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So here’s the thing. I’m going to give you a run-down on SaaS providers that cater to law practice management, but what’s important for you to know is that I have (1) no need for any of these services and (2) no knowledge as to whether they will help you in your practice. BUT I do understand user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) issues, and I did practice law at one point in my career, so I have some idea of the “why” of these systems. And there are many of them now. [click to continue…]

The keynote at this year’s TechShow was none other than Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, The Big Switch, and most recently, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.
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“Judge Analytics” by Ravel Law

I’m going to miss it, but I saw this morning that Jean O’Grady (DLA) is hosting a webinar on Thursday afternoon on Ravel’s new Judge Analytics tool. According to Jean, the tool will:

  • Quickly identify opinions authored by your judge concerning issues similar to yours and the cases that influenced those rulings.
  • Develop a data-driven understanding of your judge’s decision making process.
  • Deliver high quality & financially efficient results to your clients.

Not sure what the last one means, but if this interests you, definitely sign up to find out. You can read about it here.

Ravel is at TechShow, so if you’re there, you can probably get a demo from them as well. I’m assuming.

Here is Your 2015 ABA TechShow Vendor List.

So, once again I’m going to ABA TechShow, but I’m on a mission this year: I want to get a demo of every LPM provider in vendor hall. I’m committing myself to figuring out who has the easiest, frictionless, user experience of them all. Not necessarily every bell and whistle mind you, but who makes it the easiest for me to get into.

Now that’s not to say I want be looking forward to the sessions because I will. They are more often than not very informative, despite what you might read on the Twitters.

And once again, I’m publishing a vendor page with links to everyone who is scheduled to be in attendance according to the ABA TechShow website and a brief description of what they are promoting, as best as I could understand it. [click to continue…]

I had to laugh at this.

From Sean Hocking over at House of Butter, titled “Lexis Impressed By Themselves For Getting Their Proverbial Shit Together.”

Such a great headline.

Robert McKay brought to my attention today a study by Simba Information published last year (I missed it)—their Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 Report. For our purposes, the report suggests:

The legal publishing industry is facing some of the same challenges the STM publishing industry is undergoing, as activists push for more free access to legal codes and case law. Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw and Reed Elsevier’s LexisNexis are the most current and comprehensive databases in the industry, but subscriptions are expensive, particularly for small firms, non profits, libraries and law schools. Several projects are in the works to create open law depositories online. These include Court Listener, Public.Resource.org, State Decoded, Justia, and the [Cornell] Legal Information Institute. Some activists are calling for these efforts to be consolidated to create one open online law library that would contain all the primary law from every jurisdiction in the U.S., and allow for cross-jurisdictional searching by the public, as well as bulk downloads in malleable formats for developers[.]

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I stumbled upon Bestlaw the other day, which apparently is a browser plugin that allows you do manipulate WestlawNext data in the following ways:

  • Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click
  • Clean, readable view
  • Automatically-generated table of contents
  • Highlight hard-to-see page numbers
  • Quick link to jump to footnotes
  • One-click copying for citations, titles, and full text
  • Collapse and expand statutory sections
  • Find the document on free sources like CourtListener, Cornell LII, Casetext, and Google Scholar
  • Prevent getting automatically signed off
  • Share the document by email or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

What a fantastic little plugin I thought. [click to continue…]

It gives me great pleasure in saying that I’ll be taking part of a plenary session on the future of legal publishing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Moncton with the very smart Gary Rodrigues and Robert McKay, two individuals whom I’ve followed for many years for their insight into the world of legal publishing. Should be an interesting panel discussion, and I’m pleased that they are letting me crash the party.