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August 2000
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LawCommerce.com Launches

President's Corner: LawCommerce.com LaunchesMORE than 30 elite law firms, ranging from New York's Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to Silicon Valley's Valley Venture Law Group to D.C.'s Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering have become charter members of San Francisco-based LawCommerce.com.

The company features an electronic marketplace, and offers technology and communications services for the legal industry, says Richard Harroch.

Members, he says, will be able to use their aggregated buying power to reduce costs on purchases of everything from legal software to insurance to temporary staffing to computers.

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Online Service

LexisONE Targets Small Firms

LexisONE Targets Small Firms LEXIS Publishing, of Dayton, has introduced its new lexisONE Web site, which will offer free case law, legal forms, and information for small-firm attorneys.

The site is designed specifically for solo practitioners and small firm lawyers, says the company, and will offer five years of free case law, including the complete collection of U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as 1,100 legal forms. An Internet legal guide offers 16,000 links to law-related Web sites, the company notes.

Through lexisONE, professionals also can access the company's enhanced collection of case law, as well as Shepard's citations service, on a pay-per-use credit card system, it says.

Scott Stieler has been named as chief operating officer of the new operation.

LEXIS plans to expand content to include client development, practice management tools, news, court calendars, and other resources.

"Lawyers currently spend $50 billion annually on professional products and services," reports LEXIS, which plans to "convert site traffic into "revenue opportunities, with a strategy that blends advertising, subscription, and sponsorship support."

The company also announced that it has added new tools to its lexis.com Practice Pages. The service offers customized home pages for individual practice or specialty areas.

Users can find and research primary law sources, and access other materials and practice guides, it says. The current roster includes tax, bankruptcy, patents, and several state-specific topics, such as Florida Family Law and New York Litigation.

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Litigation Support

IDEA Inc. Introduces Trial Pro II 4.0

INNOVATIVE Design & Engineering Associates Inc., of The Woodlands, Texas, has debuted TrialPro II 4.0.

The upgrade incorporates the familiar "tree" interface for exhibit organization, which allows users to "drag and drop" files into the 32-bit presentation system, it explains. Files can be added using the TrialPro file browser, and "ASCII load files" functions.

The upgrade includes TIMARO post production time-stamp software for synchronizing deposition video with transcript text, and a video file editor.

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ASPs!

DiscoveryPartnerOnline.com helps lawyers conduct full-text searches, and review, annotate and produce electronic data for discovery online. The site also can be used to review large sets of legacy data, to develop and implement record retention policies and to reduce the need for old backup tapes. It allows electronic sets to be "de-duplicated" and culled, by using various search terms and methodologies.

IBM has launched WebConnections for Lawyers, and has partnered with CourtLink/JusticeLink. Subscribers receive shared Internet access and business-class e-mail for up to 100 employees, secure remote access, firewall security, Web site blocking and more. Also available are other features such as Web hosting and design.

MerrillDirect.com is an Internet-based service for the development and preparation of financial documents by corporations, law firms, investment banks and accounting firms. Online users can choose from secure, self-serve modules for EDGAR conversion and filing, word processing and document management resources.

Industry News

Integrations

Verdict Systems says its flagship product, Sanction, is now compatible with LiveNote and VideoNote transcript management software. Lawyers can now import LiveNote transcript files directly into Sanction to create trial presentations, the companies note.

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