The AI-driven legal drafting tool Clearbrief has entered into a partnership with legal research company LexisNexis Legal & Professional that provides its customers who are also Lexis subscribers with access to legal content and citations on Lexis while drafting documents within the Clearbrief add-in for Microsoft Word.

With this new integration, Lexis subscribers can now link citations created in Clearbrief directly to the source materials in the Lexis or Lexis+ legal research services and they can directly access primary law on Lexis from within Clearbrief.

Jacqueline Schafer, Clearbrief’s founder and CEO, told me that, as Clearbrief’s platform has been more widely adopted across large, midsized and boutique firms, as well as courts and government agencies, customers had been requesting the ability to link directly to Lexis content from within their Clearbrief workflows.

“Our team is so honored that LexisNexis has chosen to work with Clearbrief as we continue our mission to help attorneys find and share the evidence behind their legal writing, which fosters a more fair and efficient justice system for all,” Schafer said.

The Clearbrief platform helps lawyers find and view supporting factual evidence while writing briefs and other legal documents in Word, cite-check both facts and law, and generate timelines, exhibits, and tables of authorities.

Within Word, its AI-driven technology analyzes the user’s document and displays the underlying factual and legal sources cited in its side panel, while also suggesting other evidence that could help support an argument in the draft.

As courts increasingly require filings to have hyperlinks to cited law and evidence, and at a time when courts are requiring vigilance in reviewing filings for fake citations, Clearbrief helps ensure that both factual and legal citations are correct and properly supported.

The inclusion of hyperlinks directly to Lexis content, Schafer said, enhances transparency in litigation and facilitates courts’ access to cited materials. When a brief is completed in Clearbrief, it generates a fully hyperlinked version for filing with the court as well as for sharing with counsel and clients.

“This integration underscores our commitment to meeting customers at their point of need,” said Carrie Wright, VP, practical guidance and secondary at LexisNexis. “By seamlessly integrating access to LexisNexis content into their legal workflow, we not only provide invaluable tools but also elevate the efficiency and effectiveness of legal professionals in their drafting tasks.”

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