Well, that’s a wrap for 2020. What a year! But…regardless of the craziness, we had some great guests who provided a lot of insight about innovating and using technology in legal work.

Below are the Top 5 most listened to episodes of the Technically Legal Podcast in 2020.

#1: Slack’s Cyndi Wheeler & Mark Pike on Automating Legal Workflows And (Not) Using Email

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The overwhelming winner for the top spot is Slack’s Cyndi Wheeler & Mark Pike on Automating Legal Workflows And (Not) Using Email. 

Cyndi and Mark explained how they moved communications with outside counsel away from email and into Slack channels. By doing so, it increased the productivity of their legal team.

The Slack legal team also uses workflows and bots to automate common legal tasks. Like fielding common questions, reviewing common documents and contracts for legal issues. 

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#2: Real Talk About Cross Border Data Transfers & Schrems II With Data Privacy Attorney Christian Auty

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Our conversation with data privacy lawyer (and multiple Technically Legal guest) Christian Auty came in at a strong second place.

Christian talked about the real world implications of the Schrems II opinion from the European Court of Justice and what companies can do to properly handle cross border data transfers.

(TL;DL: Use Standard Contractual Clauses, which are model contract clauses officially sanctioned by the European Commission and bolster them with a law enforcement policy–a specific policy about how a company will handle inquiries from intelligence agencies or law enforcement regarding data.)

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#3: Using AI in Litigation – Thomas Suh (LegalMation Co-Founder)

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Using Artificial Intelligence in litigation was also a popular episode. We talked to legal tech co-founder Thomas Suh about LegalMation— a suite of AI tools that helps attorneys and legal professionals automate routine litigation tasks like drafting pleadings and written discovery responses.

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#4 Anna McGrane & Joshua Fireman on Knowledge and Change Management in Legal Without Boiling the Ocean

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You don’t have to “boil the ocean” to implement innovation and change in a law firm or legal department is what we learned from Anna McGrane, PacerPro COO, and Joshua Fireman, President of Fireman & Company.

Anna and Joshua joined us to talk about a white paper they put together analyzing the time saved and the ROI law firms realized by automating the distribution and processing of federal court filings.

Dealing with pleadings may not be the sexiest legal tech use case, but as Joshua explains, addressing solvable, everyday pain points can be a big win in the development of a knowledge management program and in the bigger picture of change management.

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#5: Michael Volkov on Tech, Software & Data Analysis in Compliance Programs

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Rounding out the list was our conversation with attorney Michael Volkov, head of the Volkov Law Group. He discussed the use of technology, software and data analysis in corporate compliance and ethics programs.

Michael explained that it is very difficult to implement a successful ethics and compliance program without using technology to analyze data.

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Honorable Mention: Why Hackers Like Law Firms & Legal Departments (and Cyber Security 101) with Matthew Holland, CEO Field Effect Software

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And…we will give an honorable mention to our talk with Matthew Holland, CEO of Field Effect Software, a cyber security company providing tools and managed detect and response (MDR) services to protect against cyber attacks. 

Matt’s episode is only a few weeks old, but was a popular episode right out of the gate.

Matt explained why law firms and legal departments are prime targets for hacking. He also offered tips on cyber security best practices for law firms and corporate legal departments (cyber security best practices for all businesses, really).

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