BriefCatch, an award-winning, patented legal writing tool,  is  launching  of BriefCatch 3 today. BriefCatch now offers over 11,000 legal focused edits and performs realtime rescans of new edits. The software is now compatible with Mac,  Windows and Word Online software.  BriefCatch 3 offers a rebuilt rules engine, which is enhanced with Natural Language Processing and AI.

During a recent demo founder Ross Guberman, walked me through a demo and I was impressed. Law is a language intensive deadline driven profession. Associates often face tight deadlines. I know what it is like to become blind to editorial mistakes. Using Brief Catch is
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We were all blindsided as 2020 unfolded, yet the momentum of technological change and innovation assured a steady stream of new products. I have identified five trends, which I have divided into three categories: unforeseeable, continuing and surprising.

The trends I believe are worth noting — Unforeseeable: COVID-19 impacts; Predicable: state court analytics and innovative workflow tools; Surprising: legal news re-emerges as a competitive focus among major legal publishers and tech marketplaces emerge.

Unforeseeable: COVID-Related Trends

COVID alone triggered four subtrends:

  • The emergence of local law and ephemeral publications. Major legal vendors were no more prepared to track county level health department issuances and Governors’ executive orders than the average law firm. To make things worse these “documents” were issued in a myriad of social media formats, texts, tweets, Facebook pages … . What’s a law firm to do?
  • Librarians and KM professionals stepped into the vacuum and established protocols for locating and harnessing the untidy universe of COVID-19 ephemera.
  • Law firms became publishers of original COVID-19 resources (leveraging the local documents harnessed by librarians).
  • Legal publishers turned out an unprecedented number of free legal resources covering COVID-19 issues. I covered this trend in an earlier ATL post.

Continuing Trends: State Court Analytics And Workflow Tools

Workflow Tools

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Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory is releasing a new Practical Content Dashboard within their flagship Cheetah and Cheetah for Corporate Counsel platforms. The Cheetah platform includes over 20,000 practical content tools and documents  spread across twenty seven practice areas. The practice content will now be easier to locate with addition of the dashboard. Ken Crutchfield the vice president and general manager of legal markets at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business US is quoted in the press release: “The new features will give our customers fast access to all of the applicable tools needed for their day-to-day work saving valuable
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Gentle readers— in a distant era (January) when no one was thinking about facemasks and hand sanitizer, I posted the annual Dewey B Strategic Hits and Misses Survey. In an attempt to “carry on” as if everything were normal, today I am reporting on the survey results.Thanks to the  87 readers who  responded to the survey between January and March 15th. Compared to 2018, 2019 was a fairly slow year for the launch of new products and features. As a result this years survey has fewer questions and fewer categories of new products. But this year the survey covered new analytics tools, analytics documentation, workflow tools, law comparison tools. The survey also asked
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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 in a drawing to win an Amazon Echo Dot have the option of including their name and contact information.

The survey will be open through Sunday February 3rd.

What Did You Think About Legal Publishing and Tech Trends in 2018?

2018 was a tumultuous year for legal publishing and technology. Consider just a few of the key events. The American
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Law firm subscribers to TRG Screen‘s Quest, Research Monitor and Smart Recharge products will be thrilled to hear that TRG has secured long term strategic investment from Pamlico Capital, a Charlotte, NC based private equity firm. The Research Monitor product helps law firms collect utilization and ROI data on the high ticket digital resources that lawyers and administrators rely to inform the business and practice of law.  Quest is a research workflow tool that helps research teams across multiple offices and timezones manage and optimize  workflow. Both products help law library directors and CKOs optimize digital and staff resources and budgets. According to Steve Matthews, CEO at TRG Screen, about 75% of the Amlaw 100 firms now subscribe to one of TRG’s products.

The press release highlights some important promises to subscribers: “With Pamlico’s backing, TRG Screen will accelerate its investment in its unique portfolio of spend and usage capabilities, adding new solutions that bring
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