Sunday, February 4, 2018

Is a new, free AI tool from ROSS Intelligence a legal research game changer?

Law and tech guru Robert Ambrogi has a post on his LawSites blog about a new Artificial Intelligence legal research tool being released to the public free of charge by ROSS Intelligence (where "AI meets legal research").  As Mr. Ambrogi notes in the post, ROSS has been on a capital funding and staffing tear recently including adding to its team the outgoing dean at Northwestern School of Law, Daniel Rodriguez, who'll be serving as an advisor with responsibility for law school outreach (i.e. if you're a librarian or LRW prof, I'm guessing Dean Rodriquez will be paying you a visit soon). 

The new ROSS product is called EVA and it's like a supercharged Shepards/Keycite service that lets you upload your legal brief to the platform and will:

  • Tell you whether the cases in your brief are still good law.
  • Add hyperlinks for all the cases in your brief. 
  • In addition, EVA will - get this - find other cases containing similar language to the ones cited in your brief.

Did I mention that it's free? The only thing apparently missing is that EVA doesn't put all your cites into perfect Bluebook form (I mean, what kind of two-bit, free artificial intelligence, ground-breaking legal research platform is this anyway? Geez).  Mr. Ambrogi notes in his extensive post that so far he's only seen a demo of EVA and hasn't yet had the chance to road test it. So here's an excerpt of his description of the demo he witnessed regarding the cite-checking function:

Within seconds of uploading [a] brief, EVA generates an analysis of all the cases, creating a list of the cases and giving each case a label saying whether it is still valid or has been overruled, criticized, questioned or superseded by a subsequent cases. In this way, you can quickly see which cases within the brief have negative subsequent treatments.

And here's how Mr. Ambrogi describes the feature that searches for cases with "similar language":

As you read through the brief on EVA, you may come across a passage for which you would like to find other supporting cases or see what other cases say about that issue. To do this, highlight the language in the brief and click the option “Find Similar Language.” EVA generates a list of cases with similar language, showing the case name and the relevant snippet of text. Click on any result to go to the full case, and you are taken directly to the point in the case where the matching language is found.

If you can't tell already, EVA sounds like it's going to be a big development in the world of legal research. That means you need to check out Mr. Ambrogi's full review at LawSites here.

Hat tip to Associate's Mind.


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