Today's issue of TL NewsWire covers a popular case analysis application that now also handles discovery document review and production (see article below), a smartpen that can recording your handwriting and any accompanying audio, a cloud practice management system with desktop-like windowing, and an Android smartphone without any junkware. Don't miss the next issue.
Case Analysis Meets Ediscovery
Many litigation matters involve fewer than 50,000 discovery documents. Using a dedicated document review platform for such cases may prove too costly or cumbersome. Meanwhile, PDF software typically contains only rudimentary tools. It's a classic betwixt and between problem ripe for a solution.
CaseMap 12 … in One Sentence
Launching this week, CaseMap 12 is a popular case analysis program that now has light document review and production capabilities for ediscovery.
The Killer Feature
CaseMap 12 offers three core features for discovery document review — redaction, coding, and production. The Redact tool enables you to choose a reason for the redaction (e.g., privileged) from a customizable list. Unlike PDF software, you can change or remove redactions anytime prior to production.
The Document Detail button on the CaseMap toolbar enables you to code each document in your collection by adding and modifying metadata — author, recipients, issues, deposition exhibit number, etc. The Basic option lists the most common coding fields while the Extended option lists all of them. You can also create a custom set of the fields you need.
The Document Production Wizard walks you through the process of producing documents. Options include creating a filter to exclude certain documents from the production, applying Bates stamps, creating a file naming convention, inserting placeholders for omitted documents, choosing from color or black and white, and making images searchable via the built-in OCR software. Bates stamping options include prefix, starting number, length, typeface, location, and shrink-to-fit.
"The new capabilities built into CaseMap 12 allow litigation teams to conduct light document review, coding, and production," LexisNexis vice president of litigation solutions Steve Ashbacher tells us. "They can do more within a single tool and therefore save hours of valuable time."
Other Notable Features
The case chronology spreadsheet remains the core of CaseMap. It contains facts, issues, people, documents, and objects (legal research, questions, etc.). CaseMap automatically enters the redactions and coding from your document review into the case chronology, and links the relevant documents. This eliminates double entry, gives you an even more comprehensive overview of the case, and enables you to incorporate your document review work into reports.
Speaking of reports, CaseMap comes equipped with reports such as Privilege Log and Summary Judgment. You can create your own custom reports, and export them in a Report Book in PDF format. Other features include the new interface and user experience unveiled in CaseMap 11 earlier this year, team collaboration, global search, and document annotations.
What Else Should You Know?
CaseMap 12 integrates with Lexis.com and Lexis Advance, enabling you to add research materials to your cases with one click, and then access these materials later from within CaseMap. Learn more about CaseMap 12.
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