LawNext Dera Nevin talks about the legal innovation world tour she took earlier this year. Nevin travelled to “19 destinations in 15 countries on six continents over 40 days”, meeting with legalTech enthusiasts from all over the world.

Legal Innovation Woes, Part I: Got 99 Problems but Capital Ain’t One

Part one of a three-part series about barriers to innovation maturity in legal markets by Jae Um makes for a great read this week.

Part one looks at recent trends in capital investment. Um notes that in the past few years, we have seen unprecedented levels of capital flow into the legal space yet “the market appears awash in disillusionment”.

Part two will look at “the difficulty of identifying and understanding the customer”, and part three will look at “the people side of the equation for teams and businesses trying to drive change to the status quo in legal markets.”. Um’s earlier article legal innovation as an extreme sport is worth a look too.

Thanks to Dera Nevin (@dera_nevin) for re-tweeting.

AL 100 Legal Tech Directory Launches on Artificial Lawyer

Artificial Lawyer has announced the launch of the AL 100 legal tech directory, listing some of the worlds leading LegalTech companies and their offerings.

According to AL the directory will be of interest because: “People want to have some idea of what all these companies are offering, who they are and who runs the company, how do they price their software, what security standards do they meet, what markets do they operate in, and what makes their application special”.

Proposed United States Legislative Markup XML schema made available through Github

A draft of the United States Legislative Markup XML schema (USLM 2.0.0) has been published through Github, along with a review guide and sample USLM XML files. Comments can now be made on the proposed schema through Github. According to

According to a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) news article:

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is collaborating with the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Office of the Federal Register on parallel projects to convert a subset of enrolled bills, public laws, the Statutes at Large, the Federal Register, and the Code of Federal Regulations into United States Legislative Markup (USLM) XML.”

Thanks to Jared Nelson (@Jaredtnelson) for sharing this on Twitter:

Having laws available through XML makes it easier for third party applications to consume the information within them. Having the standard published through Github makes it easier for users to comment, suggest improvements and have them included in further iterations of the standard.

The USLM schema describes the presentation, structure and semantics of a document and is interoperable with the LegalDocML international standard,

After doing some digging, the recent 2018 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference apparently included some information about the standard having been released, as well as the launch of the Legislative Branch Innovation Hub along with a new API for most of the information contained on GovInfo.

New Rules’: Law students release parody music video addressing sexual harassment in the workplace

A group of law students have released a music video that takes aim at sexual harassment in the legal profession.

As reported in Legal Cheek a viral video that is a parody of the hit New Rules has been produced by the Wellington Law Revue, and according to Legal Cheek: “takes aim at sexual harassment in the legal profession”.

Fax machines could provide a way for hackers to steal client information form your network

Check Point researchers have shown how “cyber criminals could infiltrate any home or corporate network by exploiting all-in-one printer-fax machines” which they have dubbed Faxploit.

The research was carried out on HP all-in-one printer-fax machines, however the researches believe the same exploit could be applied to fax machines of other vendors, as well as online “fax to email” type services, as the same communications protocols may be in use. The researches also claim that their findings would also hold true if the network the fax machine was connected to was not connected to the internet, as the exploit is through phone lines.

The video below shows Check Point’s researchers carrying out a dummy attack – infiltrating a computer to steal a private document:

Photo by Brandon Mowinkel on Unsplash

Also published on Medium.

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