The Workchop Conversation with Keyukemi Ubi, Co-founder at DigiLaw

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

This week, we have Keyukemi Ubi, co-founder and head of operations at Digilaw. Keyukemi is a Law graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. She is currently working as a paralegal freelancer. She loves listening to music, blogging, and engaging in intellectual conversations. Keyukemi aspires to have a long-term effect on the future of Technology law in Nigeria and the world.

How is a typical day like at DigiLaw?

Digilaw is a legal ed-tech startup, and our goal is to bridge the gap between law and technology. So we use channels like articles, research papers, videos, and podcasts to educate both legal and non-legal personnel on the nitty-gritty of legal technology. As head of operations, I keep the engine running. I manage communications with our writers and contributors. I also double as an editor, so I have to make sure that content is well primed for the audience. I have to do some editing and restructuring of articles, make sure they are Search Engine Optimized, create promotional pictures for social media while ensuring we are not violating any media laws or ethics. 

On some other days, I am hustling to make sure that we put out content for the Fit and Proper Podcast (a podcast to help Nigerian Law School Students). I function as the director/ host, so I have to communicate with co-hosts and make sure episodes are recorded, then my partner takes it from there. Some days are quite a roller coaster, and other days things are just slow, but we have to keep moving. 

What apps or gadgets have you been relying on to work, and how do you use them?

Hmm, for gadgets, I would say my phone and laptop. They are my best friends and work buddies. I use my phone for communications, i.e., calling, texting, and emailing stakeholders, depending on my deliverable. I also use calendly for scheduling and zoom for meetings. I probably shut down my laptop like once in two weeks because there is always something pending. 

What is your favorite hack on staying productive?

Daily to-do-list!

I easily get overwhelmed. I know people like to say, “I work well under pressure,” but I can’t say the same for myself. I can survive working under pressure, but I’m not too fond of it, and I would rather plan each step meticulously, so I don’t have to live using the fire brigade approach constantly. So, I have weekly plans and achievements, and then I break them down into small daily plans with designated hours to spend on them. I prioritize the most important and urgent ones and look for how to deal with others over time.  

I also have a daily routine that I try to follow to keep up with my personal development goals. 

How do you recharge or take a break? What do you spend time doing besides work?

I like to take breaks, especially because life is too short for you to work so hard and not enjoy yourself. I don’t go out much so I watch movies, chat with my friends or take long walks. Sometimes I do yoga, and other times I sleep because that’s all I need to recharge. 

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

I like sitcoms, so right now, I am watching The office; I just started season 8. I watch one or two episodes a day. an episode is like 20 mins. I have been alternating between books, so I read One or two chapters of a book and then go to where I stopped in another. So right now, I am concurrently reading: 

– Range: how generalist survive in a specialized world by David Epstein 

– The Singapore Stories, Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

– Venture Deals by Brad Feld

I don’t listen to podcasts as regularly as I used to, but I Like Business wars and I Said What I Said podcasts. 

Who would you like to answer these questions?

My partner, Akin Agunbiade. He is more interesting

LegalTech Communities for Lawyers in Africa

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As legal practitioners in Africa seek a better understanding of what is happening at the cutting edge of law and technology, as well as exploring opportunities to participate in the development or adoption of new legal technologies, there is no shortage of communities to which they can turn. 

Lawyers can join a legal community platform (more virtual than physical) in order to gain access to accurate information and knowledge sharing. Today’s world revolves around interactions and personal relationships, hence being a part of such communities is critical to building a high-quality network of colleagues for situations where you need guidance, advice or suggestions.

After all, who wouldn’t want to be a part of a community that offers free and private connections while still providing opportunities to learn and share information on a daily basis?

Changes in the legal industry brought about by technology have spawned a fascinating network of communities devoted to legal innovation in all its forms:

  1. The Innovation Law Club Africa

The Innovation Law Club Africa (“ILCA”) is a global network of technology law experts. The ILCA was founded to educate and empower lawyers and law students on a wide range of technology law topics. ILCA recognizes the need to train a new generation of African lawyers who understand how the law responds to the growth, challenges, and opportunities of innovation. The ILCA has organized a number of insightful events in line with their objectives. For instance, the conversation with Rajan Gupta, Head of Legal Technology, Facebook. Also, the fireside chat with Aaron Fu, Head of Growth at the Catalyst Fund, and many more. Join the community .

  1. The Africa Law and Tech Network

The African Law & Tech Network is a group of legal industry experts and connectors who collaborate with law firms, regulators, and governments all over the world. The ALT Network’s mission is to strengthen Africa’s legal and technological ecosystem by promoting the growth of enabling legislative and regulatory environments for tech innovation across all industries. Membership of this community comes both in the free access and the paid access. You can get more information on being a member of the community here.

  1. Africa Legal

Africa Legal was created in 2018 with the aim of making it easier for African legal professionals to advance their careers, stay up to date on industry news, and take advantage of digital courses all in one spot. Africa Legal’s mission is to become the go-to resource for African professional careers at any time and any place.

  1. Legal Hackers

Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists, and academics who explore and create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing legal and technological issues. Legal Hackers identify challenges and opportunities in the practice of law through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops. In Africa, there is Legal Hackers Lagos, Legal Hackers Abuja, Legal Hackers Cape Town, Legal Hackers Accra, Legal Hackers Kampala, and many more.

  1. Lawyers Hub Kenya

The Lawyers Hub, Kenya is a Legal-Technology Policy organization whose mission is to provide creative and technology-driven solutions to policy, legal practice, and access to justice, with an emphasis on technology-driven businesses and policy alternatives. HiiL, Google, Omidyar Network, Scale My Hustle, Amnesty International, and others have lent their support to this community. The Lawyers Hub, Kenya has a telegram community platform that you can join here.

  1. Africa Innovation Law and Tech Academy

The academy equips students with the legal expertise and technical skills necessary to comprehend the relationship between law, technology, and innovation.

7. Lawyers in Tech

The Lawyers in Tech community has a mission to ensure that new generation of lawyers are well-prepared to practice law in this digital age. They believe that lawyers must be bilingual; they must understand both the language of the code and the language of the law. For anyone interested in being a part of this community, you can send your names and phone numbers to faithbose.obafemi@gmail.com.

  1. Africa Law Tech Association

This association was formed by the Lawyers Hub with the aim of engaging Individual members, institutions, law firms, tech firms, development partners, other relevant organizations across the continent on law and technology spheres. The association is also the organizer of the annual Africa Law Tech Festival, an annual conference designed to appeal to a wide array of players in the legal tech space through a multifaceted approach to conferencing. The Festival brings together like-minded individuals to lead idea-focused conversations and further innovation. Join the community here.

It is important and beneficial to be a member of any of the communities as even the African proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

The Workchop Conversation with Bright Oleka

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

This week, we have Bright Oleka, Head of Product at JUDY. Bright is a graduate of statistics from Abia state University but fell in love with tech. He started out as a web developer, and he then tagged along his cousin Vincent Okeke in creating West Africa’s first e-learning platform called doviLearn.com. He is also a lover of great design and is obsessed with client relationship management.

What is the problem you aimed to solve when starting Judy?

My Co-founder is the son of a Justice of the Appeal Court of Ghana. Growing up, he was often tasked with assisting his father in bookmarking cases in law reports, pointing out inaccurate citations, and other paralegal duties. Over the years, he came across various software that were supposed to make his ‘job’ obsolete, but they were all clunky (old-fashioned). After completing his CS degree, he investigated the issue further, only to find that the problem stretched far beyond Ghana. Hence, JUDY was born.

What does your work as a Product Head involve?

As the head of product, I work closely with the tech team in creating some user-centric products we have launched over time like our desktop application, JUDY Lite and our most premium feature: JUDY Plus. I’m also heavily involved with customer relationship management.

How does Judy work in making legal research faster and efficiently to lawyers?

We have obtained, digitized, and uploaded over 70,000 cases from the Supreme and Appeal Courts of Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya to our database. After digitization, the cases required additional formatting and grammatical corrections. Therefore, we built an internal Editorial Dashboard where our team of lawyers edit, format, and annotate principles established in a  case. 

This enables us to present cases to users in a properly formatted, navigable structure. We then use our lawyers’ annotations as labeled training data (about 10,000 data points so far) to subsequently develop insights for end-users, such as finding cases with similar principles, or similar issues. Each data point (of the training data)  generally consists of a specific legal principle and the corresponding passage where that principle is applicable. With sufficient training, our model is able to identify all relevant legal principles in a given case judgment.

Search results are further prioritized by how frequently a case has been referenced, therefore, landmark cases rank higher.

With a well-trained AI, we will scalably derive insights from cases and forgo a large editorial team. We have also developed a method to fine tune our algorithm to generate case summaries.

What apps, gadgets or tools have you been relying on to work and how do you use them?

Due to the pandemic, I work remotely and the tools below are what I use to effectively carry out a lot of my day-to-day tasks.

  1. Google Meet & Zoom for communication
  2. Slack  & Airtable for Project management
  3. Intercom for client complaint resolution and feedback
  4. Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Premier Pro for designs & video editing

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

I’m not reading any book at the moment but my daily addictions are on podcasts & YouTube. I listen to a lot of content from “The Business of Design” Podcast and also Alex Harris material’s because of his knowledge on Product growth, user engagement & design.

Who would you like to answer these questions?

I would recommend Charles Thompson, Chief Technical Officer, JUDY.

The Workchop Conversations with Jesutooni Ajiboye

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the legal tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

This week, we have Jesutooni Ajiboye, a Lawyer and a freelance writer, working an in-House role with one of the pioneer financial institutions in Lagos, Nigeria. He also works in a product marketing role with a Fintech startup, SwipeNG, based out of Lagos and operating in Nigeria. Jesutooni believes that its been fun ever since he found out that working in tech always offers you the opportunity to criss-cross industries and even job roles, sometimes. 

How is a typical day like at SwipeNG?

So, SwipeNG is a startup which seeks to provide interest-free credit to users across Nigeria through credit cards. A product marketing role basically entails selling the main products of the company to users through stories, graphics, blogposts and other means of marketing. This also entails managing the social media outlook of the fintech firm as well as working with other deoartments in bringing great customer experience for users. For me, it’s been an exciting role as I enjoy talking about impactful financial products and I’m confident what we have started at SwipeNG will reshape the microlending sector, in the long run. 

What apps, gadgets or tools do you use for work and how do you use them?

There are quite a number of software and hardware solutions which I use that positively impact my work. I’d say one of the most impactful software solutions for remote work, which has fully been in place since I started working with SwipeNG, is Slack. I admire how Slack has reshaped working with different departments and it is just like having your physical office on your phone or laptop. Of course there are concerns about how this affects one’s work-life balance but that has not really been a problem for me, working at SwipeNG. Regarding other tools which I use, some affect my work directly such as Copy.ai (a friend actually introduced me to this tool) and it is great for all copywriters out there. Another tool which I regularly use is Notion which helps me structure my to-dos and deliverables. The wonder with Notion is that it helps you add various types of files so it really is the perfect Virtual Assistant for a freelancer. 

What are you currently reading, watching listening to?

What am I reading? Currently, not reading a book. Confession, I buy more books than I read most times. However, I do podcasts more and I would readily recommend Business Wars by Wondery, The Intelligence by Economist and Fintech Insider Podcast by 11 FS. These are just some of the podcasts I listen to for fun and education. What am I watching? The Office (US), a comedy series about workplace drama and life.

Who would you like to answer these questions?

Ohotu Ogbeche, Ademola Adeyoju, Ademola Adekunbi and Mallick Bolakale readily come to mind as people who work in Law and Tech. You may also want to speak with the Co-Founder of SwipeNG, Temidayo Dauda, who is also a Lawyer.

The Workchop Conversations with Damilola Ajiboye : Product Manager at DIYlaw Nigeria

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the legal tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

This week, we have Damilola Ajiboye, Product Manager at DIYlaw. Damilola is an avid learner and a technology enthusiast. In the past, he had tried his hands on different things like Digital Marketing, Web design, and development, and fashion blogging. Currently, he finds himself always excited about using technology to solve user’s pain points hence his passion for product management. At DIYlaw, he manages the company’s products by working with customers and team members to improve on already existing product offerings and introduce new products that address user’s vulnerabilities.

Tell us, what’s your typical workday like?

I start the day by checking emails (To see if I’m not serving as a bottleneck to any process) and attend to them as a matter of priority, I then check the product backlog and track progress, Monitor key metrics, NPS, and compare with same weekday of the previous week, I check the product roadmap to see if there are initiatives/timelines that need adjustment, wrap up the day by reading Industry news from Google Alerts.

Tell us about the products/services you manage at DIYlaw.

I manage DIY Registrations, DIY Documents, DIY Engage, DIY Resources, and some products in the pipeline.

What apps, gadgets or tools have you been relying on to work and how do you use them?

The apps I use are Slack for Communication, GSuite for Team Collaboration, Jira for Project Management and Roadmapping, Figma for Design and Prototyping, Google Analytics for Data Analytics, and Delighted for Net Promoter Score. 

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

I listen to NPR’s How I Built This Podcast by Guy Raz. It’s a podcast on how entrepreneurs (startup founders) painstakingly built their businesses from the ground up. It’s an amazing show. 

Who would you like to answer these questions?

I nominate Oluwatosin Amusan.

The Workchop Conversations with Selina Onyando

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the legal tech & justicetech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

Our next conversation is with Selina Onyando, Tech Policy Fellow at The Lawyers Hub, Kenya where she works in promoting creative policy solutions for inclusive and sustainable digital economies. 

What does your job as a Tech Policy Fellow entail? Could you give us a peep into your everyday life at work.

As a Tech Policy Fellow, most of my work is centered around capacity building for young entrepreneurs in Africa, as well as policy review and co-creation. A typical day consists of meetings with the Lawyers Hub team and partners. In the evenings, I like to get into research and drafting. Its the best time for me to work; there are not as many distractions. 

What apps, gadgets, or tools have you been relying on to work from home, and how do you use them? 

I always have my laptop, phone and tablet with me. I use them interchangeably depending on where I am or what I’m working on. I rely heavily on my phone for calls, emails and working on documents on the fly. For apps, Zoom is my go-to platform for meetings. I also leverage monday.com to keep track of my tasks and what the rest of the team is up to. I cannot live without iCalendar as it helps me keep track of events and meetings. My most important app has to be Google Docs. Its easier to co-create with and syncs well with all my devices. 

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

My current read is, Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. I hope to delve more into that. I’m not big on TV, but can’t stop watching Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. A huge chunk of my free time is spent listening to music. I currently have a few albums on rotation, including, Amaaraes, The Angel You Don’t Know and Freddie Gibbs, Alfredo. I’ve also been listening to a playlist that I curate every year; it features my favourite tracks from 2020. 

Who would you like to answer these questions?

Linda Bonyo, CEO, Lawyers Hub Kenya.