BEAGLE: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Posted by Cian on Jan 5, 2017 10:22:36 AM

Legal Tech and AI have both experienced a whirlwind year. It’s been fascinating to watch the perspectives from notable visionaries, academics, lawyers, journalists and tech bloggers alike! The cumulative effects of open-minded communication amongst these forward-thinking people are starting to bring tangible solutions to an industry which, was quite overdue for some serious modernization.

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Topics: Machine Learning, Legaltech, AI

ENTHUSIASTIC LEADERSHIP

Posted by Cian on Nov 2, 2016 6:51:31 AM

This Fall, the world seems to have differing opinions on who makes a good leader. Leaders are often judged by something memorable or charismatic about their personality, facial expressions or even their voice. A good leader seems to be depicted well in a political cartoon. They may be somebody you can easily poke fun at. Some of you may think of a Dictator, Prime Minister or President. Maybe some of you blur those lines. ;)

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Topics: Legaltech, TEAM PLAYER, LEADERSHIP, WORKPLACE

INDIA'S INSIGHTS ON BALANCING LIFE & TECH

Posted by Cian on Oct 26, 2016 12:40:59 PM

I enjoy Ted Talks. I have watched hundreds of them. Up until now, the ones which pop up are the big inspirational leaders who have found multimillion dollar success.

This past weekend, I found myself watching Ted Talks from other countries. And beacuse I have done consitutional law reasearch for Indian based NGOS's, India; a land of awseome culture, resilienace, and personality, was a ripe focus for my foreign Ted Talk exploration

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Topics: Legaltech, AI, technology, balancing life and work, time management

THE DANGERS OF BEING CALLED AN "AI LAWYER"

Posted by Cian on Aug 30, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Our friends at ROSS Intelligence have had some fantastic milestones this year. One of them was when a significant bankruptcy law firm "hired an Artificial Intelligent Lawyer" from ROSS. This press release caused some huge conversation online. Some of the comments, I take issue with, in short: 
1. There was an unwarranted concern on how ROSS uptake would cause an issue with training lawyers.
2. There was a complete and utter misclassification of ROSS as a "Lawyer".
3. There was a poorly articulated reflection on how technology can assist in our day-to-day lives.

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Topics: Machine Learning, Legaltech, #Lawyers, Artificial Intelligence, AI, NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

TO BID OR NOT TO BID? - THAT IS THE QUESTION

Posted by Cian on Jul 19, 2016 11:30:00 AM

"People just naturally assume that dogs would be incapable of working on some sort of construction project. But what about just a big field full of holes?” ~Jack Handey

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Topics: Construction, Machine Learning, Legaltech, #Lawyers, Data, Bid Assessment

Before You Get Into It, How Do You Get Out Of It?

Posted by Samantha on Jan 22, 2016 1:03:59 PM

We all know it's important to read a contract before you sign it. Understanding what you are getting into helps avoid costly legal mistakes and misunderstandings from the beginning. 

As soon as I am handed a contract, I begin flipping through the pages looking for one thing: how do I get out of it? Understanding the termination clauses is my first form of insurance and protection against future possible business risks. 

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Topics: Beagle, Contract analysis, Legaltech

Should Lawyers Be Worried About AI?

Posted by Cian on Jan 19, 2016 11:58:37 AM


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a loose term for the augmentation and automation of tasks. When a task is more than a yes-or-no question– and you can get a computer to answer it–  you arguably have an artificially intelligent system. 

 

As a fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and as the founder and CEO of a legal tech company that uses machine learning, lawyers frequently ask my opinion on whether or not the legal industry should adopt the use of AI systems.

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Topics: Legaltech, #Lawyers, Artificial Intelligence

5 Strange and Misunderstood Legal Clauses Explained

Posted by Cian on Jan 12, 2016 11:06:27 AM

 Refer to Beagle’s blog for a continuing series on contract support, as we discuss legal urban legends, simple language, and the odd variety of legal commitments that pass just under your nose.

 

‘Terms & conditions’ appear ubiquitously in our use of products and services online– and too often, we swallow legal agreements without fully understanding what they say.

 

The focus of legal terms and conditions is to limit the liability of the provider, and to specify the nature of what a user can and cannot do. Terms of Use;  Terms and Conditions; Acceptable Use Policy; and End User License Agreements are each ways to describe legal rights and limits. They are the most common (and most misunderstood,) of the contracts in our day-to-day life and they use a carefully selected language.

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Topics: LegalX, Beagle, Legal Industry, Legaltech