I first wrote in August about the planned launch of JD Supra and then told you in November that it had scheduled its launch for December. Now word comes from founder Aviva Cuyler that tomorrow, Feb. 26, will be the official launch, and this time it looks as if all systems are go.
In my November preview, I wrote:
“Based on the preview, the site is part legal networking, part lawyer directory, part document repository and part legal research service. The basic idea is that lawyers use the site as a place to post court filings, favorable decisions, jury verdicts and articles they have written. They can also set up free profiles of themselves and their firms. Their profiles will link to the documents they have contributed and their documents will link back to their profiles.
“The plan is that this database of contributions will become a resource for other lawyers, consumers and the news media. Lawyers will use it for research, consumers will use it to find lawyers who have worked on cases similar to theirs, and reporters will use it to get information about new court filings and opinions and to find sources. It will be free for lawyers to create listings and post documents. For a fee, lawyers will be able to ‘enhance’ their profiles with additional features, such as hyperlinks to blogs and Web sites.”
Based on a quick look this evening, it looks as if that description still holds. Since I wrote it, the site has built out its collection of documents and its roster of contributors. The latter now includes the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo; the Cato Institute; and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I will write more about the site when I have more time to dig in.