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Depositions v. Ediscovery Plus 90 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 91 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.

Counterpunch: Ten Ways to Fight Back on Cross

Add Punch to Your Briefs

Reevaluating Ediscovery Business Models

Court Disallows Admission of Screenshots

Congratulations to Ralph Losey of e-Discovery Team on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Depositions v. Ediscovery: What if You Had to Choose?

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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 | Presentations/Projectors

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.

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A Better Way to Create Pleadings in Microsoft Word Plus 10 Trial Presentation Tips

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Don't create another pleading until you read this issue of LitigationWorld. Microsoft Word trainer Deborah Savadra has written a step-by-step guide on how to create your own custom templates for pleadings. Your templates will save you time, ensure compliance with court rules, and prevent embarrassing mistakes from reusing existing documents. Once you have a library of pleadings templates, you'll want to create templates for all your litigation documents. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for 10 trial presentation tips from professional newscasters.

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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: Automation/Document Assembly/Macros | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

How to Use What Ifs in Cross Examination Plus 89 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 90 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.

Use Protective Orders as Offensive Weapon

Paperless Litigation Becomes a Reality

How to Download Old Tweets

A Judge on the Ethical Perils of Social Media

Congratulations to Mitch Jackson of Trial Lawyer Communication Tips for Everyone! on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Use What Ifs in Cross Examination

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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 | Online/Cloud

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

TrialPad 4.0: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Originally published in our free TL NewsWire newsletter. Instead of reading TL NewsWire here, sign up now to receive future issues via email.

DESKTOP-CLASS TRIAL PRESENTATIONS FROM YOUR IPAD

The iPad Air receives a lot of well-deserved attention for its dramatic weight loss vis-a-vis its predecessors. However, its 64-bit A7 processor is just as significant because it enables software companies to create more powerful apps, especially for demanding tasks like trial presentations.

TrialPad 4.0 … in One Sentence

Launched today, Lit Software's TrialPad 4.0 is a trial presentation app optimized for the iPad Air (it also works on earlier iPad models running iOS 7).

The Killer Feature

You don't get second chances in trial. Every mistake can and will be held against you by jurors, most of whom would rather be somewhere else. A common mistake is a delay because of your inability to quickly find an exhibit, testimony, etc. you suddenly need for impeachment or other purposes.

TrialPad has a new search engine that searches everything in a case file — document names and their content as well as transcripts (scanned documents first require OCR to make their text searchable). The search box remains fixed on the screen for quick access. Search results display the number of times the word you searched exists in the document or folder searched. TrialPad highlights each instance of your search term within documents. You can access a document, and then navigate back to the search results to review another document that contains your search term.

"Law firms to which we've given a sneak peek of TrialPad 4.0 plan to buy multiple copies to replace their desktop presentation software," Lit Software Founder and CEO Ian O'Flaherty told us. "These firms are excited about the TrialPad's desktop-class features combined with the iPad's battery life and form factor."

Other Notable Features

Lit Software has added a number of other features too. For the uninitiated, TrialPad supports popular document, image, and video formats. You can create callouts of important sections, highlight and annotate certain words or paragraphs, and redact sensitive information. Other tools include video editing, video snapshots, a whiteboard, and organizational tools for issues and witnesses within each case.

The enhanced navigation system enables you to go directly to the Case Selection screen from anywhere. The company claims that you can also move move though nested folders faster.

New in TrialPad 4.0, thumbnail previews of documents enable you to find the one you want visually as well as by name. Exhibit stickers, which you can customize, automatically add letters or numbers in sequence, and now support headers and footers. You can also mark exhibits as admitted for tracking purposes during trial.

Import options include local (iTunes and WiFi) and cloud (Box, DropBox, and WebDAV). You can display TrialPad from your iPad wirelessly using an Apple TV or in a more traditional manner using one of the many adapters Apple sells.

What Else Should You Know?

TrialPad 4.0 contains an in-app quick tutorial to help you get started. The app costs $89.99. Learn more about TrialPad 4.0.

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Presentations/Projectors | TL NewsWire

Meet Your Initial Disclosures Requirement by Applying Technology to the Law Plus WordRake Review

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, March 24, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Knowing the rules doesn't always mean you can play by them. The rules governing initial disclosures under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have an unforgiving time frame vis-a-vis the potential electronic evidence that may exist. Plaintiffs have the upper hand. In this issue of LitigationWorld, ediscovery blogger Joshua Gilliland explains the governing rules, discusses the consequences of breaking the rules, and provides tips on how to make compliance easier. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a review of WordRake.

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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.

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Android Rant; Best Email Archiving Method; WinZip Pro Discount; Prime iPad Real Estate

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, March 21, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Timothy Morgan, An Android Rant (for A Change)

Charles Zimmerman, The Best Email Archiving Method

Manning Huske, WinZip Pro Discount Tip

John Ellis, Caselinq Launches

Question Of The Week: Which Non-Apple IPad Apps Have Earned Prime Real Estate?

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

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Topics: Backup/Media/Storage | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Utilities

Primafact: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers software that helps litigation boutiques and practice groups organize all case-related documents (see article below), note-taking software from Microsoft for the Mac, transcript management software, and trial management software. Don't miss the next issue.

THE PAPERLESS LITIGATION PRACTICE BECOMES A REALITY

For decades, litigators and their teams have organized case-related documents in specialized binder systems from the likes of Bindertek and Redweld. While excellent in their heyday, these paper-based organizational systems have serious drawbacks today. If opposing counsel has gone paperless and you haven't, it's like trying to win a race against a 2014 Ferrari California with a 1966 Ferrari California.

Primafact … in One Sentence

Sandcat Software's Primafact is litigation-specific paperless office software designed to give you immediate access to case documents.

The Killer Feature

Litigation always consists of a mix of your work product, evidence, legal research, and records such as court orders and correspondence. While the amount of paper has diminished, it hasn't disappeared.

Primafact integrates with software such as Outlook and connects to scanners so that you can keep all litigation documents in the software for immediate, portable access.

Primafact's workflows aim to address the two chief problems that prevent law firms from going paperless — unreliable document input and poor interface design.

Primafact works as fast as your scanner to address the first hurdle. Thanks to direct routing, your staff can name, tag, and file scanned and imported documents into the appropriate matter. This ensures that Primafact contains all case-related documents.

A binder-style interface makes the software seem familiar to those still using the paper-based systems noted above. Primafact also features Google-style searching for those more comfortable with searching rather than browsing. You can take a case file from Primafact with you on a laptop and use it offline in settings such as airplanes and courtrooms. You can synchronize any changes when you return to your office network.

Other Notable Features

To facilitate full-text searching, Primafact has built-in OCR technology for your scans. The ability to add non-destructive annotations to documents in Primafact further enhances the search functionality.

Within a matter, you can create special-purpose binders such as for a brief, deposition, settlement meeting, trial, etc. that contain only the pertinent documents. The "Publish" feature enables you to share one or more documents, including special-purpose binders, with third parties.

"Going paperless is a fundamental shift for a document-heavy litigation practice," Sandcat Software CEO Karim Jinnah told us. "Primafact's comprehensive approach ensures that staff can easily capture and organize documents. The big payback is instant access to your case documents."

What Else Should You Know?

Primafact runs on Windows. Companion apps for the iPad and for Windows 8 tablets are in beta testing. Learn more about Primafact.

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The Bookends Trial Strategy Plus 84 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 85 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.

Depositions Lessons From Justin Bieber

Predictive Coding Fact and Fiction

How Excellent Judges Manage Cases

A Curiously Obscure Predictive Coding Case

Congratulations to Mitch Jackson of Trial Lawyer Communication Tips for Everyone on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: How to Use "Bookends" to Win at Trial.

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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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