The ABA Legal Fact Check Site is Pretty Awesome

The ABA Legal Fact Check** website takes current events (mass shootings, Colin Kaepernick taking a knee, presidential/congressional speeches/quotes/tweets, the #metoo movement, flag burning, etc.) and uses cases and statutory law to “separate legal fact from fiction”.   I think it’s a fun take on the bizarre issue of “alternative facts”. I’ve advised my family and friends to use […]

Yale, Cornell Law’s A2J Lawbrarians Launch Global Online Access to Legal Information Project (GOALI)

The Global Online Access to Legal Information project (GOALI) will provide universities, nonprofits, judges, and others in low- and middle-income countries access to law journals, e-books, and databases with a focus on international law, human rights, humanitarian law, and labor law. Recipients within the 115 selected countries have not had previous access to these materials, and this […]

First Things First: Basic Legal Research for the Newly Minted — from the RIPS Law Librarian Blog

  I often notice a great deal of fear and frustration when many 1Ls approach the reference desk with legal research questions. The kicker: I’m trying not to show my own fear as a new law librarian! This RIPS article is mainly about helping new attorneys, but as the author notes, it’s beneficial for pro […]

Legal Self-Help Support & the Increased Demand for Legal Tech

Mary Juetten writing for the ABA Journal: We appear to have created a chasm between done-for-you-by-a-lawyer and DIY solutions. The bridge or answer is mobile technology with appropriate legal support. For years, Thomson Reuters’ FindLaw survey has analyzed client behavior. The most recent figures from 2016 consumer survey respondents demonstrate the need for immediate attention from local […]

ROSS Intelligence start-up lands $8.7M to augment legal research with AI

From TechCrunch: Armed with an understanding of machine learning, ROSS Intelligence is going after LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters for ownership of legal research. … “Bluehill benchmarks Lexis’s tech and they are finding 30 percent more relevant info with ROSS in less time,” Andrew Arruda, co-founder and CEO of ROSS, explained to me in an interview. ROSS is using a combination of […]