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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports. Other media companies charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for reports of this caliber. We give them away for free — with one catch. A very small catch. They're for TechnoLawyer members only. However, TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Join TechnoLawyer today. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and to our TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes.

Chill, Grill, and Bill: Summertime Gadgets for Summer-Loving Legal Professionals

TechnoLawyer Demographics 2014

LitigationWorld Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Legal Billing Software

TL Research Guide to the iPad mini as a Serious Productivity Tool (Second Edition)

Can Microsoft Win the Legal Industry's Mobile Race?

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Outlook Add-Ons for Law Firms

TL Research Buyer's Guide to Document Management Systems for Law Firms (Second Edition)

The Most Reliable Legal Technology Study Ever

After visiting the TechnoLawyer Library to download these and other free reports, enter our TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. There's no limit on how many times you can win.

Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | Practice Management/Calendars | TechnoLawyer | TechnoLawyer Library | Technology Industry/Legal Profession | TL Research

Review of Ting (With Optimus S); Control Windows Updates; Using Excel in Estate Planning

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Kurt Walberg, Review: Ting MVNO (Sprint Network) and LG Optimus S

Andrew Willinger, How to Control When Windows Installs Updates

Jay Altman, Tip: Using Excel in Estate Planning

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

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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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Networking/Operating Systems | Transactional Practice Areas

Records Retention Policies and Workflows; ClearScan Clarification and Benefits; Multiple Monitors; Reviews of Dispatch, MaxEmail

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today's issue of TL Answers contains these articles:

Wayne Pierce, Thoughts on Law Firm Records Retention Policies and Workflows

Rick Borstein, Clearing Up Confusion About Acrobat's ClearScan Plus Its Benefits

Tom Trottier, Advice for Multiple Monitors; Review: Dispatch

Fred Kruck, Review: MaxEmail (MyFax Alternative)

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: Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition | Document Management | Email/Messaging/Telephony | Law Office Management | Monitors | TL Answers

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers cloud ediscovery software with new near-duplicate document processing technology (see article below), a new twist on cable management, legal proofreading software that you can train, and an iOS app for creating time-lapse videos. Don't miss the next issue.

GROUP "LIKE" DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS TO EXPEDITE YOUR REVIEW

If you're like most lawyers, the documents you create go through multiple rounds of drafts. And you probably have email conversations with threads that would kill a few trees if printed. You're not the only the one who generates these so-called "near duplicates." Documents nearly but not exactly the same have become an expensive problem in ediscovery.

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform … in One Sentence

Launched this week, Lexbe eDiscovery Platform, a cloud application for processing, culling, reviewing and producing electronically stored information (ESI), now includes near duplicate grouping technology called NearDup Groupings+.

The Killer Feature

NearDup Groupings+ takes advantage of specialized servers in Lexbe's datacenter, enabling it to scale to handle cases of any size. It "runs quickly" according to the company, giving it a speed advantage over on-premise software running on a single PC or even a small cluster.

NearDup Groupings+ also speeds up the review process while minimizing risks. Grouping similar documents in a collection of ESI facilitates accelerated batch issue coding. Of course, NearDup Groupings+ doesn't only group similar responsive documents, but also similar privileged documents. This makes it less likely you'll inadvertently disclose such documents, a growing problem thanks to the volume of email, attachments, and other ESI even in small cases.

Speaking of email, it has long posed a challenge for near-duplication software not to mention mighty Gmail. Conversations involving some of the same people but on different topics often mistakenly get grouped together. NearDup Grouping+ looks beyond the sender, recipients, and subject line to group email messages more intelligently — like a human being. With more confidence in the near duplicate groupings, you can review email threads more quickly.

Other Notable Features

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform supports documents in their native format and Outlook PST files. You can also load documents in PDF or TIFF formats; it automatically processes and performs OCR on scanned documents. Bates stamping can occur at the document level for native files and on each page for PDF and TIFF files, providing for flexible review and productions.

A Google-like search interface facilitates Boolean keyword searches. Lexbe eDiscovery Platform also features more advanced tools such as concept, stemming (derivatives of root words), and fuzzy searches. Saved searches automatically include newly added documents. You'll find a standard set of issue tags, but you can also create your own custom tags.

Administrative controls enable you to automatically assign documents to reviewers for "load-balanced" reviews. Review progress reporting helps you stay on top of staffing and production deadlines. Lexbe eDiscovery Platform produces documents in whatever format you agree upon with opposing counsel (e.g., Native, PDF, or TIFF load files).

What Else Should You Know?

Lexbe eDiscovery Platform costs $22 per GB per month regardless of the number of cases and users (discounts exist for customers with large cases and/or many accounts). This price includes NearDup Groupings+. However, the latter is also available as a standalone service. When used in this manner, Lexbe delivers near duplicate load files for other popular document review products. Learn more about Lexbe eDiscovery Platform.

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 | Online/Cloud | TL NewsWire

The Leading Table of Authorities Add-Ons for Microsoft Word Plus New Voir Dire Tactics

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Microsoft Word's table of authorities tool can make a grown litigator or paralegal cry so we asked Word trainer and Legal Office Guru publisher Deborah Savadra to round up the leading third-party Word add-ons for generating tables of authorities. In addition to describing the functionality of each, Deborah provides three tips on how to make the best choice for your law firm. Happier brief drafting lies ahead so dry your eyes. Also, don't miss the LitigationWorld Pick of the Week for a look at new voir dire tactics.

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | LitigationWorld

The Characteristics of a Lawyer Rainmaker Plus 70 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 71 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our SmallLaw Pick of the Week.

Don't Even Try to Retain a Quitting Employee

Have You Taken a Break Lately?

How to Avoid Law Firm SEO Scams

The Top 10 Mistakes Bloggers Make

Congratulations to Patricia K. Gillette of Law Practice Today on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Characteristics of a Lawyer Rainmaker

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Small law firm, big dreams. Written by successful small-firm founders, managing partners, administrators, and legal technology and practice management experts, SmallLaw provides practical advice on management, marketing, and technology issues in solo practices and small law firms. Additionally, SmallLaw features comprehensive reviews of legal products with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. SmallLaw also ensures that you won't miss anything published elsewhere by linking to helpful articles, podcasts, and videos about solo practices and small law firms. Please subscribe now.

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

Legal Technology Purchasing in 2014 Plus 75 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 76 articles from the past week worthy of your attention. Below you'll find a sample article from each section of today's issue, including our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week.

Microsoft Announces Legal DMS

The Best iPad Air Keyboard Cases

Rocket Matter Founder Larry Port's iPhone

2014 ABA Technology Survey on Mobile Devices

Congratulations to InsideLegal on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: 2014 ILTA InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey

How to Receive BlawgWorld
Our newsletters provide the most comprehensive coverage of both legal technology and mainstream technology of interest to the legal profession (e.g., monitors, smartphones, scanners, the iPad, and more). But not the only coverage. BlawgWorld enables you to stay on top of all the noteworthy legal and mainstream technology articles (and podcasts and videos) published elsewhere without having to hire a research assistant. Even when you're busy, you won't want to miss each issue's Pick of the Week. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BlawgWorld Newsletter | Coming Attractions | Gadgets/Shredders/Office Gear | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Technology Industry/Legal Profession

An Ode to Large Law Firms Plus All the Inside Baseball From the Past Week

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Our editorial team has assembled links to all the inside baseball 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.

This week's inside baseball sections link to:

77 press releases about lateral hires, mergers, internal promotions, and all other significant business news.

17 press releases about notable law firm and practice group accolades.

295 press releases about notable individual lawyer accolades.

Congratulations to Bruce Stachenfeld of Above the Law on winning our BigLaw Pick of the Week award: An Ode to Large Law Firms. Here's a sampling of of some other industry analysis from this issue:

Why Law Firms Need R&D Investment

Ed Newberry of Squire Patton Boggs

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

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

Secret Microsoft Word Shortcuts; Instant Save and Windows; Writing in Peace Plus iPad Text Input

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 22, 2014

Today's issue of Fat Friday contains these articles:

Pamela Coleman, Secret Microsoft Word Shortcuts for Moving Around Your Documents

Tim Callins, Autosave, Instant Save, and Windows

Theo Rand, Writing in Peace Plus Entering Text on an iPad

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Fat Friday | Networking/Operating Systems

Review of BigHand Enterprise 4.5 Plus the Best Large Firms for Women

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 22, 2014

Coming today to BigLaw: Imagine if you had to type your dinner conversations. OpenTable would soon get deleted. Nothing is faster than talking. Even if you can't write by voice, you can quickly delegate tasks by voice. BigHand Enterprise is arguably the leading dictation platform in the legal market so we asked law firm CIO Matt Berg to take a close look. He deployed it to the dictation enthusiasts in the law firm at which he works and reports back in this issue of BigLaw. Also, don't miss the BigLaw Pick of the Week for the best large law firms for women.

How to Receive BigLaw
BigLaw keeps you apprised of lateral hires, internal promotions, mergers, new offices, accolades, and other inside baseball at America's 300+ largest law firms by linking directly to their press releases. Thanks to a clever design, BigLaw takes just a few minutes to scan yet its comprehensiveness makes it the only source you need to stay on top of this self-reported news. Each issue of BigLaw also links to insightful articles, statistical reports, podcasts, and videos about large law firms published elsewhere as well as to our detailed product reviews with accompanying TechnoScore ratings. The BigLaw newsletter is free so don't miss the next issue. Please subscribe now.

Topics: BigLaw | Coming Attractions | Dictation/OCR/Speech Recognition

Little-Known Trial Strategies Plus 66 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Friday, August 22, 2014

Coming today to LitigationWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 67 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.

Supreme Court Haiku

Discovery Lessons From Your Mother

Courtroom Technology in Rural Kentucky

Privilege Not Waived on Purchased Computer

Congratulations to Thomas M. O’Toole of Sound Jury Blog on winning our LitigationWorld Pick of the Week award: Trial Strategies That Most Litigators Don't Know About

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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 | Technology Industry/Legal Profession
 
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