Vanderbilt Law Review


Laura E. Dolbow

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Modern technology has revolutionized the law. Computers drastically expanded the scope and speed of access to legal information. Unlike the days when lawyers had to climb ladders in the stacks to find specific statutes or cases in printed reporters, Westlaw brings up thousands of resources at the touch of a fingertip. Beyond transforming legal research, new data and technology have transformed the law in two other powerful ways: they have made the law more accessible to nonlawyers, and they have made it possible for lawyers to gather information about how the law is being executed. The articles in this Section demonstrate how new data and technology can serve a navigation function for those seeking access to the justice system and a consulting function for those who administer justice. Technology provides opportunities for innovation in how individuals interact with the legal system.