Category Archives: Legal Research

Daunting No More: Locating Public Records Resources on the Web

Google and other Web search engines are useful for locating the ever-growing plethora of public record resources on the Internet, but a new database from BRB is even better and makes this task less daunting than trying to figure out … Continue reading

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RECAP: PACER Spelled Backwards is Good News for Researchers

The CourtListener RECAP resource is a gem! A joint undertaking with Free Law Project leading the way, this resource provides free searching and downloading of approximately 3.4 million PACER orders and opinions. Where RECAP truly shines, however, is in addressing … Continue reading

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What’s in an Answer on Westlaw and Lexis Advance?

Following, albeit rather slowly on the heels of Westlaw Answers which launched in February 2016, Lexis recently released Lexis Answers. Both are designed to help the legal researcher get quick answers to simple legal questions. Specifically, Westlaw Answers provides: Specific … Continue reading

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New Legal Research Site on the Block

In an already crowded field, CourtListener, the newest free legal research website in town, impresses with its repositories of millions of legal opinions, thousands of judge reports (primarily directory type information), an audio collection of  oral arguments, and millions of … Continue reading

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Trends and Players in the Legal AI World

Since my last post, Artificially Intelligent Lawyers, Oh My! a lot has happened in the world of artificial intelligence technology (AI). In this post, we’ll explore the uses, latest developments, advantages of AI adoption by law firms, and take a … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor: Risks of “Free” Legal Information

It is human nature to love free stuff! However, it’s not necessarily likely for people to recognize that what appears “free” often comes with a few caveats. In Free Legal Information is Not Risk Free Jean O’Grady succinctly unpacks a … Continue reading

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Siri Meet ROSS

Designed by University of Toronto students, ROSS, a Siri-like prototype app for legal research utilizes IBM’s Watson computer technology to help lawyers and legal research specialists “power through legal research.” Like Siri, but designed for lawyers, asking ROSS a legal … Continue reading

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