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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"JuryTest.net Creates Self-Service Internet Mock Trials"

Very interesting find from EContent magazine: "JuryTest.net, a provider of online mock trials since 2002, has launched on-demand access to its suite of online case presentation and evaluation tools. The JuryTest system is designed to enable attorneys to record, edit, and analyze case presentations any time of day or night. JuryTest case evaluations usually cost $1,000 - $3,000, depending primarily on case-length and number of jurors. After a lawyer records a case argument using the JuryTest recording line (1.888.JURYTEST), the recording pops up in the lawyer's casefolder on the JuryTest website, where the lawyer can add documents, photographs, or witness... Read more →

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The American Lawyer's 'Fab Fifty'

This is a fascinating (alphabetical) list: "The 50 most-promising young litigators ages 45 & under." "We talked to hundreds of lawyers to find the rising stars whose careers are described below and in the pages that follow. Beginning with a wide and informal canvass that generated more than 200 suggestions, we identified practice areas that seemed rich in opportunity for young litigators and homed in on those for our reporting. That's why the list contains a concentration of appellate, intellectual property, public interest, and products liability lawyers. Others have made a mark as criminal defenders or labor lawyers or securities... Read more →

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Fulbright's Third Annual Litigation Trend Survey Findings

Very interesting survey about litigation trends in the U.S. Number of lawsuits...ouch! "Here's a sample of the findings: Large U.S. companies face an average of 305 pending lawsuits. For the largest U.S. companies, those with $1 billion or more in annual gross revenue, the number of lawsuits soared to 556 cases, with an average of 50 new disputes emerging each year for close to half of them." Tip of the hat to Law Librarian Blog for this info. Read more →

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NY Trial Court Online Case Access

Legal Dockets Online describes new enhancements to New York State's case information databases: "Supreme Court and County Clerk dockets, decisions, monitoring, and calendar access is finally consolidating and improving. If you practice in New York, be prepared to be impressed. Here is a summary of the state's major case information databases now available to the public: "This system provides past, present and future case information for New York State Civil Supreme Courts. WebCivil provides online access to information about cases in Civil Supreme Court in all 62 counties of New York State. You may search for cases by Index Number... Read more →

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"E-Mail Intelligence Eases E-Discovery Headaches"

First time I've heard about this software, but sounds like it works quite well: "Juries don't always believe what people say, but they do tend to believe what is on paper. The difference that thorough e-mail review and analysis can make in the outcome of litigation is dramatic, and attorneys cannot risk overlooking key evidence that can make or break a client's case. "More and more legal cases today involve the submission of e-mail as material evidence -- creating a phenomenon that law firms and corporate enterprises are struggling to manage. Across the industry, costs and workloads are spiraling out... Read more →

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"Search Terms Mean Savings in E-Discovery"

Something litigation paralegals need to know: how word searches can limit the scope of e-discovery production: "With the impending changes in the federal rules related to electronic discovery, opposing parties will be required to discuss any and all discovery issues involving electronically stored information (ESI). "In this context, discussions will likely focus on what information will be examined (e-mail, electronic documents, Web mail, instant messages), where this information is stored (computer hard drives, 'ghost images,' backup servers), whether it is reasonable or unduly burdensome to access and review all potentially relevant information, and how the information will be produced. [snip]... Read more →

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"Offering Truth and Illusion and Nothing but the Two"

Finally! A TV show featuring paralegals as well as lawyers! "Celebrity trial lawyers are supposed to be flamboyant and theatrical. Yet the high-priced defense attorneys in Jerry Bruckheimer’s new courtroom drama on Fox, “Justice,” are not at all like F. Lee Bailey or Johnnie Cochran. They are as grimly focused and humorless as the crime lab detectives of 'CSI.' "It’s the pretrial work that is the showy centerpiece of this series. Media spin, jury consultants and focus groups are the DNA swabs and bloodstain-pattern analysis reports of 'Justice.' And that makes it kind of fun: it is as if someone... Read more →

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"Small Litigation Shops Produce Big Results"

Do big-firm litigation paralegals wonder about switching to the small-firm world? [snip] "Litigation boutiques generally are characterized as having one dozen to two dozen lawyers, a payment system other than billable hours and careful selection of cases to enhance the firm's ability to provide individualized client service [PDF link]. The boutiques [PDF link] argue that they often provide better value than the litigation departments of larger firms. "Unlike bigger firms, many litigation shops offer a variety of payment options [PDF link] for clients: flat fee, contingency or a mix that may include some billable hours. The billing approach depends on... Read more →

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"Group feels new name does lawyers justice"

Can a simple name change really change perceptions of trial lawyers? "The Association of Trial Lawyers of America [archived site] is taking 'trial lawyers' out of its name. "At its convention recently, the 60-year-old association's members voted to change the name to the American Association for Justice. "The new name 'reflects whose side we're on in the fight for justice,' spokeswoman Chris Mather said. She said there was overwhelming support for the change. "The group has more than 56,000 members, including attorneys, professors, paralegals and students. "The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, a critic of the trial lawyers' group,... Read more →

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