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Kira is at ILTACON 2015 in Las Vegas

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Andy Kim

Kira is excited to be a part of ILTA!  

CEO Noah Waisberg will be a panelist in "Legal Technology Innovation: Bolstering AND Destroying the Legal Profession" on Tuesday, September 1st 2015, at 1:30 with Michael Mills, the President & Chief Strategy Officer at Neota Logic, Ryan McClead, the Legal Technology Innovation Architect at Norton Rose Fulbright, Stuart Barr, the Chief Operating Officer at HighQ, and Joshua Lenon, the Director of Communications at Clio. Other speakers at the conference include Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized authority on creativity and innovation. 

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I Think Therefore I am a Lawyer? Implications of Lola v Skadden for Document Reviewers and their Computer Replacements

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Noah Waisberg and Robin McNamara

tl;dr: recent appeals court ruling means (1) lawyers doing document review may be eligible for overtime back-pay and (2) machines might not be capable of UPL

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Noah is Speaking at CBA Legal Conference 2015 in Calgary

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Andy Kim

On August 15th 2015, Noah will be speaking at the 2015 CBA Legal Conference in Calgary on “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Law Firms” with Dera J. Nevin from Proskauer Rose LLP, Ian Kerr, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law, and Technology at the University of Ottawa, and lawyer and blogger Omar Ha-Redeye. Other speakers at the conference include Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

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We are hiring a Junior Clojure Developer

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Andy Kim

Position Type: Full time  
Location: Toronto, ON

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   "We’re a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate legal work. We’re looking for a junior developer to work on our Clojure-based web app and C++ based OCR component. Our team is pragmatic, and inquisitive; we love learning new technologies. Our office is in the heart of Toronto.")

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We are hiring a Clojure/ClojureScript Developer

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Andy Kim

Position Type: Full time

Location: Toronto, ON 

We’re looking for a developer to work on our Clojure/ClojureScript/Om web stack! Our team is small, pragmatic, and inquisitive; we love learning new technologies and balance adoption with good analysis.  We prefer to hire near us, but also welcome remote work in a time zone within North America.

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Noah Speaks at the Opening of LegalX!

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Noah Waisberg

This past Monday, I spoke on a panel at the opening of LegalX at MaRS. LegalX is MaRS' newest industry cluster, focused on connecting  technologists, designers, coders, engineers and lawyers to drive change in the legal sector. LegalX has been put together by Aron Solomon and Jason Moyse. There was a good crowd out for the event, apparently some 200 people.

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One Ring to Rule Them All? Will IBM's Watson Transform Contract Review and Law Practice?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Noah Waisberg

Watson is almost certainly the most significant technology ever to come to law, and it will give lawyers permission to think innovatively and open up the conversation about what is possible in a field that has been somewhat “stuck.” 

—"10 predictions about how IBM’s Watson will impact the legal profession", Paul Lippe and Daniel Martin Katz, ABA Journal

 
 
IBM's Watson AI has received a lot of attention for how it might change law practice. Should it? Or should commentators expecting "Watson" to change the world instead refocus their attention on "artificial intelligence" or "machine learning"?
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Using Machine Learning for Contract Review in Due Diligence and Corporate Contract Management

Posted on June 5, 2015 by Kira

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Ask any transactional lawyer about the contract review process, and you will likely hear the horror stories: Tedious hours reviewing thousands of pages of contracts. Old documents with poor quality scans. Pressure to get the work done fast. And with no margin for error. In M&A due diligence, the consequences of a mistake can be huge. For example, a problematic assignment clause in a key customer contract could knock millions of dollars off a deal value, or might delay the transaction while the target scrambles to obtain consents. 

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Kira Diligence Engine a Finalist for "New Product of the Year" in Legaltech News Innovation Awards

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Steve Obenski

This morning, Legaltech News announced the finalists for the 2015 LTN Innovation Awards.  We are thrilled to learn that Diligence Engine is a finalist in the "New Product of the Year" category alongside Avvo Inc. AdvisorCatalyst Repository Systems' Predict and Lex Machina.

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At the Inflection Point: the CMO's Role in Reinventing Law Firm Business Models

Posted on May 25, 2015 by Steve Obenski

Last week, I had an opportunity to join the Law Firm Marketing and Business Development Leadership Forum* in New York, where I led a roundtable on the role of lawyering technology in marketing the law firm of the future.  It may not be obvious to some law firm marketers that a law firm's practice technology is going to play a critical role in marketing the law firm of the future.  But I believe it will.  Here's why:

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