Jason Tashea at Technical.ly takes a look at seven legal technology and data innovations that are using tech to make the law more accessible. Here are just a few that are discussed:
- eRegulations, Washington, D.C.
Federal regulations are not easy to read, research or understand. Even the federal government knows this, so the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created eRegulations. A public domain project, eRegulations wants to make federal regs easy to understand and navigate.
- SCOTUS Mapper, Baltimore
University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Colin Starger wants to change the way we see the law. His project, SCOTUS Mapper, helps visualize Supreme Court precedent. Based on the citations in a given case, it creates networks to help users automatically understand the connectivity around a particular legal issue. The end result is an easy-to-read visualization of up to six degrees of precedent separation.
- Legal Proof, Santa Clara, Calif.
Legal Proof assumes you do not know how to collect admissible evidence. For many of us, they are right. Winning the 2015 American Bar Association’s Hackcess to Justice Hackathon in New Orleans, Legal Proof makes it easy to collect evidence for a variety of civil legal matters. The app, developed over the two-day hackathon, will help those who need to collect evidence for a pending legal action regarding divorce, landlord-tenant and workplace issues, amongst others.