Jean O'Grady

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I am being interviewed by one of my favorite bloggers, Bob Ambrogi of LawSites about what else? — Blogging, If you have ever wondered how bloggers get started and keep going – join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion. Live Interview, This Week in Legal Blogging, September 24, 2020, 12 Noon (pacific), 3 PM Ieastern).The show will run on Facebook LiveTwitter and LinkedIn Live on Thursday at Noon PDT but, if you can’t catch it live, we’ll have the full video and selected answer on LexBlog.…
Today Lex Machina is announcing enhancements to their  COVID-19  tracking tool. Earlier this year Lex Machina launch the COVID-19 Impact Analyzer and has continued publishing a series of blog posts which explain trends in COVID-19  litigation In federal courts. The COVID-19 case tag Lex Machina has created a new case tag for COVID-19 which allows researchers to analyze a subset of cases in which claims which were caused directly or indirectly by the corona virus. Since January 1 almost 4000 cases have been filed in federal district courts due to COVID-19. Case filings peaked in May at 800 and…
Today Casetext is releasing The first  Compose employment law collection: Wage and Hour. In my original Compose product review I noted that “Compose does not promise to replace lawyers – it offers to make lawyers more efficient by automating the first draft of a motion or brief. It can also function as a tutorial for a new lawyer who is assigned with drafting a motion for the first time.” Compose launched Casetext released their groundbreaking drafting tool in conjunction with Legal Tech in January with three  collections: Federal Discovery, Federal Motion to Dismiss, and Federal Core Civil Procedure.  Since that…
Docket Navigator  the patent litigation intelligence platform has just added some powerful new law firm case outcome analytics. Docket Navigator which has been around since 2008, offers editorially curated data on courts and  intellectual property cases. The recently launched an interactive law firm ranking feature  allows law firms and in house counsel to take a deep dive into law firm experience and outcomes across the spectrum of patent litigation activities. According to Co-Founders Amy and  Darryl Towell, law firm rankings was the feature most demanded by Docket Navigator customers. This  feature is not  offering simply  a static list  of…
Today LexisNexis  is officially launching Lexis+ and  announcing  the retirement of the Lexis Advance  and Lexis Practice Advisor brands. Lexis+ is the new premium platform and the legacy platform Lexis Advance will now be known as Lexis.  Lexis Practice Advisor will be known as  Practical Guidance in the United States and Canada. “We are proud to introduce Lexis+, which delivers a more intuitive and powerful user experience for legal professionals,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, CEO, LexisNexis North America. “In today’s challenging business climate, attorneys need to rely on technologies that make them more effective, efficient and informed practitioners. Lexis+ is…
Fastcase  acquisition of Judicata  will bring a new era of innovation and advanced legal reasoning technologies such as, citation analysis, legal analytics and brief analysis to Fastcase 8 and Docket Alarm. Several years ago I wrote a post  about Judicata, a small California start up which described its mission as “as mapping the legal genome.”   They used their analytics and  citation analysis tool to grade law firm briefs. How that for chutzpah?. Judicata knows how to stretch the legal research and analysis envelope. Fastcase today announced the acquisition of Judicata technology assets “with the mission of extending Judicata’s…
We all knew that law libraries were shrinking. No one suspected that they would be totally “done in” by a virus. Law libraries have been “going digital” for at least 20 years, but few firms tossed out their last “pocket part” update. But as firms plan their post-pandemic re-openings, retaining a collection of shared books is frankly a biohazard. Should librarians develop systems for sanitizing and quarantining books? In today’s digital world -– is it even worth the trouble?  Does anyone really want to take on the backlog of updating books that are nine months out of date next January when…
Since 2011 Fastcase has been honoring 50 legal trailblazers each year.  Fastcase  describes the  award recognizing “pioneering people who have made important contributions to the legal profession, for practitioners and the public.” The honorees for the Fastcase 50 Class of 2020 represent a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, law librarians, judges, bar association leaders, legal innovators, and people who are passionate about reforming and automating the law. I want to give a shout out to librarian colleagues: Cynthia Brown, Senior Director of Research Services, Littler Mendelson Michelle Cosby, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, Temple…
Today Feit Consulting is releasing a new report on the state of market for major legal  vendors: Thomson Reuters. LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law and Wolters Kluwer. I hesitate to even refer to the market as the legal research market because that completely ignores the dramatic integration of workflow, drafting, brief analysis and analytics into the 21st century progeny of the foundational case law research systems.The 2020 Legal Information Vendor Market Survey  was conducted between June and August 2020 and is targeted at law firms with 50+ attorneys. There were 104 responses: 26%(<100 attorneys), 56% (100-499 attorneys) and 20% >500 attorneys.The …
Thomson Reuters has introduced Quick Check Judicial, a new Westlaw Edge feature within Quick Check. Although this new AI-based feature was designed for judges  it will also drive lawyer efficiency. Quick Check Judicial  allows users to upload multiple briefs or memos from a single matter to surface highly relevant authority that neither party included.  It also identifies which citations are cited by both parties or only one party and conducts and automated review of citations and quotations.    Quick Check Judicial provides the standard Quick Check efficiencies: checking validity and accuracy of citations and quotations. The comparison of multiple documents is a force multiplier which enables…
Thomson Reuters has released new version of HighQ, its cloud-based productivity solution, with significant new features and integrations.  The new version, HighQ 5.4, offers powerful document automation with a new native Contract Express integration, AI-driven contract analysis, new mobile applications, Legal Tracker integration, and much more. When I saw a demo of HighQ last year – my first question was “when are you integrating it with Contract Express.”  The two products were meant to be merged and today they are.  The HighQ 5.4 Dashboard Thomson Reuters acquired HighQ, in July 2019.  Irish McIntyre, head of Legal Software and Workflow for…
The entire federal judiciary including the U.S. Supreme Court, circuit, district and bankruptcy courts are getting access to Bloomberg Law. Today Bloomberg Law announced that they have entered into a multi-year contract with the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) which will provide the 20,000 legal processionals unlimited access to Bloomberg Law.  According to the press release the agreement “expands what was already a significant presence for Bloomberg Law since 2016 within the federal court system.”  In addition to primary law such as cases, statutes and regulations, judges and court personnel will have access to the full suite of…
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has announced significant upgrades to to RBSourceFilings with RegReview,drafting tool which streamlines the SEC filing preparation process. Wolters Kluwer has been tracking securities rules and regulations for decades. Their Federal Securities Law Reporter was transformed into the Cheetah platform in —-. The company has continued to expand their securities practice offerings with additional innovative products that provide new insights and improve workflow including: M&A Clause Analytics, Capital Markets Clause Analytics   In case you cant remember what is included in RB Source Filings and RegReview, here is a breakdown:  RBSourceFilings is a sophisticated research tool which provides…
 Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, has announced the addition of almost 800,000 civil cases to ts federal district court coverage. According to the press release  this “gives users access to all commercially relevant federal civil cases in one place.”  Lex Machina had  previously grown its market share, segment by segment starting with the launch of the first Patent analytics module in 2010. There are now 16 practice modules covering  2 million cases. This is the first time they have made a  “non-topical” expansion of the database. All of the modules offer analytics about judges, law firms, attorneys, parties and districts as well as specialized analytics  for…
Casetext has released a study examining the efficiencies delivered by its new motion drafting platform Compose. Compose was announced this year at Legal Tech in New York. The product which I reviewed back in February enables a lawyer to select a motion types in specific jurisdictions, add arguments from a menu for the jurisdiction, select legal standards customized to the arguments and jurisdiction, add facts and authorities using the powerful Parallel Search technology and then customize the draft. The report is called “Increasing Law Firm Profitability using Compose Brief-Drafting technology” and is available at this link. ROI Benefits of Casetext…
PacerPro launched in 2014 with a simple overlay to the pacer system. In enabled firms to streamline the distribution of thousands of pacer filings to litigation teams and lower Their Pacer costs.  Cofounders Gavin McGrane, COO and Anna McGrane, CEO have continued to expand the service and to explore how PacerPro can  be leveraged to integrate federal court data with knowledge and business systems in law firms.  Pacer dockets are full data points on judges, nature of suit, attorneys which can be tagged and linked to internal systems.The white paper includes and case study integrating this data to documents in a…