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CJA PANEL ATTORNEY SOFTWARE DISCOUNTS

There are several vendors who offer discounted rates to CJA panel attorneys for their litigation support software. Currently, there are discounted rates being offered on: CaseMap, TrialDirector, and CaseVantage.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to obtain a limited number of dtSearch Desktop software licenses for CJA panel attorneys with current, active cases.

We hope to continue the national contracts that encourage these deals to be offered to the CJA panel, but considering the ongoing budget limitations all deals are subject to change.

NOTE: Like many litigation software programs, these programs are developed for Windows operating systems.  They will not run on a Macintosh OS unless it is running a copy of virtual Windows.

Below is a brief description of the software and the current pricing information for these programs:


CaseMap (CaseMap/TimeMap/DocManager Bundle and TextMap):

Due to the ongoing popularity and interest of the CJA and defender community and our national maintenance agreement with them, LexisNexis has once again agreed to offer the CaseMap / DocManager / TimeMap bundle to CJA panel and federal defenders offices (FDOs) at a special reduced price of $437.50.

Besides the significantly reduced price, CJA panel attorneys and FDOs will not have to pay annual maintenance or subscription fees in order to receive technical support and to obtain upgrades of the CaseMap software for as long as we can continue the national maintenance agreement with LexisNexis.
    
CaseMap is a fact management database application used to manage, organize and connect case facts, legal issues, key players, and documents.  Reports can be easily produced which give snapshots of critical case detail including an outline of issues for the case, a fact chronology, and supporting people, organizations, and documents in the case.  In addition, the reports produced can now also include various linked documents embedded into the PDF to allow easy sharing of key information with people who may not have access to the database.  

For CJA panel attorneys and defender offices who purchased their CaseMap licenses through the Office of Defender Services’s national maintenance contract, you are eligible to upgrade to CaseMap 10 free of charge.  CaseMap 10 has a number of very useful features including full-text searching across the entire CaseMap case file as well as linked documents, optical character recognition, new bulk importation capabilities, increased integration with Microsoft products and customized spreadsheets which CJA panel attorneys and FDOs have found to be useful to their cases.

DocManager is a CaseMap plug-in that allows users to view highlighted search hits in DocManager’s near-native viewer, and bulk import and view many file formats while still providing Adobe Acrobat integration and functionality that users are accustomed to.

TimeMap is an easy to use timeline graphing software that enables the user to create a timeline of events from critical case details.

In addition to discounts for the CaseMap / DocManager / TimeMap bundle, LexisNexis is also offering TextMap at a special reduced price of $161.00.

TextMap is a transcript summary tool that can be integrated with CaseMap.  TextMap offers the ability to link transcripts from case depositions, examinations, and other proceedings to case exhibits and other documents.  It can also be used to play video and audio that has been synched with transcript text.

For CJA panel inquiries: contact Cindy Milanovich with LexisNexis at 904-615-7576 (cell) or cindy.milanovich@lexisnexis.com (email) for assistance and questions. Inform her that you are a CJA attorney and if you would like to purchase CaseMap products at the special discounted rate. 

For FDO inquiries: contact Julie Mantua with LexisNexis at 301-929-3272 or julie.mantua@lexisnexis.com (email) for assistance and questions.
 

TrialDirector:

TrialDirector is one of the most popular electronic courtroom presentation software programs, and FDO and CJA panel attorneys have been using it in trial and evidentiary hearings for many years. TrialDirector allows attorneys to do multimedia presentations in court, including presenting imaged documents, document highlighting, document callout and zooming, cropping, annotating, multiple zoom capabilities, side by side exhibit comparison, playing audio and video, and the playing of synchronized audio/video transcripts. It allows for the importation and organization of case files including exhibits, documents, images, videotaped depositions, deposition transcripts, synchronized deposition transcripts, and can be synchronized with document review databases.

inData offers CJA panel attorneys TrialDirector at a 50% discount, currently $347.50, plus a mandatory software maintenance fee of $139, for a total of $486.50 (compared to the regular price of $834 for a license and maintenance). To purchase TrialDirector, contact inData sales directly (800-828-8292). Inform them that you are a CJA attorney and that you would like to purchase the TrialDirector software at the special CJA rate. Please find linked here a letter from Derek Miller, President and CEO Miller, President and CEO of inData, describing the specifics of their offer to CJA panel attorneys.

CaseVantage:

CaseVantage is a web-hosted Evidence Review Platform that may be very useful in multi-defendant cases, cases with voluminous discovery in a variety of formats and in situations where a defense team may have members in different locations. Case materials produced at various times and in various formats are located in one central repository and easily reviewed, tagged and accessed by all defense teams from wherever they are as long as they have an internet connection. Designed for legal work, its online database allows each defense team, among other things, to keep private notes about the case data; bulk tag, filter, annotate and code information about the files which you can share with others on your defense team; review the electronic data without changing the underlying background information about them; and open and view many computer file types even if you don’t have the originating software on your computer (e.g. you would not need to have Microsoft Excel to view an XLS spreadsheet). Along with the hosted space, AccessData provides project management expertise and training for all users of the system.  This greatly alleviates the need for panel attorneys to have specific hardware, software or IT support.

As part of the NLST's contract with AccessData, select FDO and/or CJA panel cases are eligible to utilize the web-hosted version of Summation, CaseVantage. Depending on the size of the case, some or all of the case materials will be able to be hosted for free, with a discounted rate available for larger cases hosting additional data. Once a case is approved to be hosted on CaseVantage, training will be provided to all users and technical support will be available for the duration of the case. If you are interested in using CaseVantage for a case, please contact Kelly Scribner at kelly_scribner@fd.org or 510-637-1952.


dtSearch Desktop:

dtSearch is a popular search and retrieval program, and it is the search engine utilized in well known computer programs such as Forensic Tool Kit (FTK, a computer forensic tool), CaseMap and Adobe Acrobat Pro.  This type of program is a useful tool to assist legal teams in searching discovery, creating brief banks, and viewing different file types (including non-PDF files) even if you don’t have the associated application. 

We have a limited number of licenses available for CJA panel attorneys to use for free (a $200 value).  To obtain the software, please fill out a dtSearch Request Form located at: http://nlsblog.org/2014/03/25/dtsearch-desktop/

Contact us:

If you have any questions regarding the utilization of any of these litigation support software programs in your office, please contact either Alex Roberts or Kelly Scribner of the National Litigation Support Team at 510-637-3500, or by email: alex_roberts@fd.org, kelly_scribner@fd.org.