Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Machine Intelligence Analyses Judges

I have predicted for a very long time that the “market research” that started with consumers in the 90’s with the advent of the Internet would be coming to the courts. LexisNexis made it official this week in their press release “LexisNexis Integrates Lex Machina Legal Analytics into Lexis Advance Online Legal Information Solution”

What does this mean?  I will begin the discussion below.


Judicial decision making will increasingly be analyzed not by the local bar association member but rather by machine.  While it may be helpful in providing information to litigants as to their chances in the court as well as their return on investment. It will also drive down opportunities for attorneys to make a living at the practice of law and, more important identify practices and trends that are potentially embarrassing to the judiciary.

While making my prediction I have also advised courts that they should be “market researching” themselves in order to identify potential problem areas with process, categorization, and decisions.  Judiciaries also need to do this in order to prepare themselves for potential policy issues that will no doubt arise. At least the courts can call LexisNexis and sign up to do it with Lex Machina instead of building their own.

Please feel free to comment below.

Here is the press release:

January 31, 2017 — NEW YORK – LexisNexis® today announced it has integrated direct access to the award-winning Lex Machina™ Legal Analytics® platform into its flagship online legal information solution Lexis Advance®—empowering legal professionals to find the judicial information they need to make strategic, data-driven decisions, anticipate behaviors and illuminate probable case outcomes.

“As the amount of legal data being generated increases, the need for advanced analytics in the legal industry has never been greater,” said Jeff Pfeifer, Vice President of Product Management for North American Research Solutions at LexisNexis. “The integration of Lex Machina Legal Analytics judge summaries within Lexis Advance is our latest effort to incorporate more analytic capabilities into our online research solution—providing legal professionals with the tools needed to dive deeper into specific judges, gain critical insights and better understand the decisions that affected the outcome of those cases.”

With this integration, judge summaries from Lex Machina are now accessible directly within full-text case law for all Lexis Advance users. By selecting active links on judge names, users seamlessly access Lex Machina summary charts, graphs and information, as well as judicial tendencies in patent, trademark, copyright, antitrust and securities cases. Users with a subscription to Lex Machina can drill further into a wealth of analytics to uncover vital intelligence for making critical decisions about litigation. Further integration of Lex Machina analytics—including attorney and law firm summaries—are planned for later this year.

Acquired by LexisNexis in November 2015, the Lex Machina Legal Analytics platform gives attorneys a distinct advantage at trial by revealing strategic insights on opposing parties and counsel, tracking records and key decisions by presiding judges, and trends on case resolutions, findings, damages and more. Today’s integration complements the recent launch of expanded Antitrust and Securities analytics from Lex Machina—a prime example of how the vast content collection from LexisNexis, in particular the LexisNexis CourtLink® collection of court dockets and documents, is fueling the continual growth of practice areas covered by Lex Machina.

“Working with our customers, we’ve systematically built an unmatched combination of analytics tools,” said Josh Becker, CEO of Lex Machina. “Now, by embarking on a program to integrate these tools into Lexis Advance, we introduce more lawyers to the power of legal analytics by directly linking to insights and information from familiar and trusted sources.”

Anticipating the growth and importance of data analytics for the business and practice of law, LexisNexis has itself developed award-winning Legal Analytics tools for that include MedMal Navigator, Verdict & Settlement Analyzer, Legislative Outlook and acquired complementary market-leading analytic technologies, including Lex Machina and Intelligize. These actions, as well as the integration of Legal Analytics into Lexis Advance, are a significant example of the ongoing LexisNexis commitment to offer modern, next-generation legal research solutions that harness the power of Big Data through natural language processing and machine learning to help legal professionals work more efficiently, make more informed decisions and drive success for their clients, practice and business.

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About Lex Machina
Lex Machina’s award-winning Legal Analytics® platform is a new category of legal technology that fundamentally changes how companies and law firms compete in the business and practice of law. Delivered as Software-as a-Service, Lex Machina provides strategic insights on judges, lawyers, parties, and more, mined from millions of pages of legal information. This allows law firms and companies to predict the behaviors and outcomes that different legal strategies will produce, enabling them to win cases and close business. Lex Machina was named “Best Legal Analytics” by readers of The Recorder in 2016, 2015 and 2014, and received the “Best New Product of the Year” award in 2015 from the American Association of Law Libraries.

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