Today Casetext is announcing the availability of a Microsoft Word plug-in for the Compose brief drafting technology. It makes sense to put a valuable drafting tool right in place where lawyers spend their time drafting. Compose enables attorneys to locate and add arguments, legal standards, and precedent without ever leaving Word.
According to the press release, the Word version of Compose includes all the motions and features available in the original Compose application: a menu of click-to-add arguments, legal standards customized to the attorney’s side and jurisdiction, and Parallel Search, a powerful form of concept-based legal search which uses a sentence to find matching case law, even if it includes none of the same language.
The Promise of Dramatic Efficiencies .“Compose already increases efficiency in brief-drafting by 4x, in part because it cuts out the need for attorneys to bounce between templates, treatises, case law databases, and a DMS in order to put together a solid draft,” said Jake Heller, Casetext CEO and co-founder. “By embedding the Compose technology directly into attorneys’ existing workflows, attorneys will be able to increase efficiency even more dramatically.”
There is no doubt that enhancing the discoverability of a new product can dramatically escalate adoption. And if the products offers efficiency as Compose appears to do, then the Word plug-in will be a “force multiplier.” Today Casetext is the only legal technology company offering this kind of drafting tool. But the competitive nature of the legal market and past history suggests that competitors large and small are looking to compete in this AI enabled motion drafting space.
Free to Current Users Compose for Microsoft Word will be available to any attorney or law firm with a Compose subscription, and will initially be free to try. Attorneys can request access at https://compose.law/microsoft-word/, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.