Additional Group Members
Talia Shwartz (UC Berkeley Faculty of Law, LLM)
Juan Hernandez (UC Berkeley DLab)
We are prototyping a plugin for Microsoft Word that will assist lawyers in legal research and writing. The ThinkCite UI builds upon the idea of "code completion" in software development, where relevant variables and methods can be instantly found and inserted into the file being edited based on the current context. In our case, we extend this idea: ThinkCite uses the current context during a legal drafting session to assist the lawyer in finding and inserting relevant case citations into the brief of law or other document being drafted. Under the hood, the relevance engine uses a cutting-edge topic-modeling and information retrieval algorithm.