Disruptive technology is, well, disruptive, and it is sweeping all business verticals from legal to education to finance.

Ultimately, with the advent of elements like cloud, SaaS and increased accessibility to advanced components like video, disruptive technologies bring along disruption but also increased efficiency and profitability for those willing to embrace change and innovation.

To that end, the Chronicle editorial staff focused on disruptive technologies within the legal profession for this week’s news round-up. Keep reading below to see what’s happening in legal technology:

This Week in Legal Tech: 6 Things I Believe About Successful Legal Technology

New Above the Law columnist, Robert Ambrogi, brings over 20 years of legal tech experience to his recent post detailing his top six legal tech requirements.

Ambrogi shares that the best legal technology will do two things: make lawyers more efficient or empower them as advocates. The article also stresses that a really good product will do both.

Ambrogi also urges that “technology should work for us, not us for it,” highlighting that legal counsel and personnel should never have to grapple with the technology. Ambrogi offers a common sense explanation to what legal personnel should expect and demand from legal tech.

Want to read Ambrogi’s full list? Click HERE.

Today’s legal technology forecast: Cloudy with high likelihood of SaaS

Lawyer’s Weekly recently shared that “the rise of cloud computing poses new challenges and opportunities for lawyers and legal technology specialists.”

Focusing on the need for legal personnel to educate themselves and novice attorneys as well, the article also asserts that “skilled legal advice must now be accompanied by solid technical experience.”

Want to read the article in its entirety? Click HERE.

Are Robots Going to Take Our Legal Jobs?

Jeff Bennion, Of Counsel at Estey & Bomberger LLP, explores the idea of legal professionals’ jobs being taken over by robots and AI within the next ten years with an air of humorous certainty.

Within the article, Bennion offers a clear explanation of how robots are designed to handle subroutines and how that impacts the robot’s ‘thinking.’ He asserts that while attorneys themselves may not have to be concerned about “a bronze protocol droid in a three-piece suit… drafting an opposition to a motion for summary judgment,” those performing more menial support tasks may see their jobs outsourced sooner rather than later.

Want to read Bennion’s full article? Click HERE.

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