JordanFurlong + research   57

Legal Research Tools Are Changing Law Practices—to a Point | Legaltech News
Still, while each research platform has crossover appeal, each also has particular strengths and limitations. Williams-Range said that Westlaw Edge, for instance, is “one of the best on the market” for U.S. law and litigation analytics, and is one of the tools most used by the firm’s litigation team. However, she said it’s limited in what it can offer in the way of transaction analytics.

On the other hand, she said that Bloomberg Law, while newer than the others, is one platform that is “coming up in the market on the transactional side,” a space that has grown over the past few years.

Meanwhile, she said LexisNexis is most useful for due diligence and negative news searches, though it also good for U.S. and French law. Lastly, she highlighted Wolters Kluwer’s research platform, which she said is mainly useful for taxation and regulatory issues.

To be sure, while many of these tools are used to perform proactive risk analysis, they cannot be used for predictions. “You’ll hear litigation analytics described as predictive analytics. … They don’t do that, they don’t predict the future,” Cravath’s Reents said.

Instead, he noted such tools are best leveraged in making educated determinations around things like litigation strategy and case budgets.

What’s more, though modern legal research platforms leverage AI, many require humans to support the machine-powered analytics by manually curating knowledge. But Cliff Nichols, senior counsel at Day Pitney, noted that this may be changing with newer legal research players like Casetext and ROSS, whose legal search platforms use AI to exclusively read and classify data.

“It’s actually reading the contents of the decision and classifying the decision based on their content rather than what a human did before,” he explained.
research  robo 
28 days ago by JordanFurlong
Fastcase to Launch Artificial Intelligence 'Sandbox' for Law Firms - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
A sandbox typically refers to a testing environment for software. But from Walter’s description, the yet-to-be-named product sounds more like a working environment where law firms can have access to various AI platforms and various sets of data, as well as bring in their own data.

It will be a subscription product hosted on a secure, private server through Amazon Web Services. Fastcase will populate the product with AI tools such Neota Logic and IBM Watson, as well as with data provided by Fastcase. Law firms will be able to add their own data, as well.

The product will allow law firms to analyze just the Fastcase data, just their own data, or to run mash-ups using various sets of data.

Walters said the product will likely include court-docket data. It will add other forms of data — such as SEC filings, perhaps — based on what customers want.
robo  research  innovation  firms 
june 2017 by JordanFurlong
Ravel Launches Law Firm Analytics - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
The legal research service Ravel Law today announced the launch of a new feature, Firm Analytics, that provides insights on law firms’ litigation histories that can be used for competitive intelligence and research into firms’ litigation activity.

I am traveling today and have not seen this new feature. Ravel CEO Daniel Lewis says it can be used to:

Understand a firm’s litigation history by case type, venue, motion win rate, and judge.
Rank and compare firms by their case volume and motion win rate across more than 30 practice areas and specific venues.
Create custom comparisons and reports using an array of variables.
By way of example, Firm Analytics can be used both by firms and by in-house counsel to gain insights into firms’ experience and performance. It could also be used by an associate working on an employment law case to quickly find the previous employment law cases the association’s firm handled, understand the motions involved and past win rates, and discover the arguments that worked best.
research  data  analytics 
may 2017 by JordanFurlong
IBM's Watson Makes New Inroads Into Legal With Discovery, Business Research Offerings | Legaltech News
For example, in a database of real estate agreements, an e-discovery tool powered by Watson Discovery Service could essentially "learn" the language of these agreements, thereby making it easier to search for, and associate, specific related terms, such as "foreclosure" and "lien." Such search capabilities are in contrast to keyword searches that only looks for documents containing exact words or phrases.
IBM said when using this technology a legal team "can quickly extract relevant details from dense legal briefs, past legal proceedings and other lengthy documents."
Watson's machine learning search capabilities are also the backbone behind Watson Company Profiler, a pre-built knowledge repository that searches through Dun & Bradstreet Inc.'s commercial database and other data sources to extract actionable information on a variety of corporations.
robolawyer  discovery  research 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
$12M Casetext Investment Underscores Am Law Interest in AI Technology | Legaltech News
The company receiving the most recent round of investments is Casetext. A legal research platform, the company leverages AI as part of its premium service, CARA (Case Analysis Research Assistant), to find cases that are relevant to briefs. Since its founding in 2013, Casetext has gathered a considerable array of Am Law 100 firms, including DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, Ogletree Deakins and Greenberg Traurig, the company noted in a release.
Closing at $12 million, the company’s series B funding round marks one of the bigger investments in legal technology. Leading the investment round was Canvas Ventures, whose partners have also invested in Evernote and Siri. Other investors included Red Sea Ventures, Union Square Ventures, and 8VC.
Casetext worked with law firm partners both preceding and following the investment round, Casetext CEO and co-founder Jake Heller told Legaltech News, but he noted that investors “bought into” his company “as soon as they saw that we could get Quinn Emmanuel attorneys … DLA Piper attorneys to pay tens of thousands of dollars” for its CARA product. “I think they immediately knew that this was the kind of technology that might a big wave in this field.”
robolawyer  research  knowledge 
march 2017 by JordanFurlong
How AI And Crowdsourcing Are Remaking The Legal Profession | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Though companies like Ravel and Lex Machina employ sophisticated AI, they don't claim to provide a robolawyer. "What we're hopefully doing is finding cases that you need to understand," says Nik Reed of Ravel. "Professional lawyers have to use their intuition and their best judgment to understand the law."
robolawyer  research  it 
may 2016 by JordanFurlong
ROSS and AI: The Next Step in Legal Tech | Legaltech News
ROSS in reality is a legal research platform that leverages machine learning capabilities to continuously improve its search capabilities. At first appearance, ROSS looks like any other search bar. With this toolbar, however, lawyers can “ask questions in their natural language” and get court results. What sets it apart, explained Arruda, is that ROSS will automatically direct users to a case portion that is directly relevant to their query. This, he said, means, “no more fumbling around … we’re talking about highly targeted passes of law that answer your question.”
research  robolawyer 
april 2016 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: “Westlaw Answers” Looks A lot Like AI to Me. Westlaw Releases Major New Features – And It’s All in Your Contract!
There has been great anticipation surrounding the recent announcement that Thomson Reuters was entering into an alliance with IBM to use their Watson technology.  Westlaw’s new feature especially “Westlaw Answers” caused me to assume that this must be a progeny of their Watson collaboration—but I was wrong. Westlaw has just built a number of powerful new features for workflow, analysis and collaboration using their existing algorithms and technology.  Westlaw doesn’t seem to be promoting this as AI but the results are pretty darn close to what I have see from AI platforms. Since Westlaw will not charge for "Westlaw Answers," they may have finally developed the long awaited antidote to associate angst about incurring charges on Westlaw. If Westlaw has an answer to the associates question – the answer will be delivered automatically without incurring any special charges.  Let me be the first to shout “Hallelujah!”
robolawyer  research 
april 2016 by JordanFurlong
Law Librarians: The Hidden Bastions of Data-Driven Innovation - Radical Concepts
It is not uncommon to hear of venture capital’s hesitancy to invest in legal tech startups. The challenges are many: a long sales cycle, cultural conservatism and entrenched processes to name a few. Within the academic community, we’ve heard a similar reason for not investing in evolving and increasingly important legal tools. A law school administrator recently told us about the challenges not only of incorporating new programs into the existing curriculum, but also of recruiting faculty with an appropriate background to take on new material that is often beyond substantive law. When evaluating the different players in both the academic community and private sector, we’re of the opinion that the legal community has a secret and often underutilized weapon to push innovation forward: the modern law librarian or information scientist, or, perhaps most accurately, the legal informaticist.
library  research  innovation  data 
march 2016 by JordanFurlong
Thomson Reuters Unveils New Platforms for E-Discovery and Legal Research and Offers Glimpse of New AI Product Using IBM’s Watson - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
With regard to IBM Watson, TR executives provided only crumbs of details. Last October, TR announced that it had entered into a multi-year agreement with IBM to use the Watson technology to develop and enhance products across all its divisions, not just legal. But TR Legal will be the first to release a product that has Watson “under the hood,” according to Erik Laughlin, managing director, Legal Managed Services and Corporate Segment, and head of the Watson Initiative.

The product will help users untangle the sometimes-confusing web of global legal and regulatory requirements and will be targeted at customers in corporate legal, corporate compliance and law firms. Initially, it will focus on financial services, he suggested, but will also address other domains important to corporations.

More details will be released in the second half of this year, he said, when TR will begin rolling out the product to beta users.

“We’re not setting out in the first instance to build robo lawyers,” Laughlin said. “We’re setting out to amplify the intelligence of our clients.”
robolawyer  research  km 
february 2016 by JordanFurlong
Ravel Law Collaborates with Harvard Law School to Offer Digitized Harvard Case Law Collection | Legaltech News
Ravel said there is an enormous pent-up demand for access to the law and has reported that since the announcement of its collaboration with Harvard its web traffic has had more than 200 percent month-over-month growth in users and a 160 percent increase in page views. The company said it expects these numbers to continue to rise as more case law is added online, more people learn about this resource, and more professionals turn to data-driven insights to develop legal strategy.
research  access 
january 2016 by JordanFurlong
What Do You Mean the Law is Closed? – Slaw
I entered into the project with a very idealistic notion that all law published by governments should be fully open and available. After all, access to information is access to justice, and if there’s one thing the legal world needs, it’s increased access to justice! In retrospect, I now realize that most of my definitions of “open” were mainly applicable to the wholesale distribution of law. While it could be argued that wholesale distribution of law will create more retail (free or low cost) legal information distribution points and thus increase access to justice – indeed, it would solve many of the closed problems of legal information that I listed above – I’m now not entirely convinced that this is the only way to go for state government publication efforts. Is a functional retail site better than wholesale distribution which may or may not be transformed into something useful? One of my main takeaways from this research is that we need to decide how we want our government to publish law – retail, wholesale or both? And related, how open is enough?
research  courts  access 
december 2015 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: Has the Librarian-ship Sailed? The American Association of Law Libraries Board Votes to Rebrand As the Association for Legal Information
Last week the  organization announced that the Executive Committee had voted unanimously to change the name of the organization to the Association for Legal Information.
The recommendation came after the organization retained a consulting firm and spent  months engaged in analysis. The members  of AALL will get a final up or down vote in early 2016.  
AALL membership which includes members from academic, law firm and government organizations represents  a mix of institutions which are in varying stages of disruption and transformation. Law firm members are out on the “bleeding edge” managing virtual teams, assessing issues such as outsourcing, offshoring, project management, big data and lean Six Sigma. They are living in a world of change. The future isn't quite so present in all member institutions. Some members insist that change can be postponed. Others insist change is overdue!
library  km  research  associations  branding 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
How Cognitive Computing Systems Differ from Traditional Information Systems - KMWorld Magazine
A cognitive system handles questions differently. In other words, it enlarges rather than forces you to overly focus a question or a problem statement. This allows you to bump into information that you may not already have thought about, or even asked for. If you're thinking of innovation in particular, what you want to do is to uncover things that you didn't know about. That's been a huge failing in information systems today, because if you're asking a question, it's because you don't know the answer. How are you going to ask about something that you don't know the answer to? You need help, and we have fallen down in designing systems that help people to ask the right question.
robolawyer  research 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
What does it really mean to “free the law”? Part 2 – Slaw
In the U.S., the legal tech market is exploding with ideas, and countless people and organizations are trying to bring real change. Ravel Law itself is among the U.S. startups that couldn’t exist without access to a sufficiently broad and deep corpus of case law. In Canada, organizations like Knomos, Blue J Legal and ROSS are attracting headlines and investment for their plans to serve professional and public interest in understanding the law by applying advanced technologies to extract insights from legal information. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what could come, but without adequate access to Canadian law, the whole iceberg could just as easily float away (or at least float to jurisdictions like the U.S. where prospects might be better).
courts  research 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
Huge News: Harvard Law and Ravel Law Team Up to Digitize All U.S. Case Law - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
Harvard Law School and Ravel Law today announced an initiative to digitize and make available to the public for free Harvard’s entire collection of U.S. case law, which it says is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of American law and cases available anywhere outside the Library of Congress.
research  access  innovation 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
Enterprising Lawyer Daniel Lewis - Attorney at Work - Attorney at Work
What is Ravel Law? Ravel Law’s mission is to develop the legal profession’s most innovative tools for case research, judge analysis, and legal data visualization. Launched from Stanford University’s Law School, computer science department and design school in 2012, Ravel has been featured in The New York Times, Wired and the ABA Journal.

Describe a typical Ravel Law client or customer. We work with litigators and law students across the country. Most of our clients are in the AmLaw 200, but we also have medium and small firms as well as solo practitioners who use Ravel.
research  innovation 
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
Shake-Up In Legal Research: Fastcase Acquires Loislaw From Wolters-Kluwer - Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
LoisLaw subscribers began receiving notices over the weekend informing them of the news. The letter stated that WK will sunset the Loislaw product effective Nov. 30, and that “we are collaborating with Fastcase so they can offer comparable subscription plans on the Fastcase platform, including Loislaw treatise libraries, at the same or lower prices as your current Loislaw subscription.”
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
Data Analytics Transforming Legal Industry | Legaltech News
Owen Byrd, chief evangelist and general counsel for Menlo Park, California-based Lex Machina, says the ability to cull insights from legal data was for many years constrained by a lack of data in a digital format and only became truly feasible in wake of Pacer. “Once Pacer was created, it then became possible to mine all that document and docket data,” Byrd said, noting that his company, which focuses on providing analytics for patent and IP litigation, supplements Pacer data with information derived from databases of the U.S. Patent Office and International Trade Commission.
Even with the problem of data scarcity solved, legal analytics providers need to surmount a perhaps more vexing challenge—a lack of standards and structures in legal data.
“Legal data is a messy data set,” Adam Kessel, a principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson, said in an interview with Legaltech News. “It's not like financial data, which is entered according to a set of precise rules.”
Byrd said Lex Machina, which began life as a Stanford University research project before launching as an independent company in 2010, employs the latest advances in computer science such as machine learning and natural language processing in order to help organize and make sense of the data. Nonetheless, Byrd acknowledges that technology is still a work in progress  “What we enable right now is data-driven decisions,” he said. “Our ambition in the long run is to deliver true predictive analytics.”
As such, the current best-use cases for legal analytics are helping to simplify and expedite the workflow around research. 
data  analytics  it  research 
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
"Announcing:" by Addison Cameron-Huff
Global-Regulation is a law search engine that currently has a database of 212,000 laws from all over the world (some are machine translated from China, French and German). Searching this 12 gigabyte database of laws takes seconds because of a dedicated in-RAM search application that is in front of the MySQL database (hosted on Google Cloud for speed, redundancy and ease of scaling). If the current database were printed out it would be approximately 7 million pages (and completely unusable).
september 2015 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Watson Graduates Law School, Returns to America
One of the first topics was whether ROSS complemented or replaced the likes of LexisNexis and Westlaw. Arruda's perspective was that it complemented traditional legal research for now, but the goal is ultimately to replace them. In reality, it is a bit of an apples and oranges comparison. Traditional legal research vendors generally provide data and a search box, leaving much of the heavy lifting to lawyers. This approach was well-suited to the "leave no stone unturned" philosophy that guided legal research in the golden age of law. ROSS, on the other hand, serves up insights based on a more natural dialogue between the lawyer and its Watson-based system. This approach fits better in a post-recession world where clients are cost-conscious and expect efficiency in their law firms.
research  robolawyer 
july 2015 by JordanFurlong
IBM Watson's ROSS: Legal's Best Friend or Worst Nightmare | Legaltech News
The first generation of ROSS could turn out to be an attorney’s best friend and the industry’s No. 1 legal research tool; essentially making research services from the likes of Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters obsolete. The Watson system is not just searching a few key databases, it is searching everything. According to the project’s website: “ROSS reads through the entire body of law and returns a cited answer and topical readings from case law, legislation and secondary sources to get you up-to-speed quickly.” The ROSS system doesn’t stop there, it remembers your case and search history. You will be notified when new content or case law is added to the database that may be related to your original query.   
robolawyer  it  research 
february 2015 by JordanFurlong
Casetext: A challenge for lawyers, law professors, law librarians, and law students. | Jason Wilson | Found
I just spent entirely too much time digesting the recent batch of Texas Supreme Court cases over the last few weeks. And honestly, I have lots of things to say about them that wouldn’t make it into our products or even necessarily a blog post here. But a couple of minutes on the Casetext site, sure, I could see doing that. And I would welcome other Texas lawyers to add their thoughts, almost like an informal discussion. Although, it might be nice to have a “take it private” function if the talk got too political or otherwise so the conversation was private.
research  publishing  innovation 
july 2014 by JordanFurlong
Thomson Reuters Westlaw Analytics Could Jumpstart Legal Moneyball | Blue Hill Research
Westlaw Analytics has the potential to be a definitive response to these concerns. However, it is far from the first legal analytics solution. However, other applications have proven to be a bit more niche, addressing specific practices or positions within the legal service chain. For example, a number of enterprise legal management (ELM) and legal billing management solutions, including LexisNexis’s CounselLink and Thomson Reuters’s own Serengeti, offer analytics capabilities related to legal spend management. While both solutions can drive a great deal of insight, they have little value outside of helping general counsel understand who they should be working with, when, and how much they should pay. Smaller, spend management solutions such as Sky Analytics and SimpleLegal are both focused on largely the same problem. At the same time, we’ve seen the emergence of analytics toolsets that address research and practice-specific problems, largely by deploying data discovery and visualization capabilities most often associated with solutions like Tableau to limited, unstructured datasets commonly employed in legal work. The above-mentioned Ravel Law and emerging intellectual property analytics hotshot Lex Machina both fall into this category. Still other vendors have focused on building marketing analytics for law firms. Here, vendors like start-up Jurify, which offers a powerful corporate law research platform as well as Big Law market intelligence capabilities, leap to mind.

In this context, Westlaw Analytics stands out for its breadth of applicability. Rather than speaking to a particular domain or workflow, the solution is pointed at a foundational aspect of all practice. Whatever the practice, legal research represents the “soft belly” of a great deal of legal work. Research is often a source of cost and delay in legal matters. It is also an area where personal idiosyncrasies often reign. As a result, Westlaw Analytics has the potential to cut across a large number of use cases and provide value in a wider range of scenarios than many of the other legal analytics tools that are currently on the market. As such, it might offer the legal industry’s first mainstream entry point to analytics. Don’t discount any of the other solutions named above either. Each one is a strong offering. However, each faces challenges in explaining their value to the wider legal community. Because Westlaw Analytics addresses such a fundamental aspect of legal work, it may not have the same problem.
data  analytics  metrics  startups  research  moneyball 
march 2014 by JordanFurlong
Ravel Law raises $8M to help lawyers gather data -- and cut costs -- in a new way (exclusive) | VentureBeat | Deals | by Christina Farr
During class, the founders teamed up with Stanford engineering students to build a tool that could sift through millions of legal documents in seconds and identify insights. This process, which paralegals and junior lawyers usually perform, requires hundreds of hours of painstaking research. Ravel Law will then present its insights in a nifty data visualization. This data comes from publicly available sources, although my prediction is that Ravel will partner with law schools to increase its stores of information.

According to Lewis, lawyers spend roughly 30 percent of their time doing research, which they typically bill to a client. The founders hope that their tool will help lawyers invest more of their time into winning the case — rather than leafing through documents. Ravel will likely have a far easier time pitching their service to solo practitioners and small firms, which are competing with the traditional white shoe law firms. The smaller firms are increasingly under pressure to offer competitive rates, and explore how new technology can expedite legal processes.
research  innovation  it  robolawyer  library  km 
february 2014 by JordanFurlong
Forget curating. We should be collannotating. | Jason Wilson | Law
Bob Ambrogi’s post yesterday on Casetext adding crowdsourced question and answers similar to that of Mootus reminded me of last-year’s much hyped Law Genius, I think mostly because I see each of these services attempting to do something very similar: exploring new ways (e.g., points, reputation) to get lawyers and law students to freely annotate primary law. After all, writing is hard and we need more commentary guidance.
research  publishing 
october 2013 by JordanFurlong
Fastcase Has Over 1/2 of US Lawyers | The Droid Lawyer™
I’ve discussed Fastcase’s amazing mobile app, which gives you access to the Fastcase legal research library for free, even if you’re not a subscriber. Many state bar associations – 25 to be exact – offer Fastcase to their members as a benefit.
september 2013 by JordanFurlong
Redesign Research
Of all the lingering effects of the recent recession on the legal industry, none has been so dramatic as client demand for efficiencies. Headcounts are down, and the billable hour model is under attack as alternative fee arrangements become more common. With fewer lawyers, some routine tasks are being assigned to non-lawyers. As a consequence, law firms must operate more leanly. So, where does that leave law librarians?
library  research  km 
july 2013 by JordanFurlong
Big Data & The Law – Big Deal? Yes! | Expert Thinking @ Neota Logic
We therefore disagree with the big data evangelists who forecast the demise of expertise “in a world where probability and correlation are paramount.”  Rather, human expertise will likely become more important and more highly valued in the era of big data, as the speed and complexity of life and business continue to increase while laws, regulations and oversight become stricter.
data  research 
june 2013 by JordanFurlong
IBM News room - 2013-03-11 IBM Taps Next Generation Leaders to Fuel Watson Innovations; USC Students Aim High in First-Ever West Coast Case Competition - United States
·        1st Place - Legal Research: Let Watson Do the Discovery for Your Next Legal Case - For corporate legal departments, building a case -- or defending one's own -- relies heavily on fast and accurate research. Past legal trials, court documents, articles and digital evidence: all of these materials can make or break a case, and together they comprise a sea of unstructured data that is both time-consuming and costly to pore through. The first place USC team proposed using Watson to process its users' research needs, based on its ability to think like a human, quickly sift through online legal documents for facts, and not only identify evidence to support a case -- but forecast its probability of success. The first place team's viewpoint: by placing Watson in charge of research, firms can recover time and costs, while delivering better legal outcomes. In turn, firms that leverage Watson's speed and efficiency can address the growing legal trend towards "flat fee" billing and research outsourcing.  
robolawyer  competition  research 
may 2013 by JordanFurlong
Meet the startup with a plan to crowdsource the law (exclusive) | VentureBeat
The founders, Erik and Nicole Lopez (husband and wife, who are both graduates of law school), don’t buy into the evil lawyer stereotype. In fact, they are hedging their careers on the community’s willingness to improve access to justice. Nicole is a former attorney and left her steady job in January 2011. They developed the site on evenings and weekends for several years and launched the beta this October.

On the site, attorneys are rewarded with recognition through direct attribution as well as placement in a practice-specific list of the top attorneys. “Jurify gives content creators more bang for their buck in the form of potential business and a boost to their careers,” said Nicole, the company’s COO.

To ensure that information is factually accurate, submissions will be vetted by credible attorneys — “they aren’t compensated with money but with recognition,” added Erik.
research  innovation 
november 2012 by JordanFurlong
LexisNexis and Westlaw charges – who’s paying? | Legal Research Plus
Johnson & Johnson has its own strategy for curbing charges for legal-research services. The health-care-products company maintains its own subscriptions to legal databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. It asks law firms to use its accounts when doing work for the company. A J&J spokesman says the practice is one of several used to reduce costs for outside legal work.
research  clients 
october 2012 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: The Million Dollar Reference Desk: Are Librarians Selling Themselves Short? Ask Pearl!
Today I came across a story in Wired  "A  Place for Burning Questions" describing what may be a new model for the future of research support: . It uses the tag line " Wisdom when you want it." At this point they offer the services of only a  handful of specialties and yet they have built a multi- million dollar business. Earlier this year the company  raised a $25 million Series A round of funding, which included investors Charles Schwab (the man himself) and Glynn Capital.
km  research 
october 2012 by JordanFurlong
The digital library: why aren’t we there yet? — Slaw
“Isn’t everything online?” No. “Did we really need all these old books?” Yes. “Wouldn’t it be more convenient for lawyers to be able to access library materials regardless of their physical location?” Definitely.
june 2012 by JordanFurlong
ALM Press Room » Blog Archive » Survey of Non-Attorney Staffing Trends Finds Law Firms Underutilize IT
• Librarians’ roles are shifting from hands-on legal researchers to trainers of lawyers and paralegals who, say 61 percent of respondents, are conducting their own primary research. Increasingly, informational professionals are refocusing on competitive intelligence and market research to support business development.
june 2012 by JordanFurlong
Futurelawyer: Why Are You Paying For Legal Research?
I have written about Google Scholar before. It is a great case finder, and is free. It contains the full text of just about every case ever decided, has a really good search engine, and has official pagination, internal linking to the full text of every cited case, a built in Shepard's like citator, which, with one click, will pull up every case that has cited the case you are viewing. $69 addon, CiteStack, creates pin cites, and memoranda on the fly, while you are doing Scholar research. Take three minutes and watch how CiteStack works in Google Chrome. Google Chrome, Google Scholar and CiteStack. A complete legal research solution. (Disclosure: CiteStack is an advertiser on this page).
june 2012 by JordanFurlong
Law libraries are about services — Slaw
After thinking about it, I believe that in my organization, the library has always been about service from the librarian perspective, but may have been about place from the lawyer perspective. My team and I regularly deliver "service bubbles" in many ways:

print based current awareness – compiled by others
email based current awareness – compiled by others
print and email based current awareness that is clearly compiled by our library team
intranet content that is proven useful – measured by its location in our top 10 intranet pages
speaking engagements (often services demos or training) with practice groups
regular training sessions with students
office visits – hand delivery of research product when appropriate
walk arounds – poking our heads in the office of people we don't often hear from
attendance at firm social events
attendance at some client functions
research  library 
april 2012 by JordanFurlong
A Sobering Trip to New York City — Slaw
At my suggestion Jean opened the day by having each person in attendance give their name and additionally to tell the group whether they were part of the Google generation or if they were pre-Google. Of these participants, 95% identified themselves as pre-Google. This was indicative of one of the law library profession’s biggest problems. Our expertise, the things that we do best– finding, organizing and preserving information– is losing relevance. Keep in mind most attendees work at large law firms, many of them global in scope. These professionals are at the cutting edge of change. The ARK meeting demonstrated once again that change is not coming, it arrived in a taxi a few years ago.
march 2012 by JordanFurlong
Dewey B Strategic: Welcome to Bloomberg Law: No Deals No Discounts No Apology
Almost a modern day parody of Henry Ford's color palette for the Model T ("You can have any color as long as it's black.") Bloomberg is entering the legal marketplace with monochromatic contract as in, "You can have any contract you want as long as it's Bloomberg's standard contract."
february 2012 by JordanFurlong
There’s a Bloomberg Rising « Law Library Technology
It certainly appears that 2012 is going to be a very interesting year in the legal research industry. The two largest players in this market, Lexis and Westlaw, have both introduced new versions of their web-based products (namely Westlaw Next and Lexis Advance) with significant changes to both their search algorithms used for relevancy ranking and their user interfaces. Time will tell, however, what impact these new products will have on the market or legal research instruction. There is already some legal research scholarship suggesting that Westlaw Next may not be well suited for law school environments as it depends largely on crowdsourcing to determine relevancy (of particular note is USF Library Director Ron Wheeler’s excellent article available in Law Library Journal) which puts novel legal scholarship research at a disadvantage.
february 2012 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Bloomberg Law Snags DLA Piper's US Business
I just received an announcement from Bloomberg Law that they have just inked a deal with the 25 US offices of DLA Piper to bring Bloomberg Law to the desktop all of the 1,400 attorneys in those offices. This is by far the biggest coup that Bloomberg has had to date within the Big US Law Firms. It is actually exciting news to hear, and should cause a few wrinkles in the business of legal publishing.
february 2012 by JordanFurlong
Bloomberg Law Releases Next Version of its Research Platform · Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
Bloomberg Law today released what it describes as “the next evolution” of its legal research platform. Changes include a redesigned interface, enhanced search capabilities, new practice centers and enhanced collaboration and workflow features. One thing that is not changing is Bloomberg Law’s flat-fee, all-inclusive pricing — something the company believes is key to differentiating it from the big-two legal research services, Westlaw and LexisNexis.
july 2011 by JordanFurlong
Above and Beyond KM » Blog Archive » A Better Way for Lexis and Westlaw
It would be better if Lexis and Westlaw aligned themselves with their customers’ need to improve analytical capabilities. Here’s the new model I propose: instead of forcing lawyers to come up with appropriate search queries, Lexis and Westlaw should ask lawyers questions to elicit information about the case at hand. In other words, the role of the lawyer searching for precedent would be to analyze their own case and strategy and provide that information to Lexis and Westlaw: what are the pertinent facts of the case, what jurisdiction, what procedural approaches is the lawyer considering. Then, Lexis and Westlaw would deliver to you links to groups of cases that match your facts within your jurisdiction. You could then review them to see how closely aligned they are to your situation. Ideally, this approach would reveal the array of ways in which lawyers before you had handled this fact pattern in your jurisdiction and would highlight opportunities for following precedent or striv
march 2011 by JordanFurlong
A&O breaks into thought-leadership business with dedicated research arm- Legalweek
Allen & Overy (A&O) is moving to build its reputation for substantive research with the publication of a client guide for the global leveraged finance market.

The report forms the first piece of research from the magic circle firm's recently-established intelligence unit, which brings together senior partners and leading academics to provide clients with business intelligence on areas of international law. The team, led by special global counsel Philip Wood QC, is designed to give clients an overview of the risks and benefits of doing business in different global jurisdictions.
firms  innovation  research 
december 2010 by JordanFurlong
Exclusive: Inside the New Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Platforms - News - ABA Journal
here’s a battle about to break out on your computer screen. On the third floor of West’s sprawling corporate headquarters outside Minneapolis, a veritable army of professionals has been working for nearly five years to create a revamped Westlaw. They are changing everything from the interface users see on their PC screens to all the technology that makes it work behind the scenes.
february 2010 by JordanFurlong - Westlaw, LexisNexis Debut Revamped Research Tools at LegalTech New York
Online legal research is not an easy activity. An entire industry has grown up around interpreting research needs and finding information for lawyers and their clients. Researchers have to remember where information resides, e.g., which database, and extract relevant documents in a compressed amount of time using Boolean or natural language search strategies, prayers, and perhaps a Ouija board.
february 2010 by JordanFurlong
Legal Blog Watch
he short version of my review is this: I was impressed. The app is easy to use and produces lightning-fast results. Use it to search cases from all federal courts and the courts of all 50 states. Search using natural language or Boolean queries or by citation. Documents are displayed in a crisp, readable, size-adjustable font. You can save documents and revisit recent searches.
research  it 
january 2010 by JordanFurlong
About Bloomberg
BLOOMBERG LAW is a legal, regulatory, and compliance research platform, offering a suite of news, data and analytics to the legal and compliance community. BLOOMBERG LAW can be tailored specifically for the needs of modern professionals, providing indispensable resources for legal research, compliance, business development, sector intelligence, and other information needs.
november 2009 by JordanFurlong
Media Alerts on Federal Courts of Appeals
Welcome to the new Media Alerts on Federal Courts of Appeals Website of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. This website is designed to provide reporters, lawyers, educators, and the public with prompt, accurate, unbiased information about newsworthy and legally significant cases pending in and decided by the Federal Courts of Appeals. Our goal is to assist the media’s efforts to provide timely and extensive reporting about federal court decisions. Use this website to find short summaries of recent opinions of public interest and noteworthy cases pending oral argument.
november 2009 by JordanFurlong
Outsell Inc. :: Lex Disruptus » Blog Archive » Winners, Losers, and Other Implications of Case Law on Google Scholar
here was widespread celebration in the legal community yesterday as word of Google Scholar’s launch of a substantial collection of US case law spread across the internets. Now what?

Only time will tell how the availability of this critical body of public content will shake things up in the legal world and in the legal information industry. But the winners, losers, and implications might not be what everybody thinks:
november 2009 by JordanFurlong
Online legal research in a buyer’s market >> Slaw
One thing is clear, a major shift from a seller’s to a buyer’s market is underway, accentuated by the current economic conditions. Choices exist for almost everything. Many sources are free. No single supplier can expect to dominate the market as Quicklaw did in the recent past. Prices are falling as deal making replaces the passive acceptance of the “list price”. Is this a good or bad thing? From a customer’s perspective, it means lower prices. From the perspective of the legal profession, it is less clear. Will major investment in new product development decline as online becomes a less attractive investment opportunity for the commercial publishers? Personally, I think not. Major investment in new product development will continue as forward looking individuals conceive of new ways of gathering and distributing legal information, and find the means to do so. It just may not be the existing players who get the job done.
Bookmarks  publishers  research 
june 2009 by JordanFurlong
Free vs. paid online legal research tools
“Having something like CanLII available really can improve the standard of practice for the profession as a whole,” Best continued. “One of the reasons the law societies support CanLII is due to their competency mandate, and CanLII helps to fulfill that mandate.” Poulin hopes the commercial services continue to thrive, and he believes that the “free access to law” movement will help them do so. “When source documents become available for free, the commercial providers must make sure that the value they add justifies the price of their products,” he said. Future-added value may take several forms according to “wish lists” from Tjaden, Poulin and Best. For instance, really simple syndication (RSS) feeds can automatically send lawyers updates to laws that are pertinent to current cases. “Point-in-time” research tools, like the one CanLII plans to introduce in beta form this December, will let lawyers read the law as it was at a given time in the past. Authority-based ranking may help
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april 2009 by JordanFurlong

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