October 23, 2012

Law Practice Magazine

March 2006

Volume 32 Number 2 | PAGE: 30 | BY: Law Practice Magazine


Product Watch

Rent a War Room

Rentacomputer.com Legal Support Services will set up workspaces in courtrooms, offices and “war rooms,” enabling lawyers and support staff to get their point across with the most effective tools. Rentacomputer.com provides desktops and laptops, overhead displays, copiers, printers, fax machines and other office equipment rentals for any size room. You can even go wireless and avoid the hassle of messy cords and wires during your presentations. Multiple wireless projectors can be used with one or multiple laptop computers at the same time. Other video display devices such as flat-panel plasma and LCD monitors, whiteboards, VCR and DVD players, slide projectors and wireless Lavilier microphones are also available for rent. On-site delivery, installation and ongoing service is available nationwide, and 24-hour emergency service is available in most areas of the country. No matter how long or short a legal case runs, you can be assured your equipment will be available and operational. It’s one sure way to have the best, most professional presentation results within reasonable budgetary constraints.


A Major Leap Forward in Handhelds

Offering the ultimate balance of performance, design and function, the highly anticipated BlackBerry 8700c Wireless Handheld is now available from Cingular Wireless. The BlackBerry 8700c makes it easy to stay connected while on the go, providing uncompromising e-mail, browsing and voice performance in one thin, stylish, lightweight handheld with a full QWERTY keyboard. The device operates on the latest high-speed wireless networks and provides leading BlackBerry functionality, including MMS, SMS and organizer applications. The bright, high-resolution screen provides large viewable workspace and includes intelligent light-sensing technology to automatically optimize screen lighting levels for ideal indoor and outdoor viewing. The BlackBerry 8700c provides a dynamic, highly responsive experience when viewing attachments and graphics, browsing the Web and running applications. Plus, it features a Bluetooth hands-free headset and built-in speakerphone for hands-free dialog and convenient conference calls with excellent sound quality. Its fast performance and outstanding ergonomic features also allow users to take full advantage of enterprise applications that are wirelessly enabled by the BlackBerry platform, such as field service automation, network and systems management and more. You’ll be wowed by the total package.

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Content Management Tool Taps Intelligence, Inside and Out

LexisNexis Total Search v.4.0 is the latest version of the company's information and content management tool. The new version of the integrated search tool allows researchers to simultaneously search LexisNexis content and the firm's internal collection of most relevant and useful work product. Powerful linking between internal content and LexisNexis analytical and primary law materials further enhances the researcher's experience. In addition, integration of real-time Shepard's Signal indicators to both internal and external documents assures legal professionals that their arguments rely on only the best precedent. Two new modules are included with the release: Total Search Transactional and Total Search Expertise. Total Search Transactional enables quick access to prior deal documents. Users can quickly find relevant documents and clauses to aid them in creating new work product. Total Search Expertiseleverages multiple sources of information to locate and highlight firm expertise. Users can share information across the firm to both improve the training of associates and increase cross-selling opportunities. Total Search Expertise also integrates with the LexisNexis Interface Software CRM product.


Practice Resource Unlocks Intellectual Capital

Practice Technologies’ RealPractice Public Access provides instant access to hundreds of thousands of legal documents from the public domain, organized and searchable through the popular RealPractice Suite platform. Searchable content includes SEC filings and exhibits, federal district court documents and select state court documents. Just as RealPractice Private Access enables users to tap into their firm’s internal work product, RealPractice Public Access lets users identify and retrieve publicly filed documents from across the legal spectrum. Public Access can be used to see how other major firms have treated the issue at hand, or to investigate how the client, or opponent, has treated this type of transaction previously, providing unparalleled opposition research capabilities.


Practice Management Suite Update Offers SQL

LexisNexis has introduced PCLawPlus and PCLawPro Enterprise Version 7.6, the latest release of its time, billing, accounting and practice management software. PCLawPlus (for small firms) and PCLawPro Enterprise (for larger firms) run on the advanced Microsoft client-server SQL database engine, which is the most widely used relational database in use today. Offering a Microsoft SQL database option allows users to benefit from the advantages of client-server architecture for a more robust, scalable and accessible system. Smaller firms benefit from additional productivity features that include financial budgeting and timekeeper productivity analysis tools. For most clients, the MS SQL version of PCLaw and PCLawPro will not require a dedicated SQL server. PCLawPro Enterprise and PCLawPlus clients can use the free Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) or the more recent SQL Server 2005 Express Edition which is a free, lightweight version of SQL Server 2005.


Handy Little Labelers

From filing legal documents to planning the office open house, Seiko Instruments has three fully functional single-label printers that make arranging an event or organizing the office a snap. With a stylish and sleek industrial design, Seiko’s Smart Label Printers can print customized labels in any style and size. Plus, their portable size makes them a convenient tool for legal secretaries, law clerks or paralegals to use at their desks or at off-site events. Users can select fonts and import graphics and text from standard applications such as Word, Outlook, WordPerfect, ACT!, GoldMine or Palm Desktop software, so there is never any need to retype. Seiko’s Smart Label Printers support both PC and Mac users and come with budget-friendly prices.


Revved-Up Performance Data

The Elite Business Intelligence solution from Thomson Elite now offers enhanced capabilities and more ways to retrieve and share performance data. These tools empower firm decision makers and business analysts to gain deeper insight and visibility into operations and client business relationships. Elite Business Intelligence produces near real-time productivity metrics and analytics from a single integrated business intelligence (BI) platform. The solution facilitates data retrieval, reporting, query and analysis. Elite Business Intelligence delivers these powerful enhancements with the support of Business Objects XI, the latest version of Business Objects’ enterprise BI platform. Highlights of the new release include Live Office, which allows users to embed graphs and other BI data directly into Microsoft Office suite programs, and Discussions, which enables collaborative, threaded notes within a specific report. Single Report Bursts is a new publication and subscription feature that allows reports to be distributed throughout the firm so recipients see their own personalized data. New Web Query and Analysis tools create complex reports from multiple data sources. In addition, Process Tracker allows firms to visually map, track and communicate standardized business processes through a set of activities and their associated BI content for more consistent and proactive decision making.



[Side-by-Side Counsel Comparisons]

LexisNexis has introduced an enhanced version of its Martindale-Hubbell Web site at www.martindale.com, featuring a new side-by-side comparison tool that allows users to compare the credentials of various law firms or individual lawyers. The new comparison tool enables buyers of legal services to simultaneously compare up to four law firms or lawyers based on specific decision support criteria, such as areas of practice, size of firm, office locations, educational background and bar admissions. In addition, the latest version of martin dale.com includes a simplified search form, a new browse capability for lawyer and law firm searches, and other new functionality for enhanced Web searching directly from the law firm profile pages.


[Hosted Matter Management]

Corprasoft has introduced CLDHosted, an innovative licensing option for in-house legal departments that allows them to deploy a matter management system without a lot of the typical up-front information technology costs. With CLDHosted, Corprasoft physically hosts the hardware and software required to operate Corprasoft Legal Desktop (CLD), the company’s matter management system for in-house legal departments. This alternative subscription model licensing arrangement offers customers greater flexibility and lower initial costs of system deployment because it removes the burden of internal IT requirements. Software updates and e-mail technical support services from Corprasoft are included in the annual per-user fees.


[Anonymous Surfing Software]

Anonymizer Inc.’s Anonymizer Anonymous Surfing is now available for the SandiskCruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium USB flash drives, utilizing U3 technology. This powerful software package protects the identity of users when surfing the Internet and ensures secure browsing at any computer. It also safeguards users with proactive protection against critical online security threats, such as phishing scams and pharming attacks. U3 is a new platform for smart drives that enables a private, secure and protected experience on any Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 PC. The devices will be able to launch a variety of U3-compatible, or “U3 smart,” software programs. Users can download U3 smart Anonymous Surfing for a free 30-day trial at the address below.