The Discovery Update – June 2012


The Discovery Update – June 2012

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June 2012

From the President

Utilizing new technologies is imperative in litigation today, and, because testimony is an important part of the discovery process and is complex by nature, it is our desire to give you what you need.

Not every court reporting agency provides deposition management tools for their clients. But that is one of our main goals, so that your trial preparation process goes smoothly.

We are constantly improving upon our systems to help you manage your court reporting planning and transcript management. Please let us know how we can further improve our technologies or services to better serve you in your practice.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Advice for Lawyers New to the iPad

By Jeff Richardson,
iPhone J.D.

Attorneys frequently ask me which iPad they should get and what they should purchase once they get their first iPad.  These often-asked questions led me, back in June of 2011, to create this post to provide the answer that I would often provide in an e-mail.  With the third generation iPad released last week, I’m again hearing from a lot of attorneys who are ready to purchase their first iPad, so I figured it was time to update that post.

So, you are ready to get an iPad?  You’re going to love it!  Here is my advice.

Which Model?

The first thing you need to decide is what model to get. I used to always recommend that new iPad owners purchase the entry-level 16 GB version of the iPad, either Wi-Fi only ($499) or Wi-Fi + 3G/4G ($629). I still think that is the best model for many attorneys, but because the third generation of the iPad has a retina display that has four times the pixels as the prior iPads, a lot of things on the iPad now take up more space to adjust for the larger screen. If you will mainly use the iPad to read e-mails, surf the Internet, run a modest number of apps and store documents, I still think that the 16 GB version is sufficient. Even if you have a ton of Word and PDF documents stored on your iPad, they really don’t take up very much space. Also, apps typically don’t take up that much space, so even with the 16 GB model you’ll be able to load up your iPad with tons of great apps.
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Judicial Test Pilot

By Joshua Gilliland, Esq.

When you think of Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff,” test pilots and astronauts immediately come to mind. Aviators who risked their lives testing new technology that went higher and faster than anything else that could fly.

The pilots who flew the X planes of the 1940s to 1960s built the future we have today. Simply put, without the Space Program, we would not have had the Computer Era of the 1970s. Without the innovations of the 1970s, we would not have social networks and smartphones of today.

Lawyers and Judges do not come to mind when you say “test pilot.” However, we do have brave attorneys and judges willing to “fly higher” than others for the greater good. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck is one of them for his Da Silva Moore v Publicis Groupe & MSL Group opinion.
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Advice for Lawyers new to the ipad

Judicial test pilot

Selected short articles about search in e-discovery

A sensible approach to storing client files in the cloud.


Electronic Data Discovery for Everybody

Judges and Litigators Explain Why They Prefer Realtime Reporters

Selected Short Articles About Search in E-Discovery
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A Sensible Approach to Storing Client Files in the Cloud
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Security App for the iPad
Materials on Electronic Discovery: Civil Litigation


Counsel: What device do you have in your laboratory to test alcohol content?

Witness: I have a dual column gas chromatograph, Hewlett-Packard 5710A with flame analyzation detectors.

The Court: Can you get that on mag wheels?

Witness: Only on the floor models.