‘Twas the Night Before Trial

by Patricia Ann Hale

‘Twas the night before trial, and all through the house
Not a desktop was stirring, not even its mouse.
The ESI was managed by IT departments with care
In hopes that compliance and disaster recovery would better they fare.

The end users were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of integrated practice management all danced in their heads.
And Social Media in her kerchief, and I with my apps
Had just logged off our iPads for the night to take pre-LegalTech naps.

When out in Twitter there arose such a twatter,
I sprang from my DMS to cross-profile the case and the matter.
Away to Windows 2010, I saved my work in a flash,
Tore open my Outlook, and my teeth gave a great gnash.

So many emails, so many red exclamation points!
Don’t these people ever take a break? It jostled my joints.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
The Cloud, the Cloud; oh beauteous wonder, it’s finally here!

Now eDiscovery! Now Legal Hold! Now Predictive Coding!
Now Information Governance, don’t be so foreboding!
To the left and to the right of the EDRM!
Dispersed custodians? Collections identifies all of ‘em!

Oh legal technology, dressed in software or SaaS
Improve my efficiencies, boost my productivity at last!
A bundle of joy and services for attorneys in house or out,
No longer peddlers of old-fashioned wares about.

Give me your EDRM, your indexing power
Your collection tools and forensics unsoured!
Oh, your cheery integrations that keep time and billing
With just a single tap of my finger, how thrilling.

You adorn PC, RIM and of course, that Mac, an ‘i’jolly old elf,
Oh sometimes I laugh, in spite of myself!
The bloggers pun punning all in their stead,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

I sprang to my iPad, with a sigh of relief and a whistle
As away all my anxieties flew like the down of a thistle.
LegalTech will soon explain all; there’ll be no fright–
And until then, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

Patricia Ann Hale is Founder of Proxy Public Relations LLC (www.proxypr.com), a New York City-based media communications firm specializing in the legal and legal technology industries.  Thanks to Patricia for being so creative this holiday eve! DG

~ by CDLB on December 21, 2011.

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