20 Legal Tech Executives Write Speaker Pelosi In Favor Of Open Courts Act


Twenty executives of legal technology companies and organizations signed on to a letter delivered this morning to Speaker Nancy Pelosi in favor of legislation that would eliminate the PACER paywall and modernize access to federal court records.

Executives from companies and organizations involved in legal research, docket research and legal information wrote in favor of…

LawSites Blog Marks 18 Years


Today marks the 18th anniversary of the launch of LawSites blog. My first post was on Nov. 19, 2002.

My initial focus was on tracking web sites of interest to legal professionals. Over time, I expanded to cover legal technology and legal media more broadly, and eventually to also include legal ethics and legal…

Fastcase Names Its 10th Annual ‘Fastcase 50’ Honorees


Every year since 2011, the legal publisher Fastcase has presented its Fastcase 50 award, which honors 50 individuals who are judged to be the year’s “smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”

Today, Fastcase named its honorees for 2020, and the list includes a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, law…

A New Look and a New Home for this Blog


Over the nearly 16 years of this blog’s existence, it had just two homes. When I launched it in 2002, I published it on an early version of Google’s Blogger that supported hosting on non-Google servers. But in 2010, after Blogger decided to discontinue support for externally hosted blogs, I moved the blog to Justia,…

2017: The Year of Women in Legal Tech


As 2017 comes to a close, I took time to think back over the major trends and developments in legal technology over the past 12 months. I figured I write about such notable trends as artificial intelligence, bots and blockchain. But as I was thinking about the year, something else stood out – the prominence…

Plans Unveiled for Major New Canadian Legal Research Platforms


One of Canada’s oldest legal publishers is about to launch what could turn out to be the country’s most cutting-edge and comprehensive legal research suite.

Last November, Maritime Law Book Ltd., a Canadian case law publisher founded in 1969, came under new ownership, led by a new CEO, Colin Lachance, the former president…