How We Helped Our Reporters Learn to Love Spreadsheets https://open.nytimes.com/how-we-helped-our-reporters-learn-to-love-spreadsheets-adc43a93b919
This is how the NY Times answered the “should reporters learn to code” question. Turns out a little tech fluency goes a long way. There’s something here to emulate in legal education and the practice of law.
Virtually nowhere to be found were the 90 percent of lawyers who practice outside biglaw, the business clients who do not run mega-corporations, the access-to-justice community, or those disenfranchised from the legal system.
— Five Days, Two Conferences, One Echo Chamber | LawSites https://www.lawsitesblog.com/2019/02/five-days-two-conferences-one-echo-chamber.html
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
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Say Hello to Casetext’s CARA – Case Analysis Research Assistant http://www.geeklawblog.com/2016/08/say-hello-to-casetexts-cara-case.html
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Teaching Technology in the Academy – Dean’s Roundtable Part 2 – The ABA Annual Meeting (West Coast) edition – http://www.geeklawblog.com/2016/07/teaching-technology-in-academy-deans.html
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.