Why we [LexisNexis] Acquired Ravel Law

Jeff Pfeifer, LegalITInsider
To be successful in today’s competitive legal environment, lawyers need to make faster, more informed...
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Financial Times: Artificial Intelligence Closes In On The Work Of Junior Lawyers

Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog
“The 2020s will be the decade of disruption,” says Professor Richard Susskind, co-author of The Future...
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Law Schools and Law Students Both Benefit from Hands-on Experiential Learning Programs

Christy Burke, LegalTech Lever
Don Philbin, a top-ranked mediator in Texas as well as adjunct faculty member and double alumnus at Pepperdine...
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@United and @AmericanAir Prove #Apology Theory

Donald R. Philbin, Jr., ADRtoolbox.com and Picture it Settled
Researchers have recently studied the impact of apologies in averting and resolving disputes. But not even...
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What Solo and Small Firms Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

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Here’s the good news: robot lawyers are not taking over, despite emerging applications for artificial...
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Affirming the District Judge: An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of District Judges Sitting by Designation on Circuit Court Panels
Andrew Sayer, Melanie Hess, and Matthew E. K. Hall, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
Ten of the 12 U.S. courts of appeals regularly invite district court judges to take part in appellate decisions. This practice, known as “sitting by designation,” has received mixed reviews from judges and scholars. Some argue that the practice undermines democratic legitimacy and collegiality on the courts of appeals. Others contend that district court judges sitting by designation have little effect on the process because they are deferential—perhaps far too deferential—toward their circuit...

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Less is More Despite Loss Aversion!
Phyllis G. Pollack, PGP Mediation
In 1979, Daniel  Kahneman and Amos Tversky, in creating their Prospect Theory, developed the important cognitive bias concept of loss aversion. It is summed up in the saying “losses loom larger than gains.” That is, people are more willing to take risks to avoid a loss than to make a gain. In fact, they may work twice as hard to avoid the loss than they would to acquire the gain.  (Loss Aversion, behavioraleconomics.com) This cognitive bias came to mind when I  read an article...

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Unintended Consequences of Global Pandemic: Benefits and Downfalls of Zoom MediationsBeingBeing
Randy Akin, Texas Bar Litigation Section
Being in the legal profession for going on forty years now, I thought I had seen it all in my civil litigation practice. I have picked three juries in a week, and I have picked three juries in a half-decade.I have gone through workers compensation reform, tort reform, court reform, and just about any other reform imaginable, but one part of my practice had gone largely unchanged since I first started performing them in 1989: MEDIATIONS. Below are the three biggest benefits of Zoom (virtual) mediations. Benefit...

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A Year of Zoom Mediations by Dwight Golann
John Lande, Indisputably
Here are some highlights, though it’s worth reading the full article, which is pretty short. People often feel as connected and friendly as in person and sometimes even more so on Zoom. I was particularly intrigued to read that parties often were more active than in person, perhaps related to the fact that everyone has an equal box on the Zoom checkerboard. People often improved their behavior, increasing self-awareness after seeing themselves on the video – and not always liking what...

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