Staying in touch with California’s legal professionals, listening to your challenges and hearing your issues, is a top priority for us here at One Legal. Towards this objective, we’ve just spent a great weekend in Stockton, CA at the quarterly meeting of Legal Secretaries, Inc (LSI), meeting and talking with, legal secretaries, paralegals, and legal assistants from across the state.
With their focus on continuing education and professional development, and over 2,000 members working at the heart of California’s law firms, the LSI’s conferences are always a hotbed of discussion around the latest developments. This weekend’s conference was no different!
Here are the top three things we learned.
#1. The slow movement of California’s courts towards eFiling remains a talking point
California’s Superior Courts continue to move only slowly toward the implementation of eFiling. The result is that, for the time being, most courts continue to only accept physical filing of court documents.
Just seven of the state’s 58 Superior Courts currently offer some eFiling. Most, at least, have some plans in place, but – according to the California Judicial Council’s recent research – there are still 12 with no firm plans whatsoever!
The fragmented situation – which looks to be going nowhere in the next few years – means that One Legal’s unique single filing platform, for eFiling and physical filing will continue to be a vital time saving resource for California’s paralegals.
#2. eDiscovery continues to be a key topic for litigators
With the LSI’s Civil Litigation Section running a popular session offering an overview of the current eDiscovery landscape, this remains a key topic for those working in the litigation world.
Training in eDiscovery has new emphasis since a California State Bar Association ethics ruling in June stated that attorneys had an obligation to either be competent in eDiscovery or associate with those who are.
What’s clear is that as more and more communication becomes electronic and more information creation/storage moves online the potential for a case to involve eDiscovery rapidly is markedly increased.
#3. There continues to be a real thirst for training
Lots of the people we talked to from our vendor’s booth were interested in MCLE accredited training, particular in order to stay up to date with all of the latest filing and process serving developments.
There was particular interest in getting to know the various rules and procedures for filing in the state’s biggest courts in order to avoid rejection. At One Legal, our training team regularly shares our 25-years of knowledge through our webinar program – check out their offering to find the best session for you.
Were you at the LSI Quarterly Conference? Share your highlights in the comments.