Broaden Internet Horizons
Adriana Linares is a legal technology therapist and trainer based in Orlando, Florida. She speaks and writes regularly on legal tech issues, tools, and training. To learn more, visit www.lawtechpartners.com
Nifty tools. Great blogs. Useful links. Useless but entertaining sites. The Internet has a wealth of information, but who has the time to keep track of it all? Top legal technologists reviewed some useful Web sites for young lawyers during a recent YLD conference—as well as a few sites that are just fun. Here’s a brief list of some of the more helpful or interesting sites that they discussed:
- JuryTest.com – Wondering how your case may turn out? Looking for an advantage over your opponent? JuryTest may be your answer. Here’s how it works: 1) Prepare a case outline. 2) Upload exhibits to the JuryTest Web site. 3) Record case arguments and approve the jury questionnaire.
4) JuryTest jurors watch and listen to case presentations, then vote and provide feedback. The result? You are able to better identify the strengths and weaknesses of your case, improve your trial strategy, or have the evidence you need to convince your client to consider settling. This is a subscription service, though it offers the first test free of charge. A typical case with 12 jurors may cost $1,000. You can also register as a juror yourself and be paid to participate in case reviews.
- LegalTalkNetwork.com – The Legal Talk Network is a great source for up-to-date legal information on many topics. Popular and experienced lawyers nationwide host regular presentations that are available on this site. Not only are the shows entertaining and informative, but certain shows are approved for CLE. The most recent addition to the lineup is the ESI Report from Kroll Ontrack and hosted by Michele Lange. This Web site provides a great way to keep up on the latest electronic discovery news and issues.
- CiteBite.com – It happens to all of us. We find a great quote we want to share from some article on a Web site so we e-mail a link to the article to a friend. CiteBite helps you do the same thing, but takes it a step further by making your poignant sentence, quote, or reference easy to find in context, especially in long articles or on long pages. Here’s how it works. Paste the specific text and the URL of the page containing the text into the CiteBite form. It returns a link that opens the entire Web page that contains the article with your chosen text highlighted.
- StartStop.com – All things digital dictation—including a great guide for the legal profession about how digital dictation can successfully be implemented in a law firm.
- TheMacLawyer.com – Wonder if your practice can go Mac? Read all about how to do just that at this site. Chronicled by practicing attorney Ben Stevens, this is a must-read for those of you thinking about going to, or already on, “the other side.”
- http://thomas.loc.gov/ – An oldie but goodie that just keeps getting better. It is likely that you’ve used this site to watch Congress and the progress of legislation, but the site now carries links to the Constitution, access to congressional committee reports, treaties, the U.S. Code, government legal resources, and even Web casts from the Library of Congress.
- eDiscoverylaw.com – Provided by K&L Gates, this is a blog on legal issues, news, and best practices relating to electronic discovery. Among other topics on the site are a comprehensive online eDiscovery case database, links to eDiscovery case summaries, and information and analysis regarding the federal rules amendments.
- WordSpy.com – Carbage, stoozing, glamping, car-panning, ninja loan, mobisode . . . sound familiar? Welcome to WordSpy, the Web site devoted to lexpionage (the sleuthing of new words and phrases). To make it into WordSpy the term must have appeared more than once in books, newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and other recorded sources.
- YouMail.com – Record the perfect cell phone greeting for everyone who regularly calls you, based on the caller ID. “Hi, Chris. I told you we were through and not to call me. You’re a worm, Chris. A cheat and a jerk. I’m sending you to voicemail now, Chris.” The service is free.
- Swaptree.com – Looking for the latest Coldplay CD? Tired of The Da Vinci Code; is The Hobbit gathering dust on your shelf? How about trading a great book for a great CD? Trade books, CDs, video games, and DVDs at swaptree.com and all you’ll pay is shipping costs.
It’s not called the World Wide Web for nothing. This is but a small sampling of the handy, formative, and entertaining tools available to the legal practitioner.
• For an annotated list of 60 sites presented at the YLD conference, visit http://www.abanet.org/yld/fall07/60sites.pdf