Drexel Law Prof. Michael Poulshock is using Gituhub to manage materials for Spring 2018 Legal Decision Technology course

This popped up on my Github feed recently. Looks like Prof. Michael Poulshock is taking a shot at using Github to manage materials for his Legal Decision Technology course being taught in the Spring 2018 semester at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. The course itself looks pretty interesting, according to the syllabus:

This course explores how legal decision technology can be used to expand public access to legal information. Students will learn about cutting edge legal decision technologies, hone their statutory interpretation skills, and build interactive apps that answer specific legal questions.  This is a hands-on, lab-style class, but no prior programming experience is required.

The course is going to make use of tool called Oracle Policy Modeling which I had not heard of before but seems interesting. Heck, I’m even going to download a copy and take it for a spin.

Always great to see law professors taking advantage of interesting tool in the courses they teach. Maybe Prof. Poulshock will head to CALIcon18 in June to talk about the course and how it went.

The Github repo is at https://github.com/mpoulshock/Drexel-Legal-Decision-Technology-Spring-2018


Startup Legalist is scraping state court records to create a unified database for case search

Founded by Eve Shang and Christian Haigh, two current Harvard undergrads, the startup is trying to become a Google for state court records. 

They are doing this by scraping these databases and aggregating the documents into one main searchable database. This takes a while – most counties and states have records going back to 1989. 

Legalist is making it easier for lawyers to find state court records | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/19/legalist-is-making-it-easier-for-lawyers-to-find-state-court-records/?ncid=rss

You can check out Legalist at https://www.legalist.us/. As a reformed scraper of legal info I wish them well.