LitKit is built on six years of big law experiences, and fueled by many late nights spent perfecting drafts for form in addition to substance. The idea originally emerged when drafting an answer to a complaint that was over 100 pages long, somewhere around the 300th time the paragraph did not require a response because it contained a legal allegation. Surely, there should have been an easier way to do this than a never-ending copy-pasting exercise. Over the next few months, we looked at other repetitive tasks as more than late-night annoyances: they were now opportunities to improve the way litigators draft legal documents.
The reality is that, in 2020, there is no more room for inefficient processes. Not only are these repetitive, procedural, and formulaic tasks taking focus away from the substantive issues, but clients are increasingly refusing to pay for these tasks, while simultaneously courts become more stringent in punishing any departure from their procedural requirements. Fines, docket notations, or even straight denial of otherwise winnable motions overshadowed attorney's hard work and well developed arguments, and sometimes for the most astonishing reasons: the use of a wrong font, incorrectly spaced briefs, ignoring the required page limit, or the lack of a certificate of conference; not to mention deadlines missed because of a last-minute hustle to redact confidential information or number exhibits.
Although the legal technology market is booming, these issues remain largely unaddressed. Ambitious dreamers talk of artificial intelligence, machine-learning document review, and self-writing briefs. In reality, lawyers still spend much of their time dealing with these inefficient processes, with little technical support surrounding unglamorous litigation-related tasks. Prelimine strives to change that.