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Legalweek 2024

Here's Our Take

Cautious Optimism and Responsible Integration of AI in Legal Services

At Legalweek this year, the atmosphere surrounding augmented intelligence felt markedly more receptive. Legal professionals seem increasingly open to AI integration - seeing potential to transform tedious tasks like contract review and due diligence. Law firms are cautiously optimistic about leveraging leading-edge tools to enhance productivity. However, ignorance on capabilities as well as ethical implementation remains barriers for wholesale adoption.

The clear message was that the future looks more automated, but isn't fully here yet. Practitioners want reassurance before unleashing AI into complex matters. Interest exceeds integration. Workflow disruption concerns temper appetite for adoption absent governance guidance. And access constraints around quality training data continue posing challenges.

However promising novel applications appear for activities spanning document analysis to case prediction, skeptical firms want benchmarks first. Metrics quantifying return on investment could catalyze adoption. Providers should focus on use cases fixing friction points, not technology for its own sake. Clean frameworks easing oversight over AI document review also build user trust.

What seems to excite professionals most are augmented tools streamlining onerous tasks without fully ceding control. Solutions enhancing practitioner efforts appear most primed for adoption. By contrast, "robot lawyers" prompted more hesitation. Technology works best when permeating complex environments gradually.

Skeptical optimism best summarizes the mood among firm leadership around augmented law. Promising? Yes. Proven? Not entirely. Prudent integration respecting practice standards and earning user confidence will unleash AI's full, transformative power.

Legalweek Coverage

Overheard at Legalweek 2024: Legal Tech's Thoughts, Worries and Excitements

Legalweek 2024 in New York saw pushback from law firms toward clients who micromanage too much, an ever-growing curiosity about generative AI and efforts to center data privacy professionals in tech decisions.

Legal Tech Rundown: The Product News You Missed From Legalweek 2024

An update on the legal tech market changes, from product launches to new acquisitions announced during and after Legalweek 2024.

Feb. 2: Legalweek conference recap, and other legal tech conference thoughts

The Legaltech Week Podcast, Hosted by Robert Ambrogi

The panelists share their impressions of Legaltech Week 2024.

Coverage Throughout the Event

News from around the web

February 02, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 3: Focus on AI Stakeholders, Diversity Efforts, and More

After three days of Legalweek, it was clear that not only was the conference getting bigger, but the industry too.


February 02, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 3: The Black Legal Tech Community Forges On, High AI Expenses, and More

In one of the most informative events of Legalweek 2024, the Blacks United in Legal Tech (BUiLT) organization talked about how the community can carve a path forward in what still remains a largely white, male tech landscape.


February 02, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 3: Data Maturity Has Never Been More Vital to Legal's Success

From harnessing AI to supporting ESG and DE&I programs, collecting and being able to interpret data has fast become the foundational building block to the legal market's evolution.


February 01, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 2: Legal Starts to Look Beyond GPT-4 and LLMs

While last year's conference focused on unpacking what generative AI is, Legalweek 2024 in New York took a deeper dive into what the technology means for the industry and what might come next.


February 01, 2024 |

'The Hero's Journey Is Not One of Perfectionism': Molly Bloom Closes Out Legalweek With Advice on Overcoming Adversity and Reinvention

"Whether you win the case for them or not, or make a plea deal, there's a real opportunity to help restore, and help them believe in their second chance," said Molly Bloom, author of "Molly's Game."


February 01, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 2: DISCO's Post-Scandal Year, Gen AI Customization, and More

The second day of Legalweek 2024 in New York highlighted some of the industry's challenges, both present and future.


February 01, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 2: Exciting, New Technology, Same Old Legal Obligations

While some generative artificial intelligence technology may seem new, opaque and groundbreaking, it doesn't change the obligations under American Bar Association ethics rules or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


January 31, 2024 | The American Lawyer

'Late Adopters' or 'Cautious Optimism': Law Firm Partners Share Divergent Approaches to Gen AI

A Legalweek panel highlighted the lack of consensus surrounding how large law firms should be approaching the emerging technology.


January 31, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 1: The ChatGPT Effect, Finding Deepfakes, and More

The first day of Legalweek 2024 was defined by a "ChatGPT effect" influencing customers' expectations of generative AI-powered solutions, entrants into the market and more.


January 31, 2024 | Corporate Counsel

'Find the Vulnerability,' Bryan Cranston Tells Legalweek Attendees

Cranston intended to become a police officer but found himself gravitating toward acting, even though his father's struggles in the profession had split his family.


January 31, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 1: Why Gen AI Still Holds Legal Professionals' Attention

When it comes to the hottest technology of Legalweek 2024, attorneys and legal professionals are uncharacteristically eager, while legal tech vendors are betting that slow and steady may win the race.


January 31, 2024 | Legaltech News

Legalweek Day 1: Love for the LLM Agnostic Approach, and Appeal of 'Humanness'

New legal tech tools and powerful technologies brought not only innovations to Legalweek 2024 in New York, but also brought with them a renewed focus on the importance of relationship-building.