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3 Ways to Increase Law Firm Associate Productivity

By Cory Bray | Jul 23, 2015

Today’s law firm associates are some of the smartest people you will meet. They went to top undergraduate schools, earned good grades, worked hard through law school, and passed the exhausting bar exam. However, much of what is needed to excel at a law firm comes in the form of on-the-job training. Looking across law firms of various sizes, there are three common threads that emerge which lead to maximum associate productivity.

Topics: Legal Research

Out with Judge Anecdotes, in with Judge Analytics

By Cory Bray | Jul 16, 2015

Michael, a partner at a large law firm, feels his smartphone vibrate. He opens up the message titled “Judge Williams?” and notices that the entire 180-person litigation department is copied. He thinks, “That email just took me one minute to read. At a bill rate of $500 per person per hour, that one email just cost our firm $1,500 in nonbillable work…assuming I’m not the only one who ignored it.”

Topics: Judge Analytics

4 Judge Analytics Questions Every Litigator Should Ask

By Cory Bray | Jul 7, 2015

thinking_judgeThe old saying goes something like this: “a good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge.” Fortunately, you don’t need to invite the judge to the firm picnic and holiday party to get inside his or her head. To help you move from good to great, think about these questions next time you have to deal with a judge.

Topics: Judge Analytics

Step One: Apply Modern Technology Step Two: Earn Bonus on way to Happy Hour

By Kerry Kasam | Apr 30, 2015


Good-looking, right? Though David Lat was talking about Ravel founder Daniel Lewis, recently honored as one of Forbes’s 30 under 30 for law and policy, the flattery suits Ravel’s Stanford-designed interface even more aptly. Said Lat: “If you’re not familiar with Ravel, you should be.”

Don't File That Brief! The One Thing You Must Check Before Submitting

By Kerry Kasam | Apr 14, 2015

You stumble upon a fellow associate who had a disastrous motion hearing and a few drinks, in that order, now searching for his lost house key beneath a streetlamp. Helping your compatriot, you crawl the sidewalk with him until he mentions he heard it clink loudly as it dropped—a mile down the foggy road. So why is he looking here? Your inebriated colleague responds:judge-finger-wagging-pointing-300x449

Well, counselor, it’s much easier to see under this streetlight.”1

Topics: Legal Research, Big Data in Law, Data Visualization

7 Rising Star Judges You Want To Clerk For

By Kerry Kasam | Apr 7, 2015

A judicial clerkship can be a major launching pad for your career in the law. By clerking for the right judge, you can build expertise, win a prestigious, high-paying job afterwards, and also develop a life-long mentor who can help you along. But not all clerkships will provide the same experience, so it’s important to do your research. How do you find judges who will check all of those boxes? And, once you’ve found them, how do you win one of their highly competitive clerkships?James-E-Boasberg-Judge-Jeb-Boasberg

Topics: Clerk, Judges, Judge Analytics

Legal News on Our Radar: Business, Prestige, and Law Around the World

By Raveler | Feb 27, 2015


News_GlobeWe were honored to have been covered by the National Law Review earlier this month! The article, “The New Competition - Emerging Legal Technologies Out of Silicon Valley,” highlights Ravel alongside two other start ups innovating in the legal industry.

Other interesting legal news on our radar recently includes:

Topics: Legal News, Legal Market Financial Trends, Attorney-Client Privilege

Legal News on Our Radar: Comedy, Tech and Cuba

By Lily Robinton | Feb 9, 2015

5330699_sJanuary was a busy month at Ravel. We were thrilled to have our CEO, Daniel Lewis, appear in Forbes’ 30 under 30 for Law & Policy, and receive a shout out from Above the Law

We had our eye on some other interesting and quirky legal news as well, including:

Topics: Legal News

Skirting Copyright Issues in the Recent MLK Film Selma

By Lily Robinton | Jan 28, 2015

copyright issues and copyright law in Selma movieFew speeches are as recognizable as those of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet patrons of the recent film, Selma, a chronicle of King’s 1965 protest marches in Alabama that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, will not recognize the exact words from the speeches featured in the film. They were intentionally changed, perhaps needlessly, out of fear of violating copyright law.

Topics: Copyright Issues, Media Copyright Laws, Copyright Law

Guidelines for How to Cite An Unpublished Case

By Lily Robinton | Jan 12, 2015

17624941_sDepending on whether you are in state or federal court, and whether you’re at the trial level or on appeal, you may be able to cite an unpublished case as precedent in your brief and memoranda. As the name suggests, “unpublished” or “unreported” decisions are judicial opinions that have not been published in any official case reporter.

Topics: Legal Research