Case Study – Oliver Silva

Name:  Oliver Silva Location: Boston MA What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I held various managerial positions within IT for government agencies involving the investigation and prosecution of criminal and civil matters. My core responsibilities related to the management and support of databases and business applications. How did you get […]

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Client/Matter Name vs Case Nickname vs Caption

In litigation support, we organize electronic discovery and our working files on the server by the specific client matter. A matter in the legal industry is the “new case” for which the attorneys have been hired by the client to provide legal services. Every “new case” is assigned a new client/matter number by the accounting […]

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Listen Up! There is No J-E-R-K in the Word TEAM

I get more and more irritated and bummed when I hear about another instance of “drama” within a litigation support department. It doesn’t have to be that way. The structure of litigation support teams can look like these examples: 1. The department is divided into teams within the same location. There could be a team […]

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Are You a Natural Project Manager?

Last week I attended a lunch hour panel discussion on Legal Project Management. It was organized by my friend, Tracy Drynan, on behalf of the eDiscovery Committee under the District of Columbia Bar Litigation Section at the request of Ellen (“Elle”) Pyle, the current Committee Chair. Tracy invited Ed Lin, Jessica Robinson and James Whitehead […]

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Tools of the Trade – 7-Zip

This entry is Item 17 of 17 in the series Tools of the Trade

In litigation support, we share data with others. In fact, some might say that is the majority of what we do. In almost all instances, we have a fairly standard practice of “zipping up” the data. We have learned over the years that it is a good practice. In the old days, we first used […]

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Litigation Support Thanksgiving

When it comes to the Thanksgiving holiday, Litigation Support professionals always have some things to be thankful for. Below are some examples that come to mind. We are thankful when a process that we kicked off to run for hours finished successfully. We are thankful when we do NOT hear from the legal team over the weekend. […]

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Electronic Discovery – Legal Hold

One of the first steps taken in a litigation matter is to put in place a “legal hold” with the client. It might also be referred to as a “litigation hold”. When it comes to electronic discovery, this is one of the most important steps and it must not be overlooked. Litigation matters always take […]

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9 Instructors That Inspired My Litigation Support Career

In the beginning of my litigation support career I remember attending industry events, listening to the speakers and taking a bunch of notes. I was a human sponge, learning from people that were willing to put themselves out there as leaders in our industry. For those of you near my age, you might recognize some […]

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Electronic Discovery on a First Date

For those of us who have been working around litigators for years, we are very aware of what the term “electronic discovery” means. We are familiar with why it exists and how it effects the practice of law for litigators. But, how should we describe “electronic discovery” to someone who has never heard the term […]

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4 Weeks with a Litigation Support Newbie

Last summer I wrote about my month with a litigation support newbie. It was my first time hosting a student intern from the paralegal studies program at Georgetown University. You can read that article here. Over the last year, Elizabeth completed her Project Management Masters program in Boston and then she took and passed the PMP […]

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Litigation Support Guru Birthday

Two years ago, on September 12, LitigationSupportGuru.com went live. It was also my birthday. I’ll never forget how excited I was. I would like to thank all of the people who have spread the word about Litigation Support Guru to friends, colleagues and newbies. I also want to thank those that left comments over the […]

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What is Litigation Support? Trial Presentation

This entry is Item 8 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. One of the careers within litigation support is Trial Presentation. […]

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Guru Quiz 4 – Litigation Support Game Show

Guru Quiz 4 – Litigation Support Game Show

This quiz is formatted like a Game Show. It covers 5 categories: Technical, Project Management, eDiscovery, Best Practices and Litigation. The quiz can be attempted multiple times. Click on the red Quiz button to begin the quiz. Good luck! PS – This quiz can be played on your iPad if you have this free app […]

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What is Litigation Support? Trainer

This entry is Item 7 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. One of the careers within litigation support is a Trainer. […]

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What is Litigation Support? Marketer and Speaker

This entry is Item 6 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. Two careers within litigation support are Marketing and Speaking. The […]

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Podcast for Litigation Support Guru

I am very excited to share with you that I have created a brand new podcast for the Litigation Support Guru community. I have been working on it for months and I am launching with several podcast episodes already recorded. Podcasting has a pretty steep learning curve. Who would have thought I would be learning […]

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What is Litigation Support? Vendor Management

This entry is Item 5 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. One of the careers within litigation support is Vendor Management. […]

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What is Litigation Support? Help Desk / IT Support

This entry is Item 4 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. One of the careers within litigation support is Help […]

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Dinner with Litigation Support Newbies

Last Friday I could just barely get through the work day. I was so excited. I was beaming all day. A few weeks earlier, I had arranged to have dinner with six of the graduates from Georgetown University’s eDiscovery/Advanced Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management program. David Carns and Kelly Holdcraft started the program in the 2011 Summer […]

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What is Litigation Support? Legal Technology Expert

This entry is Item 3 of 8 in the series What is Litigation Support?

A career in litigation support encompasses multiple careers. This series of articles will describe how each plays a part in litigation support. Overall, litigation support can be described as: We assist litigators. We speak and translate geek. We work with litigation discovery, primarily in electronic format. One of the careers within litigation support is a […]

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