Twenty years ago, two Stanford graduate students worked on an idea that would become the underpinnings for one of the most important innovations — and one of the most successful companies — of the past century. The idea, “PageRank,” is that you can determine how important a web page is based on which other pages linked to it. This simple insight developed into Google, still today’s best way of finding websites.
Welcome to the first post of the Casetext blog! As the company’s founder, I’m excited to be writing this initial post about a next-generation legal research company that’s helping to shape the future of legal practice. I left legal practice to start Casetext, but it wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy practicing law. To the contrary, I loved litigating, and I loved my firm. But like many attorneys, I lived day-in-day-out the many inefficiencies and missed opportunities in legal practice.
In law school, some people you meet were born lawyers — their first words were “summary judgment,” their family tree is all lawyers for like five generations, and they feel more comfortable in a suit than jeans. They probably even dressed like this at their first Halloween. And then there are the rest of us. Those that wonder, do I actually want to be a lawyer? What if $180,000 of debt and the three hardest years of my life were a huge mistake?
“Is AI over-hyped? Yes. Does that mean that there’s no good AI uses in law? Absolutely not. @Casetext unveiled CARA, which is a legal research assistant. Drop a brief into CARA and it will tell you what cases are missed. Pardon my French, but that’s pretty fuckin’ cool.” https://t.co/4QzA28mFVu
Thomas spoke to the team at Casetext recently. He's taking on tough cases where a lot is on the line for his clients. It was inspiring to hear about his work, and we're humbled that our technology helps him represent his clients better. https://t.co/9xnpW1nLvw
For the last three years, this has been a tremendous opportunity for law students to get involved in @Casetext, and we have loved getting to know the future of the profession.
Law students -- I strongly encourage you to apply. If you know a law student, pass this along! https://t.co/JdCZ50eEqx
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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