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 / TimeMap / DocPreviewer Suite
- ISYS Personal Edition
We hope to continue the national contracts which 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 based operating systems and do not work with Macintosh operating systems.
Below is a brief description of the software and the current pricing information for these programs:
CaseMap/TimeMap/DocPreviewer Suite and TextMap
CaseMap and TimeMap are two of the most popular litigation support software programs for FDOs and CJA panel attorneys. CaseMap is a fact management application used to organize, manage, and connect case facts, legal issues, key players, and documents. Because it is a single database, it allows team members to work collaboratively and store important case information in specialized relational spreadsheets for ready access and analysis. Through flexible filtering, CaseMap enables end-users to see how any person, fact, document, or issue relates to other elements in a case. TimeMap is a graphing software used to create visual timelines of case events, assisting judges and jurors in their understanding of the sequence of key events in a case. TimeMap integrates with CaseMap, allowing any record in CaseMap that has a date associated with it to be sent to TimeMap instantly. DocPreviewer is a plug-in software which allows for enhanced integration between CaseMap and Adobe Acrobat Pro.
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.
LexisNexis offers CJA panel attorneys the CaseMap/TimeMap/Doc Previewer suite for $387.50, (50% off of the current retail price) and TextMap for $161.00 (also 50% off of the current retail price). To obtain this software, contact either contact Carolyn Winiarz or Paul Brady at LexisNexis for assistance or to answer any further questions.
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 at 1-800-828-8292. Inform them that you are a CJA attorney and that you would like to purchase the TrialDirector software at the special CJA rate. There is also a 2011 CJA Panel Letter from Derek Miller, President and CEO of inData, describing the specifics of their offer to CJA panel attorneys.
ISYS Personal Edition
ISYS is a search and retrieval software program that federal defender offices (FDO) have been using for a number of years. ISYS’s information indexing capabilities provide great functionality in searching both electronic documents and materials provided in hard copy that are subsequently scanned and converted to a text searchable format (such as a searchable PDF). Its ability to search and retrieve information in more than 200 different file types offers flexibility and functionality. This provides a powerful tool to effectively search and retrieve documents and work product in the management of cases.
CJA panel attorneys are able to obtain a Personal Edition version of ISYS for free (a $100 value).
Please note that though ISYS personal edition is no longer available to the general public, ISYS does continue to provide technical support for this version of their software.
To obtain the software, please fill out an ISYS Request Form. When you are finished filling out this form, press the “submit” button on the bottom of the form. This will attach your completed form to an email message that will be sent to the Assistant National Litigation Support Administrator Kelly Scribner. You will then receive an email with download instructions and the activation code necessary to obtain your free copy of the ISYS Personal Edition Search Software. Please allow up to 5 business days to process your request.
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.