Pre-Legaltech Catch-Up: News from LexisNexis, CuroLegal and NetDocuments

Before I head off to Legaltech New York, here are a couple items from last week’s legal technology news:

New from LexisNexis. LexisNexis released a few announcements in advance of Legaltech. In addition to its recent acquisition of Lex Machina, which it will be highlighting at Legaltech, it also announced:

  • An update for Lexis Advance featuring a new “Explore Content” source-section filter that makes it easier for users to find the precise sources they want to search and organize results more efficiently.
  • The integration of Lexis for Microsoft Office with Lexis Practice Advisor, enabling transactional attorneys to more easily find and use the practice advice, resources and market data they need for on-point drafting within the familiar Office applications they use every day. “The integration is the latest step in the LexisNexis strategy to create an integrated legal research platform that can be accessed from anywhere and at any point of the legal workflow,” said the announcement.
  • New content and feature updates for Lexis Securities Mosaic, a product designed for securities practitioners and researchers who are focused on SEC compliance, disclosure, transactions and regulation.

A new hub for NY lawyers. The New York State Bar Association last week unveiled a new, web-based application called LawHUB, designed to streamline all of its legal content, research, and practice management tools onto members’ smartphones, tablets and computers. The NYSBA says this makes it the first bar association to build its own comprehensive online dashboard for its members’ law practices.

The product was developed by the NYSBA in partnership with the insurance company USI. CuroLegal did the actual design and development of the platform. The platform is free for NYSBA members.

The platform provides access to legal content created by the bar, such as CLE programs, section publications, forms, video content, ethics opinions, and publications, but enables members to receive only the curated content pertinent to their own legal practices and interests.

In addition, LawHUB integrates with third-party tools, including FastCase for free legal research, Clio for practice management, LawPay for payment processing and Google Calendar for scheduling. Other vendors will be added in the future.

NetDocuments integration with DocuSign. The cloud document-management platform NetDocuments announced last week that it now integrates with DocuSign for electronic signatures and management of digital transactions. The integration is via SignatureBridge, a middleware technology developed by NetDocuments’ technology partner Trumpet, Inc. According to NetDocuments, it “will deliver seamless, end-to-end digital signature and cloud-based document and email management for law firms and corporate legal departments.”

SignatureBridge addresses the needs of law firms and corporations who use NetDocuments and want the ability to “close the loop” as they route documents digitally for approval and electronic signature via DocuSign. SignatureBridge ensures that electronically-signed documents are properly filed and maintained within NetDocuments by automatically checking the documents out of system when they are routed for signature, then checking them back in when all signatures have been secured via DocuSign. From within NetDocuments, users can instantly monitor signature status and identify the number of outstanding signatures.

Now I’m off to Legaltech, where I’m sure there will plenty more news to come.


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  • Concerning LawHub, as I understand it, Clio and Fastcase are actually integrated (i.e., information from Fastcase flows into Clio), even outside LawHub. Beyond that, I don’t understand the value to the user of simply offering a “portal” that contains links to other tools that you have to pay for. Instead, the value appears to be 100% to the vendor in getting more eyeballs to view their “this is not an advertisement” advertisements.

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