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Microsoft Signs on as First User of ‘Standard’ Legal Language

The Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry Alliance announced Microsoft had begun a trial implementation of the new language - Read More

SALI Alliance Announces Next Release of Legal Matter Specification Standard (LMSS) 1.0, Revision 2 - June 12, 2019

Standard Defining a Common Language for Describing Legal Matters Now Available for Use - Read More


Standards to produce better outcomes

The legal industry is moving towards standardizing terminology to simplify and improve the delivery of legal services by providing greater transparency and increasing the effectiveness of budgeting and resourcing. Providing a common language for the industry serves as the catalyst for better outcomes and value.


SALI Alliance Standards

SALI Alliance Standards are:

  • Open — They are free and available to for anyone to use free of charge.
  • Industry-Driven — They are managed by an independent non-profit where all stakeholders can participate.
  • Practical — They are provided with reference implementations.


Rationale for legal industry standards

Industry standards have been around a very long time. Their purpose is to enable a more effective and efficient market for a product or service.

Standards come about when industry participants recognize that a there is no real competitive advantage to having custom and unique specifications. Industries standardize when they realize that the lack of a standard hinders the market, and limits innovation and creativity.

Standards have value for all participants in the market, from raw material companies, to manufacturers, to supply chains, and especially the ultimate consumers. The costs of consumer products would be dramatically higher absent multitudes of standards. A legal matter standard will help in the sourcing of legal services.

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About the Legal Matter Specification Standard (LMSS)

The LMSS is a modern, common language that defines legal matters — a set of services for a specific legal need. LMSS specifies legal work in way that is:

  • Viewer neutral — It is neutral to law firms and clients
  • Adaptable — It accommodates the way that a legal matter evolves from inception to completion and captures critical attributes
  • Extensible — It has a well-defined extension mechanism to meet the specific needs of each organization, while fitting into a common industry framework,
  • Digitally accessible —It has associated programming APIs designed to support the evolving industry needs for innovation, transparency, and free market pricing.

About the SALI Alliance

The Standards Advancement for the Legal Industry (SALI) Alliance is an independent not-for-profit, member organization that was formally established on May 15, 2017 with the goal of producing standards for the legal industry to accelerate innovation, and improve efficiency. The SALI Alliance includes a wide range of stakeholders including law firms, companies, service providers and legal industry associations.

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