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This month, our feature article An Online Comfort Zone for Firms highlights how an easy-to-use online portal can help you in the deposition planning process. The Client Center allows firms to manage everything from calendaring depositions to keyword searching and downloading transcripts. We hope you find this article and the other contents in this month’s issue helpful to your practice.
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An Online Comfort Zone for Firms
By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
“Are you Tweeting?”
That seems to be a popular question being asked in social circles. When I say “no” to that question and then top it off by saying that it’s still challenging for me to walk and “text” at the same time or that I don’t have a Facebook® page, people look at me like I was from a different planet. And, in today’s quickly evolving technical world, I sometimes feel I am from a different planet.
When I look back twenty years to my first job after college in a very large San Francisco law firm, I remember spending a lot of time doing administrative tasks that now are either non-existent or that take no time at all, due to modern technology.
Because using email in the office was barely on the scene back then, I had to make many phone calls to the same people and leave voicemails when they weren’t there. Then, when I would step out of my office, I would come back to their returned messages only to have to call them back again because nine times out of ten they didn’t give me the information I needed in the first place.
When I look back to the early `90s, I remember having to literally sit in front of the fax machine watching my ten-page fax go through the feeder with my fingers crossed, hoping that the pages didn’t stick together while it was sending.
Improved technology has assisted most communication tasks over the past two decades. Now our communication is more instantaneous and efficient, streamlining the law firm working environment tremendously, especially throughout the litigation process.
In the legal community, technology has grown over the years and now is heavily relied upon to make the litigation process run smoothly.
Forget the Roadmap – Get GPS for Discovery Process Management
By Bobby Balachandran CEO of Exterro, Inc.
Precise navigation along the journey of electronic discovery requires more than a simple roadmap of obligations. Protocols must be integrated into business processes, and any imprecision or misdirection is unacceptable in this era of heightened accountability. Attorneys need a global positioning system (GPS) to guide their strategy for document management beginning with an automated legal hold strategy.
The Challenge of Decentralized Management
One of the primary misconceptions among legal professionals today is that e-discovery is a unified and continuous process. In reality, e-discovery consists of sets and subsets of activity ranging from preservation to production. Separating individual processes, as distinct as they are from each other, is almost impossible as they are deeply interconnected.
He Sure Had Me WorriedIn a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver of the car took the train company to court.At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he’d done it. The court believed his story, and the suit was dismissed.
“Congratulations,” the lawyer said to the engineer when it was over. “You did superbly under cross-examination.”
“Thanks,” he said, “but he sure had me worried.”
“How’s that?” the lawyer asked.
“I was afraid he was going to ask if the lantern was lit!”