Last July Thomson Reuters quietly began the transformation of their Practitioners Insights publication into a full fledged legal news service called Westlaw Today. I met with Zena Applebaum, director, Proposition Strategy Rebecca Ditsch – manager, Product Development and received a demo of Westlaw Today .Westlaw is owned by Thomson Reuters which also owns Reuters, the multi-media news agency. It is a total “no brainer” that Reuters should collaborate with Westlaw in bringing a legal news product to the market. (In fact, Westlaw did briefly launch a short lived legal news service “Westlaw News” back in the 1980’s before it was purchased by Thomson Reuters). I think I share the sentiments of my information professional colleagues when I say “what took so long?” Our next question will be can Westlaw Today challenge the LexisNexis dominance of the legal news market?
The Westlaw Today platform will allow lawyers to subscribe to custom newsfeeds tracking law firms, companies and issues. In addition to traditional practice area coverage Westlaw Today has a newsfeed for “Legal industry” and “Legal innovation” two of my favorite topics. They also offer coverage special topics such as COVID and Voter Rights. Westlaw Today offers news in a variety of slices.
The Westlaw Today main page has the look and feel of a newspaper website highlighting a few major stories rather than imitating the list of recent headlines and blurbs that Law360 made famous. The main page includes a sidebar with most viewed articles, trending law firms and companies, lawyer contributed content and a link where lawyers can submit proposals for articles they would like to write.
Westlaw Today Practice Area pages offer a curated list of news stories by traditional practice areas. It also offers
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