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It is now a given that what we think of as “AI”  is simply software which has not yet become so  pervasive that it is baked into our everyday experience.. Yet AI retains a whiff of mystery which begs to be explored and illustrated  through artistic and scientific videos which can range from absurdist to ominous to  visionary. Without any prior coordination 4 out of the 5 panels at the recent SCALL  Institute offered videos…
Today Fastcase is announcing the addition of speciailized risk data from Trans Union’s alternative, non-credit, public records product.  TransUnion  is well known to librarians as a leading global aggregator of public records and credit data.  This new public records content will assist researchers in performing due diligence, locating parties and  witnesses and a variety of litigation support activities . Fastcase’s Chief operating officer Steve Errick indicated that the alliance with Trans Union arose from “repeated…
On Thursday Tom Goldstein co-founder and publisher of  SCOTUSblog announced  a partnership with Casetext. “to help our readers access the court opinions, statutes and other primary legal content we cite in SCOTUSblog posts.” SCOTUSblog  is one of the oldest and most highly respected legal blogs. It provides a “one stop shop” for dockets, opinions, videos and nuanced, expert commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Casetext has been a pioneer in providing free public access…
Today Thomson Reuters is announcing the release of a major new workflow and pricing solution called Panoramic. The product merges features of Practical Law their knowledge management platform with their cloud based accounting solution 3E. Several years ago I had an opportunity to see an early version of Panoramic when it was known as Project X and more a “wireframed” concept rather than a product. It is exciting to see the ambitious idea of merging…
The American Association of Law Libraries has been supporting free access to Pacer information for nearly two decades. This week they joined with 15 organization and signed a letter calling for passage of H.R. 6714 the Electronic Records Reform Act. In addition to requiring free access to the federal dockets and documents, the legislation  directs the Administrative Office of the US Courts to consolidate the Case Management/Electronic Case Files system into a single system.  …
Two years ago Lexis launched Lexis Answers which leverages AI to deliver responses to natural language research queries with a declarative statement of law with supporting citations. Since that time there have been intriguing references in the legal tech press to the development of Lexis chatbots. Lexis pulled back the curtain on their new chatbox “Lexis Research Assistant” at a press event held during LegalWeek in New York last month. What If Alexa Went to…
I was a panelist on one of the two American Association of Law Libraries sponsored panels at ALM’s LegalWeek. June Liebert, Cheryl Smith. Cynthia Brown and reviewed the life cycle of technology adoption from product selection through testing, marketing, training and measuring adoption. Lawrence Colletti, executive Producer at Legal Talk Network invited us to sit for an interview. Listen to the podcast below –  Episode Notes Many lawyers may not know they need a new product,…
We kicked off Wednesday’s webinar with each of the panelists sharing  a quote which describes their approach to innovation or which  was inspired by an innovation challenge in their career. Here are the panelists quotes: Competence is the enemy of change, look to the incompetent for innovation – Martin Korn An expert can be blind to the opportunity to improve things. Sometimes it better to seek forgiveness rather than get permission – Jean O’Grady if…
We are all on the path to research Nirvana. Along the way we meet the true believers — many of them are my fellow librarians others are legal tech entrepreneurs. I recently had a chat with Pablo Arredondo, Co-Founder and Chief Legal Research Officer at Casetext  – an intrepid fellow traveler and legal research thought leader. Arredondo is passionate about citations, algorithms and optimizing the legal research experience. Casetext has recently  enhanced their algorithms to identify valuable new…
Last month I launched a new “Hits and Misses” survey which is replacing  the annual “Start Stop” Survey on products.  The new survey is more structured and should only take 5 to 7 minutes to complete. Please take a few minutes to share your insights on the state of legal publishing industry practices, products and technology. You can access the survey HERE. This is an anonymous survey,  however respondents who wish to be entered…