My “More Efficient Future, Fewer Lawyers?” Talk at the International Legal Technology Association Conference

ILTA logoThis past Thursday, I spoke at ILTA14 with Ryan McCleadMichael Mills (Neota Logic), Stuart Barr (HighQ), and Joshua Lennon (Clio). Our “Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds” session was quite terrific.

We were lucky to have a wonderful audience, who asked smart questions and—in some cases—tweeted heavily. They seemed to like our presentation.

And, from afar:

Here are some tweets on my talk:

Here are my slides: More Efficient Future, Fewer Lawyers? – ILTA14 Slides

I really enjoyed the other talks and our audience. Really a great session at a terrific conference. Here is a storify of tweets from the session (HT Robert RichardsLegal Informatics Blog): 

Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds Storify

Noah Speaking at the International Legal Technology Association Conference

ILTA logoAttending ILTA14* in Nashville this week? Come see me speak during the “Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds” session! Hosted by the outstanding Ryan McClead, it will also include talks from Michael Mills (Neota Logic), Stuart Barr (HighQ), and Joshua Lennon (Clio).

Users of our system review contracts more accurately in 20–60% less time. And due diligence contract review is a major task for junior corporate associates. My presentation will examine whether the increasing use of efficiency technology and techniques (e.g., technology-aided document review software, expert systems, document assembly) means there will be less lawyers needed.

I’m excited!

* Unfamiliar with the ILTA conference? It is a [the?] marquee legal technology event.

We’re Hiring for Two New Clojure Jobs!

We’re looking to add two people to our tech team. I’ve pasted the (pretty similar-sounding) job postings below. Please apply if they sound right for you!

Clojure/Clojurescript Web Developer

DiligenceEngine Inc. is a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate legal work. We’re looking for a developer to work on ourClojure/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.

Web technology can be built better. If single-page web design driven by a reactive data model sounds interesting to you, get in touch!

Technologies to know include:

HTML, CSS, SASS,
Clojure, ClojureScript,
SQL, PostgreSQL, Java,
and experience with web app security.

Don’t worry if you’re not an expert in all of this technology: you only need to be interested in learning. We really value a desire for challenge and growth.

This position starts as soon as possible.

To apply, send an email to jobs@diligenceengine.com with your resume and links to previous work.

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CSS/HTML UI Designer

DiligenceEngine Inc. is a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate legal work. We’re looking for a designer developer to help build our user interface. 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.

The ideal experience for this position includes strong SASS/CSS knowledge and a good sense of design. Our style is minimalist with a focus on good typography. Knowledge of ClojureScript is a big plus, but it’s fine if you’re just willing to learn it.

This position starts as soon as possible.

To apply, send an email to jobs@diligenceengine.com with your resume and links to previous work.

DiligenceEngine Mentioned in The American Lawyer

DiligenceEngine Mentioned in The American Lawyer

DiligenceEngine was mentioned in Susan Beck‘s recent piece “Emerging Technology Shapes Future of Law” in The American Lawyer. Michael Mills of Neota Logic, one of our favorite legal tech company founders (and a former partner at Mayer Brown, as well onetime as Chief Knowledge Officer and co-head of technology at Davis Polk), said:

“We’re one piece of a very large innovation landscape,” says Mills. He mentions several other companies using advanced technology in the legal field. Three companies—DiligenceEngine Inc., KMStandards and Exemplify—use machines to draft or review contracts. Ravel Law and Fastcase are trying to redefine legal research at cheaper prices, and Modria.com Inc. offers online dispute resolution.

While our contract review software is quite different from what the other companies mentioned here offer, all of us are driving towards helping people better solve legal problems assisted by technology.

DiligenceEngine Covered in “Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites”

Earlier this month, Bob Ambrogi put up a quite thorough description of our contract review system on his “LawSites” blog. For those unfamiliar with Bob’s work, he is among the leading writers on legal technology. His piece on our system shows why he’s so well regarded. It gives a great and quite detailed account of our software, explaining how it works and can be useful. And it’s easy to read and interesting. I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about how our software can help in M&A-related contract reviews.

Happily, Bob seemed to like our system:

“We provide more accurate results in less time,” Waisberg told me. From what I have seen, DiligenceEngine appears able to deliver on that promise.

Being big fans of our system ourselves, we get why!

DiligenceEngine Aims to Streamline M&A Reviews