Case Study – Tracy Ayling

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Name: Tracy Ayling Location: Vancouver, BC What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I spent a number of years working, learning skills and knowledge in many different sectors. I have always had a real hunger for personal growth, and I am someone who needs something to inspire me to continue […]

Case Study – Alex Fernandez

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Name: Alex Fernandez Location: Washington, DC What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? Check processing center for a large bank based out of New York. How did you get the opportunity to join the litigation support community? Needed a second job, maybe a third at the time. Started on the […]

Search Query Success Tip [Free Resource]

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Have you ever gotten frustrated running search queries against a database and it won’t find what you’re looking for? One reason for the lack of success could be that you are not aware of the “stop words” (also called “noise words”) in your particular database system. Over the years, I have had frustrated paralegals and attorneys […]

The Reason The Best Paralegals Are Methodical

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“Stress is the negative whirlwind of emotions that gets imposed on top of our stimulation and engagement.” Andrew J. Bernstein  (See also: a paralegal job) I’m sending today’s post—a topic written upon request—out to all of the incredibly ambitious, hard-working students at Georgetown University, and one of their professors (and a dear friend of mine), […]

Case Study – Clair R. Atkins

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Name: Clair R. Atkins Location: Chicago, IL What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I owned a computer services company in Atlanta. I taught computer classes (in-home and classroom), designed web sites, helped local businesses with their marketing efforts (menus, flyers, etc.), and provided hardware and software support to clients. […]

Fast Tip Friday – Search and Redact Regex Text Patterns Using Adobe Acrobat

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This fast tip demonstrates how to search for custom text patterns using regular expressions and then redact the text. UPDATE: When searching for the XML file locations, you may need to unhide system files before running the search so that you can see this additional location under your user profile: C:\Users\[user profile name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Acrobat\[Acrobat version]\ Preferences\Redaction\ENU. You can […]

Electronic Discovery – Deduplication

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In a previous article on the topic of electronic discovery, I began the conversation about a term we use called “processing”. Now we will discuss one of the stages within the workflow of processing electronic discovery referred to as “deduplication”. Remember, the goal of processing is to get the electronic documents we collected into a format that we can easily […]

Fast Tip Friday – Search and Redact Text Patterns Using Adobe Acrobat

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This fast tip demonstrates how to search for email addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers and dates within a PDF file and then redact any personal identifying information (PII). NOTE:  The Search & Remove Text function can handle a maximum of 500 PDFs at a time. In another Fast Tip Friday tutorial, I demonstrated […]

Case Study – Susan Stone

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  Name: Susan Stone Location: Washington, DC What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I started as an administrative assistant for an IT group supporting a government contract shortly after high school. The group was responsible for computer and network infrastructure support. There wasn’t a strong need for an administrative […]

Case Study – Patrick L. Mathews

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  Name: Patrick L. Mathews Location: Dallas, TX What kind of work were you doing before litigation support found you? I started my career as a paralegal back in the early 90’s. I originally started working for a government agency indexing documents into database systems. At this time scanning was somewhat cost prohibitive so we […]

Electronic Discovery – DeNIST

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In my last article on the topic of electronic discovery, I began the conversation about a term we use called “processing”. Now we will discuss one of the stages within the workflow of processing electronic discovery referred to as “deNISTing”. Why did I type part of the word in all caps? Because it includes an acronym. We use the […]