Whenever we enter into a new partnership with a law firm, a question we often get asked is, “How can we get the most out of our subscription?” My answer is always the same: “It depends on who you are.”
The legal industry is made up of all kinds of roles and responsibilities, obviously extending beyond that of what a litigator does; what we have found is that there are multiple roles that use Gavelytics to help optimize client outcomes in various ways — and all of them are different, depending on what your workflow looks like.
For a typical law firm partnering with Gavelytics, we usually see three profiles of people who need access to the tool: 1) partners; 2) associates; and 3) paralegals or librarians. Let’s dive in to how each of these distinct user groups can harness the power of Gavelytics to optimize performance.
Partner: The Business Generator
Partners get the most out of Gavelytics when they utilize the platform as a business generator. Business pitches have a tendency to all sound the same, and it can be challenging to differentiate your firm from the competition — but when a partner is able to craft a pitch using unique knowledge about the judge assigned to a case, and suggest a specific approach to that judge, her firm is going to stand out. When you have insight that no other firm has, you are going to attract business.
Another way partners can optimize their Gavelytics subscription is to integrate it into their case strategy workflows. When a partner knows a judge’s tendencies in advance, she can tailor her case strategy to that judge. The ability to understand how judges rule also allows partners to adjust client expectations — for example, by preparing the client for how fast or slow a case might move.
Associate: The Research and Writing Muscle
Associates can get tremendous value out of Gavelytics when they engage with the platform as a legal research tool. With the ability to assess how a judge normally reacts in different litigation situations, the associate can instantly become an expert on the assigned judge, customizing his or her brief writing to the judge. For example, it pays to know in advance if Judge A typically favors a particular motion or whether he normally throws it out, or to see actual rulings in which the judge has granted demurrers. Knowing these facts in advance can save associates many hours, and help them see more clearly at the outset of a case — ultimately adding value for clients.
Paralegal and Librarian: The Information Experts
Paralegals and librarians are a vital component to any successful law firm. These people will get the most out of the Gavelytics platform when they integrate the tool into their everyday workflows. When a partner or associate needs information about a case or a judge, one of the first steps paralegals and librarians should take in gathering a response should be to dive into the Gavelytics database and quickly extract information about the assigned judge; custom data searches can also be performed. Sharing this type of expertise when litigators ask for case research can give everyone on the litigation team a head start.
Whether you are a litigation partner, associate, paralegal or law librarian, judicial analytics can help you improve client outcomes and secure new business. All judges have their own tendencies, preferences and priorities, and with Gavelytics, law firms are quickly learning how to harness this data to stand above the competition.