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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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December 18, 2023 | The Recorder

For California Employers, New Year Means New Laws

As 2023 draws to a close, employers should familiarize themselves with these new laws to ensure timely compliance, according to Hunton Andrews Kurth's Julia Trankiem and JeeHyun Yoon.

By Julia Trankiem and JeeHyun Yoon

6 minute read

December 18, 2023 | The Recorder

Telling My Whole Life With AI's Words: Ethical Considerations Regarding Attorney Use and Misuse of Artificial Intelligence

Next week, Fugees rapper Pras Michel is set to make his case for a new trial after his attorney allegedly violated ethics rules when he used an AI tool the lawyer invested in to draft a closing statement in the artist's foreign influence case. Ahead of the hearing, Simpson Thacher's Laura Lin and Rachel June-Graber break down the ways legal counsel can run afoul of ethics rules when using artificial intelligence.

By Laura Lin and Rachel June-Graber

5 minute read

December 15, 2023 | The Recorder

Navigating Gray Divorce: Legal Insights for Ending Long Marriages

Divorces among older adults, often termed "gray divorce," present distinct challenges compared to divorces at younger ages, according to family law attorney Channe Coles.

By Channe G. Coles

5 minute read

December 15, 2023 | The Recorder

'Thomson Reuters v. Ross Intelligence': AI Copyright Law and Fair Use on Trial

Many more jury trials will be required if judges must refrain from deciding whether the purpose of a generative AI system's use of copyrighted material to learn language patterns is to produce a new product or to replicate the creative expression of the copyrighted material, according to Sushila Chanana and Vanessa K. Ing of Farella Braun + Martel.

By Sushila Chanana and Vanessa K. Ing

6 minute read

December 15, 2023 | Law.com

How Jurists Joined Forces to Help Women Judges Evacuate Afghanistan

In this week's episode, Judge Toni Clarke shared how international coalitions helped women judges escape Afghanistan when the Taliban took over.

By Alaina Lancaster

1 minute read

December 11, 2023 | The Recorder

The Top Five Patent Decisions of 2023

From life sciences to industrial designs to trade shows, these decisions spanned a wide variety of patent law issues and signal that Constitutional patent rights are still exploring new legal questions and breaking new ground almost 250 years after our nation's founding, says Armond Wilson's Monica Arnold and Michelle Armond.

By Monica Arnold and Michelle Armond

6 minute read

December 11, 2023 | The Recorder

Attorneys May Face Scrutiny From the Bar for Conduct in Their Private Lives

There can still be ethical risks for attorneys engaging in criminal or unethical conduct in their private lives, according to Dentons' Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair.

By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair

6 minute read

December 09, 2023 | Law.com

How an Eight-Figure Verdict Helped Spur Transformation in This Legal Department

In this episode, Law.com Litigation Reporter Aleeza Furman talks with Temple University Health Network General Counsel John Ryan about how, in the wake of an eight-figure verdict, his legal department decided to revamp its approach to litigation.

By Alaina Lancaster | Zack Needles

1 minute read

December 06, 2023 | The Recorder

Early Insights Into 2024 PR Predictions

As the PR industry gears up for 2024, let's break with the tradition of waiting until year's end to share so we can be prepared at the start of the new year, write PR strategists Elizabeth Lampert and Lara Cupit.

By Elizabeth Lampert and Lara Cupit

5 minute read

December 05, 2023 | The Recorder

Norton Rose Appoints Emerging Technologies Partner as San Francisco Partner-in-Charge

Jason Novak, the firm's new partner-in-charge in San Francisco, will oversee the office's transition into a new workspace.

By Alaina Lancaster

7 minute read