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Vermont Law Leads Again at LegalTech

January 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764, pglenshaw@vermontlaw.edu

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Jan. 30, 2014—Students and faculty from the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School will attend LegalTech 2014 in New York City, bringing with them ideas and expertise that are sought after by industry leaders like Google, LexisNexis, and Capital Novus. This is the fourth year Vermont Law has attended the conference, which has resulted in jobs for students and research support for faculty.

Considered the largest and most important legal technology event of the year, LegalTech annually draws tens of thousands of attorneys and legal staff seeking the latest information in an estimated $20-30 billion industry to improve the way they practice law in an ever-changing technological world.

Among the Vermont Law faculty attending LegalTech is Professor Oliver Goodenough, director of the Center for Legal Innovation (CLI) and recipient of a Google grant on how technology is changing the study and practice of law.

“The LegalTech show is an important showcase for the technology companies that are revolutionizing large portions of legal practice,” Goodenough said. “For a law school to have a presence there is more than just an opportunity for its students; it makes a statement about the school’s commitment to leadership in the new reality of the law.”

In addition, Jeanne Eicks, managing director of CLI, will attend and be interviewed by LexisNexis on Tuesday, Feb. 4, regarding her legal game “Evidence Challenge,” which was released at the American Association of Law Schools by LexisNexis earlier this month.

“The exchange of information at LegalTech is invaluable to my students as we continually explore eDiscovery, virtual law practice, automated legal systems and other emerging trends,” Eicks said. “It is also a great networking experience for them to establish connections with global innovators.”

In addition to “Evidence Challenge,” Eicks wrote a chapter for “Educating the Digital Lawyer,” which will be distributed Thursday, Feb. 6, at the “Women in eDiscovery” panel. Published by LexisNexis in 2012, the eBook was co-edited by Professor Goodenough, who is widely regarded as an academic leader in legal innovation and a pioneer of both the digital law revolution and applications of cognitive science to law.

Among the Center for Legal Innovation students attending LegalTech are Sarah Truckle ’14 and Samantha Mashler ’14, both Google grant fellows, and alumna Amanda Lee ’13, who was hired as a technology solutions analyst with Capital Novus, a global firm that provides knowledge management and litigation support consulting services.

“Vermont Law School’s legal technology courses and professors were integral to my finding a job prior to graduation,” Lee said. “As part of the digital drafting course, I was able to attend LegalTech [in 2013] and talk with many of the attorneys and companies there. This gave me better insight into the numerous ways that technologically-savvy attorneys can thrive in our current economy and help shape the law to come.”

Dan Fineberg is a former Center for Legal Innovation student who began his career as a result of attending LegalTech. He is currently employed at Exari, a Boston-based firm focusing on legal document automation, after receiving his Vermont Law degree.

“As part of my job, I advise corporate counsel on how best to automate large suites of different contracts, organize and streamline their contracting process, and assist in the automation of documents,” Fineberg said. “In addition, I help to devise new functionality for the product, especially in the realm of contract lifecycle management. I also teach user training courses in both Exari contract management and Exari Power Author, and collect business requirements from clients.”

Fineberg added that “taking eLawyering [at Vermont Law School] has been a huge help in developing the necessary skills to succeed in today’s legal market.”

For more information about the Center for Legal Innovation at Vermont Law School, call 802-231-1005, email innovation@vermontlaw.edu or visit http://bit.ly/1eafhaK.

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