May 9, 2012 | Legal

Is Your Due Diligence Accuracy a 'Known-Known'?

Do you know how accurate your due diligence contract review is? Seriously, do you? Does your team find every relevant change of control provision?

April 10, 2012 | Kira Insights

April Fools! Or Not.

Google announced a partnership with NASCAR for their 2012 April Fools joke: Google’s self-driving cars were to compete in NASCAR races.

March 20, 2012 | Kira Insights

Is Technology Making Us Dumber?

Has your once-good ability to remember phone numbers declined to the point where you can dial few without looking? Do you now also forget facts, dates or the exact wording of legal rules that you once remembered well?

February 14, 2012 | Kira Insights

Pub Crawls and Information Overload

Information overload is one of the world’s major commercially-addressable problems. More information than ever is accessible. But it’s hard to find what we’re looking for.

February 6, 2012 | Kira Insights

Stepping Out!

I’m happy to report that we now have a website that says what we do. Which is build software that helps users review contracts and organize their findings.

January 26, 2012 | Kira Insights

How to Compete with Increasingly-Powerful Technology

Increasingly powerful technology is transforming industries worldwide, and there’s more to come. Even white collar work like that done by lawyers and doctors is more-and-more susceptible to tech-driven change.

December 16, 2011 | Kira Insights

Will New Technology Kill Off Junior Lawyer Jobs?

Was out for drinks last night with a pair of my former Biglaw colleagues. Talk turned to junior lawyer work. One of my companions started as a corporate associate at a large law firm in the early 1990s, the other as a corporate associate at a different large law firm in the early 2000s.

November 11, 2011 | Kira Insights

Better Legal Training is Only Part of the Problem

The New York Times recently ran a long, detailed and worth-reading article entitled “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering”. The title pretty much says it all: (1) Law schools are stocked with legal scholars not lawyers (“… the median amount of practical experience [of hires at top-tier law schools] was one year, and half of faculty members had never practiced law for a single day”) focussed on often esoteric research; and (2) The high cost of all this faculty research (roughly $575 million/year) is borne by highly indebted law students, who graduate law school not knowing how to practice law.

November 11, 2011 | Kira Insights

AI: Threat or Opportunity for Lawyers?

The Economist recently ran a post on their Babbage (science and technology) blog on whether the “Luddite Fallacy” remains a fallacy as artificial intelligence takes on more and more white collar tasks.

October 27, 2011 | Kira Insights

Solving the 'First-Year Dilemma'

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece on the growing number of corporate clients who refuse to pay to have junior lawyers staffed on their matters (also see the WSJ Law Blog post on the article and Ashby Jones on Mean Street being interviewed about the trend).

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