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matrix of e-discovery software

How eDiscovery Works

How eDiscovery Works

Greg Buckles of the EDRM Project has created an easy to use, expandable matrix of e-discovery specific applications. This is not the only legal software list (litigation support firm lexbe has one here, and Findlawhas long had some level of software listings) this one should make it easy to sort through the veritable forest of ED applications out there, all of which claim to be the greatest thing since you-know-what.

ABA TechShow: The Video

Live from TechShow 2009 ...

Live from TechShow 2009 ...

 

Thought I’d share some choice video from TechShow 2009 featuring all 4 of the Best of Show winners that I wrote up in TechnoLawyer, plus interviews with some of my heroes such as Bob Ambrogi, Jay Funeberg, and Kevin O’Keefe, as well as sightings of legal blogging all-stars like Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighelle. I’m still excited.  

 

See related videos here and find me on YouTube as practicehacker

ABA TechShow 2009 – Short and SaaSy

Were the ABA Damnit!

We're the ABA Damnit! We own you!

This was my 10th year at ABA Technology Show in Chicago. This year was particularly cool.  Here’s why:

Meeting The Heavies: To me, seeing people like Dennis Kennedy, Tom Mighelle, Bob Ambrogi, Jim Calloway, Kevin O’Keefe, Brett Burney, Andy Atkins, Jay Foonberg (!) and the rest of my pretend blog friends … I mean pretend LinkedIn friends … is like reconnecting with long lost relatives. Exciting and a little intimidating. But all of them were really great and down to earth. Except that Kennedy. Such a prima donna. I kid, I kid.

Meeting Canadians: Who can forget meeting the Great Librarian of Upper Canada! Beat that. Then there was Phil of the Future (my name for him), Steve Matthews (nice guy), Brett Burney (I think he’s Canadian), Dominic Jaar (vive la Quebec libre!), the boys from Clio (or as I called them, the Booth Babes), and a host of other talent from the Great White North. It was great to meet you all: now go back where the ice doesn’t melt until July.

Technology Becoming Accepted: This year for the first time in memory I noticed a preponderance of grey hairs and the careful gait of partners scoping out potential buys for their offices.  This was not the brash, flash-in-the-pan TechShow of the late-90’s in which the Internet was decried as a fad.

SaaS, Saas, and more Saas: Software as a service was all over the place, and by next year it will be pervasive. This year I was knocked out by the number and variety of kick-ass SaaS providers at the show including Clio, RocketMatter, and VLO Tech. Clio was my hands-down favorite for a number of reasons – I intend to use it in my own practice. Whatever your cup of tea, the idea of throwing away the IT department in favor of the Cloud is gaining traction fast.

Less is … Less: One lamentable fact about this  year’s show – there was less of it than I’ve seen in a long time. Another casualty of the economy I’d say, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that many legal technology vendors have been slaves to profit instead of boosters for innovation and the slow economy is making it painfully apparent what a royal screw job they’ve been giving lawyers all these years. Many players couldn’t make it ? Good riddance to bad company.

Other than that however, it was a great experience as always and one that I heartily recommend to one and all. If you haven’t been to TechShow, go there. If you have, come back. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

For more coverage see my SmallLaw Column in TechnoLawyer.

Check out Twitter coverage of TechShow.

As always, I’d love your thoughts. E-mail me at mhedayat[at]mha-law.com or tweet me @practichacker.

ttyl 🙂

Legal Feeds on Twitter

So you’re pretty hip, right? You’ve got the connections. The blog. The Facebook account. You’re even on Twitter (whatever that is …). Whether you know how to use it or not, Twitter is the direction in which the Internet is taking communication (or is communication going there anyway?) so here is a handy list of legal news feeds that you can currently subscribe to on Twitter, courtesy of the brain trust over at JD Supra (the best damn legal form site you can build for $10,000,000!)

  • ABAJournal – continuous news updates from the ABA’s “leading legal affairs magazine and website”…
  • LexMonitor – from LexBlog, a daily review of law blogs and journals, highlighting prominent legal discussion on all subjects…
  • PhilaCourts – streaming Philadelphia court news…
  • lawtweets – U.K. law news and tweets (one of the first legal news feeds via Twitter, from Nick Holmes and infolaw)…
  • tradelawnews – news and information on export controls, customs law, the FCPA, antidumping law, and other international trade issues…
  • ImmAdvocates – from Immigration Advocates Network, a free online network that supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants’ rights nationwide…
  • overlawyered – feed of posts from “the oldest law blog” skewering everything litigious…
  • pointoflaw – feed from the web magazine sponsored by the Manhattan Institute; information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system…
  • Farmworker Justice – from Harvesting Justice, advocates for farmworkers’ and immigrants’ rights…
  • technola – from the eponymous technology blog for legal aid and public interest advocates…
  • lawiscool – feeds from a Canadian law school blog and podcast…
  • Copyright Law – relevant links from multiple news sources, culled by prof. Michael Scott, Southwestern Law School…
  • juristnews – real-time legal news from Jurist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law…
  • SEC Investor Ed. – links to updates from the Securities and Exchange Commission…
  • Technology & Media Alerts – feed of alerts and news covering legislation and developments in Technology, Media, and Communications law (fr. JD Supra)…
  • Commercial Law Alerts – alerts and news covering developments in commercial law: securities, taxation, banking, antitrust, etc (JD Supra)…
  • Law Practice News – articles and newsletters covering issues, products, and services in Legal Practice (JD Supra)…
  • Legal Alerts – newsletters, articles, and alerts covering all subjects & published by lawyers, firms, & legal professionals on JD Supra.

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