Managing Information in Litigation Lifecycle

Managing Information in Litigation Lifecycle by David Whelan The 2010 Advocate’s Society Fall Forum included a panel on managing information that you gather and use during the litigation lifecycle, from case intake to trial. I was teamed up with 3 experienced litigators and the director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center for a panel discussion on how to stay on top of the information throughout your case.

The panel included:

We ranged from case intake and gathering information about your client, and the importance of managing it using technology from the start.  Both David and Michael made excellent points on using technology throughout, rather than waiting until you had a stack of paper that needed to be brought into a digital process.  Also, to use technology tools to manage your litigation information on both small and large cases, so that you are constantly using them and improving your skill with them.

I focused on online resources using sites like Booshaka and Google’s Update to see information on social sites, using Accessmylibrary.com to access Gale’s business magazine databases, and the many free resources that lawyers (all the attendees were Law Society of Upper Canada members) get because of the dues they pay.

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David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.