Ellyssa Kroski, the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute assembled a group of law library and technology thought leaders to contribute to her new book “Law Librarianship in the Age of AI” which was released last week by the American Library Association.
I was honored to have the opportunity to…
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters spent the past week showing off newproductsand features at the annual American Association of Law Libraries ( AALL) Meeting and Conference in Washington DC. Since the close of the conference on Tuesday, each has announced a new alliance of some kind.
- Thompson Reuters acquired HighQ Software
Today Thomson Reuters is announcing the release of a new AI enabled enhancement for WESTLAW Edge. Quick Check enables a lawyer to “drop and drag” a brief or motion into the Quick Check AI portal and retrieve a thorough analysis of the cited or missing authority. The Quick Check process takes one minute on average. Michael Dahn, SVP Product Management, Carol Jo Lechtenberg, Westlaw Product Management and T0nya Custis, Sr. Director Research Center for AI and Cognitive Computing hosted a webinar demonstration earlier this week for members of the legal press which I attended.
Quick Check use cases include: Updating an old brief, quality checking a working draft and performing final check before submitting a brief to a court. Lawyers can also examine an opponent’s brief and
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Each year AALL welcomes new exhibitors seeking to reach the decision-makers in law libraries and information centers. The current powerful generation of tools in the legal market often offer multiple features so the products are sometimes not easy to categorize. I have taken the liberty of characterizing each new exhibitor by a single label…
It is now a given that what we think of as “AI” is simply software which has not yet become so pervasive that it is baked into our everyday experience.. Yet AI retains a whiff of mystery which begs to be explored and illustrated through artistic and scientific videos which can range from absurdist to…
Last Thursday, Daniel Lewis, co-Founder of Ravel Law (now part of LexisNexis) gave the Keynote address at the annual Ark Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research and Information Services conference in New York. Instead of another frothy, sermon on the emergence of “robot lawyers,” Lewis delivered a measured analysis of the current state of AI in the legal market. It was a dramatic counterpoint to some of the overheated AI rhetoric reverberating througout the recent Legal Tech conference in New York. Lewis provided a framework for understanding what AI can do today. His talk covered current AI technologies and applications. But the topic which was of greatest interest to me was the a practical outline of questions to ask of vendors who are selling AI enabled products. How do you distinguish marketing hype from reality? How do you help manage lawyer expectations after they have read about the latest “game changing” AI product — which was acquired by a peer law firm? When the talk was over I felt like standing up and cheering.
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In late September Bloomberg Law announced several new research features which leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to accelerate case law research. The The new “Points of Law” feature allows attorneys to quickly find language critical to a court’s reasoning to support their legal arguments . This feature was immediately available to all current subscibers to Bloomberg Law at no additional cost.
The Bloomberg Law platform now features one million points of law and is updated throughout the day. “Points of law” results are generated by the application of machine learning to the Blaw database of 13 million published and unpublished state and federal court opinions. Researchers can either start there research with a point of law or start with a keyword then sort by relevance or most cited.
This new feature was created is response to the market demand for workflow enhancing tools. “Points of law” research results highlight the relevant language in each opinion. The press release describes the benefit as “enabling attorneys to
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