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Civil Litigation Essay

1.) Prepare an outline of the issues in handling a case with so many plaintiffs and potential witnesses. Ethical issues of conflict of interest can become a concern as many new clients come into the firm Organization could be an issue with so many clients

Keeping track of all of the clients and witnesses appointments and/or meetings Making sure that the correct information and witnesses are kept with the correct client’s case file Keeping track of the billing for each of the clients

Keeping track of the time spent with each client and witness. (Goldman, Thomas F.; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Page 45)

2.) Prepare a memo explaining how a case management program might be used to organize the case. MEMORANDUM
August 13, 2014
TO: New York Office Associates
From: Mary Kessler-Paralegal
RE: Case Management Program
This memo is being sent out with information explaining how a case management program may be used to organize the case. You can use this program to store and index for quick access contact information, such as names and information on clients, parties, witnesses, opposing counsel, judges, experts, and anyone associated with the case in any manner. This program can also track time spent on cases, with a calendar component it can track deadlines and appointments or court dates for the clients. The case management program can also allow for management of individual cases, including the tracking of documents, parties, issues, and events. Cc: Partners and Counsel

(Goldman, Thomas F; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Page 51)

3.) What are the items that need to be tracked using the case management program?
The items that need to be tracked using the case management program are time keeping to record all of time spent on performing activities during the work day. Tracking the expenses of any business is important. In litigation cases, costs expended must be carefully tracked for recovery from any court verdict or settlement or from the client. Appointments, deadlines, and statute of limitations dates also need to be tracked through calendar so nothing is missed. (Goldman, Thomas F.; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Pages 60-61)

4.) Answer the question raised by one of the attorneys: “Can’t we make our own database or spreadsheet to track the information and save money?” Yes, you can make your own database and/or spreadsheets to track all of your information and save money by using Abacus. (Goldman, Thomas F.; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Page 62-63)

5.) How can using a program like CaseMap help in preparing for trial and during trial? Explain in a memo for the attorney’s review. MEMORANDUM
August 13, 2014
TO: New York Office Associates
From: Mary Kessler-Paralegal
RE: CaseMap
This memo contains information on how you can use CaseMap to help prepare for trial and during trial. As facts are gathered, parties identified, and documents and research assembled, they may be entered into the CaseMap program, allowing for easy organization and exploration of the facts, the cast of characters, and the issues by any numbers of the legal team. It also allows for creating specialty reports and documents including trial
notebook information. Cc: Partners and Counsel

(Goldman, Thomas F.; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Page 52)

Reference
Goldman, Thomas F.; Hughes, Alice Hart (2012) Civil Litigation Process and Procedures, 2nd Edition, Chapter 3


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