iConect-XERA: Easing Legal Review? Brett Burney Reviews iConect-XERA for Legaltech News

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviews iConect-XERA, the web-based document review platform from industry veteran iConect. The review first appeared in the April 2016 issue of Legaltech News magazine.

Originally iConect nXT, the company released its updated XERA platform in 2011. Users get an immediate sense that iConect-XERA is a mature, Web-based platform that could only have been developed based on years and years of feedback and testing. Every square pixel is well thought-out and functional, even if that means some of the buttons and features are slightly diminutive for a mouse-click.

You can read the full review on Legaltechnews.com entitled “iConect-XERA: Easing Legal Review?

By | March 23rd, 2016|Articles|

Customizing Microsoft Word for Mac 2016 with Macros – Guest Post on GlobalMacIT

Brett Burney contributed a guest post to the GlobalMacIT blog on how to customize Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac with Macros. Brett Burney received a question from a Mac-using lawyer on how they could customize Microsoft Word on the Mac since it doesn’t have the same options for customization as the Windows version of the software.

On the Windows side, you can

[customize the Quick Access Toolbar or the Ribbon] but they don’t allow any customization on the Mac side.

One way I get around this is to use Macros, which are available in Microsoft Word 2016 on the Mac.

Brett also provides a quick tip on creating Page numbers in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac.

You can read the full blog post “Tips for Using Word for Mac 2016 with Dropbox and OneDrive” at the GlobaMacIT blog.

By | March 7th, 2016|Articles|

Brett Burney Presenting “iLitigate on an iPad” for the Michigan Association of Justice – February 26, 2016

Brett Burney will present a 2-hour seminar entitled “iLitigate on an iPad” for the Michigan Association of Justice on February 26, 2016. Brett Burney is part of an esteemed panel of speakers invited to participate in the Michigan Association of Justice’s Litigation Technology in Practice and in the Courtroom Seminar which will be held at the Westin Southfield hotel.

In Part 1 of “iLitigate on an iPad,” Brett Burney will be sharing with attendees how to carry documents on the iPad, use the iPad effectively in a deposition, and prepare for using the iPad at trial or a hearing.

In Part 2 of “iLitigate on an iPad,” Brett Burney will explain what equipment that attendees need to give presentations from their iPad and the apps that make it all possible.

More information and registration is available on the Michigan Association of Justice’s website.


By | February 20th, 2016|Events|

Brett Burney Co-Presents “Metadata: The Legal and Ethical Traps ‘Hidden’ in Your Digital Files” Webinar

Brett Burney co-presented “Metadata: The Legal and Ethical Traps ‘Hidden’ in Your Digital Files” on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 with Daniel J. Siegel and Elizabeth A. Alston. The webinar was a joint effort between the American Law Institute (ALI) and the ABA Law Practice Division.

The 1.5 hour webinar explained metadata from a simple technical standpoint and then addressed the ethical considerations lawyers are required to understand in today’s practice of law.

The webinar has been archived on ALI’s website and you can listen to a short preview of the webinar here.


By | February 16th, 2016|Events|

Cloud-Based Liquid Litigation Manager Provides Service On The Go (Brett Burney reviews Liquid Lit Manager)

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviews Liquid Lit Manager from LLM Inc. for Legaltech News. Liquid Lit Manager is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that offers a variety of tools in addition to document review.

In the e-discovery world there’s no shortage of document review platforms. But surprisingly, there’s very little software to help litigators comprehensively manage their matters. That’s what Liquid Litigation Management Inc. (LLM) set out to create over a decade ago—a platform that litigators can feasibly utilize from discovery all the way through trial.

You can read the full review of Liquid Lit Manager by Brett Burney on LegaltechNews.com.

By | January 28th, 2016|Articles|

Brett Burney Speaking at the Washington County Bar Association (PA) Winter Bench Bar – January 22, 2016

Brett Burney will be giving three presentations at the Winter Bench Bar gathering of the Washington County Bar Association in southwestern Pennsylvania on:

  • Microsoft Office 365: What You Need To Know & How To Use It
  • The Hidden Secrets of Microsoft Word
  • 60 Tips, Tricks, Sites & Gadgets in 60 Minutes

The Winter Bench Bar will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe.

By | January 21st, 2016|Events|

ABA TECHREPORT 2015: Litigation and TAR

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney co-authored the “Litigation and TAR” section of the ABA TECHREPORT 2015 for the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association. Co-author Paul Unger reported on findings from the ABA TECHREPORT that covered how technology is being used in the court room and the state adoption of electronic filing.

Brett Burney used the findings from the ABA TECHREPORT on e-discovery to author the last section on technology assisted review (TAR) and how it is being used in firms. The last section is entitled “Technology Assisted Review (TAR) Is Powerful But Underutilized.”

A PDF of the “Litigation and TAR” report can be downloaded by clicking here.

By | January 14th, 2016|Articles|

I Use Tabs in Finder Because I Like Tabs in Safari

Originally posted on Macs in Law blog.

I can’t use Safari without Tabs, and now I can’t use Finder without Tabs. I’m constantly accessing multiple folders in Finder and if I had to open a New Window every time I’d go crazy.

I like to use one SINGLE Finder Window, and then I open multiple locations/folders in Tabs.

I used TotalFinder from BinaryAge for years as a Finder add-on that gave me Tabs and other wonderful options. Unfortunately, with the introduction of the super-security-feature System Integrity Protection in El Capitan, the developers have thrown in the towel.

It’s a shame because TotalFinder was amazing (why doesn’t Apple let me sort the Finder with folders on TOP???). There are great alternatives to TotalFinder but I value simplicity and prefer to stick with native OS X features whenever I can.

Starting with Mavericks, Apple finally built Tabs into Finder although I didn’t start using them until TotalFinder was unstable in El Capitan.

It’s not perfect, and I can’t sort folders on TOP(!!!!), but the native Tabs in Finder work well for my needs.

Finder in Mac OS X to create new tabs instead of windowsI first go to Finder > Preferences and click “Open folders in tabs instead of windows” so that any folder I double-click opens as a new Tab.

But I usually stick with the ⌘ + T shortcut to launch a new Tab, just like in Safari (there’s also the “+” on far right to click open a new Tab). In the Finder > Preferences pane, I also set the default path that opens when I create a new Tab – I selected Dropbox under “New finder windows show:” dropdown.

You can click and drag a tab to re-position. I cycle through Tabs using Shift + ⌘ +

[ to go left or Shift + ⌘ + ] to go right (just like in Safari).

To close a Finder Tab, I use the ⌘ + W shortcut (again, same as in Safari).

By | December 30th, 2015|Macs in Law Blog|

Review in the Cloud: Looking More Closely at Everlaw (Brett Burney reviews Everlaw)

E-discovery consultant Brett Burney reviewed Everlaw in the December issue of Legaltech News.

I continue to be amazed at the evolution of cloud-based document review platforms. Not because they’re becoming more like “traditional” software offerings, but because they’re more flexible in providing unique and useful tools that aren’t possible anywhere else. An excellent example is Everlaw … delivered to any Web browser as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model—supported by Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud—which means it’s accessible from just about any computer or mobile device. The company has been aggressive in offering distinctive features such as the dashboard, visual search, and its StoryBuilder tools.

You can read the full review on LegaltechNews.com.

By | December 23rd, 2015|Articles|

Rare End of Year Sale on TrialPad, TranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad – Buy Now and Save $20 Each

If you’re an iPad-wielding lawyer it’s time to spend a tiny bit of your professional technology budget on 2-3 apps that you need in your practice.

I’ve been using TrialPad and TranscriptPad since they were first released by Ian O’Flaherty and his crew at Lit Software. I talk about both of those apps (and the more recent DocReviewPad) at EVERY iPad CLE presentation I give around the country.

2015.12.19 TranscriptPad on SaleLit Software is taking $20 off each app now through December 30, 2015. I know Ian and he doesn’t offer many discounts so this is rare treat.

I’ve heard folks complain that these apps are too pricey. My first response is that these are professional-grade apps and NOT Candy Crush. My second response is that an app like TrialPad is an amazing bargain when compared to purchasing a full license of TrialDirector or Sanction. Now you have no excuse with this sale going on.

Watch and hear other lawyers talk about the apps.

More information about the sale here.

Links for TrialPadTranscriptPad, and DocReviewPad.

By | December 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|