How Smaller Law Firms Can Use Document Assembly

A lot of discussion about how smaller law firms can use document assembly—see for example this article—isn’t particularly exciting. You might be left with the impression that it’s nothing more than mail merge on steroids. I’ll now try to explain why that’s not the case. Speed Looked at in the abstract, here’s the value that document assembly offers: […]

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Why Contract Automation Isn’t Among Bob Ambrogi’s 10 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2014

In this post on his LawSites blog, Bob Ambrogi (@bobambrogi) lists what he considers the ten most important legal technology developments of 2014. It makes for interesting reading, but of course the first thing I looked for was any mention of contract automation. As I would have expected, there was none. That’s because the technology is mature. We’ll […]

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Reports of Automated M&A Contract Creation Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Over the weekend @bickmark sent the following tweet my way: .@KonciseD Does the quote regarding questionnaire-based automation ring true? Has BigLaw automated the M&A agreement? http://t.co/Ok1R2ZZMhO — Mark B (@bickmark) December 28, 2014 Here’s my transcription of the relevant bit of that Marketplace radio segment: James Leipold is executive director for the National Association for Law […]

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A Plausible Candidate for Contract Automation: The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

Change is facilitated by economies of scale: implementing a document-assembly system for contract drafting becomes more feasible if the aim is to serve many users, not one. That’s why I’ve long thought that it would make sense to have trade groups build document-assembly systems for use by their members. To be more specific, a plausible […]

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Bringing Kaizen to the Contract Process

[Comments have finally been enabled on this blog, so you’re welcome to chime in.] I noted with interest this article in the New Yorker by James Surowiecki. It’s about how a focus on incremental gains, in sports and elsewhere, has led to a “performance revolution.” It begins by describing how a “technological and analytical arms […]

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