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Database Maintenance 7/4/15

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July 15, 2015, 9:43 am, 1509594

Fastcase today announced the recipients of its 2015 Fastcase 50 awards. The awards recognize “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” This is the fifth year of these awards. Previous winners can be seen for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. (Proud to say I ...


July 14, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1509088

The American Association of Law Libraries is holding its 108th annual meeting and conference July 18-21 in Philadelphia. On Monday, July 20, I will be giving the presentation, Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research. The one-hour program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Room ...


July 13, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1508402

There is news today about the new “.law” generic top-level domain. At Legaltech West Coast, Minds + Machines — the company with the exclusive license to operate the .law gTLD — made two announcements: It has formed a strategic partnership with ALM Media to collaborate on advertising and marketing for ...


July 13, 2015, 9:43 am, 1508149

Among the Am Law 200 law firms, 163, or 82 percent, now have blogs. And it is not just one blog. All but 27 of them have multiple blogs and one firm, Fox Rothschild, has 39. These are among the findings of the 2015 Am Law 200 Blog Benchmark Report, a ...


July 9, 2015, 9:43 am, 1506251

The legal research service Fastcase is today unveiling a complete overhaul of its platform, its first entirely new version since 2003. The new version, called Fastcase 7, promises greater speed, expanded search, more intuitive functionality, and a more readable interface. “We want to balance having powerful tools that give power ...


July 8, 2015, 5:43 pm, 1505901

A Florida lawyer has lost her bid in a defamation action to force the legal directory site Avvo to reveal the identify of an anonymous poster who wrote a negative review of her. The Washington state Court of Appeals ruled against the lawyer, Deborah Thomson of The Women’s Law Group, ...


July 7, 2015, 9:43 am, 1504846

Sometimes, algorithms work better when they’re combined with a human touch. That is the idea behind Priori Legal, a “curated marketplace” that strives to connect business owners with vetted lawyers at transparent prices. Founded by two Yale Law graduates, Priori screens every lawyer it admits to its roster and requires ...


June 25, 2015, 11:43 am, 1496953

Sometimes in legal technology, when it rains, it pours. In April, I wrote here about Rocket Matter Intake, the new service from Rocket Matter that allows law firms to post client-intake forms on their websites that integrate directly with its practice management platform. A few weeks later, I wrote here ...


June 23, 2015, 11:43 am, 1495622

The New York Times today has a fascinating article documenting The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward. Reporters Alicia Parlapiano, Adam Liptak and Jeremy Bowers analyze the court’s decisions from 1946 to the present to conclude that this term could be among the court’s most liberal since 1969. The court’s leftward movement ...


June 22, 2015, 11:43 am, 1494978

At its worldwide Vantage 2015 user conference last week in Las Vegas, Thomson Reuters Elite announced an anticipated 2017 move to the cloud for its flagship product, Elite 3E, and a new emphasis on building a “customer-centric” organization. Elite is a suite of “enterprise business management” products for law firms ...