JD Supra – Free Access to Legal Documents Goes Live

Over on his Law Firm Web Strategy blog Steve Matthews announced that JD Supra has been launched. I had a preview of this service back in September, so I had a fresh look am pleased to see the further development of this new service.

JD Supra
allows for law firms, law schools and other legal organizations and individuals to share documents. Having a name behind the documents lends credibility to them, while the contributors get to be known for having expertise in their respective areas. This is combined with a profile that will drive traffic back to their websites. A nicely thought-out marketing strategy. Well, not surprising since both Steve and legal marketing guru Larry Bodine are involved. Besides Larry Bodine, the JD Supra team includes Adrian Lurssen, Eliot Gersten, Brittanie Williams, the group at POP Interactive, and especially JD Supra’s founder Aviva Cuyler.

JD Supra screen shot

I had a look around and noticed legal documents including pleadings, briefs, research memoranda and decisions. Also included are legal forms, legal articles, and firm newsletters. The system is flexible, allowing for posting of other types of documents; for example, I found at least one law professor posting a course outline.

It is free to join, and free to post documents. There is a nominal fee for a more robust profile including links back to an organization’s website, blog and other web properties.

It is smartly done. A number of law firms were invited in as founding members to contribute documents in the beta test to get the ball rolling, so there is already good and current documents in the system. It is easy to set up a profile and start posting documents. I encourage you to have a look. To get you started, here is a link to my little profile. Oh! And don’t miss their great blog JD Scoop.

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Comments

  1. Thanks Connie! Wow, very nice review.

    The other aspect of this site that I really like, and I just posted about today, is The Scoop. The opportunity for law firms to connect work product to potential stories by the media is a very cool concept, IMO.

  2. Thanks Steve. Yeah, think I missed the great implication of that section. Will have to watch that part and blog about it more a little later on.

    Best,
    Connie

  3. Nice that it made it to the Journal too.

  4. Thank you for the link, Simon. I love how the discussion in the comments in that article has evolved into a listing of free legal research resources on the web.

    One point I missed when trying out JD Supra yesterday: a free profile is available only once you have submitted at least one document. Which makes sense. It prevents people from obtaining free advertising, ensures everyone participates by contributing.