Best web tools of 2018
A free PACER dashboard tracks dockets, accesses past purchases and shares files with colleagues and clients. “If you use PACER often, it’s definitely worth looking into,” Black says.
Dentons is working with this subscription service, which tracks law firms’ pro bono hours, on a client-matching framework. “Founders [and 2017 Legal Rebel] Felicity Conrad and Kristen Sonday are passionate about addressing the access-to-justice problem in America and the lack of diversity in legal tech,” Willis notes.
This billing platform features a mobile dashboard to share calendars, maintain client accounts and view your files. Inte-grations with QuickBooks, LawPay and file-sharing apps extend its use.
A consumer complaint website escalates issues to an arbitrator or lawyer on a contingent-fee basis. “This tool is in the very early stages, but I think it has great potential,” Bednarz says.
A browser extension accesses and archives PACER purchases in the free CourtListener database. “Making it seamless to add PACER documents is absolute genius,” Harden says.
This online case manager tracks time and expenses, monitors payments and documents and stores client conversations. Shape also integrates with Clio and Needles.
Alexa and other voice assistants integrate with this time tracker, as well as case managers Clio, RocketMatter and Practice Panther. “Putting in time is a pain,” Harden says. “A lot of user testing went into the product, and it shows.”
Legal aid groups use this document creator to walk clients through Chapter 7 filings with help from a bankruptcy attorney. A project started by Rohan Pavuluri and Jonathan Petts drew support from Harvard, Yale and hedge-fund manager Paul Tudor Jones’ Robin Hood Foundation.
Web tools judges
Andrew Arruda is CEO and co-founder of the artificial intelligence company Ross Intelligence.
Jessica Bednarz is director of innovation and training for the Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project.
Nicole Black is the legal technology evangelist at MyCase. She has authored several books and writes regular columns for ABAJournal.com, The Daily Record, Above the Law and Legal IT Pros.
Sam Harden is a project manager for the Florida Justice Technology Center, developing applications and solutions for legal organizations, and at Measures for Justice, which assesses the performance of the U.S. criminal justice system.
Miguel Willis is the founder and program director of the Access to Justice Technology Fellows Program and the inaugural Law School Admission Council Presidential Innovation Fellow. He is also a 2018 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.