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Redline is

  • an elite association of legal artisans
    dedicated to elevating their profession
  • expert work product and redline variations
  • questions asked and answered
  • a means of demonstrating expertise
  • a robust competition of ideas
  • a way to make better law

Let's be our own most valuable resource.


When we come across an issue requiring legal research, the first source of information we often reach for is not WEXIS or books. Rather, we seek out the counsel of our trusted colleagues, either in our office or among our external peer group.

Only after tapping this first source of trusted information do we resort to our reporters, treatises, or online research sources - all of which are generally top-down, non-interactive, dated, and too often unhelpful.

Redline aims to broaden this first trusted research source to an elite cadre of lawyers who have experience with your precise issue.

Be a better lawyer by learning from better lawyers.


Are you especially proud of that jury instruction or indemnification clause that you’ve been using for years? Wouldn’t you like to know how other experts that you trust think about it? Aren’t you curious about how it could be improved or countered?

Be open and willing to put it out there and defend it, and learn in the process. You'll be a better lawyer by defending your work. And then you'll be making better law.

Harvest the glory from your now dormant articles and blogs.


The lawyer who publishes, tweets and blogs elevates herself and her profession, providing a valuable addition to the collective knowledge of our trade. She is exactly the kind of lawyer we seek.

We've created an environment that now allows you to publish to an expert and eager audience, ready to augment and challenge your scholarship.

Convert your existing articles and blog posts into thoughtful Redline queries, and invite colleagues you trust into these discussions.

Redline is

  • an elite association of legal artisans.
  • expert work product and redline variations.
  • a robust competition of ideas.
  • a way to make better law.


By challenging ourselves and teaching our expertise, we will improve the law and its practice.


If you are eligible, please join us in elevating our profession.
Bounty
If you want your query to be noticed and answered faster, or with more thought and effort, put up a bounty taken from your own bounty account that you award to the member whose reply to your query you select as the best. Every member receives bounty upon joining and 20 bounty every month. Each member's bounty awards are tracked and compared to other members.
Mojo
Mojo is a point system for tracking and recognizing valued input and insight. Mojo is awarded for submitting queries, replying to queries, having replies accepted as the best, and each time a query or reply is upvoted by other members. Each user's mojo is tracked and compared to other members.
Queries
Queries are questions, discussions, dialogues, contests, and examinations - and invitations to collaborate on legal text. Each query may contain a block of legal text (eg contract clauses, brief excerpts, proposed legislation or rulemaking), for other members to redline. Each member's variation is posted and labeled for future reference, enabling the creation of peer-reviewed legal work product that can accommodate different risks, variations and situations (eg, a query can be about drafting a pro-landlord assignment and sublease clause, or a pro-licensor infringement indemnity clause). In this way legal text is constantly refined, tested and debated.
Query Thread Page
On this page you can:
  • subscribe to this query
    By subscribing, you will receive email (as frequently as you specify) of new activity in this query.
  • vote up or vote down queries and replies
    Voting is a generalized proxy for your assessment of the worth, quality, articulation, etc of a query or reply. Voting up a reply or query increases the reply/query author's mojo by one. After you vote, you have five minutes to undo it.
  • reply to the query or add a comment to the query or any reply
    A reply is a serious substantive response, worthy of addition to the knowledge being recorded for all of us here. Comments, simply, are for responses that are not replies (questions, clarifications, caveats, etc). You must scroll all the way down to add a reply; might as well read all of the replies on the way down. If you would like to include with your reply new legal text for others to edit, feel free to add a clause. Adding a reply gives you one mojo.
  • edit a clause (quick-reply)
    If you want to quickly add a reply that is an edit of another member's legal text, click the edit clause link on the clause you wish to edit, and you will be taken to the bottom of the page, with the text of the clause ready for your edits.
  • select best reply (if you are the author of the query)
    If you authored this query, be sure to select the reply that you believe is the best (and consider explaining why you selected this reply as best in a comment to that reply). You receive one mojo for doing so. The author of the reply you select as best will receive four mojo or the bounty award you posted for this query. You can change your mind up to three times for bounty queries, or as many times as you want for non-bounty queries. If you de-select a best reply, the reply author loses two mojo or the bounty mojo awarded, and you lose one mojo.
  • edit/update or delete query (if you are the query author)
    If you authored this query, you may edit it at any time, and delete it before a reply has been posted to it. Clauses may be edited only if no other member has redlined that clause. You may also add a bounty award or increase already-posted bounty, at any time (even after a reply has been posted).
  • edit replies and comments
    Replies and comments you posted can be edited at any time, and deleted if no other reply or comment has been posted after yours.
  • flag (ie complain about) a query, reply or comment
    Use as sparingly as appropriate given the circumstances.

A friendly reminder: be excellent to each other and remember the human.
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Tags
Tags are member-generated legal categories, industry categories, topics, jurisdictions, courts, or other identifiers to enable tracking, searching and filtering of queries. Upon creation of a query, the author of that query selects up to five tags to identify that query.
What are subscriptions?
Redline allows you to subscribe to certain queries (so that you can follow new replies and comments that are posted to those queries), members (so that you can follow new queries made by that member) and tags (so that you can follow new queries that contain the tags that interest you). With subscriptions, you are notified via email of new activity corresponding to your subscriptions. So, for example, if you subscribe to the "intellectual property" tag, you will receive an email whenever a new query containing that tag is posted. All activity related to your subscriptions is displayed on your home page. Via the Settings page, or the "Manage your subscriptions" link on the Queries page, you can manage your subscriptions (including altering the timing of notification emails).