How can technology make it easier to write and review legal briefs?
Where appropriately implemented, technology can maximize legal research and tilt the scales in ways that win – efficiently. There are two primary benefits to using technology to write and review briefs.
A significant benefit of research platforms and analytics tools like Bloomberg Law is increased efficiency. Attorneys read through legal opinions and make connections every day, but there is a limit to how much one person can read and comprehend. Modern research technology can make associations instantaneously. This technology helps attorneys sift through thousands of cases quickly and comprehensively. These products can also help aggregate or summarize data in a way that is more useful.
Automating parts of the research process frees up time and effort for other activities that benefit the client and makes legal research and writing more efficient.
Bloomberg Law’s tools like Points of Law, Docket Key, and Brief Analyzer can also increase efficiency, especially when narrowing your research to confirm that you found everything on point. In the past, attorneys had to spend many hours (and lots of money) running multiple court opinion searches to ensure they did not miss a case on point. Now, there are tools that can dramatically speed up that process.
For example, running a search over Points of Law can immediately direct you to other cases that discuss that same legal principle. Or, you can search dockets to find briefs filed in similar cases and see what cases those briefs cite.
Bloomberg Law’s Brief Analyzer tool uses machine learning to quickly analyze briefs and link that analysis to relevant legal content. In other words, it quickly associates legal content on Bloomberg Law’s platform with the arguments and authorities in a brief, permitting the user to spot holes, review citations and quotes from authority for accuracy, find or check authority, and jump-start a response.
Because a digital research platform like Bloomberg Law can sift through so much more legal data than a human can, there is an increase in the breadth and quality of the research. These products can make connections and associations that an attorney might not think to make and can overturn stones an attorney might not think to turn over. Digital tools help instill confidence that more relevant cases are reviewed than ever before.
An attorney can use Points of Law to find cases that cite that same legal proposition or search dockets to efficiently find similar briefs. An attorney can also upload an opponent’s brief into Brief Analyzer and instantly see whether the cited cases are good law, as well as generate a report with links to suggested content that the attorney may not have thought to research. All of these tools together increase the quality and breadth of an attorney’s research.
[See how Brief Analyzer applies the power of AI to expedite your review of cited authorities and identify other relevant documents – all so you can make your best case.]