Five out of the nine legal tech companies in the latest iteration of the LexisNexis accelerator in the US have an access to justice (A2J) aspect, in what is a positive move by the global publisher and now tech company.
The nine members of the fourth LexisNexis Legal Tech Accelerator cohort are:
The A2J-related companies:
- Courtroom5 delivers access to justice to pro se litigants through a case management platform that provides bite-sized, just-in-time legal information, document templates, searchable case law, elements-to-evidence case analysis, and other litigation tools.
- JDoe is an anonymous, end-to-end encrypted reporting platform that connects survivors of sexual misconduct with world-class civil litigators to pursue justice together against repeat offenders.
- TermScout helps people and businesses understand contracts by providing simple reviews of commonly signed agreements.
- Tusk is automating the fragmented, painful and expensive estate settlement process.
- Civvis is a natural language platform that connects consumers with trusted legal solutions.
- ClearstoneIP is pioneering and modernizing patent clearance management with a purpose-built and uniquely collaborative web platform.
- Discovery Genie is an innovative web-based platform designed to simplify document production and indexing for litigators and paralegals.
- DueCourse is a learning and professional development platform that helps lawyers take control of their career and map and track their professional development through frictionless, personalized learning.
- Lawgood helps lawyers make better contracts without expensive practice resources or time-consuming research using crowdsourced data and decision support technology.
Jeff Pfeifer, Chief Product Officer, North American Research Solutions at LexisNexis, commented: ‘After three programme cohorts, we have refined where the programme has greatest impact and that is helping early-stage companies refine and strengthen their go-to-market and commercial plans. Building on our previously announced partnership, LexisNexis is also excited to welcome three Duke Law Tech Lab alumni to this programme cohort.’
As Artificial Lawyer explored earlier in the year, Duke and Lexis have developed a novel arrangement whereby some early stage companies from the Duke Tech Lab then move on to Lexis, in what can be seen as a type of graduated accelerator/incubator programme.
Throughout the 10-week curriculum, Lexis Accelerator participants gain knowledge and expertise in a variety of topics, including technology and product development, running an agile product development organisation, building a strong company culture, selling to legal departments and law firms, leveraging legal data, and identifying best practices in customer success, marketing and fundraising.
If you’d like to know more about the Lexis project, then check out this piece here from January this year, which has some in-depth interviews with people who have been through the programme.
And for those of you who like to track the development of legal tech companies, here’s who else has been through the accelerator in the last couple of years – it’s quite a list, and although some of those names are not that well known, some have gone on to be very recognised legal tech pioneers, e.g. Digitory Legal (2018), dealWIP (2017) and Ping (2016).