Monday, January 30, 2017

Castext Offers Civil Rights Lawyers Free Access to Their Premium Tools Including CARA

I just received the message below from  Jake Heller, CEO of  Casetext.   Casetext is  now offering free access to their premium tools to any lawyer involved in civil rights litigation.


 Casetext offers access to caselaw and crowdsourced annotations. I had previously reviewed CARA in a post "Citation Fingerprints, Celestial Footnotes and Opinion Sourcing : Casetext Launches CARA."

The key features of CARA are:
  • Suggested Cases – identifies cases not included in your document, which should be reviewed for relevance before finalizing a brief.  A concise summary includes a citation and the case holding derived from judicial “explanatory parentheticals.” There is a direct link to the full text of the opinion on Casetext. If a lawyer is analyzing an opponen’ts brief – this feature could identify vulnerabilities.
  •  Most Cited Passage- identifies the most cited text from other opinions.
  • Insights provides links related law firm memos discussing the case. 

Dear Jean
The courts will soon set important and long-lasting precedents defining crucial rights and liberties.  I believe that Casetext's missions of making the law freely accessible, and getting the best tools in the hands of the best lawyers, are going to be critical in these cases.
This is why Casetext is offering free access to our full suite of premium tools, including CARA, for litigators fighting for civil rights and civil liberties.  If you are an attorney working on a civil rights case, request free access here.  
If you are fighting to defend our rights, our liberties, and the Constitution, we hope CARA helps you in your litigation. You can learn more about how CARA empowers litigators here.
Thank you,
Jake Heller
CEO & Founder


I asked Casetext CEO, Jake Heller to explain provide some further insights into today's announcement. Here is Heller's response: "This is an important time for the legal profession. We at Casetext believe ALL clients deserve the best representation, and that includes access to the best information and the best research tools. Most of our customers are of course in private practice — from the largest law firms to solo practitioners — but we want to give extended access to public interest lawyers as an acknowledgment of the fundamental issues before the courts today and in the coming months."

P.S. If you are interested in CARA but not a civil rights litigator, you can sign up for a free trial here or respond to this email for more information.


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