Fourth Cohort of Startups Named for LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator

Nine startups — ranging from a case management platform for pro se litigants to an application designed to automate the estate-settlement process — have been selected to participate in the fourth year of the LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator program.
LexisNexis launched the accelerator program in 2017 to give startups a leg-up in the rapidly expanding legal tech industry. Companies selected to participate receive hands-on mentoring and guidance, as well as access to cutting-edge tools and technologies.
The accelerator runs September to December and is co-located in the Menlo Park, Calif., offices of Lex Machina and the LexisNexis Raleigh Technology Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Each of the nine companies selected this year is driving innovation in a distinct area of law, LexisNexis says. The nine are:
Civvis, a natural language platform that connects consumers with trusted legal solutions.
ClearstoneIP, a company that is modernizing patent clearance management with a purpose-built and collaborative web platform.
Courtroom5, which offers pro se litigants a case


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A “Guest Editorial” (sort of)

If you receive this newsletter, that means you probably care about Free Law in America–or at the very least you’ve benefited enough from it in your personal or professional lives to become acquainted with us in a way that distinguishes you from our other 38 million annual users.  

This term, the United States Supreme Court will hear Georgia vs. Public.Resource.Org.  That link will take you to the case page on our Oyez Project website. 

State’s asserting copyright in their laws has been a problem since the dawn of online legal research–if not longer.  In 2011, Fastcase CEO Ed Walters penned a blog post for our Vox Populii blog he titled, “Tear Down This (Pay)Wall:  The End of Private Copyright in Public Statutes.”  

Since it turns out that posts on geeky blogs, now matter how well-reasoned and impassioned, tend not to bring about major structural changes in our legal system, Ed (now also known


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The Anatomy of a Traffic Spike (Hurricane Edition)

One part of this job that never gets old is seeing traffic pop up in unexpected places: a seldom-accessed section of the US Code, an obscure regulation buried deep in the CFR, or an arcane Supreme Court case that’s somehow made its way into the public consciousness. And we learn a lot about how people interact with the law when current events drive people to our website. Most importantly, these moments make us feel good that we are contributing to the public discourse by making primary source materials easily available to the public, so that debate is informed by what the law actually says and not by what some pundit or Twitter troll claims it says. We watched a textbook example unfold just last week, and we thought it might be fun and informative to share the story with you in a series of images.

It all seems to have started


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Casemaker Unveils Major Redesign of Its Legal Research Platform

The legal research company Casemaker is today introducing a major redesign of its legal research platform called Casemaker4, with a more modern and responsive design, more intuitive navigation and faster search.
The new version is available to all subscribers beginning today. Upon log-in, the platform will continue to default to the prior version, but the subscriber will be able to select to switch to Casemaker4. Any preferences the user has set will also move to the new system.
For now, each time the user logs in, it will default to the old system. Eventually, the default will change to Casemaker4, but with the ability to revert to the old system.
“The new platform is informed by several years of user feedback and an extensive beta testing process,” said Sarah Gorman, Casemaker’s chief operating officer. “The response from the last round of beta was overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely excited to now open


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Sonderegger Named to Lead Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory in the U.S.

Dean E. Sonderegger, a veteran of both the legal and software industries, today was named senior vice president and general manager of Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. (LRUS).
A division of Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory internationally, LRUS encompasses legal markets, legal education, healthcare compliance and reimbursement, corporate compliance and international products.
Sonderegger, who will report to Stacey Caywood, CEO, Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, has been vice president in charge of legal markets and innovation since joining LRUS in 2015. Before that, he was with Bloomberg BNA for 13 years, where he oversaw strategy and marketing for software products.
Sonderegger is a familiar face to anyone who regularly attends legal technology conferences and industry events, where he often speaks on topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, the evolution of the legal profession and leading business transformation.
At LRUS, he has been credited with spearheading product innovation, with a focus on the rapid development


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New Site Is Comprehensive Resource for Federal and State Jury Instructions

A new website, Trialdex, is a comprehensive resource for finding and comparing federal and state jury instructions.
Formally launched yesterday, the site provides a searchable collection all official or quasi-official federal civil and criminal instructions and annotations, as well as an index of 20,000 legal terms, statutes, CFRs and Supreme Court cases referenced in jury instructions.
The index includes every reference in a federal instruction or annotation to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, a U.S. Code statute, a C.F.R. provision, and a federal rule.
The site does not index state instructions, but provides links to all state instructions that are posted online and uses a Google search integration to enable full-text search of all state instructions.
The site also offers a selection of “Trialdex tools,” which are flowcharts and Q&As that help a user analyze causes of action and other complex legal problems.
For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act tool defines the elements of and


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Summary and Analysis: Microsoft Office 365 eDiscovery Challenge Survey

[Editor’s note: In a guest post here in August, e-discovery consultants Tom O’Connor, director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, and Don Swanson, president of Five Star Legal, launched the Microsoft Office 365 eDiscovery Challenge, a survey to determine whether Office 365’s e-discovery capabilities are up to the task of handling an e-discovery matter on a limited budget. In a November post, they presented the raw results. Today, they offer their summary and analysis of  the survey results. The post is written by Tom and Don.]
By Tom O’Connor and Don Swanson
In August 2018, Don Swanson, president of Five Star Legal, and Tom O’Connor, director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, launched the Microsoft Office 365 eDiscovery Challenge, a survey to determine whether Office 365’s e-discovery capabilities are up to the task of handling an eDiscovery matter on a limited budget.
The survey was conducted over seven weeks from August 15 to October 15, 2018, using both an online


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Thomson Reuters, Long A Mainstay At ABA TECHSHOW, Withdraws As Exhibitor

For as long as I can remember in attending the American Bar Association’s annual TECHSHOW conference, one constant has persisted: the prominent presence in the exhibit hall of Thomson Reuters or its predecessor West Publishing Company. This year, that will change. When TECHSHOW opens Feb. 27 in Chicago, Thomson Reuters will not be among the exhibitors.
Thomson Reuters confirmed this week that it will not exhibit at TECHSHOW this year. Last year, it spent $137,000 to exhibit at TECHSHOW.
Even so, this is not a threat to the viability of TECHSHOW, sources familiar with the conference said. In recent years, TECHSHOW has seen growth in both the number of vendors who participate and the number of legal professionals who attend. Information provided by the Law Practice Division after last year’s show said that it was the most successful ever in both revenue and attendance.
‘Re-Evaluating All Trade Shows’
So why is Thomson Reuters pulling


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SAGlobal to Acquire LexisOne, Combine with Legal360, Merging Practice Management and CRM

SAGlobal will acquire the LexisOne cloud-based practice management application from LexisNexis, according to an agreement the two companies planned to announce tomorrow.
SAGlobal had notified me of the news earlier today on the condition that I agree to an embargo and not publish it until tomorrow morning. Since then, however, Legal IT Insider broke the story.
SAGlobal will combine LexisOne with its Legal360 client relationship management (CRM) software to create an integrated, cloud-based practice management and business development product for law firms.
Both LexisOne and Legal360 are built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and CRM.
SAGlobal is a consulting and development company that specializes in Microsoft Dynamics implementation and industry-tailored applications. It has 700 employees in 19 offices worldwide, and has customers in more than 80 countries.
LexisOne is a practice-management suite that has primarily been marketed to law firms in the UK. It provides practice management, time and billing, accounting and


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