Platforms 

Solutions, technologies and tools being used to develop LTL Projects or useful in legal technology projects

Neota Logic

Owing to its radically open-ended design, Neota Logic could easily play a part in any number of diverse automation initiatives. With particular regard to document automation, Neota’s selling point is its unique clarity in representing the logic underpinning relationships between document output and objectives. This lends itself to the construction of comprehensive document suites required to navigate particularly complex variations while minimizing the potential for confusion on the part of those tasked with ensuring they function as intended. LTL’s Founders’ Termsheet Generator project, part of the Start-up Advisor Toolkit, headed by Tony Luppino (UMKC), and built on the Neota platform supplied pro bono, is one such initiative. It addresses the business relationship between the founders of start-ups at their formation stage.

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RAVN

RAVN

Jonathan Askin (Brooklyn Law) is leading an LTL initiative that explores the potential application of RAVN to automating GDPR compliance checks.

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Data61/Digital Legislation

Data61/Digital Legislation

LTL and Codifying the Law: Csiro’s project is closely related to several LTL projects and may represent a good platform for aspects of the Smart Cities and Legal Compliance project led by Tony Luppino (UMKC) and Jeannette Eicks (Vermont). At a more fundamental level, it is also a potential application partner for Vermont Law School Professor Oliver Goodenough’s undertaking to develop an expressive Legal Specification Language. This venture’s aims are to capture the event space salient to legal formulations, represent the computational structure of legal specification, and allow the execution of the process and workflow imbedded in that structure. The development of such a language might enable direct coding of private legal instruments (e.g. contracts), and relates to the second and more radical step projected by Csiro. Digital Legislation’s ‘Write-IT’ element envisages bypassing the parsing stage outlined above by facilitating the writing of public legal rules – regulation and legislation - as logic first. This ambitious and exciting area raises fundamental questions about the relationships between technology, policy, legal education, and legal practice.  

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Schema.org

Schema.org

LTL and Schema.org: The grouping together of conceptually linked legal content (in results where interrelations might be missed by traditional searches) is a key element in the engineering of legal ontologies. This might enable the search engines of the future to recognize when a query is essentially legal – even if the person asking it does not – and process hierarchically organized networks of legal information to arrive at an answer. For these opportunities to be realized, online legal help providers will need to take steps towards encoding their content. With a view to assisting them, Margaret Hagan (Stanford) is leading a project that works to define a standard schema for legal knowledge and collaborates with search-providers to encourage its adoption.

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HotDocs

HotDocs

HotDocs and LTL: As part of the LTL’s Startup Advisor Toolkit, Jeff Ward (Duke) and Larry Farmer (Brigham/retired) have developed an automated document suite for LLC Formation on the HotDocs platform. This initiative makes available templates and checklists fulfilling state-specific requirements to the LTL’s large network of law school-based entrepreneurial clinics.

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Clio

Clio

Clio and LTL: Clio is gainfully deployed by many entrepreneurship law clinics to manage their activities and assess their outcomes. The data it collects will therefore be paramount to a data analysis initiative, jointly spearheaded by Tony Luppino (UMKC) and John Cummins (Fellow of Queen Mary University, London), which looks to take advantage of the unparalleled depth of information the LTL has on the activities of university-based entrepreneurship law clinics in the US and Europe. The aim is threefold: to identify and overcome barriers to innovation in the provision of legal services, extend entrepreneurs’ legal awareness, and present empirically justified suggestions to policy-makers.

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Legal.io

Legal.io

LTL and Legal.io: Legal.io is a key platform for a data analysis initiative, jointly spearheaded by Luz Herrera (Texas A&M), Tony Lai (Legal.io) and Len Zandrow (UMASS Law), which looks to take advantage of the unparalleled depth of information of legal incubators that support entrepreneurial lawyers in the US. The aim is threefold: to identify and overcome barriers to innovation in the provision of legal services, extend entrepreneurs’ legal awareness, and present empirically justified suggestions to policy-makers.

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Relativity

Relativity

Relativity and LTL: Professor Adam Candeub of Michigan State University is leading an LTL project to apply e-discovery to issues of administrative transparency. Professor Candeub’s team deploys Relativity to make sense of around two million documents released by the Federal Communications Commission by mapping connections between public inputs and that agency’s actions. The resulting analysis is expected to focus and fortify lobbying activities, and is likely to be of interest to a wide range of other parties: whether lawyers who practice before the Commission, or journalists looking for statistical insights into bureaucracy.

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Ethereum

Ethereum

Ethereum and LTL: Aaron Wright (Cardozo School of Law) is leading the LTL’s smart contracts initiative using Ethereum. It aims to prototype one or more smart contracts covering simple agreements commonly deployed in business contexts. These might include promissory notes, employment agreements, stock option grants, mortgages, rental agreements, or sales agreements. Aaron also chairs the Legal Industry Working Group for the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, a consortium of leading investment banks, professional services firms, and law firms.

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