Crowdsourced legal terms and definitions to be included in new edition

LexisNexis® is inviting crowdsourced contributions of legal terms and definitions to be included in the next online edition of the Australian Legal Dictionary.

Legal professionals have the opportunity to be credited as an author in the new edition, by submitting colloquial legal terms and definitions via a social media 'Legal Lingo' campaign. The top 25 submissions, judged by a jury, will be selected to be included in the online version.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the legal community to come together, celebrate the rhetoric that marks the transformations affecting the legal profession, and showcase their wordsmith capabilities," says LexisNexis Managing Director Australia, Joanne Beckett.

This revised edition of the Australian Legal Dictionary will showcase evolving areas of law to adequately address market trends, such as the inclusion of elder law, social media, electronic conveyancing and assisted reproduction. It also includes a range of non-legal subject areas, such as business and commerce, reflective of the expanding roles of lawyers.

"This is a first-in-market approach for LexisNexis to crowdsource content through digital means, which presents not only the changing impacts on the legal industry, but also new opportunities," adds Ms Beckett.

The Australian Legal Dictionary is a comprehensive, online and hard copy reference work with over 28,000 legal terms and definitions, presented in an Australian context. The revised edition includes 3,000 additional entries, including several terms and definitions supported by Australian legislative and judicial authority, and not commonly found in American or English legal dictionaries.

The top 25 submissions will be published in the online Australian Legal Dictionary, 2nd edition in August 2016, with winners attributed as authors. Entry details:

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