Information: My how, when, what
Any kind of innovation role (whether at a law firm or in-house) will involve keeping up to date with the latest developments and opportunities.
For my role, it's important both for the firm and our clients that I keep my finger on the pulse of advances in practice and matter management, legaltech and other areas.
Relying on emails and bookmarked websites means being exposed to a firehose of information in an already busy inbox, or relies in setting aside time to browse and read. I have become more strategic about what information I consume, how and when - relying on some new and not-so-new technologies to do so!
Below are my (evolving) notes on how I keep up to date, when and what I consume.
How I read
Almost everything I read is funneled through Inoreader, which is a modern RSS/newsfeed reader but has a few superpowers, principally the ability to subscribe to emails and read them alongside all my other news feeds, and filter and alert based on keywords.
Here's a good description of the benefits of Inoreader:
If you're feeling media burnout from overfed social feeds, Inoreader is a news tool that still sparks joy. It's a research tool, intelligence briefing portal and social media filtration system. - CNET
Inoreader have a good primer on RSS feeds here. Other services are available, Feedbin is another well-regarded platform.
I receive a handful of email newsletters via my firm's subscriptions and they are filtered using Rules in Outlook into a Newsletters folder for reading later and preventing noise in my inbox.
When I read
I bookend my day with times set aside for catching up on web content. I try not to dip into Inoreader during the working day as it knocks me off my schedule, unless I have some downtime (e.g. travel, time over lunch). I find it valuable reading content in Inoreader in chunks, as I can draw comparisons and connections between stories - e.g. a variety of perspectives on a recent law firm or legaltech announcement.
What I read
Here's a breakdown of my principal sources and a note on how and when each category is digested.
For general news, discovery of longer-form content and subscribing to a few specific services (e.g. The Times/The Sunday Times and The WSJ) I use Apple News+, part of our Apple One Premier subscription. I use the Save icon quite liberally to bookmark longer-form content for the train etc. When not using AN+, I tend to gravitate to FT.com and Sky News (either their websites or dedicated apps on iPhone & iPad).
- ArsTechnica Link
- The Verge Link
- MIT Technology Review Link and RSS
- Stratechery Link and RSS
- Productivityist Link and RSS
- Benedict Evans Link and RSS
- ThoughtStuff (Tom Morgan) Link and RSS
- Microsoft's Teams Blog Link and RSS
Law, Innovation, LegalTech
- Artificial Lawyer Link and RSS
- Nate's News at LegalTech Fund Link
- Crafty Counsel Legal News Link
- Legal Evolution Link and RSS
- 3 Geeks and a Law Blog Link and RSS
- Law21.ca Link and RSS
- Adam Smith Esq Link and RSS
- Lawyerist Link and RSS
- Anna Lozynski Link and RSS
- Lawtomated Link and RSS
- TechLaw Crossroads Link and RSS
- LegalGeek Link and RSS
- Codex - Stanford Law School Link and RSS
There is plenty of useful activity and reading materials shared on LinkedIn. What follows is a list of people I follow and find their writing useful:
- Electra Japonas and Roisin Noonan from TLB and oneNDA+Claustack
- Crafty Counsel
- Mat Jakubowski
- Mary O'Carroll
- Jason Smith
- Stephen Allen
- Caroline Hill (Legal IT Insider)
- Sarah OUIS
- Jack Shepherd
- Alex Su
- Lucy Bassli
- Marc May (The Legal Technologist)
- Craig Conte
I update this regularly. This list was last updated on 6 January 2023.