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October 2000
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TimeMap 1.5 Adds Date Ranges

The CaseSoft Division of DecisionQuest has announced the release of TimeMap 1.5, a software program that helps litigators create chronology visuals. Users can enter facts directly or import them from CaseMap software, says DQ. TimeMap Visuals can be printed, or saved as jpeg, metafiles, bitmaps, or gifs, reports the company, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The TimeMap Visuals also can be e-mailed or used with other documents and presentations, it notes.

New features include "date ranges" that allow begin/end dates for items; "time scale" repositioning; the ability to create boxes with rounded corners; and the ability to save a visual as a gif file.

Information: Reader Response 229.

FEDERAL

Federal Regulations

The Government Institutes Division, ABS Group Inc. has announced the availability of its 2000 Code of Federal Regulations Titles 1 through 27, and the pending release of Titles 28-50.

The volumes contain all of the amendments up to and including the date of the last revision, the company explains. The publications can be ordered in print, or on CD-ROM, by single issue or a year's subscription, advises the Rockville, Md. company. Titles 21, 29, 40, and 49 are available 24/7 via the company's CFRS Online service. Titles 28-41 are scheduled for Jan. 2001 release; titles 42-50 are expected to be released in April 2001.

Information: Reader Response 230.

INTERNATIONAL

ELLIS & West Group

ELLIS Publications and West Group have teamed to offer coverage of European Union case law and legislative materials on Westlaw.

The European Union databases on Westlaw provide information contained in CELEX, the official legal database of the european Communities, the two companies report. It includes coverage of the C Series of the Official Journal; all merger decisions; hypertext links to PDFs of original Official Journal documents; and other material. The databases are updated twice each week, they note.

The databases include European Union Case Law (EU-CS), which contains the official case law reports as found in the European Court Reports; and the European Union Legislation (EU-LEG), which offers materials from the Official Journal L Series of the European Communities, West notes.

Information: Reader Response 231.

CLE

Digital Advocates Debuts

Sam Guiberson, a frequent contributor to Law Technology News, has launched Digital Advocates, a virtual continuing education service that offers classes on a variety of legal technology topics.

Programming includes, but is not limited to courses offered for continuing legal education credit. An "Industry Forum" section offers free programs sponsored by technology industry leaders to help legal professionals enhance their technology knowledge. Digital Advocates is a project of Guiberson Online Holdings Limited.

Information: Reader Response 232.

Mediation Skills

The American Bar Association's Center for Continuing Education has released "Representing Clients in Mediation," featuring Suffolk University law professor Dwight Golann. The one hour video includes instruction on how lawyers can enhance negotiating skills. Topics include gathering key case information; dealing with difficult emotions; and gaining access to the other side, and more.

Information: Reader Response 233.

Litigation Support

The ABA also has released "Making Your Case," featuring James McElhaney. The three-hour program is available on audiotape or CD, and addresses topics such as persuasive presentation; speaking effectively and expressively; making testifying less traumatic; and creating powerful themes. McElhaney is a professor at Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, in Cleveland.

Information: Reader Response 234.

FINANCIAL PLANNING

Exl-Plan Ultra

PlanWare, of Dublin, Ireland, says its new Exl-Plan Ultra is a powerful financial planner for larger firms and businesses. An Excel template, it contains 200 special menu options and buttons, 60 reports, hundreds of graphed variables and more than 28,000 formulas, reports the company.

Aimed at planning specialists, managers and entrepreneurs, it helps them develop and program one-off spreadsheet plans, allowing more time to refine assumptions and evaluate scenarios.

The software can be used to generate comprehensive financial forecasts for business plans; strategy development; budgets; raising finance and appraisals, says PlanWare.

It can compile five-year projections (income and caseflow statements, balance sheets, ratio analysis, etc.) on a monthly basis for the first three years, and quarterly after that, says PlanWare.

Special features include Quik-Tour for fast induction; Quik-Plan for compiling "first cut" projections within minutes; and planning tools for "what-ifs."

Information: Reader Response 235.

Law.com Partnership

Law.com has announced a new partnership with CourtLink to allow users to monitor recent filings in federal district courts. This service is powered by CourtLink's Web-based CaseStream Litigation Intelligence and provides users with a means of keeping up to date on litigation activity.

Users gain access to CaseStream's database, the latest U.S. District Court lawsuits in their state and view the complete docket sheet. Law.com is a sister company of American Lawyer Media Inc., which publishes Law Technology News.

Information: Reader Response 255.

DataDownlink Inc.

Mergent Inc. is making its collection of company data available through DataDownlink Inc. The data from Mergent will be supplied via Portal B, DataDownlink's flagship, Web-based information source, the companies say.

New York-based Mergent is a source of international financial data and the publisher of Moody's Manuals. Mergent data includes profiles of 22,000 companies in 90 developed and emerging markets worldwide.

Portal B users will be able to analyze financial statements in the exact format in which they were reported.

Information: Reader Response 252.

SolCase

Elite Information Systems Inc. and Solicitec have joined forces to offer SolCase to law firms in the United Kingdom. SolCase is an integration of Elite's Practice Management System and Solicitec's Case Management System. SolCase can be tailored on a site-to-site basis to provide the efficiency and control required by specific customers, the companies says.

The integration of the two systems is bi-directional and covers client, matter, time, and disbursement records.

Data can also be shared between the two databases, which also provides Web access.

Information: Reader Response 253.

vSimplify Benefits

USLaw.com has selected vSimplify's Benefits Essentials employee benefits content for its Small Business Resource Center. The content was previously available only as a component of vSimplify's Hosted Internet Service, Benefits Essentials.

It will provide vSimplify's subscribers with employee benefits, labor and employment, and personal financial planning information.

The Small Business Resource Center provides information on topics that affect small businesses, from the right business structure, to intellectual property and employment laws.

Information: Reader Response 254.

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