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Two Common Pitfalls in Responsive Briefing and How to Avoid Them

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: In a busy litigation practice, it's tempting to take shortcuts in a reply brief like mirroring the structure of the opponent's brief and parroting the opponent's arguments before making your counterargument. In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and legal writing coach Kiko Korn uses the successful reply brief from the recent Supreme Court case Matal v. Tam to showcase two techniques that prevent these weak approaches. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn if you can take on a client when the opposing party is a former client of yours.

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MetaJure Spotlight Makes Early Case Assessments Fast and Financially Feasible

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers ediscovery software for quickly and inexpensively collecting and reviewing documents and email in small cases (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a cloud practice management app with desktop-class features and per-case rather than per-user pricing, a practice management system that automatically captures email correspondence, integrates with Outlook, and offers a secure client portal, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Early case assessments and internal investigations can save time and minimize liability. These situations call for speed, not perfection. You want to quickly search the email and documents of one person or at most a few custodians. Using a document review platform with lots of bells and whistles at this stage can seem like fishing off a supertanker.

MetaJure SPOTLIGHT … in One Sentence

Launched recently, MetaJure SPOTLIGHT is lightweight ediscovery software designed to capture data from specific devices and make it searchable.

The Killer Feature

SPOTLIGHT costs as little as $1,000 per case regardless of the number of custodians or the volume of data. Companies can install it locally on a server or use it in the cloud (hosting by LexisNexis Managed Data Services is also an option; additional charges may apply). Ideally, companies have a retention policy and install the free SPOTLIGHT Agent on every computer they deploy to facilitate collection at any given time. Alternatively, you can install the Agent onto custodian computers whose data you need to review on an ad-hoc basis.

Either way, the Agent captures all email and local documents, and sends this data to the server. SPOTLIGHT can also collect data from billing systems, document management systems, file servers, and other data stores in an organization. The software automatically performs OCR where needed using ABBYY technology, and parses metadata such as to, from, cc in email messages to support advanced search features. This capture process takes a few hours after which you can begin running searches.

"SPOTLIGHT gives lawyers an easy, powerful tool to quickly gain insights from a mass of documents, emails and other materials," says MetaJure CEO Rob Arnold. "While every case requires smart and thorough analysis, not every case justifies expensive ediscovery software. SPOTLIGHT is the ideal, value priced document search and analysis tool for small cases and internal investigations."

Other Notable Features

SPOTLIGHT runs in any web browser, offering a search interface similar to other MetaJure products not to mention Google. To the left you'll find several filters that you can use to browse documents or to narrow search results. Location filters enable you to focus on a custodian or a specific data source. File Type filters include email, Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and Excel. As intimated above, SPOTLIGHT supports Boolean searches such as author, recipient, exact, fuzzy, proximity, and wild card.

The search results lists folders whose names match your search at the top because of the strong likelihood of relevance. Below any matching folders, you'll find documents and email messages listed by relevance accompanied by their date. You can list documents by date instead.

SPOTLIGHT preserves folder paths, groups duplicates for more efficient review, and maintains the connection between email messages and attachments for context. Click a document to view it in the Text Preview Pane on the right side of the page. Clicking the Open button opens the document in its native application.

What Else Should You Know?

When you hit the jackpot, clicking the Export Results button packages all the documents in the search results into a ZIP file that you can share and review offline. Learn more about MetaJure SPOTLIGHT.

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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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Reviews of CoinBase, Telus Business Connect; Using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in Law Practice; Using Scans as Model Documents

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Neil Squillante, Review of CoinBase

Ken Laska, How I Use an iPad Pro in My Law Practice Plus Review of NoteTakerHD and Apple Pencil

Michael Osborne, Review of Telus Business Connect (RingCentral)

Douglas Thomas, Tip for Using Scans as Model Documents in Word Format

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.

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How Courts Interpret FRCP 37(e) Plus Litigation Insurance for Plaintiffs

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended in December 15 to standardize how courts assess claims of spoliation. In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and ediscovery expert Joshua Gilliland explains how federal courts have applied Rule 37(e). In particular, you'll learn about the two methods courts have devised to determine whether a party acted with "intent to deprive." Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week to learn about a new insurance policy for plaintiffs that covers their legal fees if they lose 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. 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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Everchron Puts Critical Case Information and Analysis at Your Fingertips

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud litigation management software that enables you and your team to analyze the key documents, testimony, and witnesses in your cases (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of a new research service that collects primary and secondary sources related to cybersecurity and privacy issues, a document management system with a new platform for securely sharing documents with clients and others outside of your firm, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

Litigators spend most of their time analyzing key documents, deposition testimony, and legal research. Many litigators are familiar with CaseMap, which became dominant last decade. However, CaseMap hasn't transitioned to the cloud, leaving an opening for a new entrant.

Everchron … in One Sentence

Everchron is cloud-based litigation management software that enables you and your team to manage, analyze and collaborate around important case information and documents.

The Killer Feature

Director of Business Development Alex Karpman begins my demo by pointing out that with data volumes growing, litigators need software to help them analyze and act on the most important documents that come out of a document review. He then describes Everchron as "collaborative, intuitive, mobile, and secure" with "intelligent linking, analysis, and reports."

This "intelligent linking" is best exemplified by Everchron's Witnesses feature. In the course of adding documents and testimony to Everchron, tagging these items with issues, adding annotations, etc., Everchron automatically generates a profile of every witness called a Witness File.

Click on a witness and you'll see that person's Witness File. Charts show the documents related to that witness and their importance and favorability to the case. Drill down further to view interactions with other witnesses and other analytics. The Witness File also links to declarations, testimony, and witness statements, and enables your team to add additional notes about the witness. You can export this analysis in spreadsheet form as well as all related documents.

"Once you start using Everchron, it is hard to imagine practicing without it," says Alison Plessman, partner at Hueston Hennigan. "As a lawyer, I'm often buried in work and have to prepare for depositions in very tight timeframes. With Everchron, in a matter of a few clicks, I can see all of the evidence and master file documents associated with a particular witness, as well as a breakdown of the issues and players relevant to that particular witness."

Other Notable Features

Everchron offers two import mechanisms. You can import documents and email from load files generated by discovery review platforms such as Relativity, DISCO, Logikcull, Concordance, and Summation. A mapping wizard preserves all tags and metadata. You can also drag and drop files, and edit the metadata and add witnesses on the fly.

Most of your work occurs in Everchron's Evidence tab, designed for building key fact and document chronologies. Each document in your case chronology appears in a viewer on the left with a suite of tools on the right. Use the tools to analyze the document, write a descriptive title (e.g., "The Smoking Gun Email") and summary, append comments, apply issue tags, etc. You can also apply nondestructive highlights to the document itself in the viewer.

Click the main Evidence button and you'll zoom out to the case chronology table listing all documents, their summaries, associated witnesses, issues, and other analytics. Use the search filter to narrow the list — for example, view only the most favorable hot documents. Export selected documents with or without their accompanying metadata for offline review by a client, expert, etc.

"Everchron's collaborative litigation management software puts case-critical information and analysis at a lawyer's fingertips," says Everchron CEO Ofer Bleiweiss. "With its intuitive search interface, dynamic key document chronologies, and automatically generated Witness Files, lawyers can quickly find and communicate relevant information to team members wherever and whenever they need it."

What Else Should You Know?

Everchron's Master File enables you to store all other documents related to a case such as briefs, court orders, notices of appearance, etc. PACER integration can automatically import documents from federal dockets. Learn more about Everchron.

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Unicourt Turns Court Searches Into Cash Plus 44 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 15, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 45 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.

How to Create Emphatic Sentences

Writing Tips From Dilbert Creator Scott Adams (Video)

Trial3D a Litigation Attorney's New Trump Card

Defending Personal Injury Cases With Engaging Graphics

Congratulations to Chelsey Lambert of Lex Tech Review on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Unicourt — Turning Court Searches Into Cash

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Casetext's New Brief Finder Tool Plus 42 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, June 1, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 43 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.

Resource: Ediscovery Rules for Each State

Ravel Law Unveils New Tool That Measures Law Firm Success

Use Cartoon-Style Graphics to Persuade

Witness Preparation: To Vocal Fry or Not to Vocal Fry?

Congratulations to Jean P. O'Grady of Dewey B Strategic on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Casetext's CARA Launches New "Brief Finder" Feature

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Putting the "Alternative" Back Into ADR

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Have you noticed that arbitration can end up being as complex and expensive as litigation? Or that mediation can prove pointless and thus a waste of money? In this issue of LitigationWorld, lawyer and ADR expert Michael Zeytoonian discusses new vehicles for resolving disputes that cost less and offer more flexibility. These include collaborative law, "daytime" and "nighttime" arbitration, and planned early negotiation among others. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for the next "small" thing in litigation financing.

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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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First Look at New Legal Research Service Judicata Plus 37 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 18, 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.

How to Write Powerful Closers

Word LX Professional Automates Document Creation and Reinforces Firm-Wide Rules

The Nine Tasks the California Bar Says an Attorney Must Know to Be Competent in Ediscovery

When to Use a Flip Chart at Trial

Congratulations to Robert Ambrogi of LawSites on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: After Five Years in Stealth Mode, Judicata Reveals Its Legal Research Service

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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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Why Personal Injury Software Is the New Punk Rock in Practice Management

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Personal injury law firms have unique needs, and a growing number of software developers have taken notice. In this issue of LitigationWorld, Chris Freiberg documents the explosion of case management software for personal injury and mass tort firms. Chris focuses on four products — SmartAdvocate, CASEpeer, Litify, and Filevine — along with insights from the CEOs behind each. Find out why personal injury software is the new punk rock in practice management. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a poignant reminder about the importance of the judge in your cases.

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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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