When Bad Things Happen to Good Legal Professionals

The story of Cinderella is familiar to most of us. Nice girl, horrible living conditions, probably violation of child-labor laws, happy ending. When we are children, we believe this story and for some of us, it sets our expectations for the future. And then, real life happens. When we think of what the bad things are that happen to good legal professionals, it’s generally an event, incident, illness or other occurrence that was not within the control of that person. Here are two real-life stories: #1: When I heard the following story, I wanted to explore what occurs when bad... Read more →

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Excellent Course You've Just Got to Take: EDiscovery for Techies

There's not much out there in the way of specific eDiscovery training for those with expert litigation support, technology or IT skills. That is, until OLP came up with a fantastic course: EDiscovery for Techies. I am most impressed by the lead instructor, Bill Gallivan, of Digital War Room. Bill and his colleagues have come with with a course that takes into consideration that techies know everything there is to know about technology but need to learn - in the manner that they learn - the relevant parts of eDiscovery that are particularly applicable to their position. The course is... Read more →

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Research, 'Riting & Resources (Ok, it's a stretch - I agree)

Celia Elwell, RP, is a very experienced paralegal in Oklahoma. An avid researcher and writer, Celia sends me these wonderful listings filled with interesting articles, posts and valuable tidbits. The light finally went on inside my head (where else?). I thought, "Why am I not sharing these our readers?" Enjoy! SCOTUS Justices on the Language of Law: Advocacy and Legal Writing (and by Implication Legal Research, Too), Law Librarian Blog http://bit.ly/n0jdbu Standard of Review in Five Easy Steps, by Raymond Ward, the (new) legal writer http://bit.ly/mzfiQT The Winning Wal-Mart Brief: Six Returns, by Ross Guberman, Legal Writing Pro http://bit.ly/rgp7oH New... Read more →

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LitSupport Salary Survey: Do Paralegals With Tech Skills Earn More?

“In this field, you can get more information on a book to read, a car to buy or food you eat than you can on the very career that pays for everything you have or do.” OLP invites you to participate in the first Litigation Support Survey to provide legal professionals with unparalleled insight into salary and career performance information. We’re committed to helping people make the most of their careers, so we will provide a free salary survey to give you inside information about your market value, directly from your peers. This same set of data is used to help legal professionals make more informed career decisions. Read more →

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"The Data Boom: Can Law Firms Profit?"

Yeah, oh, yeah! Read how in this Legal Technology article about how MoFo responded when a small client was hit with a huge discovery request: "In the fall of 2005, a small Israeli technology startup came to San Francisco's Morrison & Foerster with a lawsuit -- and, soon enough, a problem. [snip] "The stakes weren't particularly high -- just a few million dollars. But after the case was filed, the defendant hit back with an electronic discovery request -- every relevant e-mail, Microsoft Word file, spreadsheet, you name it -- so onerous that its cost alone would take a fair... Read more →

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"The authenticity of a found document:

Hmm, interesting problem that can torpedo a case. Does your firm's IT department employ effective document management policies? "What seems to be the problem? Your IT organization has put in place proper procedures [PDF] for deleting electronic documents, including e-mails. So it is no surprise when as a result of litigation your e-discovery process cannot turn up a particular document. However, to everyone's surprise the document turns up on your CEO's laptop. This is a very possible scenario. You must know whether the document is admissible as evidence in a civil lawsuit. "What do you need to know? Evidence is... Read more →

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"Consultant Compatibility: Take the Quiz"

Always good to have thoughtful checklists for hiring vendors, I say. And this quiz from Legal Technology looks very helpful: "There's a saying that starts, 'You know you're in trouble if ...' But sometimes, by the time you know you're in trouble, it's too late to start asking 'Why?' "One example of such a time is with e-discovery and legal technology projects. If you're halfway through the project and run into trouble, backtracking to correct the problem usually isn't an option. A nearly ironclad way around that problem includes proper preparation and having the right team. These are key elements... Read more →

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"EDD-ucating Yourself About Electronic Discovery"

Not a new article (Oct. 2006) from the ABA's Law Practice Today, but someone just pointed out that it says something nice about this blog. (How did I miss that!?) "It was back in July 2004 (http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/slc07041.html) when Tom published the first Strongest Links article on the subject of electronic discovery as part of an influential EDD-themed issue of Law Practice Today. Since that time, the electronic evidence landscape has changed considerably, and EDD is more important that ever. With December 1 -- the date the amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect -- fast approaching, we thought... Read more →

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Houston's State-of-the-Art Electronic Data Discovery Lab

Ths news sounds wonderful doesn't it? I'd sure like to take a tour! "UHY Advisors today announced the opening of its newly constructed electronic data discovery lab, a state-of-the-art facility for processing large volumes of electronic evidence and conducting sophisticated computer forensics investigations, at a secure location in downtown Houston. "The lab is unique for its flexibility to be used for both high-volume electronic data discovery -- including data processing, culling with search terms, de-duplication and file conversion -- and complex digital forensics activities. The facility is [PDF] secured with biometric locks and the evidence storage 'vault' is also secured... Read more →

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"Making Forensics Elementary at Your Firm"

Here's another career choice -- computer-forensics examinaton -- in which a paralegal background can be most helpful: [snip] "Attorney and e-discovery expert Tom O'Connor, with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Legal Electronic Document Institute, says that judges in the cases he consults on are ordering e-discovery and computer-forensics investigation much more frequently than ever before. O'Connor is seeing the effect of this change on all kinds of cases. [snip] "For civil domestic cases such as divorce proceedings, there's an enormous amount of forensics investigation occurring. O'Connor says that PCs are being examined to prove or refute claims by one spouse that... Read more →

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