Monday, January 30, 2017

Legal Tech's Legal Week Sessions For KM, Law Library and Information Professionals

American Lawyer Media's Legal Week kicks off January 31st - February 2nd at the New York Hilton Mid-Town. In keeping with the Legal Week mission of providing programming more legal communities, they have added a track for Legal Pros which focuses on topics of interest to law librarians and legal
information professionals.

I will be speaking on the panel which kicks off the two day Legal Pro track.  The session, New ways for Law Librarians and Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable also includes, Scott Baily, Global Director of Research at Squire Patton Boggs and Greg Lambert, CKO, Jackson Walker LLP. The panel will be moderated by Steve Marin, Principal, Gensler.

Other Programs include Business Intelligence & Analytics Tools for Legal Pros with a who's who of legal tech start-ups. Josh Becker, CEO Lex Machina, Daniel Lewis, CEO of Ravel Law, Phil Rosenthal. President, Fastcase,Inc. and Michael Sander. Founder, Docket Alarm, Inc. Tools of the Trade: Negotiation Skills featuring Natalia Berdzeni. Exec. VP Chase Cost Management, Robyn Rebollo, VP, Chase Cost Management. Doing More With Less: Coping with Staff Reductions and M&As, Kimberly Council, Reference Librarian, Sullivan & Cromwell.  Marketing and Promoting Knowledge Management and the Law Library. Christine George, Faculty & Scholarly Services Librarian, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.   Working With Vendors: Software and Soft Skills. Ifeoma Anekwe. VP, Project Manager, Legal Discovery Management, JP Morgan Chase & Co.,  Moderator: Mark Schwartz, Director Content Management, Law Library Management Inc.

Program information and registration here.


Castext Offers Civil Rights Lawyers Free Access to Their Premium Tools Including CARA

I just received the message below from  Jake Heller, CEO of  Casetext.   Casetext is  now offering free access to their premium tools to any lawyer involved in civil rights litigation.


 Casetext offers access to caselaw and crowdsourced annotations. I had previously reviewed CARA in a post "Citation Fingerprints, Celestial Footnotes and Opinion Sourcing : Casetext Launches CARA."

The key features of CARA are:
  • Suggested Cases – identifies cases not included in your document, which should be reviewed for relevance before finalizing a brief.  A concise summary includes a citation and the case holding derived from judicial “explanatory parentheticals.” There is a direct link to the full text of the opinion on Casetext. If a lawyer is analyzing an opponen’ts brief – this feature could identify vulnerabilities.
  •  Most Cited Passage- identifies the most cited text from other opinions.
  • Insights provides links related law firm memos discussing the case. 

Dear Jean
The courts will soon set important and long-lasting precedents defining crucial rights and liberties.  I believe that Casetext's missions of making the law freely accessible, and getting the best tools in the hands of the best lawyers, are going to be critical in these cases.
This is why Casetext is offering free access to our full suite of premium tools, including CARA, for litigators fighting for civil rights and civil liberties.  If you are an attorney working on a civil rights case, request free access here.  
If you are fighting to defend our rights, our liberties, and the Constitution, we hope CARA helps you in your litigation. You can learn more about how CARA empowers litigators here.
Thank you,
Jake Heller
CEO & Founder


I asked Casetext CEO, Jake Heller to explain provide some further insights into today's announcement. Here is Heller's response: "This is an important time for the legal profession. We at Casetext believe ALL clients deserve the best representation, and that includes access to the best information and the best research tools. Most of our customers are of course in private practice — from the largest law firms to solo practitioners — but we want to give extended access to public interest lawyers as an acknowledgment of the fundamental issues before the courts today and in the coming months."

P.S. If you are interested in CARA but not a civil rights litigator, you can sign up for a free trial here or respond to this email for more information.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lex Machina Launches New Apps: Instant Insights into Litigation Damages and Parties


LexMachina is a system  exploding with data. But Data doesn’t equal insights until you combine elements into a query. Data analysis is pretty new to legal research and Lex Machina is on a mission to keep making it easier for lawyers to extract powerful insights with minimum – as in “no” training. It also enables lawyers to ask completely new questions.
 
The Lex Machina system includes hundreds of data elements which can be combined in thousands of permutations. Their modules currently cover, Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Antitrust,ITC and Securities Litigation.  
Today Lex Machina is releasing two important new apps: The Damages Explorer and the Parties Comparator which provide instant insights to litigators. Attorneys can use both apps to quickly model different strategic approaches – using information from the Lex Machina database  that previously would have taken weeks to compile using a team of researchers.
 
Damages Explorer delivers the first-of-its-kind ability to expose,  compare and analyze individual damages awarded. The app  can analyze damages awarded by judge,  court, and  type of  damages. Sample reports include:
·         attorneys’ fees in a specific district
·         infringement damages awarded by a particular judge

    



According to the press release Lex Machina has the only complete record of damages awards in patent, copyright, trademark, securities, and antitrust cases since 2009.


Parties Comparator enables  lawyers to compare parties  across multiple criteria, such as litigation volume, performance, and outcomes. For each party being compared, the application shows damages, remedies, findings won or lost and case timing milestones.
Compare Litigation Timing By Party
Compare Case Filings by Party
The press release highlights the value of this  app as  enabling GCs  to perform peer benchmarking and for law firms to gain deeper insights into  clients and  to improve legal strategies.  

From the PressRelease:
“Today, attorneys need data-driven insights to make sound legal and business decisions. Our new Damages Explorer and Parties Comparator, deliver unprecedented information within seconds instead of days or weeks,” said Josh Becker, Lex Machina’s CEO. “Being able to easily explore the damages awarded in similar cases, enables attorneys to gauge whether to pursue or settle a case before setting foot in a courtroom. Similarly, the ability to analyze how opposing parties or similar companies have fared in court can give attorneys valuable strategic insights, instant decisioning capabilities, and a distinct competitive advantage.”
The Lex Machina Suite of Apps. Lex Machina’s previously released  Legal Analytics Apps (Early Case Assessor, Motion Kickstarter, and Patent Portfolio Evaluator) and Comparator Apps (Courts and Judges Comparator and Law Firms Comparator).


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Law 360 Editorial Team Prepares To Report On Trump Administration Legal Industry Impact


In several prior posts I have reported on how legal publishers are preparing to cover the legislative and regulatory impact of the Trump Administration. Scott Roberts,  VP and General Manager of Law 360 Lexis Legal News provided the following summary written by the Law360 editors highlighting  the Trump Administration issues to be featured in  upcoming Law360 newsletters:

 Law360 Prepares:
The impact of a Trump presidency on the legal industry is likely to be significant and immediate. He has been clear about his desire to roll back and in some cases completely revamp a slew of regulations, which will likely lead to a serious uptick in legal work as companies work to understand the new rules and head towards implementation and compliance. 

As for specifics, Law360 will be closely watching these areas for immediate impact:


Supreme Court nomination: The most memorable impact on the legal community of a Trump presidency is expected to be the configuration of the Supreme Court. With at least one guaranteed Supreme Court justice pick and possibly others to follow over the next 4 (if not 8) years, President Trump could fundamentally alter the makeup of the Court for decades to come. His picks are expected to be conservative and business friendly.

President Trump has indicated that he will announce his SCOTUS pick within a a few weeks following inauguration. Law360 will cover his pick from a number of angles, ranging from the nominee's likelihood of winning confirmation to the new justice's likely impact on the court's ideological makeup.

Repealing & Replacing the Affordable Care Act: President Trump has vowed to completely overhaul Obamacare, if not do away with it completely. Law360 will be covering the actual process of repealing and replacing the bill on Capitol Hill -- and perhaps even more interesting for our readers, we'll cover how the attorneys for health insurers, doctors, hospitals and all the other people and businesses impacted by the legislation are handling the changes and bracing for the aftermath. 

Immigration: This is another area that President Trump had signaled to impact from Day 1 and we'll be watching closely to see how this is approached. In particular, it's expect that President Trump will rescind immigration-related executive orders made by former President Obama. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- which protects adults who were brought illegally to the US when they were children -- is one that President Trump could jettison right off the bat. 

International Trade: President Trump pledged to renegotiate or exit a host of trade agreements, perhaps most notably NAFTA, during his campaign. He's also threatened to impose hefty tariffs on companies that move manufacturing jobs overseas. 

EPA & Climate Change: It's also expected that President Trump will likely move to defang the EPA and possibly exit or somehow alter the Paris Agreement on climate change. Environmental issues tend to be highly litigious and many anticipate lawsuits to follow if such efforts are pursued by the Trump administration.

While almost no area is "off limits" to potential scrutiny by the incoming Trump administration, Law360 expects these key topics to be the first reforms targeted following [last] Friday's transition of power.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Twelve Tables Press to Launch Law Firms & Legends Series


Every law firm has a hidden history.  Did you know that the landmark gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas 539 U.S. 558 (2003) was litigated by Jenner & Block's and Lambda's Legal Board Co-Chair Paul M. Smith? 

In a world of tweets and blogs one  new legal publisher Twelve Tables Press is launching a rather contrarian  project by publishing books  (yes I mean  – paper pages sewn together between two covers )  which tell the story of how leading firms and their members became  legends and influenced the development of the  law and the legal profession.  This series will be similar to their  Leaders in Law, which features leading Judges and Attorneys. The first book of that series Breaking New Ground  focuses on a civil rights lawyer, educator and jurist: Senior District Judge Thelton E. Henderson, of the Northern District of California. Steve Errick's Twelve Tables Press is preparing to  develop a new series called Law Firms & Legends.

Law Firms & Legends  is a hardcover  and e-book series which will focus on the top 100 ALM law firms and capture the stories of the founders and leaders of each firm. Every law firm will  be able to recount the unique role that the firm has played in shaping US law, social and political history. According to  Errick the mission of Twelve  Tables Press is to “showcase the compelling stories, the will and fight of individual lawyers, law firms and judges bringing positive attention to the craft of lawyering and the lawyers who have made a difference in United States legal jurisprudence."  The Twelve Tables imprint refers to the 12 bronze tablets on which the earliest Roman codes were inscribed.

Beyond The Marketing Profile. Each law  firm will have the opportunity to tell  eight  to  twelve in-depth stories on the history of their firm. These stories will be published in a single volume e-book and hard cover expected to be 200 to 350 pages each. Each title is designed to appeal to students and lawyers,  legal history fans and legal scholars, and of course to firms showcasing their history to clients. The series is positioned to have a wide appeal  because each volume will highlight the thought leaders and practitioners  in America's most prestigious law firms and will tell an important story about the evolution of legal practice in the US.  The series will be marketed to all law libraries, colleges, law firm libraries, Amazon and other book distribution platforms and partnerships.
 
Legal Publishing Pro Steven Errick,  the publisher of the series has an extraordinarily deep and successful career in legal publishers. His resume reads like a “Who’s who”  of major legal US publishers. He has been an executive at Lexis Nexis, CCH Wolters Kluwer, Aspen legal Education, Foundation Press (West publishing) and Warren Gorham & Lamont.

No Robots Just Real Lawyers While members of the legal profession will remain active participants in social media data streams, the  time may be right for law firms to offer a more focused and deeper examination of their unique histories, especially as law schools fight  decreasing student enrollments and firms fight for the best and brightest students among a smaller graduating pool. ALM 100  law firms have argued cases before the US Supreme Court, invented new forms of corporate structure, helped write  constitutions and legislation, provided leadership in social reform movements and invented new forms of legal practice. As the legal profession continues to be buffeted by financial and technological forces,  this series will offer a sober reflection on the women, men and firms who  are still the key drivers in the transformation of American law and jurisprudence.
 
For more information you can contact Steve Errick at: steven.errick@twelvetablespress.com.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

VoxGov: A Veritable Goldmine of "Hidden" U.S. Goverment Insights and Trends

“Uncertainty” is the word which best describes the atmosphere in Washington, DC as the city prepares for the new administration. This uncertainty is driving traffic to  a relatively new product called  VoxGov.  The VoxGov website offers a treasure-trove of hidden government data and an alerting system for anyone trying to understand track  the statements and positions of government agencies and officials related to  any issue. At last count Voxgov contained over 26 million government documents.

VoxGov "Hacking" trends
The government information that lawyers normally rely upon such as statutes and regulations only represents about 10% of the VoxGov database. The vast majority of  government materials in VoxGov are collected from over 14,000 government websites. The document types include: Press Releases, News, Notices, Columns, Articles, Op-Eds, Decisions, Opinions, Orders, Events, Media Advisories, Fact Sheets, Newsletters, Bulletins, Recalls, Alerts, Reports, Publications, Speeches, Statements, Remarks, Testimony, and Transcripts, along with Social Media from official government sources, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and more. VoxGov only collects information authored or adopted by the U.S. Federal Government and published  on official government websites .All of the data is enriched with extensive metadata which supports sophisticated filtering and trending.
Prescription Drug - Tracking


VoxGov is the brainchild of an Australian attorney Robert Dessau. After passing the New York State bar, Dessau  built a successful consulting business working with Australian technology companies seeking U.S. market entry. During this time he recognized the difficulty of accessing valuable information  generated by agencies of the U.S. Government. Based on this overwhelming need, Dessau has been dedicated to building and developing the back-end systems and know-how for the VoxGov platform that exists today.

Dessau moved from collecting documents to analyzing trends and parsing the people, agencies, parties and issues stirring the pot of government advocacy and regulation. He built  a system for indexing and analyzing the reports and data produced by over 9,000 US  government sources. Today VoxGov also includes over 24 million social media posts. . Even though the US government has migrated much of their standard legislative and regulatory materials online the vast majority of government information remains hidden even though it is in digital format.

No You Can’t Google This Stuff. Years ago I heard Ralph Nader remark that US Government reports were a goldmine of data that no one wanted to read…. Their plain brown covers and austere typeface screamed “boring.”  Those were the bad old days before the digital revolution and for those of you who that thought all government data was just a google search away from your eyeballs….  Voxgov will show you just how wrong you are.  According to Dessau less than 1% of all government documents are available on the web. VoxGov's proprietary technology visits over US government  14,600 web destinations on algorithmically generated intervals, in search of new documents published to any of these source sites.



Cybersecurity- related terms, people agencies
The Trump Effect  In recent weeks Voxgov’s phones have been ringing “off the hook.” The Voxgov  team has fielded requests from  a wide variety of stakeholders needing to glean some insights into the new administration. Inquiries include: A  city facing a budget crisis if federal funding to Sanctuary Cities is withdrawn;  A bank reading contradictory indicators on economic policy under the next administration;  A pharmaceutical group preparing to navigate a new legislative and regulatory environment.   According to Dessau, people are turning to Voxgov to address  a common need  “for the ability to telescope into who in is saying what on relevant and pressing issues in government." 

What Do You Need to Know? VoxGov allows  users to analyze material generated by government reports on any topic and to visualize the information using timelines graphs and word clouds. 

·         All of the data updates every 15 to 30 minutes.

·         There is live trending of the most active issues in the past 24 hours.

·         Measurement of tone of social commentary

·         Everything in the system can be shared legally because it is all public domain


Key Functions: 

Monitor
  • All branches of government
  • 9,000+ Sources
  • ~20K News Docs Daily
  • Updated 24x7
  • 50+ Document Types

Analyze         Extensive use of data tagging and patented filtering technologies provides unique views and insights including analysis trends over time

  •         Data visualizations
  •          52 Timeline Graphs
  •          Multi-year comparisons
  •         Extensive Document Tagging

Track       Keep up to date with   custom-built tools that enable easy sharing of valuable information across teams and third parties.

  • ·         Custom Feeds
  • ·         Save Searches
  • ·         Receive Alerts
  • ·         Compile Folders
  • ·         Generate Reports

Trend         VoxGov highlights significant changes in issue activity levels coming from within the government conversation throughout the day.

  • ·         Multi-Point Trending
  • ·         75 Trending Options
  • ·         15 Minute Updates
  • ·         Rapid Drill-Down
  • ·         Frequency Monitor


Responsiveness to customer needs

Until now, VoxGov was primarily marketed to academic libraries. When Dessau asked me to evaluate the product for a law firm environment, I suggested that the alert features needed to be  “fine-tuned” in order to appeal to practicing lawyers who bill by the minute. Lawyers don’t want to be overwhelmed with results they want to see the most relevant materials first and they want to understand why a document is relevant to their interests. Within a few weeks, Dessau returned and had implemented  almost all the new features I had suggested including, sorting alert results  by relevance, highlighting relevant keywords in alerts, automatically deduping results ( now handled by grouping reissued documents under a single heading) , social media results are grouped separately from government releases. 

VoxGov is clearly a resource addressing the specialized need of lobbying and government affairs professional.  The product also offers unique materials for researchers and lawyers in any regulatory practice as well as a wide variety of litigation needs. Litigators can use government materials to locate experts, government studies and data to support or disputed facts as well as to pinpoint the timing of government actions. While the standard legal research systems, Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg BNA and Wolters Kluwer offer the  traditional primary sources for statutes and regulations, such as the US Code, the CFR, the Federal Register and the Congressional Records and Congressional Reports, none of them have taken on the development of an archive comparable to that amassed by VoxGov.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trump Deregulation Watch: Wolters Kluwer Publishers White Paper-- Bloomberg BNA Publishes 2017 Outlook Reports

Correction: The original post which was distributed via RSS contained a mislabeled screenshot which has been corrected below. The "redliner" is a Wolters Kluwer feature, not a BNA feature. Jean

Wolters Kluwer and BloombergBNA's editorial teams have built their editorial credibility on comprehensive and exacting tracking of US regulatory changes. The incoming Trump administration appears to be poised to shake up the established regulatory framework through both deregulation and statutory repeal. I reached out to executives at Wolters Kluwer and BloombergBNA to find out how they are preparing for the Trump Dereguation Agenda. Although both publishers suggest that preparation for this  transition  of government is "business as usual," both publishers have issued special reports. In addition, Wolters Kluwer is planning some major editorial enhancements to existing products that will make tracking regulatory changes easier.

Dean Sonderegger, Wolters Kluwer's  VP& GM, Legal Markets & Innovation provided a  statement from the WK editorial team:


Wolters Kluwer is poised to cover the legislative and regulatory impact of the incoming Trump Administration with the same level of timely, comprehensive, and objective analysis that has been our mainstay for decades. Ted Trautmann, Editor-in-Chief, states: “Nothing will change in our approach. What is different, however, is the magnitude of the new agenda — from repeal of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, to massive reform of current tax, immigration, energy, and trade policy, to the rollback of signature rulemaking initiatives of the Labor Department, EPA, and other agencies, as well as many Obama Administration executive orders.” These potential changes, explained in a recent Wolters Kluwer white paper, are so sweeping as to warrant heightened vigilance to help our customers plan and prepare. Whatever awaits, the Wolters Kluwer team of experts is ready to help organizations navigate the changing regulatory landscape.



Wolters Kluwer Regulation Redliner
Right now Wolters Kluwer is not planning any new products to address the change in administration. Their statement underscored "our ongoing commitment to diligently track changes and update our customers as quickly as is possible...we do believe that it’s important to address the workflow that  attorneys and researchers utilize when dealing with legislative changes. To that end, we are enhancing our products that track regulatory events to enable researchers to quickly determine changes to laws, regulations and guidance and comparing those changes to particular points-in-time in the past." In January, Wolters Kluwer will release  an enhancement to the Standard Federal Tax Reporter which they are calling "Standard Fed Plus."

WK Standard Fed Plus -" Point in Time"  Changes

Here is a description of the product from the upcoming press release:
"Standard Fed Plus is a first-to-market, centralized, online product that helps tax professionals understand U.S. federal tax law changes. Standard Fed Plus provides point-in-time analysis that enables legal professionals to see legal tax changes in context, with redlining capability to visually show where changes have occurred at a point-in-time or to compare differences in the laws, regulations, guidance or commentary between points-in-time. It also includes a calendar feature to help attorneys more accurately and quickly research changes in the tax law back to 1986 and on a weekly basis going forward. The exclusive redlining feature of the Standard Fed Plus provides tax attorneys with a solution that increases the accuracy, efficiency and speed of legal tax research to enable them to more quickly understand legal tax changes and provide more accurate tax advice to clients. 


The BloombergBNA Approach: Outlook Reports

I  also asked BloombergBNA's  new President Scott Mozarsky if Bloomberg BNA was making any special preparations for the Trump Administration. According to Mozarsky "Bloomberg BNA’s D.C.-based bureau of reporters and editors will closely track Trump administration regulatory and enforcement changes in all the key federal agencies.   In fact, before the election we were reporting on what a Trump administration might do moving forward. "

Bloomberg Law subscribers will be able to get an early preview of Trump’s agenda in a series of Outlook 2017 special reports, including agencies regulating financial services, labor and employment, international trade, privacy, health care, environment, the tech sector, and telecommunications. Additionally, live events have been planned around several topics that will feature Bloomberg BNA experts and thought leaders (see Bloomberg BNA’s Outlook 2017 website for more information).


Here is the list of Outlook reports currently posted on Bloomberg's Website.





For other topics, in addition to news coverage, Bloomberg Law offers specialized regulatory alerts to monitor agency activities. Mozarsky noted that  the anticipated to the Affordable Care Act  will be tracked in Bloomberg Law’s Federal Health Care Regulatory Alert  and environmental agencies can be closely tracked with the EHS Federal Regulatory Alert.

Bloomberg BNA is also releasing several regulatory trackers following federal and state regulatory activity related to emerging technologies. Bloomberg Law subscribers have access to these unique resources that cross jurisdictions and agencies for technologies that will reshape industries. Examples include autonomous vehicles and fintech.




Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Trends In Law Firms and Legal Publishing: Pure Speculation From the Serious to the Fantastic

A few ideas on what we might or might not see develop in 2017....


 Thomson Reuters Predictive. 2017 has to be the year when Thomson Reuters launches a  predictive product for lawyers. Early in 2016 Thomson Reuters rebranded  itself as "The Answer Company." They entered into  a relationship with IBM to gain access to IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology. Several months ago TR announced a predictive legal product for financial analysts.   TR has remained silent as their competitors large (Lexis/Lex Machina, BloombergBNA)  and small  (Ravel, Ross, CARA,LitIQ) launched a variety of headline  grabbing predictive and AI research products. TR has been quietly investing in their Innovation Labs.  TR owns all the same data which is driving their competitors predictive and AI products... so what are they waiting for? It has to be a predictive product that goes a step beyond their competitors - or they would have already launched it. Perhaps a product that combines transactional and litigation data? Perhaps a product that integrates predictive data into  a workflow/drafting tool? I can't wait to see what it is.  I expect TR to be hosting an especially interesting launch party at the AALL conference in July. I hope I am not disappointed.


LexisNexis Will Not Purchase Any New Products in 2017. They will spend the year integrating all the  premium resources they have bought over the past 5 years (Lex Machina, Newsdesk,  MLex, Law360, Knowledge Mosaic,  Intelligize ...)  into a single game-changing integrated platform. OK I don't think this is actually going to happen - just putting it out there in case Lexis Nexis CEO, Mike Walsh is reading my blog today. I seriously think it is time to stop collecting the crown jewels of the legal market and start building some synergies between these resources.

BloombergBNA will Purchase WoltersKluwer or WoltersKluwer will Purchase BloombergBNA
It has been rumored that Mike Bloomberg planned to give BloombergLaw 100 years to  beat out Thomson Reuters and Lexis Nexis and become the dominant legal information product in the US. Bloomberg Law has been on the market for less than a decade and has faced some serious headwinds. By now, Mr.  Bloomberg  has certainly begun to notice that it is a lot  easier to get an investment bank to sign on to  a multi-million dollar subscription than it is to  slide a million dollar product into a law firm budget.  The zero based budget still reigns  in most law firms, so these two legal publishing giants WoltersKluwer and BloombergBNA  could benefit from combining their product lines. Both publishers have  been dominant players offering regulatory expertise and could gain  additional market share in a legal market competing to anticipate and track the regulatory uncertainties arising from the incoming Presidential administration.


Reinvent Government 1993 Style
The Trump Deregulation Watch  Shortly after  I  moved to Washington DC at the start of the Clinton administration in 1993,  President Bill Clinton launched the  Reinvent Government Initiative which was supposed to dramatically streamline regulation and shrink the Federal Register and the CFR-- the official sources of all US regulations.  I recalled front page photos of  President  Clinton and  Vice President Al Gore posing with pallets  of the regulatory materials they planned to eliminate. Will the CFR actually shrink over the next 4 years?  Let's look at history... in 1993 the Code of Federal Regulations was a 200 volume set. In 2016 there are 248 volumes. So the long term outcome of the earlier "Reinvent government initiative" has resulted in a 25% increase in the CFR volume count in the past 23 years.


Law Librarians will Put an End to Fake News By Creating a "Uniform System of Web Citation." Just as judges toss briefs  which fail to cite authorities for all legal propositions, it is time to require  "news" websites to include cite-able authorities. Law librarians should collaborate on a new publication which  I propose to be called The Uniform System of Web Citation. This publication will include 400 pages of rules following the example of the "Blue Book" Editors. The "Blue Book" rule 18.2.1 on citing Internet sources  provides an  excellent inspiration point:
 18.2.1 General Internet Citation Principles (p. 180)
(a) Sources that can be cited as if to the original print source.

When an authenticated, official, or exact copy of a source is available online, citation can be made as if to the original print source (without any URL information appended). Many states have begun to discontinue printed official legal resources, instead relying on online versions as the official resources for administrative or legislative documents. The federal government is also moving toward increasing access to online versions of legal documents, though it continues to publish official print versions.

(i) Authenticated documents.

When citing to such materials, The Bluebook encourages citation to “authenticated” sources: those that use an encryption-based authentication method, such as a digital signature or public key infrastructure, to ensure the accuracy of the online source. Generally, an authenticated document will have a certificate or logo indicating that a government entity verified that the document is complete and unaltered.

If all fake news authors were required to read "blue book" style rules before posting  any "news" - sheer boredom and mental fatigue alone would dramatically reduce the volume of nonsense posted to the web.
 (Lest anyone mistake this blog post for real news - let me be clear - this is a suggestion -- not a fact.)

Pop Up Law Firms Emerge in DC -  It will be HUGE!
Pop Up Law Firms in DC  Remember the Occupy Wall Street Camps which sprung up in parks around DC in  2011? I wouldn't be surprised 2017 brings  "pop up" law firms to DC.  Law firms without DC satellite  offices know that something "huge" is about to happen in DC and they want to be part of the action.  In a nod to ongoing client demands for efficiency, smart  law firms will gain a DC presence without having to  spring for an $80 per square foot lease by establishing a "pop up" presence on the National Mall.
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Every Law firm will Have Robot Lawyer - but they will not be practicing law. This new breed of robot will drive lawyer efficiency by having one function -- they will be  password robots. They will  troubleshoot all password problems and be the repository for all 1,000+ passwords which the average
lawyer  manages in order to access everything from the law firm network, to their  daily news subscriptions, CLE training,  health care accounts, voicemail, meal accounts, travel reimbursement accounts, the spam blocker account, the time and billing account, client extranets and the 500 specialized research platforms each lawyer needs to practice law. Password robots will reduce time wasted on lost passwords, password resetting, trying to remember the password you made up 2 minutes ago because it conformed to the 16 arbitrary criteria required for reset and has no mnemonic qualities,  mandatory password strengthening exercises, clearing cache of old passwords, synching mobile and network device passwords and replacing laptops which have been flung across the office in frustration at the appearance of a random  "your password has expired message."  Password robots are expected to boost lawyer productivity by recovering 10 to 20 hours of wasted time per month which translates into an estimated $100,000  increase in annual billable time per lawyer.

And it none of this happens... there is always next year.