Thursday, July 25, 2013
There's a new legal research tool in town called Casetext and it's free. According to one of the co-founders Joanna Huey, a former president of the Harvard Law Review, Casetext is a free, searchable legal database that invites users to annotate the sources. It works something like a wiki in that user annotations allow other readers to find related legal documents, articles and commentary noted in the screen margin. Check out a sample for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Grokster here. There are other cool features like a quick fact summary for each case and a designated "case wiki" where, presumably, users will add general commentary. You can access a beta version of Casetext.com here as well as take a free tour here.
The blog Legal Research Plus, which is a great resource for new developments in legal research, has a nice write-up of Casetext too.