Legal Technology to Expand Access to Justice - Q&A with Casetext's Jake Heller

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"It is our responsibility to make sure the technology we develop is in the hands of those who can use it to expand access to justice..."

We recently checked in with Casetext’s co-founder & CEO, Jake Heller, after news that the legal research platform (and JD Supra partner) is offering free access to their new brief automation technology, Compose, for the summer.

Q: Before we dive into the program, what exactly is Compose?

A: Compose is litigation automation technology we launched in February of this year that automates rote tasks in brief writing, so that lawyers can focus on strategy and persuasion.

We’ve found that attorneys using Compose are able to draft well-supported briefs in 1/4th the time. Compose enables the attorney to add arguments and legal standards to a draft in a click, and use Compose’s Parallel Search technology to automatically add case law that matches the attorney’s facts. Attorneys using Compose say that it makes them less likely to miss an argument, and enables them to find better authorities to cite.

Q: And you’re giving it away for free?

A: Yep. We’re providing free logins for attorneys who would like to use Compose to assist in drafting Title VII briefs. Attorneys can sign up for free access at https://compose.law/title-vii/.

Q: Why Title VII motions?

A: We were thrilled with the Supreme Court’s recent decision (in Bostock v. Clayton County) and wanted to do something meaningful to celebrate. Our hope is that access to this technology will empower the attorneys who are on the ground in the fight against discrimination.

Q: What is your view on what legal tech companies should be doing to advance justice?

A: We want to be part of making it the norm and not the exception for legal technology companies to be active voices in social justice issues.

It is our responsibility to make sure the technology we develop is in the hands of those who can use it to expand access to justice, particularly to marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

To read more about Casetext's Compose or for free access to their Title VII motion, go to https://compose.law/title-vii/.

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