Because we received a lot of feedback from you last month letting us know what types of information you’d like to see in The Discovery Update, we can hone in more on specific areas and continue to give you material that is relevant and helpful to you.
In this issue, our feature article focuses on Realtime reporting and how it can benefit your practice. We hope that this article either gives you new information about Realtime or it’s a reminder to those of you who haven’t used Realtime in a while.
Many of our clients use Realtime on a regular basis. In our feature article, one of our Realtime clients, Bryan Sheldon of Lim, Ruger & Kim in Los Angeles, shares the reasons why he relies on Realtime and how it gives him the “upper edge.”
As always, we invite you to send us any articles or tips you may have regarding the discovery process so we can share them with our readers.
Realtime: Are You Using it to Your Advantage?
By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
Realtime, the instantaneous translation of the court reporter’s stenographic notes into English, first caught broad public attention through its use in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial over ten years ago.
Once primarily limited to the major metropolitan areas, realtime’s availability has spread throughout the country over the last decade with a very high percentage of depositions reported nationwide being reported in realtime. It has continually increased at a steady, rapid rate and has become the only way to depose for many litigators.
Bryan Sheldon, a litigation partner at Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP in Los Angeles, uses realtime for approximately eighty percent of his depositions. Once he was introduced to this highly beneficial approach to depositions at LegalTech a few years back, he began taking advantage of it right away.
From your first conversation with a prospective client, you’re learning about the dispute that led the individual or corporation to seek counsel. There are many benefits to taking a systematic approach to analyzing this knowledge. Not least of these is the favorable impression you’ll make on those who retain you.
This article presents a method for organizing and evaluating the facts about any case. And it illustrates how the early results of this dispute analysis process can be used to great effect in an initial case analysis session with your client.
Standardizing the Case Analysis Process and Work Product:
My partners at DecisionQuest and I have spent the past 15 years conducting jury research studies on all manner of civil and criminal cases. In the course of this work,
we’ve had the opportunity to try many methods for analyzing case knowledge. We’ve developed a process that I hope you’ll find both simple and useful.
» The words “insane” and “insanity” are not recognized medical terms but rather legal ones.
» The word “sheriff” is derived from “shire reeve.” In early England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to sheriff.
» Ohio is listed as the 17th state admitted to the Union, however, it is actually the 47th. Congress apparently forgot to vote on the resolution for its admittance but rectified its mistake on August 7th, 1953.