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Read the blog article: Is Technology Making Us Dumber?

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?

Read the blog article: Pub Crawls and Information Overload

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.

Read the blog article: Stepping Out!

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.

Read the blog article: How to Compete with Increasingly-Powerful Technology

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.

Read the blog article: Will New Technology Kill Off Junior Lawyer Jobs?

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.

Read the blog article: Better Legal Training is Only Part of the Problem

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.

Read the blog article: AI: Threat or Opportunity for Lawyers?

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.

Read the blog article: Solving the 'First-Year Dilemma'

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).

Read the blog article: Software is Writing News Articles. Here's Why Lawyers Should Care

September 16, 2011 | Kira Insights

Software is Writing News Articles. Here's Why Lawyers Should Care

The New York Times recently ran an article on Narrative Science, a Chicago company that Transforms data into high-quality editorial content.

Read the blog article: Making Junior Lawyers Better Value

August 25, 2011 | Kira Insights

Making Junior Lawyers Better Value

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently ran a piece on Debevoise & Plimpton and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s moves to have a significant number of their junior associates complete four weeks of business training put on by Fullbridge.