Yesterday I highlighted the AALL Exhibit Hall Offerings of Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer. Today I am highlighting the products, themes, giveaways and games of LexisNexis and Bloomberg Law/BloombergBNA which were provided by representatives of each company.

LexisNexis: “Harnessing Next Generation Technologies”

LexisNexis is excited to spend time with AALL members in Austin.  Readers of Dewey B. Strategic attending AALL can find LexisNexis at Booth #502.  At this year’s conference, attendees will see how LexisNexis is harnessing next-generation technologies to deliver smarter content, integrated analytics and innovative tools—in order to drive greater research efficiency and effectiveness.

The Products
Here’s a sneak peek at what attendees will see at our booth:

  • Watch expert analysis with dynamic new video content from litigation guru, James M. Wagstaffe
  • Review smart analytics linked right from a case for revealing insights on judges and litigation parties
  • See how LexisNexis is using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to anticipate researcher questions and guide a user to the right information faster
  • Learn how investments in technology and exclusive, essential content are paying big dividends for researchers

We encourage attendees to check out our must-see Ravel Law presentation, the latest addition to our powerful analytics portfolio.  We will also preview major enhancements to our Lexis Practice Advisor practical guidance solution.  View a complete list of demo opportunities.
The Gifts  and Games Attendees of the AALL Annual Conference will receive a special daily gift for participating in two product demos each day at the booth or by attending a more private Exhibitor Theater Session. Those that view demos will also be entered to win one of three Apple Watch® devices.

Conference participants can earn an extra entry for an Apple Watch by getting a picture taken in our “Advancing Photo Booth”.  Attendees can have some fun with colleagues, share conference thoughts and a post photos on our digital mosaic wall—and watch it come to life. LexisNexis will send participants a complimentary picture as a memento of their time at AALL 2017.

The future of legal research is happening now. And we’re saving readers of Dewey B. Strategic a front row seat at AALL 2017.  LexisNexis hopes to see you in Austin.

Bloomberg Law BloombergBNA: “One Platform, One Price, Continuous Innovation.”

You have to give them credit, Bloomberg has stuck to it’s single price for the Bloomberg Law platform, which includes all of Bloomberg BNA, while allowing other  customers to opt for Bloomberg BNA practice centers. This year Bloomberg is celebrating: “Our theme is “One Platform.  One Price.  Continuous Innovation.”

Product Highlights: We will be highlighting the various analytics tools and functionality on the Bloomberg Law platform, our suite of Practical Guidance offerings and our new e-Discovery Practice Center. We will also be previewing our upcoming launch of Legal Principles.

Fun, Games and Giveaways: We will have a photo booth during the opening reception and a t-shirt vending machine in our booth.  Each day, on the back of six t-shirts in the vending machine we will affix stickers for special prizes including Amazon Echos, American Express giftcards, Salt Lick BBQ giftcards (Salt Lick is a famous Austin restaurant), among others.  Our grand prize raffle winner gets $500 to Cavender’s, the western wear retail chain headquartered in Tyler, Texas.





I asked each of the major legal information vendors to provide me with an overview of what they will be featuring in the exhibit call at the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin July 15th to 18th. Today I am highlighting ThomsonReuters and WoltersKluwer Tomorrow I will highlight BloombergLaw/BloombergBNA and LexisNexis.

Continue Reading AALL Exhibit Hall Preview: Themes, Prizes and New Product Showcases From Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer

Lex Machina is launching the third new module in the past twelve months, following the release of Securities and Commercial Law products.The new employment litigation module includes over 70,000 discrimination, retaliation, and harassment cases pending in federal court since 2009.  According to Lex Machina Chief Evangelist, Owen Byrd they plan to add Americans with Disabilities Act and labor union cases in the fall.

Employment Law analytics includes the standard Lex Machina data and trend analysis for case timing, resolutions, damages, remedies, and findings, as well as insights into opposing counsel, law firms, parties, judges, venues which can be used for pitches and litigation strategy.
Continue Reading Lex Machina Launches Employment Analytics

As market power shifts from law firms to in-house counsel, Bloomberg Law has responded by bulking up the Corporate Practice Center with resources designed to address the special needs of Chief Legal Officers, Chief Compliance Officers and Chief Operating Officers.  Earlier this year Bloomberg Law relaunched the Corporate Practice Center with materials developed with extensive input from corporate counsel at major U.S. Companies. The Corporate Practice at Center  includes  practice pages covering: compliance, legal operations, corporate governance,  alternative business structures, litigation and corporate news. In addition an “In Focus, “hot topics” section offers deep coverage of special topics such as proxy regulation and FCPA.

Bloomberg and the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) also announced that they had entered a  strategic collaboration for Bloomberg Law to offer sponsored content, practice tools and editorial expertise to ACC members through professional enrichment, educational and development programs.

Continue Reading Bloomberg Law Relaunches Corporate Practice Center with In-House Counsel Focus: Compliance, Toolkits and Analytics

Last year I pleaded with ALM to change the name of their annual Library survey since they had been predicting the end of Library’s for about 14 years. It was time to stipulate that print collections are shrinking and move on to exploring the dynamic organizations which have emerged in their place.

This year The American Lawyer has finally renamed the annual survey as the Survey of Law Firm Management Library and Research Professionals. The accompanying articles have shifted gear as well. The articles are titled “Law Librarian? Trying Chief Knowledge Officer” by Mary Ellen Egan and ‘From Providing Data to Providing Insight.” by Lizzy McLellan

Continue Reading American Lawyer Highlights Rise of The CKO in 2017 Survey of Library, Knowledge Management and Research Professionals

Entering the “no hyperbole” zone. No Robots in Sight
I spent almost an hour last Friday talking to Jeff Pfeifer, Vice President of Product Management at Lexis Nexis about the upcoming release of a new artificial intelligence enabled Lexis Advance feature called Lexis Answers. Instead of the “robot lawyer” hyperbole that has characterized many recent AI product announcements, Pfeiffer while enthusiastic for Lexis Answers, is refreshingly restrained in discussing the product. Most importantly he does not oversimplify the true complexity of legal research when applying AI to a specific set of facts. Pfiefer describes Lexis Answers as getting lawyers to a “well informed starting point,” speeding up basic research so lawyers can start more complex research. He sees Lexis Answers the “next evolutionary step in a journey with big data sets which is moving towards human like interactions with machines using standard Dialog.”

Press releaseLexis® Answers, a new artificial intelligence (A.I.) enhancement within its flagship Lexis Advance® offering. Using powerful machine learning, cognitive computing and advanced natural language processing technologies, Lexis Answers transforms legal research by understanding the user’s natural language question and delivering the clearest, most concise and authoritative answer, in addition to finely tuned, comprehensive search results.Learning is based on a universe of 14 million case law opinions.

Continue Reading Lexis Answers: Artificial Intelligence Without the Hyperbole; No Robot Lawyers In Sight–A Fastrack to Legal Answers

Yesterday’s post highlighted seven vendors which will be first time exhibitors at AALL in Austin next month.

Those vendors offer tools which are primarily targeted at litigation, corporate and Intellectual Property practices. Today’s five vendors are more diverse. Several offer a wide range of services which fall broadly within “workflow improvement.” Voxgov is the only vendor in today’s group which focuses purely on providing a unique set of content on a research platform. I asked Voxgov founder Robert Dessau why he had decided to exhibit at AALL this year. ” With expertise in the collection and management of a broad range of original source material from Federal and State governments we view AALL as the ideal environment in which to introduce our newest addition, VoxGov Energy, designed specifically for the legal market.We look forward to assisting, collaborating with and incentivizing those who need visibility into who in government is saying what on any Energy related issue at any time. Visitors to our booth will have the chance to win a free one year subscription to Voxgov Energy. Look forward to meeting you Austin.”

Continue Reading Guess Who’s Coming to AALL? Part 2: Government Information and Workflow Tools.

The AALL Conference Exhibit Hall gives attendees the chance to take a long and winding stroll thought aisles lined with vendors promoting the latest innovations and offering a “first look” at new products. It is a festival of food, swag and serendipitous encounters with old colleagues as well as the chance to meet new ones. I especially value the opportunity for a one-on-one engagement with vendors and a quick tutorial on a on a hot new product. Since the major legal vendors dominate the Exhibit Hall at AALL, it is easy to overlook the first time vendors with unfamiliar names and unknown products.

I thought it would be interesting to take a peek at the twelve new exhibitors at the 2017 Conference and provide some insights into products. This post will be written in two parts. Part one focuses on vendors offering products for litigation, corporate and IP Practice needs.
I recommend that taking a close look at each of these vendors. Even though you may have a product which covers the same legal issues you are likely to discover that each of these vendors is offering a unique type of service or analysis of an old problem. Many of these vendors are offering AI driven and custom solutions. Stop by and welcome these new exhibitors to the AALL exhibit call in Austin.

Continue Reading Guess Whose Coming to AALL?: New Exhibitors Part1: Litigation, Corporate and IP Vendors

lexMachina_logoOwen Byrd , the Chief Evangelist at Lex Machina  is really excited about the latest module of legal analytics. Byrd provided me with a preview of the new commercial litigation product. While Byrd is proud of all of the Lex Machina modules, he sees the commercial product as providing lawyers with a truly unique set of insights . According to Byrd until today there was no easy way to isolate analytics for the most common types of commercial litigation cases:”breach of contract” and “business tort.”  Sophisticated docket researchers  have been frustrated by the gaps in the federal NOS codes which frustrate the tracking and analysis of many important types of litigation.

Continue Reading Lex Machina “DeCodes” Commercial Litigation: Launches Latest Analytics Insights into Business Torts and Contract Litigation

fastcaseFastcase is announcing today that a former LexisNexis executive Steve Errick will join the company’s executive team as Chief Operating Officer.  According to the press release, Errick will be “responsible for executing the company’s strategic vision, developing new editorial products, and developing the company’s organizational structure as the company expands.”

Errick’s non-compete agreement with LexisNexis expires on June 30th and Errick will join Fastcase on July 1st. Errick most recently served as Vice President and Managing Director for Research Information for LexisNexis.  In that role, Errick oversaw the Legal Research Information Product Division, with a $1 billion P&L portfolio.  He led LexisNexis’s development of workflow tools such as Lexis for Microsoft Office, E-book Digital Lending, Total Patent, and Litigation Suite which included MedMal Navigator. Errick also shepherded LexisNexis’s acquisition of Law360, Securities Mosaic, and Sheshunoff/AS Pratt Financial Services.

Continue Reading Breaking News Exclusive: Fastcase Hires Seasoned Legal Publishing Exec — Launching New Strategy– Ready to Take on the Titans: Lexis, Westlaw and BloombergBNA