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Legal Tech Dallas

News: From the 'Net to the Latest PDAs

LEGALTECH DALLAS will be held at the Wyndham Anatole hotel. Here's a preview of the courses organized by PriceWater-houseCoopers L.L.P. and the ABA Law Practice Management section. Details:

Conference for large law firms and law departments.

Track 1: Leveraging the Internet

Track 2: Litigation and Risk Management

News: From the 'Net to the Latest PDAs

9:00am - 10:00am

Keynote Presentation

Leveraging the Internet

Thomas C. Siekman is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Compaq Computer Corporation. He is responsible for the legal aspects of Compaq's operations worldwide, the Corporate Ethics and Compliance Office, the Corporate Trade (Import/Export) Department, and a member of the company's senior management team.

Mr. Siekman was named to his current position in June, 1998 when Compaq acquired Digital Equipment Corporation where Mr. Siekman also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Siekman joined Digital in 1973 as Corporate Patent Counsel. During his 25-year tenure with the company, he served in numerous senior legal positions.

Thomas C. Siekman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Compaq Computer Corporation

11:00am - 12:00pm

Two Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Using the Internet to Serve Clients Better

The Internet is transforming business. Quickly. Most law firms are struggling to figure out how to extend their service reach through the Internet and deliver new kinds of services to clients over the Internet. Learn how a leading law firm has approached this challenge.

Explore why and how they selected and implemented a collaborative tool for use in client service. Gain insight into their evaluation of the alternatives available on the market.

Hear about the new capabilities available to clients--from virtual deal rooms to new legal service offerings--and how they have been used.

Timothy W. Armstrong, Director of Information Systems, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

Allan Van Fleet, Esq., Vinson & Elkins L.L.P

Track 2: The Weapons of a Trial Lawyer in a Digital World

Using technology in support of large-scale litigation presents new challenges and opportunities in a world of e-mail, computer forensics, video depositions, and instant playback. How can technology be used effectively at each stage of the litigation process?

At this presentation, you will hear and see the how a leading litigator has used technology effectively as a tool to develop and deliver persuasive arguments to the court and jury.

Terence M. Murphy, Esq., Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Afternoon Keynote Presentation

Courtroom Technology In the New Millennium

Courtroom 21, the most technologically advanced courtroom in the world, was completely replaced in August, 1999 in order to prepare for the new millennium.

Join us as Courtroom 21 Director Fred Lederer reports on the changes, describes recent experiments that could lead to virtual trials, and, using Courtroom 21 experimental results, discusses how to use trial technology from the litigator's perspective.

Fredric I. Lederer, Esq., Chancellor Professor of Law and Director, Courtroom 21, William & Mary Law School

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Two Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: What's New on the Net?

Have you taken a look recently at legal vortals?

Have you explored how sites providing electronic services such as smart document creation may be relevant to your practice?

Do you know about tools for tracking changes in your favorite sites? Have you examined new search engines?

Come hear what is new on the Internet and relevant to lawyers in major corporations and law firms.

Holly E. Watson, Librarian, Jenkens & Gilchrist

Track 2: Litigation Support Lessons Learned--A Question and Answer Session

While the Internet is providing an important communication channel for litigation support professionals to share their experience and knowledge, there is nothing like a face-to-face discussion of problems, opportunities, and lessons learned.

This session will be a forum for you to ask questions in a roundtable format, offer your advice, listen, learn and maybe even resolve troubling issues on topics ranging from setting up offsite document handling centers to trial presentation tools, browser interfaces, document repositories, case management, outsourcing, workflow and more.

Khrhysna McKinney, Practice Support Manager, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.;

Rhonda J. Sands, Litigation Support Coordinator, Baker & Botts L.L.P.

Peggy L. Smith, Litigation Support Coordinator, Jenkens & Gilchrist

Darren G. Winward, Esq., Consultant, Bickel & Brewer

4:30pm - 5:30pm

General Session

General Session: E-Filing for Lawyers: Myths and Real Experiences

E-filing has been billed as the killer app to save the courts from handling paper. But what is the real impact on law firms? Are there real savings and true productivity gains by allowing lawyers and staff to send "digitally born" documents to their final resting place in a virtual courthouse?

This talk will consolidate and assess findings from multiple courts and practice settings to focus on the real gains -- and losses -- and challenge that the mounting e-file movement will affect the practice of law.

James Keane, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, CourtLink

Scott Schumacher, Esq., Director of WestFile, West Group


9:00am - 10:00am

General Session

Track 1: Approaches to Knowledge Management

Explore the approaches and tools used and major lessons learned by leaders in the implementation of knowledge management in support of law practice. Gain insight into what each is trying to accomplish, what approach has been taken and why, the problems encountered and challenges that remain. This session includes case studies followed by a discussion of lessons learned.

MODERATOR: Richard Seleznov, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sally R. Gonzalez, Chief Knowledge Officer, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.

Ruairidh Ross, Esq., Counsel Overseeing Legal Affairs Knowledge Management Program, EDS

Beverlee G. Steinberg, Esq., Patent Attorney, Shell Oil Company

11:00am - 12:00pm

Two Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Wireless Personal Digital Assistants--What's Best for Your Practice?

As technology and the Internet have accelerated the capabilities of attorneys, they have also accelerated the expectations of clients. Work which once required days is now expected by clients in hours or even minutes. How can an attorney stay ahead of this demand? One way is through the use of any of a growing number of wireless personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to make productive use of time away from your desk.

Hear the experience of one firm in using several new wireless devices ranging from wireless Ethernet for portable computers to wireless PalmPilots. Find out which are the clunkers and which are the winners.

Todd P. Nugent, Director of Information Services, Chapman and Cutler and Visiting Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago

Track 2: Making the Most of Electronic Evidence

Computer evidence has come into the mainstream of the litigator's practice and almost any discovery effort will involve the review of some electronically stored documents.

This session will help you gain a greater awareness of how electronic evidence can help your litigation efforts and what type of information can be obtained through forensic analysis of electronic evidence.

Learn how to prepare electronic evidence discovery requests and more.

Dave Sporkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Closing Session

Roundtable Discussion: Application Service Providers in the Legal Profession

The business world is embracing Application Service Providers (ASPs) and many industry pundits are saying that downloading applications from the web, rather than buying them, is the new model for users of all sizes.

During this session, we will explore the business models used by some ASPs serving the legal community and attempt to clarify the advantages, disadvantages, and implications of this new method of operation in specific legal application areas. Bring your questions.

MODERATOR: Monica Bay, Editor in Chief, Law Technology News

Neil E. Aresty, Esq., President, Legal Computer Solutions, Inc.

Christopher S. Kruse, Chairman,

Scott Twibell, President and CEO,

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