Category Archives: Certification

TRU Staffing Offering Scholarships for Legal Tech Education

For the second year, the fine folks over at TRU Staffing Partners are offering scholarships to cover the costs of some great eDiscovery and legal technology education. If you’re looking to get some great education in this field, you may want to consider applying before the deadline of Feb. 15

According to the link above, the courses being offered are:

DTI/Litworks Certified Litigation Support Professional
Four-day course offering industry best practices learned through hands-on experience, networking with peers, and reviewing leading software tools. The course is designed for professionals with one to five years of litigation technology support experience or for litigation paralegals, document review attorneys and legal IT professionals.

DTI/Litworks Certified Litigation Support Project Manager
Three-day course that focuses on sharpening litigation support project management skills and techniques, with an eye towards building skills. Attendees receive practical resources and tools, including checklists and templates that can be immediately applied to daily work as a litigation support project manager.

Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program – Advanced Litigation & Trial Technology Course
Covers the tools and thought processes that drive the use of technology in today’s litigation landscape. You will gain hands-on experience with tools such as Forensic Toolkit, Concordance, CaseMap, and TrialDirector; but more importantly you will learn how these tools create a more efficient and effective litigation workflow. The course will include lecture, hands-on work and course projects that will enhance your learning in this exciting field.

Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program e-Discovery course

This course introduces key e-discovery concepts that paralegals will apply in most of the matters that they support. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on classroom exercises, and written assignments, students will learn how to spot critical e-discovery issues and how to best resolve them.

Georgetown University SCS Paralegal Program Legal Project Management Course
Students will first learn Project Management Fundamentals, and Project Management Planning and Controls and then how to apply concepts to legal scenarios via case studies in Collection Plans, Production Plans, Trial Preparation Plans, and eDiscovery Program “plans“. Students will create group project plans and present them to a panel of leading Litigation Support and eDiscovery professionals. The course will satisfy the education requirement to apply for the CAPM or PMP credential.

LIU Post Paralegal Studies Program Litigation Support/e-Discovery course
This brand-new course is designed to give students an in-depth perspective on the litigation support industry. Through discussion and hands-on application, students will be introduced to the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) and learn common best practices and workflow techniques for electronic data processing and analysis. The course will also familiarize students with the basics of e-Discovery Project Management. A group project allows students to apply their knowledge to a mock real-world scenario on the final day.

Bryan University e-Discovery Project Management Certificate Program
An online, real-time fully accredited 7 1/2 month intensive practical e-discovery project management curriculum taught by a nationally renowned faculty. The program utilizes a comprehensive prepare/collaborate/engage teaching model combined with practical experience handling digital data with state of the art e-discovery processing, search, review, and production software and tools. Click here for a downloadable pdf with course details.

Learn About e-Discovery
This program will help you to find the educationally valuable information that you need to grow in your understanding of electronic discovery. First, you will have a 30 minute phone call to discuss your learning objectives, how much time you have available each week to dedicate to learning more about e-discovery. You will be sent a dynamic customized learning plan that meets (or exceeds your learning objectives based on what you’d like to learn and how much time you have to spend on it. The plan includes Internet accessible blog posts, videos, presentations, articles, white papers and podcasts organized in a manageable order in order to maximize your learning experience.

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Trial Director 6 and missing features

Since I have to update my Trial Director Certified Trainer certification, today I got to take part in a webinar/conference call training session on what’s new in Trial Director version 6. As I’ve mentioned before, there are a number of new features that make me quite happy (Pack and Go, callout zoom on video, Print workbook contents to PDF, etc.), but today I realized for the first time that they also removed a couple of features.

No, before I go any further, I totally understand why they removed these two annotation features in particular. They are somewhat redundant. You don’t really need layers when you can save any number of revisions of an image. They do basically the same thing. I also get that the hot-spot for one-click script also was probably redundant, since you can create a workbook to simply run as a script, and can organize a workbook to bring up a document without making a clickable area on the existing document to bring up another document.

On the other hand, I actually use that feature a lot. Not necessarily for trial presentations that I’m running, but for ones an attorney will run themselves. Here’s the typical scenario. At the last minute, someone helps the attorney create a timeline, in Excel or PowerPoint, and they send it to me to add as an exhibit, along with a request to “make it interactive”. Which, in lawyer speak, means to make it so I can click on each event in the timeline and open “x” document. Typically, I can do that really quickly in Trial Director 5.2 by using hot spots and defining what document to open when it’s clicked. I keep the timeline in a workbook by itself, so that I can easily go back to the timeline by hitting the space bar.(Click the event, show a new document, hit the space bar, and you’re back at your timeline, it’s a nice workaround to having another program open to accomplish the same thing.)

Granted, there’s nothing all that special about this, and it actually makes more sense to simply put copies of each document in between copies of the timeline graphic in a workbook and simply space-bar through each document, or to space-bar through the event documents while keeping the timeline visible in one of the screen zones, but there’s just something about that point and click that really excites the attorney’s I’ve dealt with. They’re going to be disappointed when that goes away.

Of course, given the hefty system recommendations for 6.0, and the lack of a budget to replace all of the older machines in our current trial laptop pool that may have problems, I may just have a few copies of 5.2 available for cases where this might be needed for a little while! We’ll see how stable it is in my testing once I get this re-certification finished up before making any decisions on using it live in a trial. I definitely want our first live experience with it to be with me using it before I trust it to anyone else!

I’ve got 2 days to complete the exam and get it submitted to inData, I’ll keep you posted!

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Oh Yeah, I’m Certified

I forgot to mention this earlier, probably because the “official” announcement came out while I was on vacation sans laptop, but I am officially certified as a Trial Director 5 trainer.

Now, since I can’t really do much training outside of my own firm, the certification doesn’t mean much. (It’d be a conflict of interest to train other firm’s attorneys.) But, since I needed to get as much in-depth training as possible in order to put together our own attorney educational program on how we could use the software at trial, or at depositions, it makes sense to go ahead and get the certification. If nothing else, it tends to make attorneys stand up an take ever so slightly more notice when you can throw some initials on your credentials.

Then again, I’m an SCT, Summation Certified Trainer already, and I have no idea if there are initials in common use for this certification. (TDCT? Anyone?)

At any rate, it never hurts to drop the new certification on a resume or LinkedIn profile. While I don’t have any plans to put that to use, you just never know!

So, now that I am armed with all of that technical know-how with Trial Director, the next step is going to be convincing our attorneys to put it to good use, and convincing our clients that the extra cost is worth it for their case. I have a feeling the certification tests are going to prove much easier than the sales job I’m about to embark on, but it’s all part it. As with any tech tool, it’s only powerful if it gets used. As much as I think we could use Trial Director for, I’ve got to convince others of that now, so if anyone out there has been through this and has some tips, I’m all ears!

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Trial Director Training

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’re probably aware that things have been quiet here because I’ve been out of town. I was in Phoenix last week for 3 days of Trial Director Certification/Training, and with the hotel wifi being rather lame, I haven’t been around to update the blog. :)

Anyway, the training was great. I definitely have much more understanding of how to use Trial Director and all of the available features we could use. It’s a pretty powerful tool! The key is going to be figuring out how to demonstrate a few features to the attorneys so that they get a feel for what we can do in a trial setting, without overwhelming them with too much information.

The other challenge, of course, is that I think there’s a ton of stuff we could do with Trial Director, not just at trial, at arbitration hearings, depositions, and even in some presentations to clients, but I’m the only one who has spent the 3 days being trained to use it all. So, either I have to find a way to start training some of our paralegals, or I’m going to be spending a lot more time working on putting on presentations with Trail Director. That may require some other changes, but that’s pretty far down the road. We’ll see if it comes to that.

First things first, I need to start putting together a 10 minute demonstration to start shopping to some of the attorneys in the next few weeks, and then we’ll go from there!

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Re-certified with a couple of weeks to spare

I believe I’ve written before that with the release of a new version of Summation iBlaze, they were also requiring everyone who might market themselves as a trainer to pass another certification test, before Aug. 1 in order to not have to go through the whole process all over again.

Today, I completed that exam, with a passing grade. So I am all current on my certification up to version 2.9. I don’t currently require it, since I’m only doing in house training, not marketing myself, but you never know what the future may hold, so I figured I’d get it while it was a simple re-certification process, as opposed to going through everything again!

The exam wasn’t much different than part 1 of the 2.8 certification, just a few questions thrown into the mix covering the new features of 2.9 out of the 50 questions you need to answer. Obviously, if you’ve recently taken the exam, it won’t seem all that much different.

Still, I’m glad it’s behind me, until the next release. *L*

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Summation Certification Update

Despite the fact that I haven’t even been an SCT for more than 6 months, I was informed today that I will need to re-certify on the new version of iBlaze, 2.9, before August 1 to remain an SCT in good standing.

I’ll have to sign up for an online review session, pay my $200 and take the test in order to re-certify and be able to offer outside training as an SCT. Internally, I can teach whatever I want, they really can’t decide how the firm handles training to their own people, but if want to do any outside training I’ll need to be certified to do that.

Had I known this was coming, I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t have waited. On the one hand, having to redo it this quickly sucks. On the other, we’re not even using 2.9 yet, and may not be for a little while, so I don’t know if that would have been ideal for me when it came to training internally.

Any way you look at it, I’ll be working on this over the Summer. Waiting until after August 1 means having to go out to the 3 day workshop again and paying for the certification all over from the beginning. That’s not a wise choice!

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Summation Certified Trainer

Got the email response telling me that I had passed, and they’d be in touch with the details of the certification stuff. I’m glad to get that behind me before the end of the year.

It is a pretty rigorous certification. You have to apply, telling them some details of how you use Summation, ho you plan to train on it etc. Once your application is approved, you have to pass a pre-workshop exam. Once you do that, then you have to go out to one of their offices for the 3 day workshop. (4 days if you’re going for the WebBlaze as well as iBlaze Certifcation).

After that workshop you have 75 days to pass parts one and two of the exam, at which point you’ll be given the hands on project. Part 1 is 50 multiple choice questions, and was pretty similar to the A+ exam I took awhile back in terms of how it’s laid out. One big difference, of course, is that you take it online, so it’s open book for all purposes, and it’s not timed at all. You can work on it, stop, and go back as long as you want.

Part 2 is 10 short essay questions. These take a little more time but, again, you can start, stop and go back as often as you need to. Short essay questions are a bit tougher, you don’t see those in Tech exams very often, simply because someone has to grade them! In the case of CT Summation, though, they are typically only dealing with the 15 people from the latest workshop at any one time, and I think they maybe do 4-5 workshops per year?

Part 3 was a hands-on project. The idea is to take a case database and follow the directions to do the various work that they require to show that you know you’re way around the database and the various features. After all, you can’t really use Summation if you can’t bring data in, make it usable for the attorneys and then get it back out when needed!

Overall, I’d say that while it’s certainly a very specific certification, (If your firm doesn’t use Summation, there’s not much point unless you plan to become a free-lance trainer.) the rigors of the testing process and the relative lack of large numbers of SCT’s out in the field make it a pretty good indicator for skills in using Summation, and that’s really the whole point!

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100%

I got an email today with the results from part 2 of the Summation Certified Trainer Exam. Yes, I passed with a 100%. The email didn’t include any information on when I’d be getting the project to download and work on, but I’m hoping it will be pretty soon. This time of year is somewhat slower for trials, so I’d like to get to the project while I have some extra time, and before we get into January and the trials pick right back up again!

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Summation Certified Trainer Exam Part 2

I submitted my test today, part 2 of the exam. Part 1 was 50 multiple choice questions, which I submitted a while back and got my results immediately, 96%, passing. Part 2 was described as “short answer”, but in reality, they were short essays! When you have to give 3 possible troubleshooting problems and their solutions, that is not a short answer!

Anyway, there were 10 of those, and after many hours of writing, re-writing, and testing my answers in a test database, today I finally reached the point where I really didn’t have anything else to add, so I sent it in. Now I have to await my results. Which I don’t like, especially since there is no real time table on which to expect those results!

Assuming I pass this and don’t have to retake part 2, I move on to part 3, which is a hands on project.

Yes, this is a pretty intensive testing procedure. It’s no wonder you have 75 days to complete parts 1 and 2, and no deadline for part 3!

Here’s hoping I can move on to part 3 soon!

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