Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Comments on the Latest Developments in Mississippi Civil Litigation

Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

Category Archives: Legal Technology

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Every Lawyer Should Use Outlining Software

Posted in Legal Technology
I repeat: every lawyer should use outlining software. Yet I can’t find anyone who does. Back in the mid-90’s, I attended a Bryan Garner CLE on improving legal writing. Twenty years later, the three big takeaways I still remember are: outline before you write; shorter is better; and ditch the legalese (hereby, wherefore, hereto, etc.)… Continue Reading

Miss. Supreme Court Quietly Puts Fax Machines Out of Their Misery

Posted in Legal Technology, Mississippi Supreme Court
On Thursday the Mississippi Supreme Court amended Canon 5F of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Canon relates to actions during judicial campaigns. Here is the Court’s Order. Here is a post analyzing the decision on Miss. Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis’ blog. It’s all kind of ‘inside baseball’ to me. But I saw… Continue Reading

Wordrake is Great Editing Software

Posted in Legal Technology
Last week I wrote about PerfectIt, which is proofreading software. Today’s topic is Wordrake. Wordrake is editing software. Like PerfectIt, Wordrake is a Word ad-in that launches from the top ribbon in Word. There is also a version for emails that I have not tried. The Wordrake homepage contains a good 30 second video demo… Continue Reading

PerfectIt Proofreading Software a Great Fit for Solos and Associates

Posted in Legal Technology
For the last few months I’ve been using PerfectIt proofreading software for professionals. The software functions as a Word add-in. The software reduces proofreading time for the drafter. PerfectIt checks for typos, misspellings and formatting inconsistencies. It was programmed by lawyers and knows the dreaded Bluebook. This means it knows the proper abbreviations and where… Continue Reading

Legal Tech: Case Management Software

Posted in Legal Technology
It took me a long time to believe in case management software. Not the idea of it–I’ve liked the idea for 20 years. But in practice, it hasn’t worked for me until now. I installed a case management software program when I opened my practice in 2002. I hardly used it. It just didn’t do… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence to Make Lawyers Obsolete?

Posted in Legal Technology
This Jason Koebler article in the Atlantic speculates on the Rise of Robolawyers. Don’t laugh. I believe it’s coming. From the article: …The most successful robolawyer yet was developed by a British teenager named Joshua Browder. Called DoNotPay, it’s a free parking-ticket-fighting chatbot that asks a series of questions about your case—Were the signs clearly… Continue Reading

Technology Tips of the Day

Posted in Legal Technology
There doesn’t seem to be much going on this week in Mississippi litigation, so here is a technology tip for lawyers. Your I-phone, I-pad, Galaxy, or other device does not have to state in your email that it was “sent from my i-phone [or whatever you have].” If your emails have this signature, you definitely might look… Continue Reading

Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee Should Accept Applications from Scanners

Posted in Legal Technology, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Judge Primeaux’s blog has the story this morning about Court of Appeals Judge William Myers resigning effective December 31, 2011: COA Judge William Myers has submitted his resignation, effective December 31, 2011. The replacement appointee will be from the district comprising Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, Stone and parts of… Continue Reading

Jurors on “The Twitter”

Posted in Improving the Jury System, Legal Technology
The ABA Journal reports on a Reuters Legal finding that mistrials due to internet research and modern forms of communications by jurors is on the rise.   The article states:  Reuters Legal checked Westlaw for challenges related to jurors’ Internet conduct and found 90 verdicts called into question since 1999. More than half the cases are from… Continue Reading