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Legal Startups Panel at NELIC!

§ March 29th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

As promised, I’m thrilled to announce a full session of panelists for the NELIC conference on startups in the legal space, featuring (from left to right):

Moderated by Cole Krumbholz, the panel will cover the dynamic ecosystem of startups springing up to address and attack problems in the legal industry. Who’s funding these ventures? Who will lead this businesses? How will they change the frontier of innovation in the industry? And, perhaps most importantly how might they change the public norms and expectations around the legal practice? Excited — we’re looking forward to get a chance to get their take on how the space is looking at the moment, and where it’ll be headed into the future.

Thrilled to have such a totally stellar group of panelists and sure that the discussion will be fast and fierce. We’ve gone ahead and updated the schedule accordingly. Registration is available here, and student/press passes are available by sending an e-mail to

Personal Data and Legal User Interfaces: Joe Andrieu at NELIC!

§ March 28th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

Finally rounding out our legal user interface design session today by announcing that we’ve confirmed the ever-awesome Joe Andrieu as a speaker for NELIC!

Joe is co-chair of the Information Sharing work group at the Kantara Initiative, where he’s working to define a technology, business, and legal framework for giving individuals control over the data they share with vendors and online services.

He also serves on the Steering Committee for Project VRM, a research and development project from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society that encourages the development of tools by which individuals can take control of their relationships with organizations — especially in commercial marketplaces. He’ll be speaking about their work in both implementing the complex legal aspects of managing personal data online, and how they’ve been thinking about implementing it in a way that allows everyday users to easily navigate those transactions.

By our count, we’re hitting the t-minus three week mark on the conference, so expect things to accelerate from here on in!

Captains of Legal Finance: Richard Fields Confirmed!

§ March 24th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

It’s been a crazy week of scheduling and panel wrangling here at NELIC conference headquarters as we head into the home stretch (so we’ve been a bit slow on blogging here). In any case, I’m thrilled to announce today that the first member of our stellar panel on the past, present, and future of legal finance has officially confirmed!

Today, I’m excited to welcome Richard Fields to NELIC. Richard is the CEO over at Juridica Capital Management, arguably the leading firm involved in providing financing to large business claims and disputes.

In addition to his work at Juridica, he also serves on the board of the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice. NELIC couldn’t be luckier to have him at the conference.

Stay tuned for more — I’ve gone ahead and updated the schedule as per usual. We’ve also got a late breaking panel coming together behind the scenes that I think will be of big interest. And a reminder that registration is now open (and tickets are going fast)!

Ayelette Robinson at NELIC!

§ March 18th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

The team over here at NELIC headquarters has been super excited about how the legal automation session is shaping up for the conference. We’ve got Pablo Arredondo with Occam, Inc., speaking about the moving frontier of startups in the legal automation space. We’ve also got Michael Poulshock, talking about how automation is changing the way the government processes legal work.

We’ve been looking for a third person to round out the panel, talking about how automation is hitting legal practice, particularly among the more nimble and progressive firms. Glad to say we’ve found the perfect person for that slot, and are excited to announce that she’s officially agreed to participate in NELIC this year!

Ayelette Robinson is the Director of Knowledge Technology and Knowledge Management Counsel at Littler Mendelson P.C., where she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of the firm’s technology-based knowledge management systems. She’s also the San Francisco rep for the International Legal Technology Association. As if that weren’t enough, she’s also one of the regular contributors behind one of RR&H’s favorite Three Geeks and a Law Blog. Excited to have her!

Schedule updated as per usual — have a good weekend!

Creative Commons Vice President Mike Linksvayer at NELIC!

§ March 17th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

Sorry about the delay in posting, dear readers! We’ve been busily cranking away at getting some final speakers into place for our panels and spreading the word about the conference (with a quick trip out to the annual SXSW Interactive festival in between), so just now getting a chance to drop an update out to the blog.

Today, glad to be back on track filling out our already awesome list of panelists. Specifically, glad to announce that the Vice President of Creative Commons Mike Linksvayer will be joining our panel on designing legal interfaces! Creative Commons is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that supports a permissive copyright licensing framework that allows people to freely share and remix media.

The design of their licensing framework and their dead-simple copyright deed generator are premiere examples of what can be done in assembling streamlined “human-readable” interfaces for non-lawyers to easily manage the law and legal transactions. He’ll be talking about CC’s approaches to user experience on this front, and its massive impact worldwide.

We’re thrilled to have him on the panel. Schedule updated, stay tuned for more tomorrow!

photo courtesy Joi Ito CC BY

The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Sponsors NELIC

§ March 10th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Sponsors § No Comments

It’s always great to get some home-field support for a first time event, and so I’m terrifically excited to officially announce today that Berkeley Law’s very own Center for Law and Technology has come on board as a conference partner with NELIC for April!

If you’re not familiar with the work of BCLT, you should definitely check it out. The center plays host to some of the biggest intellectual titans currently going in the IP and technology policy space, and runs a fantastic series of conferences and speakers on the intersections between the law and a sprawling universe of issues in privacy, electronic commerce, digital entertainment, cleantech, telecommunications regulation, and beyond.

We couldn’t have picked a better crew of folks to team up with (thanks again to Robert Barr for giving us a shot), excited to have them with us in April!

NELIC Registration Is Open!

§ March 9th, 2011 § Filed under Announcement, Conference § No Comments

As promised, the partners of Robot Robot & Hwang are very proud today to officially open registration for the first-ever New and Emerging Legal Infrastructures Conference!

As announced earlier, it will be a one-day conference happening on April 15th here at Berkeley Law School. We’ll be bringing together the lawyers, entrepreneurs, and technologists who are working to build the biggest disruptive technologies in the legal industry. Our aim is to provide a meeting point for a deep and substantive discussion about the long-term impact of these technologies, and how they might come to be broadly adapted in the industry as a whole. The full schedule is available here.

We’ve set up a page at Eventbrite to manage the registration, you can snag a conference pass here.

We have an early bird registration at $60 for the full day of events, that will rise as we get into April. Let us know if there’s any questions or if there’s any issues with Eventbrite by dropping an e-mail to

NELIC Confirms Franny Lee

§ March 8th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

As promised, this week has a whole slew of news coming out from NELIC conference headquarters.

Today, I’m very excited to announce that we’ve confirmed that Franny Lee will be joining us for the conference in April! Franny is a former composer and jazz musician, and a graduate of Stanford Law School in their Law, Science, and Technology program. In the past, she has worked as an intellectual property litigator at Cassels Brock & Blackwell in Toronto, and has provided advice and guidance to the Copyright Board of Canada. She’s currently a Resident Fellow at the Stanford Center for Computer and Law.

At the conference, she’ll be speaking on our legal interfaces session, tackling the implications and best practices around the creation of “human-readable” systems that make it easy for even non-lawyers navigate legal work and transactions. Specifically, she’ll be discussing her work on the soon-to-be-launched Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange, a service that is aiming to provide a streamlined online marketplace for managing copyright clearances. It’s groundbreaking stuff, in our humble opinions, and NELIC is absolutely thrilled to have her.

We’ve updated our schedule as per usual. And, true to our word, registration for the conference will be officially opening up tomorrow! Stay tuned.

Harvard University Law Lab Sponsors NELIC!

§ March 7th, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Sponsors § No Comments

It’s been a crazy weekend of developments here at NELIC conference planning headquarters, but I just wanted to take a moment to jot out a quick note this morning to announce that Harvard University’s Law Lab has come on board as a sponsor for NELIC in April!

The Law Lab is the brainchild project of our friends over at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and is affiliated with the Kauffman Foundation. The project is devoted to investigating and experimenting with the various forces — evolutionary, social, psychological, neurological and economic — that shape the function of the law. They’ve worked on a variety of projects that touch upon the legal technology aspects of NELIC, including an open-source project to easily manage Vermont’s virtual LLC’s, and the streamlined automation of contract term sheets for entrepreneurs. We’re thrilled to have them aboard.

In any case, much more to come out this week, including more speakers, sponsors, and we’ll be opening up registration on Wednesday! Stay tuned!

Legal Automation and Startups: Pablo Arredondo at NELIC!

§ March 3rd, 2011 § Filed under Conference, Speakers § No Comments

As promised, we’ve got another speaker coming out of the gate today — excited to announce that our friend Michael Poulshock will be joined on the panel about legal automation by entrepreneur Pablo Arredondo.

Like many of the other speakers so far confirmed for NELIC, Pablo is a fellow at the Stanford Center for Computers and the Law, where his research focuses on the interface of information technology with the work of litigation. He currently co-founder and CEO of Occam, Inc., a startup that focusing on the technology of legal informatics and automation. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and before working on Occam represented a variety of technology companies in patent litigation on the district and appellate level.

Thrilled to have him! We’ve updated the schedule accordingly, as per usual.

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