The American Association of Law Libraries is seeking nominations for the 2024 Product of the year award. Both members and vendors can submit nominations.
This award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials.
A “new” product is defined as one which has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less. New products may include, but are not limited to, computer hardware and/or software, educational or bibliographic material, or other products or devices that aid or improve library workflow, research, or intellectual access. Products that have been reintroduced in a new format or with substantial changes are eligible.
The world before and after Generative AI If you are scratching your head and trying to
remember what products have been launched over the past two years you can scroll back into the Dewey B Strategic Archive. Generative AI certainly inspired intense competition in the legal technology market. Casetext CoCounsel launched only 11 months ago with a TV debut. Before the end of the year Lexis + AI, Westlaw Precision AI and vLex Vincent AI were all on the market. Law librarians are not just using Legal Research products they are using general applications such OpenAI, Claude, CoPilot. They are seeing of DMS, Contract Management and drafting tools including tools from IManage, Netdocs, Litera, Wolters Kluwer Legisway. Analytics products continue to morph and there were new products from Lex Machina and Pre/Dicta. Docket tools offering AI Generated summaries from Trellis, vLex Docket Alarm, Bloomberg Law and Courtlink were announced. ALM expanded Legal Radar to states. For better or for worse, Courthouse News launched a new platform. Those developments were top of mind for me, but you can scan back though the Dewey B Strategic Archive for additional product launches. I also recommend looking at Bob Ambrogi’s Law Sites for his coverage of legal product launches.