BYU Law hosted Pablo Arredondo, fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and co-founder of Casetext, for the Future of Law lecture series. He shared his experience developing Casetext, a searchable legal research database and encouraged students to embrace the startup culture.
During the six years Arredondo worked as a patent litigator, he became increasingly frustrated with the process of finding relevant legal research. This pain point gave him the idea to develop a new legal research search engine using artificial intelligence (AI). Casetext was designed to leverage and harness information, making it easier for attorneys to find the most pertinent research needed for their case.
An “authentic founder” is one who experiences a pain point themselves and seeks to find a solution for it. “There is no better way to solve the problem [than to] feel the pain of it,” Arredondo said. He encouraged students to seek out entrepreneurship and to not be afraid “when you’re new to go a little nuts” with solving the problem.
The goal of BYU Law’s Future of Law lecture series is to expose current law students to technology and innovation within the legal field.