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Web-Based Practice Management Suite Adds Mobile Support
Clio, Themis Solutions's cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) practice management product for solo and small law firms, now supports new mobile platforms, including Google Nexus One, all Android-based phones, the iPhone and the Palm Pre. The Clio mobile interface is optimized for these leading touch-screen mobile devices, providing convenient access to all Clio data, including matters, contacts (with maps), tasks, timers, calendars and documents, which are downloadable for viewing.
Next-Generation Legal Research
Thomson Reuters has launched its new WestlawNext legal research system. WestlawNext offers a clean, modern interface and powerful search functionality, along with powerful new tools to help legal professionals analyze and organize legal information more efficiently. For example, using current tools, it’s cumbersome to annotate, organize and share relevant documents. With WestlawNext, users can highlight relevant sections of text, create notes on a document, and then organize important documents in the WestlawNext online foldering system. The cornerstone of the new research system is WestSearch, a proprietary search engine that automates the best practices of expert legal researchers, delivering more inclusive, better ranked results.
Case Management System Adds Advanced Analytics, Document Translation and Video Transcript Editing
Merrill Corporation’s newly released Lextranet 5.9 includes features designed to speed document reviews and reduce discovery costs by analyzing and organizing documents around key terms, concepts and information flows. The new visual clustering feature, which creates a logical "map" of data by segmenting it into logical clusters, graphically identifies relationships between keywords, documents and custodians. A new e-mail threading feature automatically captures complete e-mail threads and ensures that they are coded uniformly. This helps identify missing e-mail documents and protect against the accidental disclosure of privileged information. In addition, non-English language translation is now automatically integrated into document review, and with the new video deposition editing and sharing feature, users easily create clips from video depositions. Clips are accompanied by corresponding transcript excerpts, which are automatically synched to the video clip during playback. These new tools allow easier collaborative review of video assets.
Access Legal Research Tools from Microsoft Office Apps
Lexis has announced that this spring it will launch Lexis for Microsoft Office 2007, enabling legal professionals to access LexisNexis content and tools while working directly within the Office applications used every day: Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Lexis for Microsoft Office will offer a much more efficient way to conduct legal research and draft documents by eliminating unnecessary steps and integrating links to LexisNexis content and tools. For example, users can analyze e-mail texts or Word documents and access relevant content from LexisNexis, the Web or within the firm, all directly from within Outlook or Word. Key features include Search—a single search box that delivers one-click access to the vast collection of legal content from LexisNexis, the open Web and the user’s internal company information database. Background, another key feature, provides information on entities mentioned in the text of a Word document or Outlook message. This feature automatically indexes the document with hyperlinks to relevant information across all sources. It will also display full Shepard’s reports and apply Shepard’s Signal indicators directly to the cases cited within the text of the document. Full-text versions of case law within an e-mail message or Word document can also be accessed directly within the Microsoft software application. To access and use these capabilities, users will require a current LexisNexis subscription.
GGO’s Digital WarRoom is a new software suite that provides enterprises and law firms with a comprehensive e-discovery solution that eliminates per gigabyte fees. Digital WarRoom tackles several significant pain points for in-house e-discovery, providing frequently outsourced functions such as processing, native document review, TIFF and native file production and hosting, as well as bringing greater predictability to costs with a per-user license fee, rather than per-gigabyte pricing. Digital WarRoom includes four components—Catalog, Manage, Designate and Produce—and supports core EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) processes for all types of electronic data, not just e-mail. Catalog quickly prepares electronic files for review by fingerprinting, de-duping, indexing and filtering. Manage provides early case assessment analytics and control of matter data and reviewer access. Designate includes intuitive native file review interface, redaction and privilege log generation, and Produce generates productions with Bates numbers, endorsements and loadfiles.
Document Assembly Within Reach in the Cloud
Business Integrity has launched ContractExpress.com, the first premium document assembly product to be delivered exclusively as Software as a Service, requiring no setup costs or infrastructure. ContractExpress.com builds on Business Integrity’s DealBuilder document assembly technology. Adding scalable, secure Web-based delivery, it is designed to extend the reach of document assembly from large law firms to the medium and small practice market, as well as corporate law departments looking to sidestep complicated corporate IT protocols. The service offers users Word-based template design tools, workspaces and a “how-to” help system, all at a low monthly cost. Template design is easy, using only Microsoft Word and a markup style that follows the way lawyers naturally draft documents. The product also requires no IT investment and is free for the first 60 days with a low monthly fee thereafter.
Multi-Device Charger and Docking System
CallPod’s ChargePod V2 is a powerful multi-device charger and docking system for PC and Mac laptops and other mobile devices. Its three-sided design supports simultaneous operation. Side one charges one laptop, while side two charges three small devices such as a cell phone, MP3 player, PDA, Bluetooth headset or digital reader, and one high-input device such as a video camera or portable DVD player. Meanwhile, side three gives you a three-port USB 2.0 hub for data transfer so that you can download music or transfer data files—or use this port to connect various peripheral devices to your laptop such as a keyboard, mouse or jump drive. Chargepod V2 uses device-specific adapters so it can be customized to meet your needs.
What Did I Do All Day? Updated Time Capture Tool
Smart WebParts , the Web-based, on-demand time capture engine, has released Smart Time 2.6. The product helps timekeepers construct complete and accurate timesheets by polling across servers and phone switches, providing users with a detailed journal of daily work activities. Its classic time-entry feature enables users to enter time directly into the Smart Time database, while on-demand time capture provides timekeepers with a detailed journal of their daily work activities. Smart Time’s features are designed to capture missed or leaked time that may not be billed otherwise, allowing users to increase billable hours and profitability. New in this version is Smart Timers, a desktop stopwatch utility designed for those who want to track their time with stopwatch precision. Additional new features include ActiveX Control for capturing Web surfing and searches, enhanced time zone support, date and text shortcuts, enhancements to the Exchange e-mail data mart, and Active Directory support for timekeeper tables.
Practice Management Tools for 2010
Amicus has announce the 2010 editions of its practice management software: Amicus Attorney 2010 Premium Edition, Amicus Attorney 2010 Small Firm Edition, Amicus Accounting 2010 and Amicus Mobile 2010. With Amicus Attorney, users get an integrated program for managing every aspect of their practice, including files, contracts, calendaring, timekeeping, e-mail and customer relationship management. While the Small Firm Edition is designed specifically for solo practitioners and small law firms of up to 10 users, the Premium Edition can be customized for firms of any size. Amicus Accounting 2010 is a complete time, billing and accounting program that tracks time, generates invoices, manages receivables, prints checks and administers trusts. It includes financial and management reporting capability and a payroll add-on is also available. Amicus Mobile 2010 is an add-on to Amicus Attorney 2010 Premium Edition that allows users to use basic Amicus features from their smartphone. For example, mobile users can access the Amicus server in real-time to work with their files, input time entry, schedule appointments, record phone calls and make notations.