join now
newsletters
topics
topics
advertise with us ABA Journal Blawg 100 Award 2009 ABA Journal Blawg 100 Award 2008
Subscribe (RSS Feed)

How I Won a Low-Budget Trial With Help From Five Apps and an iPad Plus a Judge's Brief Writing Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, February 23, 2015

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Litigator Stephen Hayes had a problem — a client with no money and an opposing party with no assets whose legal fees were paid by his parents. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Stephen explains how he used five low cost apps and an old iPad to connect the dots in thousands of pages of documents, and prepare a focused presentation at trial during which he successfully undermined the opposing party's expert witness. Stephen managed to remain within his client's tiny budget thanks in part to these technologies. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a federal judge's 10 tips for effective brief writing.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
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 Windows Is No Match for ActiveWords; Tools; Review of WUNoAutoReboot; Why Lit Software Is a Force for Good

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, January 30, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Dave Culbertson, Why Windows Is No Match for ActiveWords

Steve Buchwalter, Review: WUNoAutoReboot

Mark Unger, Why Lit Software Is a Force for Good

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

How to Receive TL Serendipity
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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Networking/Operating Systems | TL Serendipity | Utilities

CasePoint: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a unified ediscovery platform that can collect responsive documents from cloud services in a manner that preserves privacy (see article below), an email service that seeks to challenge Microsoft Exchange, document comparison and collaboration software, and a virtual assistant service. Don't miss the next issue.

ONE APPLICATION FOR ALL PHASES OF EDISCOVERY

Parties and witnesses in litigation (custodians) no longer store all relevant evidence in file cabinets and on their hard drives. Instead, you also need to search for relevant documents in their cloud accounts. However, these custodians understandably feel reluctant to disclose their login credentials even to their own lawyer. A popular ediscovery platform has created a new technology that solves this problem.

CasePoint … in One Sentence

@Legal Discovery's CasePoint is a unified ediscovery software platform that also automates collecting cloud data.

The Killer Feature

The new version of CasePoint enables you to collect evidence from cloud sources without custodians having to disclose their login and password. Instead, custodians receive a link via email that when clicked authorizes CasePoint to collect data from their respective cloud accounts. This authorization is encrypted and secure — and verifiable in court because CasePoint uses the official protocol for each cloud service.

Supported services include Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive, Office 365, OneDrive, and more. Custodians can continue to use these accounts during collection. When the litigation hold ends, custodians can remove their CasePoint authorization.

Other Notable Features

CasePoint offers tools for every phase of ediscovery — collection, early case assessment, culling, analysis, review, and production. @Legal Discovery's advanced research and development team built all of these tools from the ground up.

These tools include near duplication, email threading, predictive coding (a.k.a. technology assisted review), clustering, support for image and native document formats, and more. The new version opens documents 30 to 50 percent faster, which can add up to significant savings for document reviews.

Written in HTML5, the new version of CasePoint is "responsive," which means it runs in both desktop and mobile web browsers. Unlike competing cloud applications, CasePoint doesn't require any plugins. iPad users can alternatively use the CasePoint app, available for free on the App Store. The iPad app facilitates offline review (annotations and other work syncs with your CasePoint account when you're back online).

"We developed CasePoint to address and exceed all the ediscovery needs of legal professionals," Chief Executive Officer of @Legal Discovery Haresh Bhungalia told us. "As a result, CasePoint is a one-of-a-kind unified ediscovery platform that saves users time, enables them to conduct review on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, and provides them with predictable pricing."

What Else Should You Know?

@Legal Discovery owns the datacenters in which CasePoint runs — a so-called "private cloud" infrastructure that results in greater security and scalability because of the physical control. CasePoint can handle cases of any size and accommodate hundreds of simultaneous users. You need not commit to a long-term contract. Pricing depends on how much data storage you need, and which value-added professional services you use. Learn more about CasePoint.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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

CaseMap 11: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers litigation case analysis software that reduces the learning curve through user experience design (see article below), desktop search software with an Outlook add-on, an iOS scanning app that doesn't require precise alignment, and a nonfiction book summary service. Don't miss the next issue.

OPEN AND SHUT CASE ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

Imagine having to turn a crank in the front of your car to start it, and having to decide between a foot pedal and a hand lever for braking. This describes the Model T, a revolutionary car at the time but now unusable. Few people know about the discipline of user experience, but everyone can distinguish between good and bad (or outdated) design. User experience is especially important in software development. The legal industry has lagged in this area, but the Litigation Solutions group at LexisNexis seeks to change this trend.

CaseMap 11 … in One Sentence

Launched this month, LexisNexis' CaseMap 11 is a popular case analysis application for litigators and their teams that has received a design overhaul.

The Killer Feature

CaseMap 11 doesn't just have a new interface. In addition, LexisNexis' user experience designers have brought the most important features to the surface to make them easier to discover and require fewer clicks use. The designers also rebuilt the help system, and simplified the process of printing reports.

For example, the Getting Started screen lists your recent cases if any, links to new online video tutorials and written documentation, and features a wizard that walks you through setting up a new case.

A Microsoft Office-like ribbon across the top of the screen groups CaseMap's most important features within five tabs — File, Home, Reports, Case Tools, and View. The left side of the screen contains a search box, as well as your Favorites and Shortcuts.

"Well-designed software disappears so that you can work more efficiently," LexisNexis' Director of Product Management Nadine Weiskopf told us. "CaseMap 11 achieves this thanks to our team of user experience designers. Both longtime and new users will immediately notice how easy it is to set up and analyze their cases."

Other Notable Features

The design team also added a significant new feature for power users — the ability to customize the ribbon. You can add, remove, and reposition items in the five tabs noted above. You can also create entirely new tabs. For example, you could create a tab with all the tools you use for a certain type of case. You can restore the defaults with one click so you can experiment with abandon.

CaseMap's primary workspace consists of a spreadsheet-like tables listing all the key facts, people, documents, and issues with sortable columns such as Date & Time, Source(s), and Status. Thanks to the new layout, even CaseMap veterans may find tools they never knew existed such as importing email from Outlook, Bates stamping, clipping relevant material from documents, verifying document links, changing the color of your annotations and highlights, rotating documents, and more.

What Else Should You Know?

CaseMap 11 integrates with Lexis.com, enabling you to add research materials to your cases with one click. A similar integration with Lexis Advance is in the works. Learn more about CaseMap 11.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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

Reviews of ActiveWords, TValue, dtSearch; Body Position and Tablets; Three New Questions

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Stephen Hayes, Review: ActiveWords for Naming Documents

Adron Beene, Review: TValue for Amortization Calculations

Carol Baker, Review: dtSearch for a Briefs Knowledge Base

Christian Onsager, Body Position and Tablets

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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 | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Furniture/Office Supplies | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers | Utilities

The Next Big Thing in Ediscovery Plus Presenting Documents at Trial

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: The discussion in ediscovery has shifted from new technologies to new ethics rules. One by one, states are imposing a technological competency requirement on lawyers. In this issue of LitigationWorld, ediscovery expert Tom O'Connor explores this new development, including a recent disciplinary action involving a lawyer with insufficient knowledge of ediscovery. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a tutorial on showing documents with trial presentation software.

How to Receive LitigationWorld
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

Reviews of Wacom Fineline Bluetooth Stylus, Worldox, Symphony, Easy Bates

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Stephen Hayes, Review: Wacom Bamboo Fineline Bluetooth Stylus

Geoff Ormrod, Review: Worldox and Symphony v. DIY Systems

Jason Rose, Review: Easy Bates

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers

Introducing the TC; TrialPad and Capitalism; Reviews of ShadowProtect, BEC MetaReveal; Multi-Level Numbered Lists

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, December 12, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Introducing the TC

Ted Lothstein, TrialPad, Console Games, and Capitalism

David Long, Review: ShadowProtect

Matthew Appleton, Review: BEC MetaReveal

Steven Schwaber, Multiple Level Numbered Lists in WordPerfect Versus Word

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

How to Receive Fat Friday
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: Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Android Tablets and PDF Files; Reviews of Surface Pro 3, RingCentral Fax Service; Bates Stamping; Best iPad Stylus

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Michael Patrick, Android Tablets and PDF Files

Chet Lustgarten, Review: Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pen

David Hudgens, Review: RingCentral Fax Service

Mark Chernoff, Bates Stamping Past, Present, and Future; pdfDocs

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

How to Receive TL Answers
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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers

TL NewsWire Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2014 Awards

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

You and your fellow TL NewsWire subscribers have done it again. You've chosen the winners of the TL NewsWire Top 10 and Top 25 Products of 2014 Awards.

Here's how you did it. We reported on nearly 200 new products in TL NewsWire this year. When you clicked to visit a product's website and learn more you also voted for that product. These clicks are more meaningful than if we subjectively chose the winners. Besides, who better to judge what's hot and what's not than lawyers and law firm administrators like you?

You'll notice several themes as you read through the winning products — document automation, document management, integrations (especially with Microsoft Office), and litigation management.

Without further ado …

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 10 PRODUCTS OF 2014 AWARD

1. pdfDocs 4.1

The PDF format paved the way for the paperless law office, electronic filing, and the iPad as briefcase. So it's fitting that DocsCorp's pdfDocs 4.1 finds itself in first place. Designed specifically for law firms, pdfDocs 4.1 handles all the basics while also providing advanced tools such as Organizer Project and Binder Project for assembling closing books, deal books, and ebriefs.

2. MetaJure

It's not every year that new software for document management hits the scene, which explains the high level of interest in MetaJure. Unlike traditional document management systems, MetaJure eschews manually-created document profiles in favor of automatic indexing and Google-like search technology.

3. Primafact

In theory, clients pay you to focus on the facts and legal issues, not to organize their case file. Designed for litigation, Primafact keeps all case-related documents and email in a virtual binder. Integration with scanners and built-in optical character recognition (OCR) enables you to add everything that arrives on paper and make it searchable.

4. Lexis for Microsoft Office 4.2

Microsoft Word remains a fixture for legal writing, but Outlook has made inroads as clients often prefer an email message to a formal memo. Lexis for Microsoft Office works within both, enabling you to download all cited cases and other materials. It also checks your quotations and citations.

5. Digital WarRoom Express

Most lawsuits don't have a big budget. At a cost of just $99 per year, Digital WarRoom Express enables you to cull, review, and produce up to 50 GB of email and other electronic data across your cases (it handles up to 500 document formats). The Defensibility Log watches your back while you work.

6. Drafting Assistant - Transactional 2.0

Lawyers have long relied on the Deal Proof technology within Drafting Assistant - Transactional for proofreading their Word and WordPerfect documents. The new version integrates with Practical Law's Standard Documents and Clause Library to help you jump-start your drafting.

7. Timestream

Ntrepid's Timestream builds a timeline for your case as you add events and associated details (documents, issues, location, people, etc.). When it's time to discuss settlement or go to trial, you can use Timestream to give your presentation.

8. Transporter Genesis

The cloud is here to stay, but the jury has yet to return a verdict on private versus public cloud. Last year, Connected Data ranked first in the TL NewsWire Top Products Awards with Transporter, its initial private cloud product. Transporter Genesis is like Transporter on steroids, providing Dropbox-like functionality for up to 150 people.

9. MyCase Websites

Every law firm needs a mobile-friendly website so it's no surprise that MyCase Websites is in the top 10. Now just $500, marquee features include a content management system, and responsive design so that your website automatically adjusts to all screen sizes.

10. NetDocuments ndOffice

"Integration" has truly come of age this year. NetDocuments ndOffice essentially places the NetDocuments cloud document management system within Microsoft Office. This means you can open documents from and save documents to NetDocuments without leaving Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

WINNERS OF THE TL NEWSWIRE TOP 25 PRODUCTS OF 2014 AWARD

Congratulations to the next 15 hottest products of 2014 ranked in order by most clicks!

11. Synergy Matters

Synergy Matters combines practice management with document management and automatic time capture. Accordingly, it automatically tracks the time you spend working on your PC. Its cost recovery technology tracks copies, faxes, prints, and scans so you can cover your costs or at least bill for the time you spend at these devices.

12. Actionstep 14.7

Actionstep helped pioneer automated workflows within practice management software. The new Activity Log complements these workflows via a Facebook-style feed that keeps everyone apprised of what's happening across your firm. The new Scratch Pad captures your strokes of brilliance.

13. PhraseExpander Professional 4.0

Why let programming stand between you and document assembly? Nagarsoft's PhraseExpander Professional stores text such as clauses in groups. Using Quick Find, you then insert the material you need to build a document. PhraseExpander Professional integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

14. Pathagoras 2014

Like the contestants on Iron Chef, lawyers can create any number of documents from the same core ingredients. Pathagoras keeps your text snippets organized in Collections. Environments further increase your speed by hiding irrelevant Collections. Pathagoras works inside Microsoft Word. It doesn't require any programming.

15. imageFORMULA DR-M160II

Most desktop scanners top out at 30 pages per minute. Canon's imageFORMULA DR-M160II doubles that speed without doubling the footprint (it measures 9.09 x 11.02 x 9.76 inches). The Kofax VRS Elite software included with the scanner removes hole punches, crops and straightens documents, notifies you about hardware problems, and even handles blueprints and other documents with a colored background.

16. TrialPad 4.0

Thanks to TrialPad 4.0 (and TranscriptPad 2.0), Lit Software cemented its reputation as the leading pure play developer of legal iPad apps. The new version of TrialPad has a search box on every screen for quickly pulling up any exhibit. The search results contain thumbnail document previews.

17. Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 has a higher resolution screen than the MacBook Air, which Microsoft has targeted in its advertising campaign. You can add a detachable keyboard and powered stylus. A touch-friendly version of Office remains MIA, but it runs any existing software compatible with Windows 8.

18. Legal Publish

Blogs have gone from curiosity to mainstream to underpowered relic. Legal Publish offers a suite of tools such as role-based privileges, customizable workflows, and a media library for creating more sophisticated online publications. Legal Publish also contains tools for creating proposals, and integrates with email services, social media platforms, customer relationship management apps, and Google Analytics.

19. Worldox for Mac Version 1.15

Too many lawyers use Macs nowadays for providers of document management systems to ignore. Worldox for Mac is a client for the popular Worldox GX3 document management system. Worldox for Mac integrates with Apple Mail and Microsoft Outlook so that you can save client-related email and attachments to Worldox GX3.

20. WordPerfect Office X7 Legal Edition

The legal industry remains a stronghold for WordPerfect. Corel responded this year by including Perfect Authority with the Legal Edition for the creation of tables of authorities. Perfect Authority supports Bluebook, California Style Manual, Florida Rule 9.800, and Louisiana Public Domain formats.

21. PeopleMap on WestlawNext

Lawyers often forget their role as gumshoe. PeopleMap on WestlawNext enables you to unearth gems from blogs, chat rooms, and social networks, as well as photos and business data. Unlike other public records services, PeopleMap shows you non-obvious connections that may lead you to hidden assets. Google Maps integration literally puts these assets on the map.

22. Equil Smartpen 2

Atlantis. El Dorado. Smartpens. When a legend has such appeal, it's hard to give up on it. Ludia's Equil Smartpen 2 works on paper, stores what you write without the need for any other device, transfers your notes to your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, or Android device, and converts your handwriting to editable text.

23. Varidesk Pro Plus

You'd like to stand up for telephone calls, but you can't bear to part with your mahogany desk. Varidesk Pro Plus transforms any desk into a standup desk by adding up to 17.625 vertical inches. The two levels house your monitor and/or a laptop, and your mouse and keyboard respectively.

24. CosmoLex

CosmoLex takes a finance-centric approach to practice management. Its conflicts checking and trust accounting tools enable you to efficiently intake new clients. A cloud application that stores data only in domestic datacenters, CosmoLex also offers billing, calendars, cost recovery, task management, and time tracking.

25. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Legal

The latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking tears down some of the remaining barriers to speech recognition. You no longer need to train the software or buy a pricy microphone. In a reversal of roles, Dragon NaturallySpeaking can read what you write back to you.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Copiers/Scanners/Printers | Desktop PCs/Servers | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Graphic Design/Photography/Video | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Legal Research | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Online/Cloud | Practice Management/Calendars | Presentations/Projectors | TL NewsWire | Transactional Practice Areas
 
home my technolawyer search archives place classified blog login