Another topic when training a litigation support newbie is the concept of how we go about getting searchable documents for our document databases. One of the most important reasons why we provide litigators with document databases is to enable the legal team to perform searches across all of the documents in order to find the […]
We create a lot of screenshots in litigation support. We use a number of different software tools to create the screenshots. My favorite is Snagit. This fast tip demonstrates one of my favorite Snagit features and I provide some examples of why I use it. For reference, you can read my previous Snagit article.
When training a newbie in litigation support, I always explain to them the concept of control numbers versus bates numbers. In order to create a litigation document database, we need every record (document) in the database to have a unique identifier field. The criteria for the contents of this field is as follows: 1. The value […]
Concatenate is one of many fancy words we learn while working in litigation support. It is a technical term and it is a verb defined as “to link (things) together in a chain or series.” Most of the time we are using concatenation to piece together multiple values. We also have the ability to insert additional values […]
I have been doing litigation support for a long time. I have worked with many attorneys on many cases. I have worked with many service providers. I know the various processes the attorneys will use to decide which document sets need to be included in the next production set. I have observed the attorneys making promises to […]
In a litigation matter, after the subpoena is received and the custodians are identified, we begin to collect the client’s documents, both hardcopy and electronic. The document collections may be handled by the client’s IT staff and this can be a little concerning if the IT staff does not understand electronic discovery protocols. It is better […]
One of the best practices in Legal Project Management (LPM) is demonstrating to the legal teams how we techies can add value. We were having a team meeting related to a case that had a large document database in Relativity. The legal team had several concurrent sub-projects for this matter. The attorneys were teamed up to resolve […]
I believe that the best way to learn litigation support is by working through real-life, on-the-job scenarios. This article is about a scenario that landed on my plate a few years ago. In a previous article, I talked about the importance of creating cheat sheets in litigation support. After I figured out a solution to […]
Transformation: From Practicing Attorney to Litigation Support Professional, or How to Reprogram Your Brain in 5 Easy Steps (Okay, Not Easy and Not 5, But Worth The Bumps In The Road!) by Diane Enoch-Poling, Esq. The year was 2003. Do you remember where YOU were? Here’s some context: Rapper Eminem won the the 30th Annual […]
One of the terms we use in litigation support is “coding”. Coding refers to putting information into database fields (which we refer to as “populating”) manually, one document at a time. There are some service providers that provide this service. They have a room full of “coders”. We pay them per document to complete the […]
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There is a steep learning curve to learning litigation support. It is like entering another world. We have our own way of communicating. The technology references can be overwhelming. As I described in my article series “What is Litigation Support?”, there are many facets of the job. In addition to learning the industry, the role […]