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The Secret to Starting a Task You Avoid Plus 43 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 44 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Peter Bregman of Harvard Business Review on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Actually Start the Task You've Been Avoiding

How to Get Rich (Without Getting Lucky)

15 Things You Can Do Now to Change Your Results

How Lawyers Can Stimulate Referrals From Every Matter

The Secret Science of Mingling

What You need to Know About GDPR

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

BriefCatch Offers a Shortcut to the Perfect Brief

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, June 4, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a Microsoft Word add-in that scores your briefs and offers a spellchecker-like tool which suggests corrections and stylistic improvements (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of cloud software for paperless deposition exhibits that gives you precise control over what the deponent sees and which can generate a hyperlinked report of all marked exhibits, billing and task management software designed to handle any financial model you devise, including the option to outsource drudgery such as mailing bills, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

You may have the talent to write the perfect brief, but can you afford to spend that much time on it? Can your client? Why do all this work yourself when you can have one of the country's top legal writing experts edit your work? While you could hire this person, it'll cost you a lot less to use software that embodies his skills.

BriefCatch … in One Sentence

Launched recently, Legal Writing Pro's BriefCatch is a Microsoft Word add-in that scores your briefs, memos, and other documents, and suggests corrections and improvements.

The Killer Feature

Lawyer Ross Guberman built a successful legal writing consultancy, but he wanted to help more lawyers than time permitted. So he spent 18 months working with software developers to incorporate his legal writing knowledge into BriefCatch. Guberman also obtained input from 350 judges.

Much as Guberman himself might start a one-on-one session with an overall assessment, BriefCatch starts by scanning your document and assigning five different scores — Reading Happiness, Sentence Length, Flow, Punchiness, and Plain English. BriefCatch uses a scale of 100 for each score. As you edit your brief on your own or by accepting BriefCatch's suggestions, you can monitor the improvement in your scores.

BriefCatch also generates a Narrative Report — essentially a written report card that explains the pros and cons of your document and how BriefCatch will help you improve it.

"BriefCatch offers instant access to the skills I've long taught at top firms and courts, the tips in my bestselling book for advocates, and the insights I've gleaned from polling hundreds of judges and clients," says Guberman.

Other Notable Features

After gazing at your scores, it's time to get to work with BriefCatch's help. Guberman tells me that BriefCatch is more comprehensive than competing products. For example, BriefCatch identifies inconsistent serial comma use, language lawyers like but judges hate, unusually long sentences, commonly confused words (e.g., breech, statue), repetitive transitions, citation errors, and much more (see the entire list).

This level of detail gives the impression of a nuanced approach that belies the cudgel-like nature of most software. This is best exemplified by BriefCatch's ability to flag passive voice except for certain phrases that lawyers purposely use.

BriefCatch highlights all the potential problems in yellow and displays a spellchecker-like panel to the right. The panel explains why it flagged the word, phrase, or citation, and in most cases offers several alternatives instead of just one. You can accept the suggestion, ignore it, or ignore all such suggestions throughout the document. BriefCatch lists a running total of "changes" versus "ignores."

During my demo, BriefCatch caught a misuse of the word "belies" (unlike my correct use above) in a recent DOJ brief. BriefCatch suggested replacing it with "reveals" or "shows," either of which I can confirm would have corrected and clarified the sentence.

"This product is sublime," says Chris Bayh, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg. "Each time it gives me a couple dozen great notes, making a big difference in flow and punchiness. It also helps to make the next brief better the first time."

What Else Should You Know?

BriefCatch resides on Microsoft Word's Ribbon and runs locally, not in the cloud. It costs $240 annually per user (you can get a free trial before buying). Learn more about BriefCatch.

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Tips for Law Firms Migrating to Office 365 Plus 49 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Monday, June 4, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 50 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Michael Paul of Legal Ink Magazine on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Top Considerations Before Migrating to Office 365

The Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Providers for Businesses in 2018

Apps That Will Change Your Legal Billing for the Better

Review: Agenda for iOS

Mary Meeker's 2018 Internet Trends Report

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Don't Write "Like a Lawyer": Three Golden Rules of Legal Writing and Essential References

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Of all the misinformation that exists in the legal profession, none is more destructive than anachronisms about legal writing. In this issue of LitigationWorld, New Jersey lawyer Ed Zohn uses recent examples from opposing counsel (with names removed to protect the guilty) to reveal three legal writing sins that many lawyers mistakenly consider virtues. Zohn then lets you on three golden rules that will set your legal writing on a better path. He also points to essential references, including one on writing email. Also, don't miss the Litigationworld Pick of the Week for a primer on rhetoric for practicing attorneys.

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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

Five Cloud Startups Take on CaseMap Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 47 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.

Creatively Harvesting Bluebook Data

What's in a Parenthetical?

Focus on Your Depositions, Not Arts and Crafts Projects

Slack in Discovery: A Challenge + Opportunity

Congratulations to Shannon Fitzgerald of Law Technology Today on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: The Legal Software Category You've Never Heard of: Fact Management

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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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Altman Weil's 2018 Law Firms in Transition Survey Plus Lateral Moves and Promotions (May 21 to May 27)

By TechnoLawyer | Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coming today to BiglawWorld: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the partner promotions and lateral moves announced by America's largest law firms during the past week in an easy-to-scan format. You'll also find must-read analysis, rankings, trends, etc. about large law firms.

We'd like to congratulate everyone who leveled up this week. Here's a sampling:

Polsinelli Significantly Expands Presence in Denver

Private Equity Team Joins Covington

Michael C. Keats Joins Fried Frank as Partner in the Litigation Department

Paul Hastings IP Growth Continues With Addition of Prominent IP and Trade Secrets Partner in Chicago

Congratulations to Altman Weil on winning our BiglawWorld Pick of the Week award: Law Firms in Transition: An Altman Weil Flash Survey.

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BiglawWorld keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's largest law firms. Because we organize this self-reported news by practice area and law firm, BiglawWorld takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need. Each issue of BiglawWorld also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, rankings, podcasts, and videos about large law firms. Subscribe now for free.

Topics: BiglawWorld | Coming Attractions | Law Office Management | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

Small Firm Lawyers Average $198K Per Year Plus 46 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to the 47 best articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week. SmallLaw is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Carolyn Elefant of MyShingle on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: Solo & Small Firm Lawyers Average $198K/Year So Why Do We Portray Solos as Losers?

Saving for Retirement While Running Your Law Practice

Three Times Client Responsiveness Brought Value to My Practice

The Best Social Media Management & Analytics Tools of 2018

How to Survive Google's New Local Search World

How to Not Write Your Bio: The One Mistake You Can't Afford to Make

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Topics: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

What a Laptop Expert Buys for Himself Plus 50 More Must-Reads

By TechnoLawyer | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected the 51 best legal technology articles, podcasts, and videos from the past week. Below you'll find a sampling from today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week. BlawgWorld is free so don't miss the next issue — sign up now.

Congratulations to Avram Piltch of LAPTOP magazine on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: I've Tested Hundreds of Laptops. Here's Why I Bought a ThinkPad X1 Carbon

How to Use, Modify, and Create Templates in Word

The Best Triple Monitor Mounts and Stands

Cloud Computing May Finally End the Productivity Paradox

Amazon Device Records Private Conversation, Sends It Out to Random Contact

New Sony Digital Paper 10.3" DPT-CP1 Release Date, Price and Specs

iPhone Bendgate Was Real After All (Video)

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Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets

Reviews of TeuxDeux, Trello, Time Matters, Zola Suite, NitroPro

By TechnoLawyer | Friday, May 25, 2018

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Zack Becker, Review of TeuxDeux (Task Manager)

Robert Boydstun, Review of Trello for Task Management

Debra Bruce, Review of Time Matters v. Zola Suite

Robert Rice, Review of NitroPro

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 | Collaboration/Knowledge Management | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Practice Management/Calendars

Focus on Your Depositions, Not Arts and Crafts Projects

By TechnoLawyer | Thursday, May 24, 2018

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud software for paperless deposition exhibits that gives you precise control over what the deponent sees and which can generate a hyperlinked report of all marked exhibits (see article below). In addition, you'll find links to the previous 11 TL NewsWire features, including our coverage of billing and task management software designed to handle any financial model you devise, including the option to outsource drudgery such as mailing bills, a major practice management update, including a new Android and iOS app that automatically captures time for calls and email, and much more. Don't miss the next issue.

For a discovery tool designed to elicit important testimony, depositions often resemble an arts and crafts project. Printing exhibits is time consuming and can get expensive. When you need to travel for a deposition so do your exhibits, which may require shipping them. Given that laptops and iPads have practically become a birthright, it seems like a good time to switch to paperless deposition exhibits.

eDepoze … in One Sentence

eDepoze is a paperless deposition exhibit service that works in web browsers and in a dedicated iPad app.

The Killer Feature

When you depose a witness, you want as much control as possible. You don't want a witness paging aimlessly through an exhibit you just handed out. It's also important to avoid creating a confusing record that fails to capture a witness' interactions with an exhibit.

eDepoze addresses both of these challenges. In presentation mode, you can control which page of the exhibit the deponent sees, and zoom in to make it easier for the deponent to focus on what you're asking about.

Annotation tools such as arrows, highlights, circles, and freestyle drawing can help clarify the deponent's testimony and create useful evidence. During my demo, Division President Jeremy Lindahl showed me how a deponent could mark on a photo where an accident occurred.

"Our goal at eDepoze is to change the way corporations and law firms approach the deposition exhibit process," Lindahl tells me. "Paper is outdated, limited, unsecure, extremely wasteful, and simply unnecessary. eDepoze gives you a better option. Features like Presentation Mode give you more control over your depositions."

"eDepoze actually makes me want to take depositions," says Joseph Baghat, managing attorney of The Privacy Firm.

Other Notable Features

Before your deposition, setup the case in the WebManager, designate the upcoming event (e.g., deposition, witness prep, arbitration) and create deponent case folders. Then upload your exhibits from your desktop or import from Box or Dropbox cloud storage services. In the iPad app, you can add photos from the Photos app. eDepoze supports PDF and text documents as well as common formats for audio, images, and video.

In the case folders for a deponent, choose which documents you may want to use during the deposition and arrange them to correlate with your outline. For physical evidence, eDepoze offers a placeholder so that you can record the exhibit number when introduced. If a previously unknown document surfaces at a deposition, you can add it on the fly. Some eDepoze users have a paralegal monitor the deposition remotely in case they need any additional documents.

During a deposition, you can stamp exhibits before or after you introduce them using any alphanumeric sequence. You can also pass control of eDepoze to other lawyers at a multi-party deposition. eDepoze offers a chat feature that everyone except the witness can use. This enables you to communicate with a colleague without leaving eDepoze. After each deposition, generate an Exhibit Log Report listing all the exhibits you introduced with hyperlinks to each document.

What Else Should You Know?

eDepoze offers two pricing options. You can pay $300 per deponent per day without any subsequent commitments. This makes it easy to bill your client for the eDepoze service as a flat cost. Alternatively, eDepoze offers an annual subscription with unlimited depositions that costs $400 per month. Learn more about eDepoze.

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