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     Courtroom Connect’s Legal-Focused Approach




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A Comprehensive Approach to Videoconferencing in the Legal Field

  1. 1. Maximize Your Investment in Videoconference Technology Courtroom Connect’s Legal-Focused Approach Introduction By now the benefits of videoconferencing are clear and well-documented. Most law firms know that videoconferencing provides a convenient and cost-effective way to consult with witnesses, conduct inter-office meetings, and appear for depositions without ever leaving the office. What they may not know is that a legal-focused approach to videoconferencing maximizes their investment in the technology. Law firms utilize legal-focused applications in nearly every area of their business from accounting to research to client management to presentation software. Why have so many firms used generic videoconferencing vendors? Until recently, there was no single vendor focused on meeting both the unique challenges of the legal industry, and the basic technical requirements of state-of-the-art videoconferencing services. Videoconferencing on a Solid Foundation Just like all of the most prominent communications providers, Courtroom Connect meets all of the standard technical requirements for videoconferencing. Through partnerships with AT&T, Covad, Sonic Foundry, and the industry leader in conferencing technology, Polycom, as well as Courtroom Connect’s highly trained technical staff and advanced data center, Courtroom Connect delivers and supports equipment, IP backbone and hosting services, ISDN communications and bridging services, deployment, set-up, training, and support. They do so economically and without sacrificing on quality. Courtroom Connect’s focus is to deliver a solid foundation and then truly differentiate by enabling the legal applications that create value for law firms. Imagine how many hundreds of thousands of dollars you could save each year by simply eliminating half of the required travel for firm partners. Think of the billable hours that are lost when key associates are sent across country to conduct first-
  2. 2. round on-campus interviews with candidates that could have easily been screened via videoconferencing. Courtroom Connect doesn’t just sell the technology – they help you to get the most out of your investment. Legal-Focused Approach Courtroom Connect’s philosophy is to take the best technology that exists and tailor it to the legal industry to meet your needs. The experience, expertise, and infrastructure they have set in place enables them to do so. Legal-Focused Experience For over 8 years, Courtroom Connect has been supporting, training, and providing consulting services to law firms, bar associations, courts, court reporting firms, and official court reporters. They understand the time-sensitive, urgent, and high-stakes nature of the legal field. Legal-Focused Professional Services More than a support plan, Courtroom Connect’s white glove approach puts the application of videoconferencing at your fingertips. A single point of contact means you always know who to call – whether you want to schedule a bridge, book a videoconferencing room, conduct remote interviews with law schools or simply familiarize yourself with a product feature. Ongoing technical training is rooted in the company culture, and it allows Courtroom Connect’s expert consulting team to stay ahead of the technology curve, delivering the best support possible, and when necessary, interfacing with vendors on your behalf. If you have ever called a vendor for support and been treated like a number, you will appreciate Courtroom Connect’s personal-touch philosophy of support. Legal-Focused Infrastructure Courtroom Connect has permanent Internet networks in courthouses across the country for clients to access Internet or set up temporary videoconferencing at the last minute. They have over 200 public rooms available for clients to rent for depositions, witness preparation, focus groups, or other videoconferencing needs. They have personnel located throughout the country to provide legal technology expertise on a moment’s notice. Combined with their presence in the courts, their network of public rooms, and their geographically dispersed personnel, Courtroom Connect has created legal-focused networks, such as Law
  3. 3. School Connect and Bar Connect. The result is a uniquely legal-focused infrastructure that no other videoconferencing partner can provide. Videoconferencing Applications By providing you with more than just technology, Courtroom Connect enables you to derive the maximum benefit from your videoconferencing investment. Along with your videoconferencing unit, you receive premier, white-glove technical support. Access to our virtual Speaker’s Panel puts you in face-to-face contact with some of the best and brightest legal minds in the industry. Free access to our IT committee, which provides tips and tricks on videoconference technology, helps you to get the most out of the technology. Our hassle-free scheduling service allows you to schedule public rooms with one phone call to Courtroom Connect. Video, audio, and text streaming support directly from the videoconference unit allow you to seamlessly switch between videoconference and video streaming as the occasion demands. Access to community networks, such as Law School Connect, enables you to expand your use of the technology to brand new application areas, such as remote interviewing, virtual job fairs, and CLE presentations over videoconference. Finally, by selecting Courtroom Connect as your videoconferencing partner, you gain access to our Litigation Event Services so that you can make use of videoconferencing, video streaming, and Internet services no matter where you are – at court, in deposition, in mediation. Below are some examples of solutions that Courtroom Connect provides to their clients. • Recruiting applications • Litigation events services • Legal-focused streaming applications • CLE programs and speaker presentations • IT Technology Meetings Recruiting applications Through Law School Connect, a videoconference network for law school recruiting, law firms are able to do recruiting over the videoconference unit, saving the firm time and money. Courtroom Connect and William and Mary’s Courtroom 21 Project have partnered to create the network. Videoconference units are already installed in law schools across the United States; ready for recruiting videoconference calls. For law firms or courts looking for
  4. 4. clerkships that don’t have videoconferencing equipment yet, Courtroom Connect’s network of nearly 300 public rooms is available. Litigation events services What happens when you’re not at your office where your videoconferencing system is and you need to use videoconferencing technology? One of the key application areas of Courtroom Connect’s videoconferencing service is providing solutions for litigation event services. Courtroom Connect can provide videoconferencing on a temporary basis for events such as depositions, trials, and arbitrations. Clients can also take advantage of Courtroom Connect’s Remote Counsel Network of public rooms to rent for a witness if needed. Whether it’s a client that needs a videoconference unit at the last minute at court to question a remote witness or a U.S. client needs to question a witness abroad over videoconference for a deposition, Courtroom Connect has anticipated these needs and has placed infrastructure in place such as the Internet at the courts and videoconference equipment deployed to nearly 300 legal service providers who are standing by. Legal-focused streaming applications By going with Courtroom Connect’s videoconferencing solution, legal professionals also have access to state-of-the-art, legal-focused streaming technologies. Courtroom Connect can support streaming from the videoconference unit itself. In addition, Courtroom Connect has partnered with Sonic Foundry to deliver MediaSite, which enables law firms to stream video, audio, and presentation by plugging the technology into the videoconference unit if the presentation is over videoconference, or from a video camera. This technology is perfect for presentations or internal trainings between several locations. Courtroom Connect uses this same technology to stream audio/video, evidence and transcripts of legal proceedings, such as trials or mediations, to any authenticated site in the world. Court reporters that work with Courtroom Connect have technology that enables them to stream audio/video and realtime transcripts of depositions via the Internet to remote parties. CLE programs and speaker presentations One of the most exciting advantages to partnering with Courtroom Connect for your video solution is their incredible network of legal communities. Currently, they partner with the Delaware State Bar Association to provide other bar associations with access to CLE courses via videoconference through a program called Bar Connect. Courtroom Connect also offers DSBA Speakers Panel, which is a video forum where some of the greatest legal minds make
  5. 5. themselves available via videoconference. Courtroom Connect has also teamed up with Courtroom 21, who provides CLE events over videoconferencing as well. By working with Courtroom Connect for videoconferencing, law firms can take advantage of these programs. IT technology meetings What better way to discuss videoconference technology issues, tips and tricks than with other IT professionals and Courtroom Connect’s team over videoconferencing. Courtroom Connect educates IT professionals about their equipment through monthly meetings and connects IT professionals, so they can learn from each other. Conclusion Even if you only use videoconferencing for your internal meetings today - in the future you may want to leverage it for recruiting purposes or depositions or some application that has yet to be developed. In all of these cases, you will want to have partnered with the company that is committed to finding the next "killer app" and customizing it for the legal industry. Your videoconferencing system is only as valuable as the applications it enables and the networks it can access. Let Courtroom Connect help you get the most out of your investment in video technology. For more information about Courtroom Connect and its solutions, go to www.courtroomconnect.com, call 877-838-9067, or email info@courtroomconnect.com.

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