With its “bathroom law,” North Carolina has become ground zero for a debate that is playing out in a number of states involving the transgender community, equal rights and equal access to public accommodations. North Carolina’s controversial law bans people from using bathrooms that don’t match the sex indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents […]

Within search results, search terms are color coded at the top of the page and the location bar appears in each search result. A new visualization tool for case law research in Lexis Advance is being announced today by LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Called Search Term Maps, the tool color codes and maps your search terms so that […]

In a post yesterday at the Catalyst E-Discovery Search Blog, I discussed concerns about whether the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services is looking at regulating e-discovery companies and other companies that provide products and services to the legal industry. Today, the commission’s vice-chair Andrew Perlman told me that the commission is not […]

It’s been a year since Adobe introduced its all-new Acrobat DC version of its popular PDF software, which came packaged and tightly integrated with another new offering, Adobe Document Cloud. (See my review here.) Today, to mark that one-year anniversary, Adobe announced several enhancements to Acrobat DC and Document Cloud. Adobe Sign mobile app. New […]

At the Catalyst E-Discovery Search Blog today, I have a post examining whether there could be a call for regulation of e-discovery vendors. Some background: This Thursday is the deadline to file comments with the American Bar Association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services on whether states should regulate legal service providers (LSPs). In a March […]

Two Harvard University undergraduates are preparing to launch a website that will rate lawyers based on publicly available court records. The site, called Legalist, will mine and analyze court records in order to match clients with lawyers who win similar cases based on details and location. It will also profile litigators’ win-loss records. The site […]

A class action lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges the fees charged by PACER, the federal courts’ online court records system, as excessive. The lawsuit seeks to obtain relief on behalf of “all individuals and entities who have paid fees for the use of PACER within the past six years, excluding […]

Here are seven articles I’ve read recently that I recommend as worth a look: Luddite Lawyer’s Guide to Computer Backup Systems. Lawyer Craig Ball, a leading expert in e-discovery and computer forensics, offers this newly updated primer on backup techniques and media. Although written with an eye to discovery, it should be required reading for […]

In a move aimed at enhancing access to justice, the Legal Services Corporation announced today that it is partnering with Microsoft Corporation and Pro Bono Net to develop state legal portals to direct individuals with civil legal needs to the most appropriate forms of assistance. Initially, they will develop one or two statewide pilots intended to […]

One of the little-known gems of web research for real estate lawyers is the Underwriting Library of First American Title. The site used to describe itself as “the largest compilation of title material available on this planet.” I no longer see that description anywhere on the site, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were […]