Lex Machina has taken the most mundane of legal data sets– docket entries– and spun it into a
goldmine of legal insights. Lex Machina is not a hard product to use, but it offers a dizzying array of options which a lawyer with minimal training can master.
subscribers the zero training way to build custom charts providing high
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The Motion Kickstarter enables a lawyer to compare successful and unsuccessful motions before a judge. It can also generate the specific judge’s average time to grant or deny motions.
Lawyers Want a Lightswitch not A Powerplant
Lex Machina has made the impossible— easy and then made “the easy with some effort”—
effortless. Lex Machina appears to be acknowledging that there are really two main obstacles to getting lawyers to adopt new technologies. The first is price and the second is the learning curve. Even if the learning curve is small — the “attention gap” becomes an unbreachable wall to adoption.
Twenty years ago when working as colleagues in an AmLaw 100 firm, legal consultant, Ron Friedmann and I identified simplicity of “the light switch” as the best model for a technology which lawyers will easily adopt. I have spent much of my career inventing “one click” solutions which can bring lawyers directly to the buried treasure inside complex legal systems. Lex Machina although a relatively young company — has learned a lesson which the dominant legal information service providers still haven’t mastered…. you just can’t make things too easy for lawyers. Yes they are smart enough to learn how to run the power plant but they would prefer to just hit the light switch.
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