Tech Competence, Legal Research, and Color-Coded Citations

I’ve often referred readers to Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites blog.  It’s a fantastic resource on issues that lie at the intersection of law & technology.

Today, Ambrogi posted a blog entited Judicata Brings A New Dimension to Legal Research: Color.  The post refers to Judicata’s announcement of a new tool that uses color as an aid in legal research.  The tool’s name: Color.  

I find Color fascinating.   I recommend taking 5 minutes or so to read both Judicata’s annoucment & Ambrogi’s blog post.

Here are a few screen shots.

An excerpt from a Color-coded opinion:


Now, the “code.”

Color Code


2 thoughts on “Tech Competence, Legal Research, and Color-Coded Citations

  1. Good idea. Good to experiment. Let’s see if it gets popular application. I can see how someone could use the colors to misrepresent the content of a case if an editor has an agenda or is careless, but it could be useful. Sort of like a “color restatement”. I’ve always been skeptical of restatements because they remove the responsibility of active context analysis from an attorney’s brief. People rely on the restatement instead of confirming a legal principle on the basis of independent research. The law relies on perpetually and fresh examination of ideas.


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