Looking specifically at Statutes Compare, it saves a lot of time. Attorneys ask me for the legislative history of a bill, including when a section was added and why. I've done this manually many, many times. Statues Compare does it for you automatically. Now you can see a redline version of what was added or deleted. It makes our research faster and more comprehensive. You just click a button. It saves a lot of time.
Clients care about their future and their businesses. They're looking for a partner that cares just as much, and who will innovate with them. If we can offer tools, data and information that helps mitigate risk or mitigate legal spend – all of which Westlaw Edge allows us to do – that helps us keep our critical clients. It helps us in differentiating ourselves in RFPs, and it brings us to the forefront as being a different type of firm that has both the lawyer expertise and the innovation to bring us to the future.
Clients expect firms to be up-to-date on technology. They’re looking for firms to bring efficiencies to the delivery of legal services. Westlaw Edge does that. Firms that are not actively marketing themselves as embracing new and emerging technologies are at a competitive disadvantage.
Research is always important to any litigation practice. But the insights provided by Litigation Analytics provide an additional layer I draw upon to advise my clients.
Prior to using this tool, the process to gain insight on judges was based on personal experience. But even if you practice quite often in front of a judge, your experience is still a very small percentage of the cases that judge handles. Your experience may be an anomaly. Having this analytics tool helps to either put some support behind your gut feeling or recalibrate if the data says otherwise.
With Litigation Analytics, I'm able to quickly find citations a particular judge has written, or concepts that a judge has relied on before. I then work these opinions, or concepts, into my arguments, making my motions more persuasive and more impactful.
When I walk into a partner's office and they ask, "are you sure you've located all of the analysis on this issue?" I can say, with more confidence, "yes, the cases we are citing are good law.
Advanced technology like Westlaw Edge is great way to stand out as an associate. If you know how to research efficiently and get to the right answers quickly, that positions you at the head of the pack. You’re going to keep getting more interesting research projects and better work, and partners will trust you more to have client contact later on in the process.