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LegalTech West Coast Preview: Day 1
Law Technology News
LegalTech West Coast opens today at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles with more than 60 exhibitors and 20 educational sessions where participants can earn up to 13 continuing legal education credits. The sessions are grouped into multiple tracks including two days of sessions of interest to corporate counsel, as well as sessions for information technology best practices, law firm security, and litigation technology.
On Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Kevin Genirs, general counsel for Investment Banking at Barclays Capital and former general counsel for Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers will kick off the show by sharing his recollections of the events that lead to the financial crisis of 2008.
On Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., Joel Brenner, of counsel to Cooley and author of America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime and Warfare, discusses the increased threat sophisticated cyberspies are posing to corporations and law firms in the U.S. and what steps need to be taken to safeguard data.
LegalTech West Coast is more relaxed than the New York show and is not noted for product debuts. But there are exceptions to the rule, such as MyCase Inc., which opened in Los Angeles in 2010. This year Flat Rock Systems will debut its Genu (pronounced gee-new) case management tool in booth 415 in the exhibit hall, which is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And there is plenty more to see.
Ipro Tech Inc. (booth 201) announced the release of Eclipse SE 2.0, a desktop version of the company's e-discovery review product, Ipro Eclipse. The desktop version does not require a back-end SQL database.
Eclipse SE uses a proprietary, flat-file system in place of an SQL database. The new review software aims to give small and medium-sized law firms and corporations access to enterprise-class review software that does not require a significant investment, but aims to deliver features that include image and native file ingestion, document view history, redaction tools, support for deposition and court transcripts, and individual folder options for viewing. See Figure 1.
Cabinet NG (booth 220) , a document management and workflow management software provider, released CNG-WebSync after LegalTech New York. CNG WebSynch is a desktop application that integrates the company's CNG-SAFE DMS with third-party web applications. The integration aims to synchronize and manage documents from single interface
With a web application, such as Salesforce.com, CNG-WebSync will access information on demand from documents filed in CNG-SAFE. See Figure 2.
Nuix' legal hold software as a service, like Legal Hold Pro, is a cloud-based legal hold notification and compliance tracking system that tracks, notifies, and analyzes data from custodians subject to legal holds. Nuix's system, however, works with its own collection and eDiscovery software. Nuix Legal Hold is designed to manage the e-discovery process from the event that triggers the legal hold, e.g., the service of a summons and complaint, to collecting, indexing, and producing electronically stored information.
Last month at NAB, Aspera Inc. (booth 414) unveiled Aspera Shares, a new secure web application that supports file and directory sharing, of unlimited size, inside and outside of law firms among clients, outside counsel, even service providers, such as e-discovery.
Aspera Shares works over public, private, and hybrid cloud storage services and is accessed through a standard web browser that displays a consolidated view of all available (read: accessible) data located on multiple and disparate server nodes. The underlying file transport, Aspera fasp, is designed to delivery transfer and management features beyond internet FTP.
Opus 2 International (booth 504), the creators of LiveNote, offer a secure web-based service to law firms to access, annotate, and collaborate on any legal content, including transcripts, documents, and hyperlinked content. The service aims to facilitate case preparation and streamline trial management.
Opus 2 admits that there is no better platform for real-time transcription than Thomson Reuters' LiveNote (See "Act Two" in the April 2012 edition of LTN magazine). According to Opus 2, they have been appointed by Thomson Reuters to provide international support for the product. In effect, the service aims to deliver a transcript via the network to your laptop from a LiveNote qualified reporter. The Opus 2 service supports a variety of electronic formats including ASCII, E-Transcript, and LiveNote.lef, which includes embedded links to evidence exhibits.
Firebark Media (booth 509) aims to introduce an iPad application that will "change the face of litigation in the electonic age." If litigation had only one face, I'd be worried. But if you're in the exhibit hall, it's worth a look to put the drama to rest.
Mimecast (booth 512), a cloud-based email archiving service for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, this month extended its platform support to Windows Phone and the Android operating system. With the company's existing support for Apple iOS and RIM BlackBerry, it now has support for all major smartphone platforms to capture and archive incoming email.
In addition to seeing new products at LegalTech West Coast, take the time you did not have in New York and view some product demonstrations from the likes of Avanstar Inc., Lateral Data LP, and Legal Files Software.
Avanstar (booth 313) released Quick View Plus 12, a desktop file viewing program, at LegalTech New York. QVP lets you view files and attachments without the need to license or use the underlying application that created them. In effect, there is no need to have the native application installed.
Viewers like Quick View Plus are a necessity in any lawyer's tool kit to view client data on demand, without the assistance of IT. QVP maintains original formatting, so you can view content as if you were viewing the original document. See Figures 3 and 4.
Lateral Data (booth 325) will showcase its all-in-one e-discovery platform, Viewpoint, which is designd to support collection, early-case assessment, processing, analysis, review, and production. At LTNY, Lateral Data upgraded ViewPoint to support predictive tagging, aka predictive coding. At the West Coast show, the company aims to demonstrate the value proposition of an AiO e-discovery platform. Since Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan yesterday licensed ViewPoint for their e-discovery needs, its time to check out the products claims: distributed processing to speed collection, e-mail threading, deduplication, support for identifying near-duplications, concept clustering, and automatic tagging or coding.
Legal Files (booth 417), maker of web-based case and matter management software, released Legal Files 8.0 Web at LTNY. The new version sports team to-do and calendar reports, along with management features like task and calendar routing and shared file management. Version 8 also supports Google Maps to locate contacts or obtain directions without leaving the application, an undo button in case you delete an item from the in-box, and enhanced search features.
Legal Files now has a "Last Search" button that makes it easy to repeat a search. For conflict checking, version 8 expands search criteria with new options: "exact," "contains," "sounds like," and "begins with." The application now supports the ability to search on any combination of transaction types, e.g., document, e-mail, calendar, etc.
Unified Communications provider Alteva will showcase its UC Solution for Law Firms in booth 426. Alteva's UC technology aims to facilitate law firm internal and exteral communication to increase productivity and lower response time.
Features of Alteva's UC system include an in-house instant messaging and conferencing system; one phone number that follows and finds key people whether they are in or out of the firm, voice mail in .wav files that can be stored with client files, web-based call reporting and recording tools, and an auto-attendant that can act as a virtual assistant.
This article originally appeared in Law Technology News.