Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation

  • Alumni Innovators: Jo-Ná Williams JD'10

    The digital revolution has stunted many traditional businesses, and legal practices are often no exception.

  • Google Glass in Class?

    Professor Perlman applied for – and won – an opportunity to be an early adopter of Google Glass, an exciting new wearable technology. Perlman hopes to come up with innovative ways to use Google Glass in the classroom and in practice.

Suffolk at the MIT Legal Hackathon

MIT is hosting a legal hackathon between June 12 and 14.  Details are here. I’m delighted that Gabe Teninbaum and I will be running a session at the event relating to the drafting of effective legal language.  You can learn more here and here. Read More »

The Most Important Knowledge and Skills for Recent Law Grads

[Cross-posted at Legal Ethics Forum] Professor Neil Hamilton recently posted Changing Markets Create Opportunities: Emphasizing the Competencies Legal Employers Use in Hiring New Lawyers (Including Professional Formation/Professionalism) on SSRN.  Here’s the absract: To guide legal educators and law students in responding to challenging markets both for entry-level employment and for applications to law schools, this article analyzes empirical research on ... Read More »

SeRiouS: an LPTI-supported Project to Improve Students’ Learning and Bar Performance

This post is by Prof. Gabe Teninbaum, a Suffolk Law faculty member who teaches Legal Practice Skills, Negotiation, and, beginning in the fall of 2014, Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines (a core course in the LPTI Concentration).  Gabe is also a frequent contributor to other LPTI initiatives and can be reached at gteninbaum [at] suffolk [dot] edu. Readers can learn ... Read More »

Protecting Client Confidences in a Digital Age: The Case of the NSA

The following item originally appeared on Jurist: Protecting client confidences used to be so much easier.  Lawyers could place sensitive documents in a locked file cabinet behind a locked office door, and that pretty much did the trick. Today, the protection of confidential information is considerably more difficult. Lawyers store a range of information in the “cloud” as well as ... Read More »

Suffolk Law Students are Creating Apps to Promote Access to Justice

In Lawyering in the Age of Smart Machines, Suffolk Law students create software applications, which are typically focused on promoting access to justice. Below, Vedika Mehera describes her app, which she recently completed under the supervision of adjunct professor Marc Lauritsen. *** By Vedika Mehera, 3L My idea: to provide consumers with a less daunting way to protect their rights. ... Read More »

Innovation in Legal Education

In a competition for the best oxymoron, “innovation in legal education” would surely be a contender.  After all, law schools have taught students largely the same knowledge and skillset for decades, despite dramatic changes to the modern legal marketplace.  One explanation for the lack of innovation is that lawyers are trained to be backward-looking – to focus on precedents and ... Read More »

Suffolk Law Launches New “Major” in Legal Technology & Innovation

Suffolk University Law School has launched a new Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration, creating one of the first formal programs in the country to equip JD students with the skills and knowledge they need to compete more effectively in a rapidly evolving legal marketplace. The concentration—which is similar to a major—will prepare students for 21st century legal employment with specialized ... Read More »