The PreCYdent Team is very happy to welcome you to the “beta” version of our new legal research website. By “beta” we mean that our site is still in its early development. Thus we would value highly the comments and suggestions regarding our service.

PreCYdent is based on two fundamental principles. First, we at PreCYdent believe that all lawyers, law librarians, law students, and the general public should have access to state-of-the-art search technology to help them navigate through the large and complex body of legal authority. We have heard law students ask, as perhaps you have, about online legal research: “Why can’t I just do my search with a few search words, like I do on Google?” PreCYdent has an answer to that question: Now you can. Second, we believe judicial opinions and statutes must be in the public domain, in practice as well as in theory. To us this means that effective legal research in all of these materials should be free to the user — not expensive, not inexpensive. Free. We believe this principle is of vital importance not only to the United States, but to all nations that practice or aspire to practice the rule of law.
PreCYdent search technology ranks results by “authority”, using mathematical techniques, such as eigenvector centrality, similar to those used by advanced Web search engines, as well as proprietary techniques we have developed that are specialized to the legal domain. PreCYdent search technology is able to mine the information latent in the “Web of Law”, the network of citations among legal authorities. This means it is also able to retrieve legally relevant authorities, even if the search terms do not actually occur or occur frequently in the retrieved document.
This beta version contains only U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals cases. We are working hard on extending our service to cover all U.S. federal and state cases and statutory materials.
But we want to go further the simple search. You can contribute and participate directly in our effort and our campaign. On our web site you can register and upload any kind of legal document, including judicial opinions that are in the public domain.
By registering you can also become a member of the PreCYdent professional network we are building. Our objective is to create a space where people interested in law will be able to share knowledge, find help and to exchange experiences. We are going to integrate our effort with successful social communities such as Facebook.
Thank you for visiting our site and for supporting our effort. Please be assured that we will take your comments, criticisms and suggestions very seriously.

PreCYdent team:

tomsmith
Thomas Smith
Area: CEO
Qualification: J.D. Yale Law School
City: San Diego, California
E-mail: tacsmithprecydent.com
antoniotomarchio
Antonio Tomarchio
Area: CTO
Qualification: Masters Degree in Mathematical Engineering
City: Catania, Italy
E-mail: antonio.tomarchioprecydent.com

williamnespoli
William Nespoli
Area: Design, Content and Web-development
Qualification: Masters Degree in Computer Science Engineering
City: Como, Italy
E-mail: william.nespoliprecydent.com
walterferrara
Walter Ferrara
Area: Content and Engine
Qualification: Masters Degree in Computer Science
City: Catania, Italy
E-mail: walter.ferraraprecydent.com

patrikvaltorta
Patrik Valtorta
Area: Content
Qualification: Masters Degree in Computer Science Engineering
City: Como, Italy
E-mail: patrik.valtortaprecydent.com
filippoprivitera
Filippo Privitera
Area: Engine
Qualification: Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering
City: Catania, Italy
E-mail: filippo.priviteraprecydent.com

matteolarocca
Matteo Larocca
Area: Web-development
Qualification: Masters Degree in Computer Science Engineering
City: Como, Italy
E-mail: matteo.laroccaprecydent.com

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