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Perfect Access Speer Goes to U.K.

Perfect Access Speer C.E.O. Bonnie Speer McGrath
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Perfect Access Speer C.E.O. Bonnie Speer McGrath
BONNIE SPEER McGrath isn't one of those leaders who always tells you how great she is. Perhaps it's because she hails from Minnesota, where folks don't trumpet their successes. But McGrath, C.E.O. of Perfect Access Speer, has a reputation that just gets better and better. Two years ago, her Speer Software Training Inc. and another firm, Perfect Access, merged as a new division of Kaplan Inc., the mega training and testing company. Since then, PAS has won a lot of business from law firms, offering software training, consulting, outsourcing and more. Now, in a gutsy move, PAS is opening up a London office, to serve both U.K. and U.S. firms. Jo Viscusi, formerly of Tikit Ltd. will lead the effort. Bet on it.

Reader Response no. 246.

Labor Law

Seyfarth Debuts WorkSharp Tech

Seyfarth Debuts WorkSharp Tech SEYFARTH Shaw at Work has announced the launch of its new WorkSharp Technologies e-learning company. The firm, which has nine U.S. offices and one in Brussels, introduced the new unit at ABA Techshow in Chicago last month. Worksharp is designed to capitalize on the firm's expertise in labor and employment law.

It will deliver technology products designed to help companies simplify legal compliance, reduce the risk of employee claims and limit financial liability, it says. Training programs will reflect the latest statutes and court decisions, it says. Among its initial offerings are courses on harassment, and safety and security.

Reader Response no. 245.

Networking & Storage

Quantum Demos Snap Server Line

Quantum Demos Snap Server Line QUANTUM Corp., of Milpitas, Calif., demonstrated its Snap Server line of network attached storage units during ABA Techshow in Chicago. The line runs from a small, very portable unit that can be tucked into a briefcase, to large, rack-mounted servers.

The units simplify document management and e-mail archiving by allowing secure, fast online access to documents, the company explains. They typically install in five minutes or less, without disruptions to networks, the company says. They offer support for Windows, Novell, Macintosh and UNIX/LINUX users.

Reader Response no. 249.

Business Development

Examen Offers Contingency Option

Examen Offers Contingency Option SACRAMENTO'S Examen Inc. has intoduced a new contingency pricing option within LegalPath 2.0 matchmaking service. Corporations and outside counsel now can choose flat fee, hourly fee, or continency fee models when using the service, which helps the corporations find legal representation via Examen's national registry of attorneys.

LegalPath helps automate the engagement process, as well as handle billing, tracking and reporting on legal matters, says Examen. Typically, the service is used to obtain lawyers to handle product warranty, contract disputes, debt recovery, insurance subrogation, and more. Attorneys can "bid" for work by individual or multiple counties, for example.

Reader Response no. 248.

Networking & Storage

Toshiba Cozies Up to Time Matters, Linux

Toshiba Cozies Up to Time Matters, Linux TOSHIBA America Information Systems has partnered with DATA.TXT. Corp., of Cary, N.C., to offer a "turnkey" local networking system, running on the Linux operating system. The Mangia SG10 "network in a box" is smaller than a VCR, but can create a local area network for an entire law firm, says the company, based in Irvine, Calif.

The unit is a prepacked system that includes a firewall, file/print sharing, Internet access and printer gateway, Web caching, e-mail services, data backup, and more. It can network PCs on either Microsoft or Apple operating systems. The custom law package will offer either "enterprise" or "world" editions of DATA.TXT's Time Matters practice management software, it says.

Reader Response no. 247.

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