As the business technology landscape quickly evolves, we are seeing faster computer capabilities, we are using software that handles our tasks more efficiently, and we are witnessing social media such as Twitter™ become popular. What also is evolving is the way legal professionals are relying on new technology to assist them with their everyday workload.
Our feature article this month, “Electronic Transcript Management Made Easy,” is a good example of how “e-transcripts” can save time and provide much needed information in a more organized fashion. The article talks about Transcript Plus!™, a CD that includes transcripts and exhibits and a built-in search engine which, in the end, helps ease up the pressures of the discovery process.
We hope you enjoy reading this special feature article, along with the other articles, and find them helpful. Please send us any feedback you may have or articles you think we should include that would benefit other legal professionals.
Electronic Transcript Management Made Easy
By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
Today’s technology has caused the amount of paper being used in the legal industry to be cut back over the years, but the quantity of paperwork that still is flowing in and out of law offices can be overwhelming for any legal professional working in litigation.
The entire litigation process has been a test in itself for paperwork management: how to organize paperwork, how to pass on paperwork, how to prioritize paperwork, and, all the while, trying to minimize paperwork. This is something they don’t teach law school students or first year associates.
Attorneys and their support staff shuffle through and pass back and forth loads of paperwork daily which, in large part, includes deposition summaries and transcripts. Multiply the amount of deposition hours by the number of cases and one attorney could easily fill a medium-sized closet with nothing but stacks of “active” transcripts at any one time.
But that has changed.
We are now in the time of electronic deposition transcripts. Receiving electronic transcripts not only cuts down on the amount of paper, but also cuts down on the delivery time, helping legal professionals to be much more efficient when handling and using transcripts.