— October 24, 2018

Your weekly rundown of legal tech + industry news.
Oct 24, 2018


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Avvo is changing its name to Avvo-Martindale, Amazon scraps its automation hiring process amid evidence of bias against women, and a leading marijuana attorney sounds off on the career path less taken.

PS: We just launched our 2018 Data Breach Playbook, download it for free here.



Amazon built an A.I. driven resume evaluator that developed a gender bias. The program pulled from resumes submitted to Amazon HR over the past decade - most of which were from male applicants. Based on this data skew, the system taught itself that male candidates were preferable. It penalized resumes that included the word “women’s,” as in “women’s chess club captain.”

After attempts to correct this, the program was shutdown in early 2017. A spokesperson stated that the tool “was never used by Amazon recruiters to evaluate candidates.”

Read more here.

Marijuana AttorneyMarshall Custer of Husch Blackwell (700+ attorneys), was interviewed by Slate Magazine on the topic of working as an attorney in the weed industry.

With marijuana being legalized in jurisdictions across the globe (looking at you Canada), the international market for cannabis is expected to grow from $7.7 billion this year to $31.4 billion by 2021. When asked if everyone at his firm is cool with the cannabis industry, Custer responded “they sure are now.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Avvo, acquired by Internet Brands earlier this year, has announced they will rebrand to Martindale-Avvo. The Martindale-Avvo umbrella now comprises the online legal brands of Nolo, Martindale-Hubbell, Ngage, and Avvo.

Read more here and here Co-founder, Tony Lai, joined the board of IAALS (the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System) in Denver this week. IAALS announced it is leading a new initiative to expedite the recovery process for victims of natural disasters, which should dovetail with a recent Legal Services Corporation grant for a legal portal dedicated to disaster recovery relief to legal aid organizations in Florida supported by technology.

Read more about IAALS here and the new disaster relief protocol here.



We’ve just launched our 2018 Data Breach Legal Playbook!

In the wake of high profile data breaches at Facebook and Google+, we’ve worked with leading members of our community to put together an internal playbook for in-house counsel and attorneys advising companies.

Download the free, 51-page playbook here.



Legalist is looking for someone to fill their Litigation Counsel position. Based out of San Francisco, CA, the position pays between $100,000 - $150,000.

Run8 Patent Group is hiring for a Patent Agent in San Francisco. The position pays between $100,000 - $180,000.

Interplay Ventures is looking for an Assistant General Counsel in New York City. The position pays between $75,000 - $125,000.



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