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Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. John C says:

    I’ve dipped my toe into PreCyDent and PLL, and can’t say I’m impressed yet. The most beneficial aspect to Lexis and WL is the tremendously powerful search functions (as well as the essential bells and whistles like Shepardizing, treatises, jury instructions, news, etc.). Until these public resources get a truly powerful search function (which they do not have now), they will be of little use to the practitioner (since one is likely to know the “big cases” in a particular field – it’s finding hard-to-find cases and secondary materials that makes an attorney worth his salt, I think).

  2. Deven Desai says:

    John C,

    Thanks for the feedback. It is great to hear from someone who has used the services. The point about Lexiz and West is dead on, for now. At least there is the potential for change if others hit the search issues. The new services are claiming better natural language search (I prefer terms and connectors but better search will be the issue). In short, yes the hard part is finding those cases that matter and doing it well. The new services seem like the first time that the raw resources are available i.e., the cases. Now the idea that the material is thrown out there for other to build the search tools and other interfaces will have to work. So rest easy West and Lexis in the short term. The future, however, may not be so simple.