Starting today, Ravel’s Judge Analytics now covers magistrate and bankruptcy judges. We are proud to be the first to offer data analytics about these judges, providing unique new insights into how and why they’ve ruled.
In just the past six months, we have expanded our Judge Analytics to cover all federal judges, all state appellate judges, and now magistrate and bankruptcy judges. This extensive and deep data analytics coverage of both federal and state judges is unparalleled. Our rapid expansion is made possible by our extraordinary team of engineers, data scientists, and lawyers, and the best-in-class data processing engine and algorithms at the core of our application.
The analytics and insights we offer for these judges is more robust than ever. Powered by natural language processing, machine learning, and data science, Ravel’s Judge Analytics enable lawyers to research judges in dramatically faster, more effective ways than conventional tools allow. For example, lawyers can instantly sort through an individual judge’s decisions to find those that deal only with certain types of motions or topics or have a particular outcome. At the same time, Ravel’s pattern-spotting technology identifies the language a judge has used in the past, as well as the other judges they find influential and the cases and courts they consider most important.
With these tools, lawyers are drafting better arguments, making better client pitches, avoiding nasty surprises, and saving hours of research time. Contact us to learn more about Judge Analytics and how it is being used by many of the country’s leading lawyers and firms.
The court opinions of Massachusetts and Delaware just became more digital. For the first time ever, the comprehensive collections of caselaw in the two states are now online via Ravel, and freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.
This is another step in our collaboration with Harvard Law School to digitize the entire, authoritative collection of US court opinions. Access to legal information is fundamental to our system — it’s why we have open courtrooms — yet, until now, legal materials have largely remained locked behind expensive paywalls or archived in analog books. We’re working with Harvard to change that, and that means that anyone can now read all of Massachusetts and Delaware’s caselaw for free.
For the public, this is an extraordinary new resource. For legal professionals, our subscription-based services are built on top of Harvard’s case law library, and the data adds even more depth to our professional-grade services like Judge Analytics and Case Analytics.
Massachusetts and Delaware join New York and California as states that are now fully digitized and analyzed. Their legal materials encompass the start of the republic to the present, and we’re proud to bring them online as part of Ravel’s platform. Expect more news from us as more states come online.
As a company founded by lawyers, we developed Judge Analytics to answer questions we and our peers had in practice: What factors do judges consider in making a ruling? How do they rule on particular motion types, and why? What language influences judges and what cases do they consider the most persuasive? In short, we created Judge Analytics to deliver those insights with hard data.
The terrific response that we’ve received since launching Judge Analytics (and our latest enhancements) has proven that we are not alone in seeking objective, data-driven information for legal strategy and research. We’re honored that the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has recognized us with its New Product of the Year Award for 2016. We understand that the awards committee undertook a rigorous process to evaluate our platform and that this honor is not bestowed every year.
Our team worked extremely hard to imagine and create Judge Analytics, but we also received deep support from our customers and users who worked side by side with our engineers and designers to provide feedback and insights along the way. Special thanks in particular to Jean O’Grady and DLA Piper; Rachelle Rennagel and White & Case; Cooley; Patterson Belknap; Bartlit Beck; and Simpson Thacher. We’re excited to continue building tools that can transform how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation. Thanks for your support!
In our digital age, data is an essential currency. Government at all levels, from local municipalities to the White House, has started to recognize the opportunities that come when open, machine-readable data is the default for government information.
Still stuck in an analog age, however, is the judicial branch. Legal materials largely remain locked behind expensive paywalls or archived in books gathering dust. Our collaboration with Harvard Law School is changing that, and we’re taking the next step in making the law open and accessible to all.
Starting today, for the first time ever, the comprehensive, authoritative collection of New York case law is now digitized and available to anyone with an internet connection. Everyone can search and read all of New York’s cases for free, including milestone cases like Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad, which greatly influenced the development of American common law on negligence and torts. Using our visualizations, anyone can explore a case map to identify key cases and trace the evolution of legal topics, taking the guesswork out of research.
Some people may wonder how making all this information freely available fits with our mission as a for-profit company. How does Ravel make money, they ask? The answer is simple: we do not believe in charging for access to legal information, and our subscription-based services are built on top of this data to help people work efficiently, thoroughly, and with data-driven intelligence. So for the public, this is an extraordinary new resource. For legal professionals considering or already using Ravel, this is an enrichment that adds even more depth to our paid, advanced services like Judge Analytics and Case Analytics.
New York State’s legal history stretches back to the founding of our country, and the Ravel team is immensely proud that we’re able to make this important material available to our country and the world. In addition to providing advanced search capabilities to New York’s court decisions, Ravel has started to add New York state judges to our Judge Analytics platform, for professionals who subscribe to our analytical tools.
This is just the beginning of what can happen when open data is combined with the power of data analytics. Now that we’ve digitized the case law of California and New York, we’ll be moving even faster in bringing the remaining states’ online. Stay tuned for updates.
Since launching Judge Analytics last year, we’ve been inspired to see lawyers use the platform to craft litigation strategy and conduct novel research. Partners have used it to forecast the outcome of motions, and associates have used it to identify the most persuasive ways to make an argument. As a senior partner at an Am Law 10 firm told us, it “provides reliable, objective data about the way the judge thinks that you can’t get from any other platform.”
We’ve been hard at work expanding our analytics, and today we’re introducing a powerful update to Judge Analytics. This new version retains all the features you already enjoy, and adds more content and analysis to help you make the best possible argument. Here’s what’s new:
- More content: In addition to all federal judges, Judge Analytics now includes appellate judges from New York, California, Florida, Illinois, and Delaware. We’ll be rolling out more state coverage in the months to come, so stay tuned.
- More functionality: We’ve created the ability to dive even deeper into a judge’s history, exploring how they have ruled on motions and specific topics, with detail about what they grant and deny. This adds granularity to tools that identify the specific language and rules that a judge favors and finds persuasive. It’s also easier than ever to share research and create custom reports.
- More insights at your fingertips: We took a fresh look at Judge Analytics and created a clean, new design, along with a major speed increase.
The core features of Judge Analytics remain the same. Powered by natural language processing, data science, and machine learning, our all-in-one dashboard identifies the rules, cases, and specific language that a judge commonly cites. It also displays the cases a judge has authored and an analysis of other judges they are influenced by and other jurisdictions they consider most persuasive. With deeper insight about judges, litigators can make more informed strategic decisions about everything from how to frame arguments to whether to file a particular motion — decisions that can make or break a case.
We’re excited to build products that empower attorneys to make data-driven decisions, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on Judge Analytics’ new features.
We just took a big step forward in making the law freely and easily available.
Starting today, as part of the Harvard-Ravel digitization project, the comprehensive, authoritative collection ofCalifornia case law is available online at Ravel. For the first time, anyone can search and read all California court opinions for free, including landmark rulings on every topic, from same-sex marriage (In re Marriage Cases, 2008) to separation of powers (Houston v. Williams, 1859). Each case is accompanied by a high-quality scan of the original book in which it was published, providing an authentic version that can not be found anywhere else but Ravel.
For lawyers, law students, academics and the general public, this is an extraordinary resource that was previously out of reach to many.
California’s court opinions are a critical part of our country’s legal “operating system,” yet until today these rulings have been locked behind expensive paywalls and printed in books available only to a limited few. Ravel now makes this vast legal database available to everyone, along with powerful tools to sift through it.
We’re incorporating Harvard’s case law collection into the rest of our platform as well. For professionals who subscribe to our suite of analytical tools, you’ll soon find California state judges as part of our Judge Analytics feature and will be able to explore in powerful detail how these judges make decisions.
There is enormous pent-up demand for access to the law. Since we announced our collaboration with Harvard our web traffic has gone through the roof, with more than 200% month-over-month growth in users and a 160% increase in page views. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as more case law comes online, more people learn about this resource, and more professionals turn to data-driven insights to develop legal strategy.
With this expanded, comprehensive body of case law, we’re excited to scale in new ways. Stay tuned for details to come.