American LegalNet,Inc (ALN) was founded in 1996 as a platform to provide law firms access to State, Federal, Court, and Agency  U.S. court forms. I was already familiar with the exhaustive catalog of federal and state litigation and administrative forms which ALN provides in their Forms Workflow product. I recently had the opportunity to meet with ALN founder Erez Bustan and got a full tour of how ALN has transformed into a robust litigation workflow solution addressing some of the labor-intensive processes associated with docket filing and management. In March 2021 they launched ALN Cloud which offers an integrated cloud and mobile litigation experience. The ALN Cloud offers a simpler and Continue Reading American LegalNet Launches Integrated Cloud Platform for Efilings, Forms, Smart Dockets, Alerts and Court Rules Management

 Today Thomson Reuters announced the launch of HighQ Contract Analysis. The produce speeds contract review and analysis with machine learning technology. to answer the specific questions legal professionals want to address – in an easy-to-read report.

According to the press release, HighQ Contract Analysis  leverages machine learning and pre-trained models “to help attorneys increase efficiency, reduce risk, and accelerate the contract-review process for transaction due Continue Reading Thomson Reuters Launches AI-Powered HighQ Contract Analysis

PLLIP  has announced an appropriate theme for the 2021 Virtual Summit: Hindsight is 2021: Responding to Chaos and Change.. The PLLIP Summit has a track record of providing valuable strategic content as well as an extraordinary netowrking opportunities for the research and knowledge professionals who oversee private law firm and corporate law libraries and knowledge services.

The Summit will be held July 16, 2021, via Zoom, and will begin at 11:30amEastern/8:30am Pacific. More details about the day’s programming can be found here.

How to Register: To register for the 2021 Summit, please visit the AALL registration page here.

* Complimentary registration for unemployed members, unemployed nonmembers, and student nonmembers is available by contacting eknecht@barclaydamon.com and are subject to verification. You will receive a promo code that must be entered on the online payment form. (Complimentary registration for student members are automatically applied.)

Speakers include:

April Rinne will deliver the keynote: Responding to Chaos and Change.  April is an acclaimed speaker, thinker, advisor and writer. She is known today for her many keynotes each year to business, industry, investment, policy and educational audiences around the world, and for her role as a bridge: between startups and governments, between developed and developing countries, between those excited about change and those resistant to it. She is also an impact investor, mental health advocate, yoga teacher and insatiable handstander. April’s handstands underscore her upside-down perspective on the world: they help her see differently, stay flexible, and bring joy (and occasionally amazement) to others. Earlier in her career she served as a global development executive, microfinance lawyer, and hiking and biking guide.

David Lat  is well known to the PLLP community. He previously provided a lively and hillarous talk at  at the 4th Summit in 2013 . Lat is a lawyer, writer provocateur. He founded the  the legal marketplace “must read” Above the Law website and now publishes Original Jurisdiction, a newsletter on Substack descibed as news, views and  colorful commentary about law and the legal profession. Other writing includes articles for newspapers and magazines, including the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal as well as a  novel Supreme Ambitions, set in the world of the federal courts. Before entering the media and recruiting worlds, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Brianna Leung draws from over two decades of experience in leading human-centered organizational change in professional and legal services firms. An engaging presenter and facilitator, Brianna is driven to help people succeed and realize their goals by gaining a better understanding of the human factor. As Director of Strategy and Marketing for Much Shelist, a full-service national law firm, Brianna serves as the centralized point of leadership dedicated to driving client-centric growth by aligning strategic planning, marketing and business development efforts across the organization. Prior to joining Much, Brianna consulted for GrowthPlay, a marketing and sales enablement firm. She also founded Red Bird Strategy, LLC, a firm specializing in leadership training, team building and change management strategy. Throughout her career, Brianna has held multiple national leadership, sales and marketing positions which give shape to her perspective on managing the people side of change.

Today Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.   announced the relaunch of Corporate Counsel Profiler The new version is powered by analytics and enables lawyers, researchers, marketers and competitive intelligence specialists to uncover custom insights into in houses Counsel Department.

Granular information on corporate in-house counsel departments is a critical component of the marketing, pitch and competitive intelligence process. AND it is surprisingly difficult to find. Current users of Corporate Counsel Profiler will immediately Continue Reading Wolters Kluwer Relaunches Corporate Counsel Profiler with More Content, Analytics and Powerful Visualizations

Bringing Neural Nets to the Law 
Casetext opened 2020 with the launch of a revolutionary new motion-drafting tool called Compose. Compose dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes lawyers to draft a motion or brief by serving up the arguments and standards appropriate to the motion type in a specific jurisdiction.  Compose also included a powerful new search functionality called “Parallel Search,” which was the first legal research tool to leverage breakthrough technology called transformer-based neural nets.  Parallel Search proved to be so popular with attorneys that in June of 2020 Casetext made that search capability available as a stand-alone product and an upgrade to their Casetext research platform. More than a decade ago, major legal research platforms Lexis and Westlaw freed their subscribers from Boolean search by introducing natural language search. But freedom from Boolean search did Continue Reading What’s New at Casetext? Parallel Search and “Do it Yourself Neural Networks”
Bringing Neural Nets to the Law 
Casetext opened 2020 with the launch of a revolutionary new motion-drafting tool called Compose. Compose dramatically reduces the amount of time it takes lawyers to draft a motion or brief by serving up the arguments and standards appropriate to the motion type in a specific jurisdiction.  Compose also included a powerful new search functionality called “Parallel Search,” which was the first legal research tool to leverage breakthrough technology called transformer-based neural nets.  Parallel Search proved to be so popular with attorneys that in June of 2020 Casetext made that search capability available as a stand-alone product and an upgrade to their Casetext research platform. More than a decade ago, major legal research platforms Lexis and Westlaw freed their subscribers from Boolean search by introducing natural language search. But freedom from Boolean search did Continue Reading What’s New at Casetext: Parallel Search and “Do it yourself” Neural Networks

Today Reynen Court – an innovative software company supported by a consortium of 20 global law firms announced that they had hired law librarian, legal technologist and innovation provocateur Sarah Glassmeyer  for the role of Legal Tech Curator. The press release describes this as ” a  lynchpin role in generating contact and strategy for the Solution Store which is at the heart of the Reynen Court Platform.”

Reyen Court allows participating law firms to test innovative, new, cloud based technologies. The platform is designed to speed up the historically, lengthy testing and evaluation time normally associated with the implementation of new technology. One of the hottest new Continue Reading Law Librarian, Visionary, Provocateur Sarah Glassmeyer Joins Reynen Court in Strategic Legal Tech Curator Role

In a prior post  I reported  survey results on products to be purchased in 2020 and 2021… which included a fairly broad spectrum of products. Major vendors Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg and Wolters Kluwer were evenly represented at the top of the list. There were dozens of additional products identified by one or two responders. Today I am reporting on responses to the survey results on cancellations which presents a dramatic contrast. One product stood alone  as the most likely to be cancelled. That product is Lex

Continue Reading The Dewey B Strategic 2020-21 Hits and Misses Survey – The Product Most Likely to be Cancelled is — Lex Machina

Lex Machina and LexisNexis is announcing the release of the seventh California county: Orange County Superior Court. Los Angeles County Superior Court, Sacramento County Superior Court, San Diego County Superior Court, Riverside County Superior Court, San Bernardino County Superior Court, Alameda County Superior Court.

These counties are key courts for civil cases involving contracts, torts, employment, and other civil matters, and serve more than 24 million citizens.  Like other Lex Machina products, the California modules are created using Lex Machina’s machine learning, natural language processing  and human review to extract  and validate data-driven insights from millions of state court documents. According to the press release legal analytics are now available for any Superior Court civil trial case filed in any of these seven California courts.

Lex Machina faces a daunting challenge bringing Lex Machina’s standard analytics to state courts. Few states have unified systems for Continue Reading Lex Machina Expands California State Court Coverage with Seven Major Counties

The 2020-2021 Dewey B Strategic Hits and Misses survey asked responders to identify products purchased in 2020 or to be purchased in 2021. Despite the financial concerns triggered by the pandemic, law firm librarians continued to consider new products. Some new products such as Westlaw Edge and Lexis + are often driven by an impeding contract renewal. Other product selections are  driven by  practice demands as well as a desire to remain competitive by introducing innovative solutions and enhance productivity.

The Top Products Four was the magic number this year. Each of the top vote getters were identified by 4 responders as new purchases. Continue Reading The Dewey B Strategic 2020-21 Hits and Misses Survey: What Research, KM/Workflow and Analytics Products are Readers Buying?