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One Legal named among US’s top-20 “most promising” legal tech firms

For the last couple of years, we’ve been working hard to combine our 25 years of filing and serving expertise with the latest developments in online tech (have you seen CaseLink, our tool for managing complex cases?). Now, we’re pleased to let you know that we’ve been recognized by a leading industry journal for our efforts.

A panel of industry experts, brought together by the respected technology magazine CIO Review, have named One Legal among their top-20 “most promising” legal technology firms in all of the United States. The magazine’s panel, which looked at our existing products as well as our pipeline, noted, in particular, our unique single portal for both online and offline filing, which significantly simplifies the document filing process for litigators.

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The award comes on top of recent recognition by California’s legal community. In The Recorder magazine’s annual “Best of 2015″ legal products and services survey of over 3,000 legal professionals, One Legal was the overwhelming favorite for both process serving and getting documents filed at court.It is the third consecutive year that One Legal has been named top in California by Recorder readers, meaning we enter their “hall of fame” — a real vote of confidence!

In addition to looking at our popular platform for court filing and process serving, the CIO Review panel also highlighted the success that our new product, CaseLink, has had in reducing the risk of errors in the filing and exchange of documents in complex civil litigation. They noted how, in San Diego – where CaseLink is widely used for construction defect cases – the ability to quickly and easily serve documents online with all parties, via an automatically managed service list, has saved firms hours of work and stress.

In our press release highlighting the award, our VP & GM, Noah Aron, emphasized how the award recognizes the efforts we’ve been making to combine our legal know-how with the latest technology:

“This award demonstrates the strength of One Legal’s efforts to harness the incredible tech talent around our home in the Bay Area and our drive to create products that markedly improves the efficiency of law offices.

“As the California courts move toward eFiling, we’re seeing a complex landscape of electronic and physical-only courts being created. Our platform bridges this gap by providing a unique single portal for filing, regardless of whether the court is online or not.

“The next 12-months are going to be a really exciting time for One Legal as we further develop our SaaS offering which will allow firms to file, serve, research, and manage papers through a single portal. We’re honored that CIO Review has recognized our efforts to build innovative solutions  to improve how law firms work.”

You can read more about the award on the CIO Review website.

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California Civil Procedure Code Changes Allow for Faster Service of Process

At One Legal we’ve long prided ourselves in being among the most successful process servers in the business. Until recently, the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) for service inside a gated community contained a rule hindering unannounced access to the party being served.

Service of Process and Gated Communities

This rule (CCP 415.21, if you’re interested) required that, in addition to providing your ID and a valid Process Server Registration, servers had to identify the person(s) being served to the guard at a gated community. Some guards also insisted on being told the exact address to be served – something not required in the code.

The consequence would typically be that the guard either tipped off the person being served by calling ahead or insisted on accompanying the server to the residence. In both cases, the result was often that the intended servee was able to evade being served.

Why the 2015 Rule Change Means Faster Service of Process

Fortunately, since January 1st this year new rules have been in effect and we’re pleased to say that the change has made a huge difference.

The new code no longer contains the requirement that the server provide the identity of the person(s) to be served and there remains no requirement to provide an address. The code therefore effectively gives servers “unannounced access” into the gated community.

All of our servers have been working according to the new code since the New Year and have been advised to carry copies of the revised code to share with any skeptical gatekeepers. Gaining unannounced access clearly provides for a much greater opportunity to effectuate service on your behalf.

Because we provide service of process in all 50 states and the District of Columbia we take great care to stay on top of all of the various rule changes that might help us to deliver your documents faster. It’s just one reason why we’re industry leaders in process service with an enviable success rate. Find out more about process serving with One Legal.

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Get to know the One Legal team

Interview: Richard Heinrich, Content Marketing Manager

At One Legal, we’re a diverse team of over 170. Based across California, at our headquarters in the Bay Area and in branch offices around the state, we work together every day to ensure a seamless and high-quality experience to our customers.

We’re proud of our team and the broad range of skills and talents we possess. Over the next few months, we’ll be posting a series of short interviews with some of our staff so that you can better get to know the people behind One Legal.

This month we interviewed Richard Heinrich. Richard is One Legal’s Content Marketing Manager who is not only new to the company, but also to the United States.

Richard Heinrich

Richard Heinrich

Q1: What brought you to the Bay Area?

I moved to California, from my native Britain, earlier this year to accompany my wife who was starting a new job as a research scientist at UCSF.

Being a Londoner I’m used to living in a fast-paced city, but the Bay Area is something else. There is an infectious innovative energy and attitude that no problem should remain unsolved that is unmatched anywhere else I’ve been. It is a really exciting place to be living!

Q2: How did you come to work at One Legal?

I joined the One Legal team in August this year. My career background is as a communications and marketing professional in the professional services sector, most recently with the Law Society of England and Wales (Broadly speaking, the British version of the American Bar Association).

The opportunity presented by One Legal to combine my expertise communicating to, and on behalf of, legal professionals with the chance to be part of an innovative and growing technology company was too good to pass up.

Q3: So, you’ve experienced the legal profession in Britain and now in the United States; how do they compare?

Because of the shared common law histories, the legal systems in the US and in Britain are actually quite similar so it wasn’t too much of a culture shock! Because of this shared history, much of the specialist legal terminology is the same, many laws are very similar, and the structure of the courts system is broadly comparable.

There are other similarities too: in both countries the majority of legal professionals work in smaller firms, both are seeing rapid growth (especially in the numbers of paralegals), and both are just beginning to start realizing the efficiencies that new technology can provide.

In other ways they’re really different. Britain, in the legal profession at least, still clings on to a lot of old fashioned and arcane traditions, a lot of which are a bit silly. Not only are many of Britain’s court buildings older than the United States itself, but also many of the rules, around court dress and ways to speak when in court, haven’t advanced much either. For example, there are at least 12 varieties of court dress in Britain (including several varieties of wig), and at least 16 different ways to address a judge (The Right Honorable Lord President… etc).

British Judges

British Judges

Q4: You’re One Legal’s Content Marketing Manger. What does that involve?

It can really change day by day! Generally, it’s my job to oversee the production of One Legal’s online and offline content, which includes our blog, newsletters, social media, and product information flyers and so on. It also means I get involved in writing our in-product messages, and product guides, etc. – essentially I try to make all our content as easy to understand as possible so that our customers can get on with their day without trying to decipher our messages!

I also try to create content that our customers will find genuinely useful to: this ranges from tips and advice for getting the most out of One Legal, to sharing the latest updates about changes to court rules and procedures, and more general advice on how to be more efficient and productive in a law office.

One major challenge for me, as a Brit, has been adapting to the surprisingly expansive differences in spelling and grammar between the Britain and the US. George Bernard Shaw really was right when he said that our two countries are “divided by a common language.” I’m doing as much remedial learning of American English as I can, but if the occasional additional letter (favourite instead of favorite, for example!) sneaks in, I hope you’ll forgive me!

Q5: What have been your favorite things about the job so far?

The fantastic team here at One Legal is definitely my number one favorite thing by far. The combination of real subject-matter experts, who have years of experience of the courts and the legal profession, and enthusiastic engineers and product specialists who are buzzing to create new and innovative tools, makes for a great work atmosphere.

I’m really enjoying the pace here as well. The firm may have 25 years of experience, but it hasn’t lost its start-up energy. There’s a really infectious desire here to constantly improve and offer even more solutions to our customers. The fast pace, and exciting daily challenges, certainly mean that no day is ever boring!

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5 Legal Writing Tips From Leading Legal Authorities

5 Legal Writing Tips From Leading Legal Authorities

A career in the law means a career spent writing. Almost all legal work, in one way or another, boils down to some form of writing: submissions to the court, emails to clients, memos for colleagues. Yet, despite this, clear, useful, and actionable advice for improving legal writing skills is hard to come by.

There is some great advice out there, though. Here at One Legal we’re not content with any old advice, however. We’ve searched through advice from some of the legal world’s leading authorities to find the best legal writing tips out there.

Here is the results of our labor: our five top pieces of legal writing advice from the English language’s leading legal thinkers.

#1 Bryan Garner (Editor, Black’s Law Dictionary) – Be sure you understand your client’s problem

Author and legal writing guru Bryan Garner says that is it vital that you fully understand the client’s problem before beginning to write. He says: “When given an assignment ask plenty of questions. Read the relevant documents and take good notes. Learn all you can about the client’s situation.”

He concludes: “There’s almost no way to write a good memo in the abstract.” So, to write successfully, you must be fully briefed – though be warned that you may need to take the initiative here, rather than assuming all of the necessary background will be shared with you.

#2 UC Hastings – Avoid Legalese

Hastings Law School, part of the University of California, warn against overuse of specialist legal words and phrases (so-called “legalese”). They advise their students to “avoid words and terms that waste words and confuse readers” and instead “use simpler, more common word alternatives.”

What should be avoided, specifically? Latin, French, and archaic English words (ab initio, inter alias, heretofore and so on) are definitely out. Uniquely legal phrasing, such as speaking in triplicate (e.g. “give, devise and bequeath”) and meaningless phrases (e.g. “the case at bar”) that are likely to baffle the general public are also discouraged.

In fact, it appears that plain language is even preferred by lawyers. A law school study that asked lawyers to rate different writing styles found that a big majority favored a simpler style:

advice on better legal writing

#3 Lord Neuberger (President of the UK Supreme Court) – Follow a clear structure

When it comes to legal writing advice, few people have more authority than Lord Neuberger. The President of the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court, says a clear structure is vital if writing is to be easily understandable.

Memos, motions, and arguments should all follow the same clear format, he says: an introductory summary that states the document’s conclusion, statement of the applicable rules, analysis of the case’s specifics, and a conclusion.

Legal writing should have clear paragraphs (each focusing only on a single topic), and be broken up with meaningful headers and sub-headers so that the reader can quickly identify the most relevant sections, he adds.

#4 Prof. Eugene Volokh (Professor of Law at UCLA) – Use the active voice and be concise

Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA and blogger at The Washington Post, advises using the active voice in your writing. What does that mean? Basically, in an active sentence the subject is doing the action, whereas in the passive voice the target of the action gets promoted to the subject position.

The difference is often a clear and easy to understand sentence versus one that is unnecessarily confusing:

advice on improving legal writing

Closely related is the need to be concise and avoid verbosity. Bad legal writing, Volokh argues, contains run-on sentences containing numerous qualifying phrases. Far better to write in several short sentences, he says:

writing tips for lawyers#5 Ross Guberman (Lawyer and award-winning journalist) – Drop dead-weight openers

Ross Guberman, a lawyer and award-winning journalist, recommends that in order to be more agreeable, you should avoid dead-weight openers such as however, additionally, accordingly. These phrases can be replaced by lighter weight alternatives like thus, so, but, and also.

Chief Justice Roberts, President of the United States Supreme Court is a great example of this style, he says:

How lawyers can improve their legal writing

Have we missed some great advice? What’s the best legal writing advice you’ve seen? Please share your top tips or links in the comments.

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5 Online Tools to Help You Manage Litigation More Efficiently

There are few jobs that demand more organizational skill than managing a busy attorney’s office. Keeping on top of all of the paperwork can be a tough task – especially when there are multiple cases and dozens of documents and filing deadlines to be monitored.

Fortunately, there are tons of free, or cheaply available, online tools out there to help you stay on top of things and manage the workload of your law office more efficiently.

Here are five of the best tools we’ve heard attorneys and paralegals are using to manage litigation more efficiently.

Trello – Organize the flow of work  

Law offices are collaborative places, often with several people working on the same case. This sort of working can quickly get confusing, with people unclear on how their tasks fit into the bigger picture and whether prior tasks have been completed. Trello, a free and simple project management tool, can help to overcome these problems.

In Trello you create a board for each project (a case you’re working on perhaps), and then set up boards (by default these are “to do”, “in progress” and “done”, but you can add others) which are then populated with tasks. You can allocate tasks to team members who, once invited, can create and move tasks around the board so that everyone stays up to date.

Online tools for making law offices more efficient

Fetch – Get automatic notifications of case updates

Fed up with having to constantly spend time going online to check whether new documents have been added to a case? Fetch removes that hassle by automatically sending you a notification when a new document has been added to the court docket of a case you’ve asked it to follow. Neat, huh?

The tool is currently available in San Francisco and Orange County, but will be extending to additional courts in the near future. It’s well worth trying out. For the first three cases you follow, it’s even completely free!

Tools to help paralegals be more efficient at work

Grammarly – Make absolutely sure you’re free of spelling or grammar errors

We all dread the possibility of accidently submitting a court document that contains a spelling mistake, typo, or grammatical error. Ideally we’d always write with plenty of time to spare for proofreading. However, if you’re under time pressure that isn’t always the case, and it’s inevitable that some errors will sneak in.

The check built into the word processor will only catch so much, though. To avoid more complicated errors of grammar and syntax, you need a sharper tool. That’s where Grammarly comes in. It’s a like a super spelling and grammar checker that will find over 250 errors that are commonly missed by the Microsoft Word checker, explain where you went wrong, and offer useful advice on corrections.

Tools to help paralegals and attorneys be more efficient

Dropbox – Access your documents from any device with an internet connection

These days it’s vital to have easy access to your files, wherever you are and to be able to share documents with ease between colleagues. You could spend thousands on an office server to achieve this – or you could use Dropbox.

Dropbox is a really simple cloud-based storage service that removes any need for your own server. With Dropbox, files are stored in the cloud and accessible to those with the right permissions and logins wherever they have an internet connection. So, no more emailing documents between colleagues or remembering to upload the latest docs on a memory stick before you leave the office!

Understandably legal professionals have concerns about security. Fortunately, Dropbox has responded in recent years to concerns and really beefed up their security. For more advice check out these top Dropbox tips from our friends at the San Francisco Bar Association.

Great tools to help paralegals be more efficient

One Legal – File, serve and research court papers through a single platform

In parts of the country, such as California, where county courts are moving towards eFiling at different speeds, a complex patchwork of filing requirements is being created. Were it not for One Legal this would mean remembering multiple court requirements and managing multiple filing services.

Fortunately, unlike other providers that are limited to either electronic or only physical filing services, One Legal is a single platform that will allow you to complete both your physical legal support needs and your electronic filing and service needs.

In addition, the same One Legal platform allows you add on courtesy physical copies, to serve papers anywhere in the United States and to request and retrieve court documents from any US courthouse. All at the touch of a button through a single login.

Cheap apps to help lawyers be more efficient

We think these simple online tools have the power to save law firms hours of time and effort, and help you to manage litigation more efficiently. Join the conversation. Tell us your favorite time-saving online tools in the comments. Have you tried these tools? Let us know how you got on.

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7 TED Talks All Legal Professionals Should Watch

Legal professionals – Paralegals, Legal Secretaries, and Attorneys – often get information and educational material from the same sources: legal websites, magazines, and professional organizations. That’s great, but it can end up being a little stale.

There’s a risk that, if we’re all reading, listening, and watching the same material, then we’ll end up in an echo chamber, all espousing the same conventional wisdom.

There’s a fantastic, easily accessible, and completely free source of unique insights that can help us to break free from the bubble, however: TED Talks. These quick presentations (they range from three to 18 minutes in length) delivered by notable academics, politicians, and business leaders at TED conferences across the world are a great source of unique, out-of-the-box insights.

There are over 2,000 talks on the TED website, so how do you decide which are worth your time? Fear not! We’ve rounded up the seven most uniquely insightful, motivational and inspiring talks for legal professionals out there.

Did we miss a talk that you love? Share it with us in the comments.

1. Let’s simplify legal jargon

Many of the legal documents that we see have a ton of legal jargon. In this TED Talk, Alan Siegel stresses the importance of having documents in plain English so everyone can understand them. With plain words, we can achieve “clarity, transparency, and simplicity”, he argues.

2. Your body language shapes who you are

People read your expressions and body language from the minute they see you. What you portray affects how others judge you and how you may feel about yourself. What you might not realize, though, is that your body language actually has the potential to affect your mood, your motivation and your mental performance too. In this talk, Harvard’s Professor Amy Cuddy reveals all.

3. How I defend the rule of law

Kimberly Motley explains how people who are supposed to be protected by the law have instead had it used against them. Laws, she argues, are used in ways that they are not intended to be used by governments across the world – not least in Afghanistan where Motley defends minority rights. Standing up and defending the correct application of the law takes strength of character to overcome the challenges of both law and culture

4. Dare to disagree

Conflict at work can be a good thing? Really? British academic Magaret Heffernen uses a lifetime of research to argue that when you find persons who are different than yourself, it makes you think differently and challenge how you view things. Some of the best co-workers and partners are those that do not completely agree with each other, but rather those that disagree with each other. It helps to allow people to be more creative and work together to change problems and processes.

5. The happy secret to better work

Instead of being average and normal, what is it that makes people be above the average? How can we increase everyone’s level to be above the average? By studying those outliers, Shawn Achor explains how we think that we have to be successful to be happy. If we change how we view happiness and success then we can change our work behavior and enhance performance.

6. Eight secrets of success

Richard St John expertly reduces a two-hour lecture to just three minutes. What do you think leads to success? Here’s the eight steps that lead to successfulness, all arising out of his years’ of research and experience at some of the world’s leading universities.

7. The puzzle of motivation

Everything we think we know about motivation in the workplace is wrong. That’s what Dan Pink argues in this great short talk on why rewards are not always as motivating as conventional wisdom would have us think.

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Top 25 Twitter Accounts for Paralegals

The Top 25 Twitter Accounts For Paralegals

25 Essential Twitter Accounts For Paralegals You Need to Follow

Twitter is only as useful as the accounts you follow. Follow the right influencers in your sector, and you’ve got an instant source of the latest news, views and innovations from your niche. Do otherwise and, well, it quickly becomes a void.

But how to decide who to follow? Who are the leading voices on Twitter in the paralegal space?

Look no further. Here at One Legal we’ve spent hours pouring over the best of Twitter to find you the top-25 paralegal Tweeters. These industry experts and insiders tweet all of the legal insights you need to stay in the know.

Here’s the full list, ranked by their number of followers. If you want to follow them all, why not sign-up to our list?

We’re not going to stop at providing you with the leading paralegal Tweeters, however. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing our lists of the top-25 Twitter accounts to follow among legal secretaries, insurance attorneys, and complex civil litigators. To make sure you receive these lists, register for our blog updates now:

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1. @ABAJournal

ABA Journal

“Continuous news updates from the United States; most-read and most-respected legal affairs magazine and website”

2. @MillieTiffany

Millie Tiffany

“Author of TIPS ON YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM | Litigation Paralegal | Specializations: PI & Family Law | Hiking | Yoga | Nature | Music | Art | Life’s Meaning”

3. @Law_Crossing


“LawCrossing Reviews, Legal Jobs, Law Jobs, Attorney and Paralegal Jobs, Legal Recruitment, legal job openings.”

@Law_Crossing Twitter Feed

@Law_Crossing Twitter Feed

4. @ParaGate

“The most important goal of Paralegal Gateway is to assist Paralegals and recognize the important role they play in the legal community”

5. @ExpertParalegal

Lynne DeVenny

“Litigation paralegal, blogger at The Goodwill Fangirl, I’m feeling puckish punctuation lover – and M&M addict :P”

6. @jennyblake


“Paralegal, writer, blogger, into natural beauty, wine and the great outdoors”

7. @VickiVoisin

Paralegal Mentor

“ParalegalMentor, paralegal trainer/mentor, and speaker author”

@VickiVoisin Twitter Feed

@VickiVoisin Twitter Feed

8. @estrin

Chere Estrin

“Chairperson, OLP Org. of Legal Professionals; Editor-in-Chief, KNOW Magazine; Editor-in-Chief, OLP eJournal; CEO, Paralegal Knowledge Institute”

9. @AmyParalegal7

Amy Paralegal

“Building legal knowledge; litigation, law, e-discovery; considered opinion & news. #law #legal #litigation #attorneys #learning

10. @paralegalslo

Paralegal SLO

“Paralegal San Luis Obispo”

11. @ParalegalLife


“In House Paralegal • First Class Honours LLB • Views are my own”

12. @NALStweet

NALS, Inc.

“NALS is dedicated to paralegals, legal assistants and legal secretaries and has been providing legal education, certifications and networking for over 85 years!”

@NALStweet Twitter Feed

@NALStweet Twitter Feed

13. @CathyRibble

Cathy Ribble

“Virtual Paralegal tweeting mainly @DigiParalegal, Advanced Certified Paralegal-National Association of Legal Assistants, Owner Digital Paralegal Services, LLC”

14. @kerryspence5616

Kerry Spence

“One of the 1st paralegals on the planet, lover of law by & for the people, #paralegal consultant, speaker, daughter of trial attorney Gerry Spence”

15. @DaphneDrescher

Daphne Drescher

“Experienced virtual litigation paralegal, small business owner, educator, writer, avid reader, cooking & wine enthusiast”

@DaphneDrescher Twitter Feed

@DaphneDrescher Twitter Feed

16. @LighthousePara


“Freelance Paralegal support services for attys, firms & in-house legal. We’re at your service in NJ, GA, nationwide & internationally!”

17. @SeethingMead

David Mead

“Law professor, UEA: public order/protest/policing & UK human rights. Poor but inveterate punster & Converse collector. Comments on law, politics, sport & music”

18. @harry_fine

Harry Fine Paralegal

“Harry Fine, President of Harry Fine Paralegal Services provides quality training advocacy and RECO approved course on Residential Tenancy Law for Realtors.”

19. @OC_Paralegal

OC Paralegal Assoc


@OC_Paralegal Twitter Feed

@OC_Paralegal Twitter Feed

20. @StephRSterling

Stephanie Sterling

“Senior Litigation Paralegal, SBOT PD District 4 Director & Parliamentarian; CAPA Public Relations Chair & Past President; Wife, Mom, fitness enthusiast”

21. @EvolutionPara

Evolution Paralegals

“Our practice areas are: Corporate, Bankruptcy, Family, Immigration, Trust & Estate, Real Estate, Legal Research, Notary Public”

22. @IP_Paralegal

Curtis ツ

“patent & ip law geek | coffee & startups | science & chocolate | venture & tech | @USMC veteran”

23. @LegalCommunity

Joshua Coller

“Legal industry news, views & events for lawyers, paralegals, & bar associations + #hotseat co-host @trialtechcast

@LegalCommunity Twitter Feed

@LegalCommunity Twitter Feed

24. @GWParalegal

Toni Marsh

“George Washington University master’s degree and graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies”

25. @SDPA_Paralegal



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Three Things we Learned at the LSI Quarterly Conference

LSI Quarterly Presentation

Staying in touch with California’s legal professionals, listening to your challenges and hearing your issues, is a top priority for us here at One Legal. Towards this objective, we’ve just spent a great weekend in Stockton, CA at the quarterly meeting of Legal Secretaries, Inc (LSI), meeting and talking with, legal secretaries, paralegals, and legal assistants from across the state.

With their focus on continuing education and professional development, and over 2,000 members working at the heart of California’s law firms, the LSI’s conferences are always a hotbed of discussion around the latest developments. This weekend’s conference was no different!

Here’s the top three things we learned.

#1 The slow movement of California’s courts towards eFiling remains a talking point

California’s Superior Courts continue to move only slowly toward the implementation of eFiling. The result is that, for the time being, most courts continue to only accept physical filing of court documents.

Just seven of the state’s 58 Superior Courts currently offer some eFiling. Most, at least, have some plans in place, but – according to the California Judicial Council’s recent research – there are still 12 with no firm plans whatsoever!

The fragmented situation – which looks to be going nowhere in the next few years – means that One Legal’s unique single filing platform, for eFiling and physical filing will continue to be a vital time saving resource for California’s paralegals.

 #2 eDiscovery continues to be a key topic for litigators

With the LSI’s Civil Litigation Section running a popular session offering an overview of the current eDiscovery landscape, this remains a key topic for those working in the litigation world.

Training in eDiscovery has new emphasis since a California State Bar Association ethics ruling in June stated that attorneys had an obligation to either be competent in eDiscovery or associate with those who are.

What’s clear is that as more and more communication becomes electronic and more information creation/storage moves online the potential for a case to involve eDiscovery rapidly is markedly increased.

#3 There continues to be a real thirst for training

Lots of the people we talked to from our vendor’s booth were interested in MCLE accredited training, particular in order to stay up to date with all of the latest filing and process serving developments.

There was particular interest in getting to know the various rules and procedures for filing in the state’s biggest courts in order to avoid rejection. At One Legal, our training team regularly shares our 25-years of knowledge through our webinar program – check out their offering to find the best session for you.

Were you at the LSI Quarterly Conference? Share your highlights in the comments.

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Legaltech 2015: West Coast Event

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Introducing Legaltech

This year’s Legaltech

This year’s Legaltech conference was held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA from July 13th to July 14th. The Conference not only featured several exhibitors: ALM, Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., BQE Software, Clio, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, and to name a few; But also featured several presenters of new and upcoming technology, experts in the industry, and sessions focused on various forms of technology that are built for the legal industry.

Upon arriving

Upon arriving to the Hyatt, on Tuesday, it was evident that this was no small event. Hundreds of people were walking around, heading to vendor booths and attending different speaking sessions. The first session was a Keynote on “The Impact of the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Verdict on the Tech Industry”.

After the Keynote, attendees had the option to attend a session discussing eDiscovery in regards to emerging technology, or go to the Exhibit Hall where they could connect with fellow attendees, sponsors, presenters, and exhibitors. If you could not fit all of the booths you wanted to visit, or people you wanted to talk to into one break, there were 2 more breaks throughout the day.

CLE Courses

CLE Courses were prominent throughout the Legaltech conference (a total of 22 between Monday & Tuesday) including: ‘Preserve or Perish’ vs. ‘Destroy or Drown': Managing Electronically Stored Information, E-Discovery Challenges in Government Investigations and Regulatory Actions, The Changing Face of Business and Legal Technology: Looking to 2020 and Beyond, Security – 2015’s Biggest Threat to Client Confidentiality, and New World Cyber Threats.

One of our favorite

One of our favorite sessions of the day was the Legal Disruption Lightning Round One – it was so good, that we even went to Round Two! These “Lightning Rounds” featured presentations and discussions on the latest emerging legal tech companies working to help advance the legal system. After presenting, the presenters would receive feedback from a panel of judges that included not only industry professionals, but also investors. Some of the noteworthy presenters included: Keno Sullivan – Founder of Beagle, Gary Sangha – CEO & Founder of LitIQ, Ray Gallo – CEO & Founder of Leverage, and Ian Nelson – Co-founder of HotShot Legal.

We wrapped up

We wrapped up our day with a CLE course on the “Impact of Emerging Technologies on Proactive IG and Reactive eDiscovery Wearblers, IoT and Social Media… Oh My!” The panel of speakers included Adam Sand – General Counsel at Shopkick; Heidi Maher – a former trial attorney and the Executive Director for Compliance, Governance & Oversight Council; Patrick Heim – Head of Trust & Security at Dropbox; Lara Berger – an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC; and Robert Brownstone – Technology & eDiscovery Counsel and Chair, ElM Group at Fenwick & West LLP. What a way to learn about data security and the Internet of Things! We realized just how much devices are connected and, “throwing data around”, and what the consequences of information technology are. The panel gave many insights into what data is collected and how vulnerable you really are. They also gave examples of why it is important to update your systems so that you can be less at risk of an attack from hackers.

We can’t wait

We can’t wait to attend next year and see what new and emerging technology, exhibitors, and presenters there are! Thank you Legaltech for the great experience & thank you to all of those in attendance who we were able to connect with! #LTWC15

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New Banning Courthouse Opens in Riverside County

Great news for those doing court business in Riverside County! The new Banning Courthouse location opened for business on May 4, reports The Press Enterprise, with new processes that the court hopes will increase efficiencies. The new location is also considered a “green” courthouse.  The abundant number of skylights, portholes and windows bring in natural light, and sensor-equipped courtrooms automatically turn off the lights when the room is not in use. There is even a bike rack outside, encouraging those employees who are willing to bike to work!

According to The Press Enterprise,  some of the new and improved features of the Banning courthouse include:

  • Paying traffic tickets without having to experience the inconvenience of waiting in a long security line
  • Utilizing a self-help center for pro pers representing themselves in a case
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • More courthouse employees
  • A more spacious courthouse with additional courtrooms
  • Electronic court calendars mounted outside courtrooms and in the lobby

The Press Enterprise also reported that the courthouse was built on a $63.2 million budget, and that the Riverside Superior Court is planning to build a new justice center in Menifee, designed to replace the current courthouse located in Hemet. The projected completion date is 2021.

Don’t forget that One Legal can help you with your filing needs in Riverside Superior Court. Let us do the work for you. For more information, contact our Customer Support Department!


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