We’re Hiring for a Clojure DevOps Engineer!

DiligenceEngine is a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate legal work. We’re looking for a DevOps engineer to help us manage and automate our technology stack. Our team is small, pragmatic, and inquisitive; we love learning new technologies and balance adoption with good analysis. We prefer to hire in the Toronto area, but also welcome remote work in a time zone within North America.

Primary skills we are looking for:

  • proficiency with scripting for automating tasks (we use Python and a bit of Bash)
  • proficiency in Linux systems administration
  • knowledge of system security
  • proficiency with PostgreSQL administration
  • knowledge of managing clusters and highly available systems, especially PostgreSQL

Skills that are nice to have:

  • some Clojure experience
  • familiarity with Docker
  • building distributable virtual machines


  • approximately 50% systems administration and 50% development
  • required to be on-call at some times
  • maintaining and extending cluster manager software
  • automating build and deployment processes
  • automating testing processes

Don’t worry if you are only experimenting with Clojure or other nice to have skills: we’re happy to help you learn. Development tasks vary depending on your strengths and interests. Everything from working with our clustering software to the web service is an option. We are really interested in someone who sees an opportunity to automate something, helps us work out the kinks, and takes the initiative and does 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.

Audio/Slides of Noah’s Talk at ILTA14 Online

iltaIn late August, 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 has gotten a lot of attention and enthusiastic feedback. My co-presenters have all put extensive, worth-reading blog posts out with details of their talks.

Thanks to Ryan, you can now listen to the audio of our presentation while seeing the slides at their correct time. I recommend accessing this video via Ryan’s blog post below (since you can also read attendee speaker evaluations there, e.g., “Can’t emphasize enough how superb this session was. Excellent and well-informed panel with excellent moderator…”, “Fantastic! Best session at ILTA!!”), but I have also embedded the video here. My talk starts 24 minutes in.

I really enjoyed this presentation, and you might find it worth watching if you are interested in different views in the future of law practice.

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DiligenceEngine in Above the Law

Ever since I was in Biglaw, I’ve regularly checked Above the Law. As a longtime reader, it was a lot of fun being featured in there, in conversation with Zach Abramowitz of ReplyAll. Even better, the story wasn’t about me doing something embarrassing or treating our employees poorly! Our discussion covers what’s wrong with how most firms do diligence now, why we built DiligenceEngine, some differentiators between our offering and others, and more. Check it out!

DiligenceEngine on Above the Law

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.