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Micro-Symposium on ABA TECHSHOW 2017

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, March 27, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: ABA TECHSHOW 2017 took place from March 15-18. We asked conference Chair Adriana Linares as well as 18 exhibitors to share their product discoveries, tips, and other observations from the perspective of small law firms. The result is our largest ever micro-symposium with everything from brand new 1.0 products to insights on new legal technology trends. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn why why SEO requires a long-term commitment.

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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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | CLE/News/References | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Micro-Symposium on the Battle of the Trial Presentation Apps

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: The days of deciding whether or not to use trial presentation softare have ended. Instead, you now face a potentially tougher choice — which of the many apps to use. We asked nine experts — Ken Broda-Bahm, Ted Brooks, Russell Cardon, Mitch Jackson, Karen Koehler, Ian O'Flaherty, Timothy Piganelli, Jeff Richardson, and Thomas Vidal — to share their experiences and insights in this issue of LitigationWorld. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for the secret to writing a winning brief when no one reads it.

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. LitigationWorld also features in-depth litigation product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings, as well as links to the most noteworthy litigation articles in other publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld | Presentations/Projectors

Why LiquidText May Change How You Review Documents Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, March 20, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 44 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.

Virtual Dead Heat in Lawyers' Use of Westlaw, LexisNexis and Fastcase

Building a Better Mousetrap, Er, Keyboard

Affordable Do-It-Yourself Ediscovery Collection for Small Cases

After 10 Years of Practicing Law, I Filed My First Court of Appeals Brief

Keep Your Trial Consultant (a Little Bit) in the Dark

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of LawSites on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: This App May Forever Change How You Read Legal Documents

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Actevis Collection Wizard Offers Affordable Do-It-Yourself Ediscovery Collection for Small Cases

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers do-it-yourself ediscovery collection software at a price point far below the industry average(see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of cloud practice management software for law firms that crave the billing and automation features of legacy software, a federal tax law research tool that facilitates point-in-time analysis and redlines showing changes, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Most litigators work in firms with fewer than five lawyers and handle disputes with a relatively small number of witnesses. However, most ediscovery software for collecting potential evidence — electronically stored information (ESI) — from custodian computers is cost prohibitive.

Actevis Collection Wizard … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Actevis Collection Wizard is forensically defensible, do-it-yourself ediscovery collection software at a low price point.

The Killer Feature

Before starting his demo, Actevis Systems' Chief Software Architect Martin Reich tells me about what I'll call the "ediscovery collection gap." Hiring a consultant to run collection software such as industry giant EnCase costs about $2,000 per custodian.

Accordingly, many litigators omit custodians to save money. Or they may forego using such software altogether, and instead instruct custodians to self-collect from their computers using drag and drop to an external drive. These litigators run the risk of being called as a witness if opposing counsel challenges the chain of custody or completeness of the collection. Mistakes can result in sanctions.

Actevis Collection Wizard offers forensically-sound do-it-yourself collection for $100 per custodian computer. "Actevis Collection Wizard already complies with proposed FRE 902(14) on data collection audit trails expected to become final this year," says Reich. "As a lawyer, you shouldn't collect evidence in a haphazard manner," adds co-founder David Golden. "You don't want your evidence and your competency in ediscovery challenged by opposing counsel."

Other Notable Features

Actevis Collection Wizard runs on Windows PCs. Once downloaded, it walks you through three steps. First, you select the target drive or folder (the C drive is the default). Second, you select the output format such as the native files in the folder structure on the custodian machine or a small set of ZIP files. Third, you select where to save the copy. When configuring the settings, you can exclude file types such as images, restrict the collection to a specific date range, etc.

Email often trips up collection projects. For example, web-based ediscovery tools cannot collect email when Outlook is running according to Reich. Also, many custodians don't know how to export PST files from Outlook. Actevis Collection Wizard collects email from Outlook regardless of its state and without the need to create a PST file. The Recycle Bin likewise can pose collection challenges but not for Actevis Collection Wizard.

To ensure that each copy is identical to its original counterpart and that no tampering has occurred, Actevis Collection Wizard uses the latest file verification protocols — known as "hashing." A group of automatically generated reports provides a defensible audit trail if challenged. For example, the reports list all your settings and all collected files and their corresponding hashes. An expert can use these reports to authenticate the files you produce to opposing counsel. You can have the Collection Summary report emailed to you when the collection process concludes.

What Else Should You Know?

You can run Actevis Collection Wizard an unlimited number of times on a custodian PC for 90 days. This enables you to export in native file format for early case assessment, and then again later for importing into your ediscovery review software. Learn more about Actevis Collection Wizard.

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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: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

Calendar Strategies; 7 Steps to a New Phone System; TextMap v. TranscriptPad; NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor; Much More

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, How Many Calendars Does a Lawyer Need?

Paul Pinkerton, Shopping for a New Phone System? Use This Seven Step Checklist

Ken Laska, Review: TextMap v. TranscriptPad

Donald Lowrey, Review of Dragon Legal Individual 15

Ruth Curcuru, Review: NitroPDF v. PDF XChange Editor (Acrobat Replacements)

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

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Our most serendipitous offering (hence its name), TL Serendipity consists of contributions by TechnoLawyer members who have important information to share. 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 TL Serendipity newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TL Serendipity

The Best Mind Mapping Software of 2017 Plus 40 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 41 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.

Court Says Using Box/Dropbox Sans Password Waives Privilege

Thomson Reuters Relaunches Online Treatises

Six More Leading Trial Lawyers Share Secrets of Effective Opening Statements

Technology Standards and the New EDRM

Congratulations to Evan Koblentz and Suzanne Kattau of PCMag on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Best Mind Mapping Software of 2017

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Abolish Adverbs From Your Briefs Plus 37 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 38 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.

Introducing Quotations With an Effective Lead-In

First look at Justly (State Court Data)

Why Are Graphics So Compelling in the Courtroom?

Why Witnesses Need to Overlearn Their Deposition

Congratulations to John G. Balestriere of Above the Law on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Abolish Adverbs From Your Briefs

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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Legendary Litigators Offer Advice on Opening Statements Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 44 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.

Lex Machina's New Analytics Apps Explore Damages and Parties

How to Write a Legal Brief

Judge Gorsuch by the Numbers and Decisions

Software Helps Assemble Social Media Posts From a Specific Event or Point in Time

Congratulations to Allison Leotta of ABA Journal on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Legendary Litigators Offer Advice on Opening Statements

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Micro-Symposium on LegalTech 2017 Plus Why Solos Should Not Remain Solos

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Coming today to SmallLaw: Legaltech 2017 (a.k.a. Legalweek) is now in the history books — thanks this issue of SmallLaw. We asked 11 exhibitors and other legal technology experts who attended — Robert Ambrogi, Michael Barrons, Mary Ellen Bellusci, Jesus Maria Boccio, Brett Burney, Shawn Gaines, Nehal Madhani, Ian O'Flaherty, Jeff Pfeifer, Benjamin Snipes, and Deborah Tesser — to share their product discoveries, tips, trends, and other observations from the perspective of small law firms. Also, don't miss the SmallLaw Pick of the Week to learn why solos need employees and how to hire them.

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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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | CLE/News/References | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Law Office Management | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | SmallLaw

Changes to a Long-Standing Hearsay Exception Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, January 26, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 44 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.

Ban Underlining in Your Legal Documents

The 2017 Litigation Playing Field Has Changed in Two Big Ways

Three Top Trial Lawyers on Storytelling

Should I Shave My Beard Before Trial

Congratulations to Carey Busen and Gilbert S. Keteltas of Discovery Advocate on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Changes to a Long-Standing Hearsay Exception

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All practice areas evolve, but none faster than litigation. Written by successful litigators and other litigation experts, LitigationWorld provides you with practical tips related to electronic discovery, depositions, litigation strategy, litigation technology, and trial presentations. You'll also receive in-depth litigation product reviews as well as links to the most noteworthy articles in other online litigation publications so that you'll never miss anything. The LitigationWorld newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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