Illinois Legal Aid Online: the ‘central nervous system’ of legal services?

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) is basking in praise this month. Just as the American Bar Association prepares for  its annual Chicago Techshow conference, its journal quotes a Legal Services Corporation official, David Bonebrake, as saying that the Chicago-based institution provides ‘the best legal aid website in the country’. (http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/illinois_legal_aid_online) Close readers will recall that … Continue reading Illinois Legal Aid Online: the ‘central nervous system’ of legal services?

Lawyers and Robots? conversation around the future of the legal industry

Lexis Nexis – like the American Bar Association, Law Society and the Legal Education Foundation – has had its go at surveying the future of legal services in the light of advances in technology. Being a publisher, it has gone about the exercise in a distinctive way. It has brought together reports of seven conversations … Continue reading Lawyers and Robots? conversation around the future of the legal industry

Automation and the Rule of Law: a discussion gets personal

David Burrows, a thoughtful commentator on family law and practice in England and Wales, took issue in a recent blogpost with comment on the role of technology in legal services. His ‘open note’ can be found at https://dbfamilylaw.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/innovation-and-an-online-family-law-sector/ and began:  Hello Roger  The nub of your article in New Law Journal 17 February 2017 seemed … Continue reading Automation and the Rule of Law: a discussion gets personal

‘Law by Design’ by Margaret Hagan:  A Challenging Read

Margaret Hagan is director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford Law School.  On her website last month, she published an e-book about her ideas on design which ‘sets forth an agenda for innovation in legal services, with practical, agile and user-centred methods to make the legal system clearer, more efficient, more usable and friendlier’. … Continue reading ‘Law by Design’ by Margaret Hagan:  A Challenging Read

Cate Blanchett voices ground-breaking advice avatar

Few legal aid agencies could think of hiring an Oscar-winning actress to provide the voice of an  avatar to answer online questions from the public. Still fewer could link the actress with a successful artificial intelligence expert who is himself an Oscar-winner. However, this option has been open to Australia’s National Disability Insurance Agency. It … Continue reading Cate Blanchett voices ground-breaking advice avatar