Director of Business Development
Pierre-Paul is a lawyer, member of the Quebec Bar, with over 15 years of experience in the legal technology sector. His expertise consists in helping decision-making and regulatory bodies to improve the management and dissemination of their legal information. He supervises all of Lexum’s sales and marketing activities. He has a strong background in international cooperation, having been in charge of international projects when Lexum was an academic research laboratory. He is also recognized as an expert on legal issues related to free and open source software.
Articles written by Pierre-Paul Lemyre
New Mexico is one of the few U.S. States where the official publishing of legislation and case law is centralized in the hands of a specialized enterprise agency, the New Mexico Compilation Commission (NMCC), created in 1941. Over the last fifteen years, the State of New Mexico has been its own self-publisher of its official laws. NMCC has been providing three distinct online services: its agency website for posting slip opinions, formal and unreported opinions and new court rule amendments on behalf of the Supreme Court of New Mexico; a free, word-searchable online database of unannotated statutes at the request of the state legislature; and a legal research service called NMOneSource™ where legal professionals could gain online access to the official, annotated compilation of primary legal information relied upon by the courts and the legislature. Over the years, the technology supporting NMOneSource had fallen behind the rest of the legal publishing industry as the demand for free access increased. This prompted the NMCC to recently initiate a formal procurement to modernize its online publishing , reduce its operational costs and provide the legal research service, NMOneSource.com, for free to the citizens. It is in this procurement context that the NMCC discovered CanLII , the Supreme Court of Canada decision website , and other official websites powered by Lexum technology. These free access websites, with their advanced legal research features, convinced the NMCC that providing quality open access to all of its content was now achievable at a reasonable cost. In a leap forward, the State of New Mexico decided that the time has come to open up access to the quality primary legal information it produces. This information includes: Its constitution; Its territorial laws and treaties; Its session laws from 1909; Its codified statutes (including annual historical versions); The New Mexico Appellate Reports; Slip opinions and unpublished decisions from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals; The annotated Rules of the Court (including annual historical versions). The Attorney General opinions. Over the last few months Lexum has been working on the new publishing website to provide free online access to all of this material, and NMOneSource 2.0 was officially launched on May 1st 2019. The NMCC publishing infrastructure is now powered by Decisia for content management and for the delivery of case law material, Qweri for the delivery of legislative material, and Lexbox for user accounts management, content alerts, and email notifications. Lexum also designed an internal citator generating links on legal citations included in the body of documents and providing a note up feature. As of yesterday, primary legal information from New Mexico has become available in a unified environment very similar to what Canadian legal professionals are familiar with in the context of CanLII. Providing access to the complete set of primary legal information from a U.S. state is a major development for Lexum and CanLII (as the owner of Lexum), as well as a step forward in the global movement to support open access to legal information. This project provides a great opportunity to further refine and develop software that is already fundamental to open access initiatives in many Canadian and U.S. legal institutions. In the long run, we hope that the leadership displayed by the state of New Mexico, and the success brought by its upgraded online service, will inspire other U.S. jurisdictions to adopt a similar centralized open access model for legal information. You can access NMOneSource 2.0 at http://nmonesource.com . Read more
Ten years ago, organizations looking to improve online access to their legal material were faced with the requirement to either adopt a generic product designed for non-legal documents, or to invest heavily in a bespoke solution. Many such legacy solutions are still in place today, although they have become somewhat outdated. Legal research is more sophisticated than it used to be. Users now expect hyperlinked citations... Read more
In October 2016 I announced preliminary results and findings from a survey of the status of online access to administrative decisions in the US. The formal paper resulting from this research project has just been made available in the latest issue of the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ) . The paper demonstrates that access to administrative appeals suffers from the same barriers to access as judicial opinions... Read more
Last year Lexum decided to explore a new approach aiming to improve legal research on free websites and making it easier to track over time. It resulted in the launch of Lexbox , a free Google Chrome extension designed to become your legal research workspace. Lexbox allows you to store links to searches, cases, legislation or any webpage and get notifications as soon as new corresponding material becomes available... Read more
This post includes preliminary results and findings from a survey of the status of online access to administrative decisions in the US. This survey was conducted over the course of September 2016 and is based on and replicates the methodology developed by Sarah Glassmeyer for the State Legal Information Census published in 2015. The main objective of this initiative is to expand our understanding of the level of online access to legal information in the US to the field of administrative law... Read more