The Reporter Newsletter – September 2008


The Reporter Newsletter – September 2008

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September 2008

From the President

We, like you, must stay on top of every deadline, project detail, and client request all the while keeping you and your attorneys’ needs as our top priority.

We’ve been publishing The Reporter for over a year now, and, thanks to your positive feedback, we are even more determined to make it a very useful source of information for you.

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We want to provide you only with the information that you find valuable, and your input will make sure we are serving you best. Thank you.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Working Harder or Working Smarter? The Pros and Cons of Electronic Deposition Summaries

By Mary Girsch-Bock
Software Specialist/Consultant

According to Daniel Siegel, a practicing attorney and president of Integrated Technology Services in Havertown, Pa., transcription software is one of the most useful types of software a law firm can implement, regardless of firm size or case complexity. This news should be of particular interest to paralegals, since a large part of their job is preparing deposition summaries. These documents, culled from reviewing and condensing scores of pages of testimony, are vital to attorneys. Unfortunately, there never has been a quick way to prepare deposition summaries, even for the most experienced paralegals.

Attorneys determine what information they are looking for and it’s the paralegal’s job to find that information, which often entails poring through stacks of documents. It’s no secret that the traditional way of completing deposition summaries is time consuming –
it’s just not possible to quickly reduce 200 pages down to 20 pages, while ensuring that the required information is included in the summary.

The Old Way: Pluses and Minuses

Caren Mansfield, a paralegal since 1987 with Baker, Baker, and Krajewski in Springfield, Ill., has been preparing deposition summaries for over 20 years. Mansfield normally can review up to thirty pages of a deposition in one hour. “We have not considered using transcript software. [It] can be costly and most of our cases are manageable using other means,” Mansfield said.

According to Siegel, who started using transcription software in 2001, he would have saved hundreds of hours in deposition summary preparation simply by using the software earlier in his career. “There is no benefit in preparing deposition summaries manually,” Siegel said.

Not everyone who has used transcription software is convinced.
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