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Free Research Reports for Lawyers and Others in the Legal Industry

By Neil J. Squillante | Sunday, August 31, 2014

TechnoLawyer Library houses our growing collection of free research reports in PDF format. Reports of this caliber usually cost a fortune, but TechnoLawyer members can download all of them for free. TechnoLawyer membership is also free. Below you'll find links to selected research reports and also to the TechnoLawyer Library Sweepstakes. Click any link to get started and join TechnoLawyer today.

Why Lawyers Need Not Fear Disruption

Three Common Productivity Tasks That an iPad Performs Better Than a PC

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

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)

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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.

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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.

Topics: Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL NewsWire

How to Advertise on Google for Free Plus 48 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 49 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.

Small City Law Firms Find Faraway Clients

Cost Recovery Strategies That Work in 2015

Is Your Website Pushing Too Hard, Too Fast?

10 Tips to Building Killer PowerPoint Slides

Congratulations to Mike Volpe of HubSpot Blog on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How to Advertise on Google for Free

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

The Two-Day Laptop Battery Plus 62 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 63 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.

How to Fit Everything on a One Page in Word

The Best Laptops You Can Buy in January 2015

The Best Touchscreen Winter Gloves

Recap of Microsoft's Windows 10 Announcements

Congratulations to Geoffrey a. Fowler of The Wall Street Journal on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: Four Laptops Duke It Out for Battery Supremacy

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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.

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Topics: Accounting/Billing/Time Capture | Coming Attractions | Document Management | Furniture/Office Supplies | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | Litigation/Discovery/Trials | TL Answers | Utilities

How Prospects Find and Judge Your Law Firm Plus 39 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 40 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.

Trust Accounts Primer

How a Virtual Law Firm Uses Office Space

Target Your Key Audiences With a White Paper

The Companies Connecting Lawyers to Clients

Congratulations to Lee W. Frederiksen of Business of Law Blog on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: How Prospects Find and Judge Your Law Firm

How to Receive SmallLaw
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: Coming Attractions | Law Firm Marketing/Publications/Web Sites | Law Office Management | SmallLaw

This Email Gadget Saved a Law Firm $30,000 Plus 58 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Monday, January 19, 2015

Coming today to BlawgWorld: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 59 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.

Review: BigTime

How to Save a Webpage as a Single Image

Five Free Android Apps for Tracking Your Time

Google's Never-Ending Search

Congratulations to Derek Schroeder of Accellis Technology Group on winning our BlawgWorld Pick of the Week award: This Email Gadget Saved a Law Firm $30,000

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Goodbye Fat Friday; Use Acrobat for Screenshots; WordPerfect X7 for iPad; PC Forever

By Kathryn Hughes | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today's issue of TL Serendipity contains these articles:

Michael Schwartz, Goodbye Fat Friday

Roy Greenberg, How to Use Adobe Acrobat to Capture Screenshots

Karl M. Rowe, Dispelling Myths About WordPerfect X7 for iPad

Harold Dye, Long Live the Word PC

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: Business Productivity/Word Processing | Coming Attractions | Laptops/Smartphones/Tablets | TechnoLawyer | TL Serendipity

Amicus Premium 2015: Read Our Exclusive Report

By Neil J. Squillante | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management system with a new private cloud client portal (see article below), an over-the-top PACER replacement, an app that transforms your iPad or iPhone into a monitor for your Mac, and a cloud project management application. Don't miss the next issue.

IMPROVE CLIENT SERVICE WITH A CLIENT PORTAL

Communication with clients is critical for success. Some lawyers mistakenly believe that it's not worth collaborating with non-lawyer clients. On the contrary, plenty of such clients possess excellent proofreading skills. More importantly, all clients are less likely to complain about a bill if you share your work product with them throughout a matter. A client portal is the best solution for such communications.

Amicus Premium 2015 … in One Sentence

Launched last week, Gavel & Gown Software's Amicus Premium 2015 is a popular practice management system that now includes a client portal.

The Killer Feature

The new Amicus Client Portal features your law firm's brand identity. Accordingly, clients will feel like it's your software platform. Clients securely login using a web browser. All data resides on a server at your firm with end-to-end encryption when accessed.

Unlike standalone portals, Amicus Client Portal benefits from the integration with your practice management system. This enables your team to upload a client's entire file or whichever pieces you want to share — bills, court filings, correspondence, email, trust account statements, and of course final documents.

Another benefit is secure communications. Clients can exchange messages with the lawyers and staff at your firm about their matter. Amicus Premium 2015 notifies you of such communications so that you can respond promptly and bill for the time you spend doing so.

"Enhanced client service is one of the most important aspects for improving a law practice," Gavel & Gown president Ron Collins told us. "The Amicus Client Portal within Amicus Premium 2015 will delight clients by giving them 24/7 secure access to their file and their lawyer, thus keeping them in the loop."

Other Notable Features

Because Amicus Client Portal required an intuitive user experience, Gavel & Gown took the opportunity redesign Amicus Premium 2015 in its entirety. The software continues to use real-world analogues but with a more modern look.

In a recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center, knowledge workers ranked email first in importance — above the web and smartphone. Gavel & Gown has long invested in email primarily via Amicus Premium's integration with Microsoft Outlook. Amicus Premium 2015 enables you to access your email in any app while still being able to access it in both Amicus Premium and Outlook.

Other new features include improved document searches, file automation, and matter overviews (including a new chronology view). Amicus Anywhere, which enables you to access Amicus Premium 2015 from your smartphone, has a new tool for adding notes to a matter.

What Else Should You Know?

Amicus Premium 2015 has a suite of tools for capturing billable time and expenses. At your option, you can unlock Amicus Premium Billing 2015, which resides within Amicus Premium 2015. This integrated billing application adds trust accounting, bill creation and delivery, and more. The new version of Amicus Premium Billing offers split billing, alerts when retainers reach a specified threshold, more intuitive bill layouts and reports, and the ability to import costs from QuickBooks. Learn more about Amicus Premium 2015.

How to Receive TL NewsWire
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The Key to a Happy Client Plus 51 More Must-Reads

By Kathryn Hughes | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coming today to SmallLaw: Our editorial team has selected and linked to 52 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.

The Practice of Law From A-Z

Get Naked With Your Clients to Build Trust

13 Ways to Get Clients to Hire You

Trends in Legal Marketing for 2015

Congratulations to Rod Boddie of Law Practice on winning our SmallLaw Pick of the Week award: The Key to a Happy Client

How to Receive SmallLaw
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.

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