Aleksej Ermolaev recently joined Juro as an ML engineer. Originally from Russia, Aleksej will be working on Juro’s AI capabilities.
Hey Aleksej, welcome to the team! Tell us a bit about your journey to Juro.
I started out working as a software engineer before switching my focus to machine learning and data science. My experience covers working in small startups and big companies, doing mostly machine learning and data engineering stuff.
What are you responsible for at Juro?
I work with the data science team here at Juro to apply machine learning and other technologies to help customers pull useful data out of contracts. Ultimately the goal is to help customers make data driven decisions as well as make their lives easier.
What got you interested in legal tech in the first place?
I think it’s a field where an awful lot can be done. It’s shocking the extent to which legal processes are run manually, sometimes even on paper. Legal services are often inefficient and urgently need transformation. During the process of digitalisation that we have seen with contracts (mostly turning signed contracts into pdf), it turns out that companies have a huge amount of contract data that are both inaccessible and not being used to drive future decisions with contracts. That’s where we can apply ML intelligently.
How do you think AI will transform legal processes?
In the medium term I think that the contracts will become much smarter than before. Over the long term we will have to see - if we get to a state where AI can not only help with grunt work and process but actually assist lawyers in making decisions, that’s very exciting.
What is the hardest thing about what you are working on?
It’s a technical point but creating an end-to-end pipeline for working with data is super hard, because it has a high variation. We have a great team at Juro working to solve hard problems like this.
What is your top tip for contract zen?
What has been the best thing about working at Juro so far?
Firstly, the flexibility of working here. Not just from a remote working perspective but from the perspective of people being driven by great outcomes rather than being rewarded for face time. Secondly, Juro is a particularly data-driven company which is great for people like me with a data background. Third, a great team to work with.
If you were trapped on a desert island, which 3 items would you bring?
Power bank with solar battery, my laptop for creating pull requests and sunblock!