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December 2000
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N.B.A., West Offer U.N. Access

The National Bar Association and West Group have donated a gift of Westlaw access to the United Nations for use by the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia. The gift will provide unlimited access to Westlaw, including Dow Jones Interactive, to approximately 400 U.N. prosecutors, judges and clerks for four years. The staff members will use Westlaw as they prosecute and try persons responsible for alleged violations of international criminal law committed in the territories of the former Yugoslavia since 1991, and Rwanda during 1994.

In addition to providing the Westlaw access, the National Bar Association is working to identify other ways it can help the ICTR and Rwandan government administer justice, such as mobilizing law students, law schools, prosecutors and investigators to assist in the efforts.

Reader Response card no. 264.

Alliances and the Lexis-Nexis Group have announced a strategic alliance to promote Web-based services, technology and business options to lawyers and legal professionals. Lexis-Nexis has taken a minority equity position in and will become the exclusive channel sponsor for LawCommerce's Legal Research Center. will be an online center for communication, collaboration, research and commerce, custom-tailored for the business and practice of law.

Reader Response card no. 265.

Corprasoft Inc., a provider of Web-based matter management software for in-house legal departments, and Datacare Software Group, publishers of Global Corporate Manager, have formed a marketing alliance partnership. They plan to work together in the promotion of the web-based services to in-house legal department of large companies.

Reader Response card no. 266.

Captiva Software Corp. and OTG Software Inc. have formed a strategic alliance and marketing agreement that will focus on extending the capabilities of OTG's ApplianceXtender content management product with Captiva's document and data capture capabilities. It organizes and stores data used by applications and enables users to display, print, fax, e-mail or annotate the stored data.

Reader Response card no. 267.

FileNET Corp. and Vignette Corp. have teamed up with Sun MicroSystems and 11 other companies to introduce a new platform called eXtended Content Management (XCM). It combines FileNET's process-driven content management technology with content delivery and eBusiness tools.

Reader Response card no. 268.


The American Arbitration Association, which offers conflict management and dispute resolution services, has purchased, an online source for news on arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution.

Reader Response card no. 269. Inc. has acquired a minority ownership interest in Loislaw will license, market and support JDUSA's integrated calendar-time and billing, legal accounting, document management and repository, and encrypted e-mail programs.

JDUSA programs will be integrated into Loislaw's collections of legal research databases under a co-branded name to provide attorneys with a "virtual office."

Under the non-exclusive licensing and marketing agreement, JDUSA will continue to service and support existing subscribers and to market its own version of programs under its own brand name.

Reader Response card no. 270.


Pro2Net Corp. has signed an agreement with the Washington State Bar Association to develop 120 online continuing legal education courses based on presentations from WSBA-sponsored seminars.

Reader Response card no. 272.

Licensing Agreements

Expert Ease Software Inc., a developer of content management systems, has announced that its QuickSift EDGAR product has been selected by The Deal L.L.C. as the EDGAR content provider for, a Web site that provides news and content to financial, corporate and legal professionals worldwide.

EDGAR is the Security and Exchange Commission's database that contains required filings of public companies and mutual funds. QuickSift EDGAR offers financial searching on all documents filed in EDGAR, including contracts filed as exhibits to EDGAR filings.

The Deal L.L.C. is a sister company to American Lawyer Media Inc., publisher of Law Technology News. ALM also has a small equity interest in Expert Ease.

DEAL PROOF also was chosen by PowerBrief, a Houston, Texas-based provider of Internet support systems for legal professionals. Through the alliance, PowerBrief users will be able to pinpoint and summarized information found in EDGAR. PowerBrief offers access to legal documents, research data and legal tools through a secure environment, created in conjunction with Intel Corp.

Expert Ease also signed a licensing and development agreement with West Group, that includes co-branding and marketing commitments. Expert Ease will integrate West Group's WestCheck and CiteLink products into Expert Ease's DEAL PROOF application, allowing users to jump from case and law references in their documents to the underlying source documents in West's archives.

Reader Response card no. 273.

Westlaw Datenbank GmbH, the German legal online division of Thomson Legal & Regulatory Europe, has signed an agreement with Sellier-de Gruyter, the publisher of the BGB commentary J. von Staudingers Kommentar zum Burgerlichen Gesetzbuch, to license the publication for distribution on the Westlaw DE service.

Westlaw Datenbank GmbH has also signed a content development agreement with Makrolog, a supplier of logic systems and computer applications for publishers in the legal field. They will develop German federal legislation and related information for the Westlaw DE service.

Reader Response card no. 274.

Communication Intelligence Corp. has entered into a licensing agreement with IBM to provide electronic signature and handwriting recognition technology for the IBM ThinkPad laptop series and the IBM WorkPad Palm OS-based handheld devices.

Reader Response card no. 275.


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, has opened an office in Northern Virginia. The site will provide "an exciting vantage point for serving the entire East Coast," the firm proclaims.

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Wilson Sonsini represents venture-backed companies completing Initial Public Offerings, as well as issuers and underwriters in equity public offerings. The firm also has branches in Kirkland, Wash., and Austin, Texas.

Trevor Chaplick, 36, and Laurie Smilan, 40, will serve as managing partners at the new site.

Reader Response card no. 276.

Awards and Accolades

Several legal technology vendors have been named to the Inc. 500 annual list of the nation's fastest growing companies in the past five years.

ProLaw Software, of Albuqueque, took spot #321 on the list. Presentation Group, of Orlando, Fla. which provides legal exhibits and other litigation support to lawyers, won spot #346.

Sacramento-based Examen, which offers Web-based tools for legal cost controls, snared #419; and Interface Software of Oak Brook, Ill, which develops relationship management software, placed at #467. Interface was also named to Deloitte & Touche's "Fast 50" Program for Greater Chicagoland.

Reader Response card no. 315.

Legal Tech Launches San Francisco, New Orleans Venues

American Lawyer Media Inc. has announced the launch of two new Legal Tech tradeshows, which will debut during 2001. LegalTech San Francisco is slated for Aug. 20-21, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The Hyatt is located in the heart of San Francisco's legal business district.

Legal Tech Southeast will debut at the The New Orleans Convention Center, in Louisiana.

Both venues will include conference portions co-produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. and with two seminar tracks. One track, for small firms and solo practitioners, will be co-produced by the ABA Law Practice Management section.

Another track, for mid-sized firms, will be co- produced by The Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. (ALM publishes Law Technology News.)

Reader Response card no. 271.

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