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Trials as Theater Plus 65 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 66 articles from the past two weeks worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week.

40 Affirmative Defenses

Book Review: Legal Research on a Budget

Excerpt: Legal Research on a Budget

Court Orders Activation of Facebook Account

Congratulations to Paul N. Luvera of Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Trials as Theater and Your Many Roles

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

Turning Personal Challenges Into Professional Success Plus Website Success Story

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Can a family law practice itself feel like a family yet still achieve business success? In this issue of SmallLaw, lawyer and journalist Marin Feldman profiles Amber James and her law firm, New Beginnings Family Law. You'll learn how she turned around her struggling law firm using a combination of architectural design, careful recruiting, management best practices, marketing analysis, and modern technologies. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week for a lawyer's account of how his law firm's website generates business.

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Small firm, big dreams. Written by practicing lawyers who manage successful small firms and legal technology and practice management experts who have achieved rock star status, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in small law firms, as well as comprehensive legal product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles (and podcasts and videos) about solo practices and small law firms. The SmallLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | Legal Research | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Reviews of Casemaker, Fastcase, WestlawNext, Copernic, X1; Post-WordPerfect Legal World; Practice Management on Macs

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Ken Laska, Reviews Of Casemaker, Fastcase, And WestLawNext Plus The Parable Of The Three Carpenters

Steve Long, Review: Copernic V. X1 Plus File Naming Tips

Michael Caldwell, Law Practice In A Post-WordPerfect World

David Swedelson, The State Of Practice Management On Macs

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Networking/Operating Systems | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Answers

Top 10 Ways to Use an iPad in Law Practice; Reviews of PhraseExpress, Dragon 12.5, Avvo, LegalWebPro

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Wesley Y. S. Chang, The Top 10 Ways I Use My IPad In Law Practice

John Drisdale, Review: PhraseExpress

Christian Onsager, Review: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 Plus Headset Advice

Ben Ballard, Review: Avvo And LegalWebPro For Law Firm Website Creation

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | CLE/News/References | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Computer Accessories | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Legal Research | TL Answers | Utilities

Thomson Reuters Solutions: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, April 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers four suites of popular legal software and services accessible from a single login (see article below), a word processor with an iPad counterpart, a cloud legal billing application, and a utility for the iPhone's Mail app. Don't miss the next issue.

INTEGRATED LEGAL TOOLS FOR INTEGRATED LAW FIRMS

Integration gave rise to today's multinational law firms. Lawyers with complementary legal and other skills teamed up beginning about a century ago and continue to team up practically every day. Each of these firms consists of a multidisciplinary group of lawyers under one global roof. If you're going to integrate lawyers on this scale, you should also integrate the tools of their trade.

Thomson Reuters Solutions … in One Sentence

Launched last month, Thomson Reuters Solutions consists of four integrated suites of software and services designed to expedite legal workflows in midsize and large law firms.

The Killer Feature

Thomson Reuters Solutions' four product suites consist of Current Awareness Solutions (services for staying on top of your practice areas, Corporate Practice Solutions (information and software for creating deal documents), Investigative Solutions (public records research), and Litigation Solutions (information and software for the entire litigation cycle). You can access one or more suites with a single login.

"The market has been demanding more product integration," Thomson Reuters Vice President of Large Law Firms Brian D. Knudsen J.D. told us. With Thomson Reuters Solutions we're providing a more holistic approach to streamlining legal workflows."

Other Notable Features

Current Awareness Solutions' Practitioner Insights "turns your inbox into a sophisticated, up-to-the minute news resource" according to Knudsen. Once you fine-tune your selections, your entire practice group and even your clients can receive these customized email newsletters with your firm's branding. Other services in this suite include several tracking tools on WestlawNext to remain apprised of active litigation and newly filed lawsuits.

Corporate Practice Solutions includes Practical Law's checklists, forms, and model documents. You'll also find "one of the largest collections of private placement offering memoranda" in addition to public deal documents and other SEC filings. The proofreading software included in Corporate Practice Solutions helps you find and correct inconsistent use of abbreviations and other common errors in your documents.

PeopleMap on WestlawNext resides at the heart of Investigative Solutions. As reported in TL NewsWire earlier this year, this public records service now includes advanced search templates you can save, Google Maps integration, relevancy ranking, filtering tools, and a graphical display of records to help identify non-obvious connections. Investigative Solutions also provides access to Company Investigator for researching organizations.

Finally, Litigation Solutions puts WestlawNext's collection of briefs, motions, pleadings, and supporting memoranda at your fingertips. It also includes Case Notebook for creating case chronologies, and software that works within your word processor for creating tables of authorities, formatting citations, and more.

What Else Should You Know?

Pricing depends on factors such as firm size, number of users, etc. Learn more about Thomson Reuters Solutions.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | CLE/News/References | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire | Transactional Practice Areas

iPad as Laptop Replacement; Don't OCR Pleadings; Document Naming; Defending ScanSnap; Word Paragraph Numbering Tip

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

William Anderson, The iPad as a Laptop Replacement for Lawyers

E. M. Osborne, Tip: Don't OCR Pleadings; Use This Method Instead

Keith Allen, A Battle Test Method for Document Naming

Jim Cronin, In Defense of Fujitsu Scanners and Software

Tim Callins, Tip: Resume Paragraph Numbering in Word After a Block Quote

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? In TL Answers, TechnoLawyer members answer legal technology and practice management questions submitted by their peers. This newsletter's popularity stems from the relevance of the questions and answers to virtually everyone in the legal profession. The TL Answers newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers

Kindle iPad App and Legal Research; Reviews of PDF Expert, Air Sharing, DisplayFusion

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 14, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Felicity Hardee, Clarifying Why I Rely on the Kindle iPad App

Chris Frank, Review: Using PDF Expert for Trial Presentations

Julie Feia, Review: DisplayFusion for Taming Outlook on Multiple Monitors

Don't miss this issue — or any future issues.

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Our most serendipitous offering, Fat Friday consists of unsolicited contributions by TechnoLawyer members. You'll no doubt enjoy it because of its mix of interesting topics and genuinely useful knowledge, including brutally honest product reviews and informative how-tos. The Fat Friday newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Monitors | Presentations/Projectors | Utilities

In Search of Tablet Productivity Plus 85 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 86 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

What Should I Use for That?

New Features in iOS 7.1 (Video)

What You Need to Know About iOS Backups

The World's First Super Power Company

Congratulations to Lukas Mathis of ignore the code on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: In Search of Tablet Productivity

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Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Legal Research | Privacy/Security | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

PeopleMap on WestlawNext: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Friday, February 28, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a new public records research service that includes material from social media and integrates with Google Maps (see article below), a metadata removal utility, an Android app for working with Microsoft Office and PDF documents, and an on-demand narration service for creating audio recordings of your client memos and other articles. Don't miss the next issue.

MAKE YOUR NEXT PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCH THE ONLY ONE YOU NEED

Public records research has long posed a challenge for lawyers because information exists in a wide variety of sources, some more trustworthy than others. While online public records research can save you from physical travel, locating someone can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Additionally, researching public records often occurs within a larger legal research workflow. A new service enables you to perform all your research in one place.

PeopleMap on WestlawNext … in One Sentence

Launched this month, Thomson Reuters' PeopleMap on WestlawNext (PeopleMap) is a public records research tool that enables you to quickly locate relevant information about people and their connections to assets, entities, and other people.

The Killer Feature

PeopleMap enables you to search public records as part of a global search on WestlawNext, which means you'll find relevant public records results along with case law, statutes, and other primary research. This integration eliminates the need to go elsewhere for your legal research.

Other Notable Features

PeopleMap has many new features for finding and analyzing public records. For example, it now integrates with Google Maps. You can use Street View to see what a property of interest looks like. You'll also find information from the web related to the person you're researching, including material from blogs, chat rooms, and social networks, as well as photos and business data. As always, you'll find all names associated with a person (AKAs) and entities (DBAs), current and previous addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, assets, and much more.

The new Advanced Search template enables you to search by name, social security number, telephone number, business information, and/or location. You'll find 25 other search templates in addition to this one. You can save the search templates you use most frequently to your Favorites for fast access.

PeopleMap leverages WestlawNext's relevancy ranking technology, which lists the most pertinent results to the top of your search result list. Filtering tools enable you to further focus on the information you seek. The Update feature provides real-time information on an individual such as their most current telephone number and street address.

An enhanced graphical view displays non-obvious connections that you may not know about. This is the feature behind PeopleMap's name. One click toggles between the two different views. From either view, you can explore entities connected to the person you're researching, and from there documents and other data connected to these entities.

What Else Should You Know?

When you complete your research, you can generate a report with the relevant information. You can choose from one of two report templates or create and save your own template. You can save reports with a time stamp so that you can see what has changed when you update the report in the future. Learn more about PeopleMap on WestlawNext.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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The Business Law Center on WestlawNext: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, November 7, 2013

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a new research service for corporate and securities lawyers in law firms and legal departments (see article below), a device for creating your own private cloud storage, an iPhone automation app, and a proofreading add-on for Microsoft Office. Don't miss the next issue.

ONE-STOP-SHOPPING FOR BUSINESS LAW RESEARCH

When you negotiate and draft complex agreements such as mergers and acquisitions, prepare high-stakes securities filings, etc., there's no margin for error. Often, it's helpful to see how others have handled a certain issue. The problem is that conducting such research requires using a patchwork of government and private databases (with incomplete information) plus Google searches. Litigators have long enjoyed one-stop-shopping for legal research thanks to services such as WestlawNext. Corporate lawyers in law firms and legal departments deserve a similar experience.

The Business Law Center on WestlawNext … in One Sentence

Launched this month, Thomson Reuters' Business Law Center on WestlawNext (Business Law Center) provides a single location for business law research with tools designed to find relevant information quickly at low cost.

The Killer Feature

You'll find information on the Business Law Center unavailable elsewhere, including more than one million public and private mergers and acquisition deal documents and transaction summaries. Other proprietary materials include bond offerings and other capital markets transactions.

You'll also find other tools of the trade — up-to-date SEC and global filings and disclosures, EDGAR precedent agreements, SEC administrative materials (including "the most comprehensive collection of SEC staff comment letters"), and more.

"The Business Law Center on WestlawNext is the easiest-to-use and yet also the most powerful transactional research tool on the market," General Manager of Business Law Solutions Steve Obenski told us. "It's a truly modern website with advanced search and filtering capabilities."

Other Notable Features

Content is king, but only if it's easily accessible and affordable. With the Business Law Center, you can start with a broad search and then narrow it using the product's Advanced Filters. You pay only for the initial search. All the filtering thereafter costs nothing. Search results appear "remarkably fast" according to Obenski.

The Business Law Center's Advanced Filters offer a wealth of criteria, including transaction type (acquisitions, mergers, mezzanine and subordinated debt, public offerings, etc.), industry, law firm, company type, and geography to name a few. Search Templates essentially act like software wizards to guide you through the search process. Obenski says that "finding the information you need in the proverbial haystack has never been easier."

Once you find a document of interest, Related Information provides you with one-click access from a filing to its associated transaction summary, related agreements, and related SEC Comment Letters.

With Advanced Folders, you can save and organize your research, and share it with others on your team. There's no additional charge for others who access your research in Shared Folders.

What Else Should You Know?

Corporate lawyers often work odd hours and weekends because of tight deadlines, as well as clients, co-counsel, and opposing counsel in other time zones. No matter when you're working, you can obtain help via email or telephone from "Experts on Call," a dedicated group of subject matter experts in securities and other transactional law thanks to years of experience creating services such as LIVEDGAR. In fact, Obenski told us that "if you like LIVEDGAR, you'll love Business Law Center." Learn more about The Business Law Center on WestlawNext.

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So many products, so little time. In each issue of TL NewsWire, you'll learn about five new products for the legal profession. Pressed for time? The newsletter's innovative articles enable lawyers and law office administrators to quickly understand the function of a product, and zero in on its most important features. The TL NewsWire newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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