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Provolution Goes P-to-P

Provolution Goes P-to-P PROLAW Software, of Albuquerque, has scheduled the launch of its new peer-to-peer software, Provolution, for second quarter of 2001. It will enable two-way case management between law firms and corporate law departments, allowing them to share documents and case status information, and manage critical dates. Users will be able to access information directly via the p-to-p network, or through the secure Web site, says ProLaw.

"Just as Napster has changed the music industry, peer-to-peer networks have the potential to dramatically change how attorneys and clients work together," says president William Bice.

Information: Reader Response no. 278.

Support Services

Womble Spins Off FirmLogic Service

WOMBLE Carlyle Sandridge & Rice P.L.L.C., of Winston-Salem, N.C., has created FirmLogic offer support services and software products to law firms and corporate legal departments.

It combines the firm's ClientPlus service with Holland Shipes Vann P.C. Legal Consulting Services; and Enhanced Systems and Solutions L.L.C. Services include imaging; document management; medical issue analysis; settlement administration; trial consulting; management and technology consulting; custom software and Web development. FirmLogic begins operations with offices in North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas; 300 employees; and more than 2,000 clients in the Americas, Europe and Asia, it says. Hassel Park, Womble's former executive director, is president and CEO; Marvin Chavis, the firm's former director of technology, is the company's director of public relations.

Information: Reader Response no. 280.

Industry News

SnapNames Joins Security Group

SNAPNAMES Inc., of Portland, Ore., has joined a partnership with other domain registrars who are accredited by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The group plans to work to improve security functions in domain name management, and includes eNom Inc., Dotster Inc., Tucows Inc., and others.

SnapNames monitors domain name records to prevent accidental or intentional tampering, and notifies users of record changes.

Information: Reader Response no. 279.

Practice Tools

Bankruptcy2001 Targets E-Filing

NEW HOPE Software Inc., of Mercer Island, Wash., has released Bankruptcy2001, software designed to create all files necessary for electronic case filing. Using the new upgrade, lawyers can go directly to participating courts' home pages, to upload cases.

Acrobat .pdf files can be opened from within the program, to proof read and edit the documents. Files are checked for missing data, such as dates, zip codes, and other names.

A new case wizard helps users enter data, with minimal use of a mouse. Other new features include multiple settings files for court districts and divisions; improved network performance; and new default settings.

President Frederick Rogovy says New Hope has been working closely with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and that the software is in use at several of the prototype districts that are testing e-filing, he notes. Pilot projects include northern Georgia, southern New York, southern California, and eastern Virginia, and to a limited degree, in Arizona, says Rogovy.

Other bankruptcy courts plan to go "live" in the very near future, including courts in Washington, Texas, Missouri and eastern New York.

The software adheres to guidelines for 32-bit Windows operating systems, and is compatible with all Windows 95 and above. (A previous Mac product is not longer supported, however Mac customers can use Virtual PC to run Bankruptcy2001, says Rogovy.)

Information: Reader Response no. 307.

Litigation Support

JFS Notebook 7.0 Adds Web Tools

BOWNE JFS Software Solutions says its latest upgrade of the JFS Litigator's Notebook adds Internet functions.

Version 7.0 allows users to access the program via Web browser, to view images, and perform online document reviews. A new "Case Calendaring" feature helps users add calendar items and assign tasks, as well as notify team members via e-mail. The upgrade also includes a new imaging system from IPRO TECH.

Information: Reader Response no. 281.

Litigation Support

Merrill Creates New Unit

MERRILL Corp. has created the Merrill Electronic Discovery Group, through an alliance with Computer Forensics Inc.

The new unit will help clients develop electronic discovery strategies, and then create a searchable discovery database, accessible via the Internet.

The database can be created in various formats, says Merrill, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.

Information: Reader Response no. 283.

Do You Operate a Legal Web Site? Let us know!

Legal News Media, in association with Law Technology News, is planning to launch a monthly survey of the 25 busiest legal Web sites and portals in the United States. But we need your help! If you think your site qualifies, please e-mail, and we'll let you know what (brief) information we need to include you in the rankings!

LTN's London columnist Charles Christian operates a similar survey of U.K. legal sites -- check out Legal Hit List U.K. (

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