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A Plan for the Federal Courts CM ECF

NCSC Court Technology Bulletin: “18F, a team within the General Services Administration(GSA), carried out an 11-week Path Analysis on the federal judiciary’s Case Management and Electronic Case Filesc(CM/ECF) system. Our research focused on user needs, business agility, organization and processes, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts’ (AO) culture and legal mandates. Our synthesis of the information we gathered from 100+ participants across 77+ sessions shows the pain points (i.e., specific problems users are experiencing) of the current state of CM/ECF:

  • Unsatisfactory user experiences for both internal CM/ECF and external Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) users.
  • Court business needs are not being met, resulting in 200+ software versions with many local modifications.
  • Although nearly all courts have upgraded to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen) or signed up to do so, more than50courtshave not yet gone live on NextGen.
  • The foundational technology is outdated and some components are becoming obsolete; it is not sustainable.
  • Decentralization and complexity are causing system instability, high maintenance costs and security risks.
  • Current contracts make it difficult to hold contractors accountable to quality standards…”

DOJ requested data on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple

CNN – “The Department of Justice sent a broad request in February 2018 to Apple as part of its investigation that collected data on members of Congress, staffers and their families. The department demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple, the company said Friday evening. Apple received the subpoena from… Continue Reading

Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility

The Columbus Dispatch: “Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility that should be regulated as such. “Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products – that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive,” Yost said in a statement. “When you own the railroad or… Continue Reading

New Westlaw Feature Flags Weaknesses In Opponent’s Cases and Arguments

LawSites: “A feature launched this week in Westlaw Edge is designed to help legal professionals more easily identify law that is contrary o their opponents’ arguments. Called Quick Check Contrary Authority Identification, the feature helps find cases that may be helpful in arguing against an opponent’s filing and prioritizes them in search results, according to… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Ruling May Affect the Fate of Climate Change Liability Suits

CRS Legal Sidebar, Supreme Court Ruling May Affect the Fate of Climate Change Liability Suits, June 4, 20201: “On May 17, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that could delay climate liability suits—that is,lawsuits seeking damages for alleged climate change-related injuries that result from selling and producing fossil fuel products. In BP p.l.c. v.… Continue Reading

Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium

“The Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium is a coalition of gun violence researchers and practitioners from seven states and territories that aims to inform policymakers and the public by providing evidence-based, data-driven policy recommendations to disrupt the cycle of firearm-involved homicides, suicides, and injuries. The Consortium approaches the study of gun violence with the belief… Continue Reading

The Limits of Law and AI

McCarl, Ryan, The Limits of Law and AI (March 16, 2021). University of Cincinnati Law Review, Vol. 90, No. 3, 2022, Available at SSRN: “For thirty years, scholars in the field of law and artificial intelligence (AI) have explored the extent to which tasks performed by lawyers and judges can be assisted by computers.… Continue Reading

Robert Mueller Will Share Lessons From Special Counsel Investigation During UVA Law Course

University of Virginia School of Law: “Robert S. Mueller III ’73 will participate in a University of Virginia School of Law course taking students inside the investigation that dominated headlines during the Trump administration. Taught by Aaron Zebley ’96 and two other former senior members of Mueller’s team, the course will offer an inside look at… Continue Reading

Opinion: A frantic warning from 100 leading experts

Washington Post Opinion by Greg Sargent – Our democracy is in grave danger: “…Our entire democracy is now at risk,” the scholars write in the statement, which I obtained before its release. “History will judge what we do at this moment.” And these scholars underscore the crucial point: Our democracy’s long-term viability might depend on whether… Continue Reading

The Threat of Deepfakes in Litigation: Raising the Authentication Bar to Combat Falsehood

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2021: “Deepfakes are all over the internet—from shape-shifting comedians and incoherent politicians to disturbingly realistic fake pornography. Emerging technology makes it easier than ever to create a convincing deepfake. What used to take significant time and money to develop is now widely available, often… Continue Reading

Videoconferencing and Procedural Doctrine

Dodson, Scott, Videoconferencing and Procedural Doctrine (May 20, 2021). Southwestern University Law Review (symposium), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or “Enduring post-pandemic reliance on, and normalization of, videoconferencing in federal civil litigation and throughout society and commerce ought to have downstream effects on legal doctrines that depend upon contacts, burdens, and conveniences. Videoconferencing facilitates… Continue Reading

Legal Technology Trends to Watch in 2021

Clio: “What will it take to be a successful lawyer in 2021? With the world becoming increasingly digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and with that change expected to continue even after a vaccine is distributed—it’s now more crucial than ever to stay up to date with legal technology trends. To find the most useful… Continue Reading