American Judges Association



Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 53, Issue 3 (2017)


Copyright American Judges Association. Used by permission.


When a product wins the New Product of the Year award from the American Association of Law Libraries, you take note. When that product is offered as a free service for judges, you look more closely.

That’s where we find ourselves with CARA, an automated legal-research tool provided by a company called casetext. So what got the American Association of Law Libraries excited about this product?

You can upload any brief or legal memorandum into CARA—and it will return a list of cases relevant but not already cited in the brief or memorandum. Obviously, that could be of great use to judges. For understandable reasons (not enough money to justify extensive research or briefing, sloppy work, etc.), the briefs we get from lawyers aren’t always as thorough as they should be. CARA offers an easy way to quickly check for missing caselaw. And at the price, it’s at least worth a tryout.