The founders of Traklight and Hire an Esquire will this month formally launch Evolve Law to act as a catalyst and community for legal and legal technology innovation.
The company, which had its soft launch 18 months ago, has so far signed up Valcu, Sharewave, eBrevia, Patdek, FactBox and NextGenJustice and is understood to be talking to corporates such as LegalZoom, Thomson Reuters, Clio and Avvo, as well as several large law firms.
Unlike other legal technology innovation platforms launched recently, Evolve Law is not itself geared towards financial investment, but will instead act as catalyst and connector, bringing together a community to “share leads, technology and collaborate on all things legal tech,” according to Traklight’s Mary Juetten (pictured), who founded Evolve Law alongside Hire an Esquire’s co-founder Jules Miller.
Juetten says Evolve Law’s focus will be “improving the adoption rate, increasing access to capital, bringing together the large players and the small companies – [and providing] exposure for the latter.”
The Evolve Law community will include legal technology entrepreneurs, law firms committed to innovation, law schools, legal technology investors and other legal industry organisations.
The first event will be in Boston on 30 September and Juetten is speaking at Clio’s conference in October on key performance indicators and the practice of law. She said: “All the technology in the world will not necessarily matter if you do not measure its impact.”
Other recent legal technology innovation platforms include Dentons’ technology investment arm NextLaw Labs, which in August teamed up with IBM to create a cloud-based technology platform for startups.