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By Carolyn Bach
The 2022 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting returned to an in-person format for the first time since 2019 — and a large cross-section of the law library community was ready to assemble live once again.
This year’s conference took place July 16-19 in Denver, with more than 60 educational programs to choose from and an estimated 800-1,000 people in attendance, according to LegalTech News.
LexisNexis was delighted to continue our Platinum Level Sponsorship at AALL 2022 and worked closely with information professionals to provide a variety of educational opportunities throughout the week, including sponsorship of the following key meetings and events: the opening keynote, the awards program, the association luncheon, and the Diversity & Inclusion symposium. We also had the privilege of sponsoring a featured conference session — “The Law Library’s Role in Data Integration, APIs and Attorney Workflow Initiatives” — that attracted a standing-room-only audience.
The program, which was moderated by Dave DiCicco, our senior director of product management, featured a panel of four influential voices in the law library space: Erik Adams, manager of library digital initiatives at Sidley Austin; Pam Noyd, information resources manager at Foley Lardner LLP; Emily Rushing, director of competitive intelligence at Haynes & Boone, LLP; and Keli Whitnell, senior experience database manager at Troutman Pepper. Attendees learned about how to improve attorney workflow through the implementation of APIs through the sharing of specific use cases by the panelists, as well as practical insights about data challenges, resources needed, a handy checklist, and what success looks like.
The LexisNexis booth in the AALL Exhibit Hall was also a whirlwind of activity throughout the conference, serving as a hub for industry professionals to meet with colleagues and learn more about key innovations to empower them with new tools.
Our team had the opportunity to conduct hands-on demonstrations of more than a dozen products and solutions in our portfolio, which included the following:
In fact, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the LexisNexis Digital Library with an “Exhibitor Showcase” in which we shared updates on new enhancements for law library professionals and provided a look at some of the exclusive content available only from LexisNexis.
We also announced the upcoming availability of Lexis+ Fact & Issue Finder, a powerful new tool that enables legal professionals to build strategies centered around the facts, issues and topics of their case. It is the only research solution on the market that is geared toward fact and issue specificity in litigation. Many attendees enjoyed a preview in the LexisNexis booth.
The new feature was developed based on feedback from more than 1,000 customer interactions and was designed from a blank slate to mimic the exact processes that legal professionals perform when researching their cases. By inputting facts, issues and topics about a case, Fact & Issue Finder gathers relevant content — including case law, practical guidance, verdicts and settlements, expert witness analytics and unique practice-specific content — all from a single search that delivers relevant results every time. It will be available for all Lexis+ subscribers starting in early September.
The announcement about the development of Fact & Issue Finder touched off a buzz in the law library space that was accelerated by a subsequent feature story published by influential industry blogger Jean O’Grady.
“When a lawyer types in their relevant facts, issues and topics, Fact & Issue Finder gathers relevant content,” wrote O’Grady. “The aggregated information is displayed via an interactive dashboard that enables users to conduct extensive research on cases whose facts, issues and topics are the most like theirs. In doing so, Fact & Issue Finder reduces the countless hours and burden associated with having to research, compile and review data from numerous sources individually.”
“Our customers asked us to help them cut through an overwhelming amount of information for every legal matter, minimize the number of searches, sources and applications they require to complete increasingly complex legal research tasks, and give them confidence that they did not miss any crucial information that would impact their case,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, CEO of LexisNexis North America, UK and Ireland. “Put simply, litigators want to find ‘cases like mine.’ We have built a litigation solution that places all of the relevant information they need at their fingertips, wrapped in a highly intuitive and visual user experience.”
The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is where the legal information community assembles for the latest educational programming, peer-to-peer connections, and to exchange ideas and best practices. We were delighted to return to an in-person live event this year and to engage with industry participants from coast to coast.
Please join us in marking your calendars for July 15-18, 2023, when the 2023 AALL Annual Meeting comes to Boston! We’ll see you there.