Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.

The ongoing commitment of Thomson Reuters to access to justice and the global rule of law manifests through its long-standing support of programs like Books for Africa – a non-profit organization that sends millions of books, computers, e-books and other educational materials to countries throughout Africa. But the work to strengthen and improve the legal mechanisms in nations like Kenya also comes from “boots on the ground” work led by people like Peter Vincent, general counsel for Thomson Reuters Special Services, who is one of many who have worked closely with lawyers and others throughout the region to support the rule of law as a means to confront violent extremism.


In this very special edition of For Public Consumption, Sharon Sayles-Belton, vice president of government affairs at Thomson Reuters, discusses with Peter how he became engaged in this effort, why this work is so vital to this region and what the future holds for programs like Books for Africa and Lawyers without Borders in Kenya and beyond.

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Earlier this month marked the celebration of World Food Day, which recognizes the persistent issue of food security around the globe. As recent United Nations data suggests, hunger impacts 2 billion people worldwide, and of that, 240 million are women, children, and the elderly who live in Sub-Saharan Africa.


As a technology company, Thomson Reuters works to innovate and create technology to help people to find answers and solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. But today we take a break from looking at how technology can serve professionals to learn how an organization in Minneapolis-St. Paul – Compatible Technology International (CTI) – has taken technology to solve hunger in a unique way.


Listen to a special Legal Current podcast as Sharon Sayles Belton, vice president of Government Affairs & Community Relations with Thomson Reuters, interviews Alexandra Spieldoch, executive director for CTI, about how the organization designs and develops tools for farmers in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa that help them produce food more efficiently.

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The Legal Geek Conference in London gathered together legal technologists from around the world.  Carlos Gamez, senior director of innovation at Thomson Reuters, presented at the conference on how corporations like Thomson Reuters collaborate effectively with startups to create innovative solutions for the legal market. 

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Law firm places tens of thousands of ads on Facebook every year. But following controversies such as the Cambridge Analytica, new Facebook rules designed to prevent election-meddling could, in some instances, hamper legitimate non-political ads from law firms. 


A new FindLaw white paper explains what law firms need to know.  Sean Sands, a Facebook digital specialist, discusses the findings from analyzing thousands of Facebook ads. What triggers to avoid and how to succeed in the appeals process. This is not the end of Facebook advertising for law firms. It’s just the new reality. Is your firm ready?

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Insights from the Edge

This podcast series brings you the latest legal trends and topics as Insight Attorneys sit down with industry experts to discuss hot legal topics. Explore our latest topics to stay informed.

Episode 4: What Makes Good AI

There's no question that artificial intelligence (AI) is making an impact in the legal industry. However, not all AI-enabled solutions are created equal. When you’re choosing what services to incorporate in your practice, you should be aware that there can be big differences in their effectiveness and efficiency. To understand what you should look for in legal AI solutions, it's important to know why artificial intelligence is necessary and what makes good legal AI.

Hear from Tonya Custis, Research Director Center for AI and Cognitive Computing, and Adam Riley, Insight Attorney, from Thomson Reuters on what’s driving the use of AI for lawyers and the key components that are needed to deliver good legal AI.

Insights Attorneys – a new era in legal research support

Our tradition of excellence set by our Reference Attorneys has evolved to the next level of support. To ensure that Westlaw Edge customers get the most out of your subscription, we have a team of Insight Attorneys that are uniquely trained on analytics, artificial intelligence, and big data to assist you with your research needs. Learn more.

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This week, ACAMS 17th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference will be held at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Among the 2,000 public and private sector professionals who will meet and share insights on anti-money laundering and financial crimes at the event is Peter Vincent, general counsel for Thomson Reuters Special Services, who will be among the panelists at a discussion titled, “Crafting Detection and Investigation Systems to Fight Human Trafficking.”

We had a chance to catch-up with Peter to learn about the current state of human trafficking, how public-private partnerships are being deployed to confront the issue and what’s currently missing from discussions of labor and sexual exploitation.