Jan. 25, 2006 (Mountain View and San Francisco) – ALM's Law Technology News(R), the legal profession's leading technology publication, today announced the law firm and in-house law department winners in its third annual Law Technology News Awards program. The awards recognize the best technology use—and users—in the legal profession. Fenwick & West received the 2005 "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm" award. The firm's Practice Support team created their proprietary "FIND" (File Identification Narrowed by Definition) technology, which permits small groups working independently to review documents in easy to-use Web-based environments, from anywhere in the world. The cost-efficient technology significantly reduces the amount of data that lawyers must review in e-discovery and improves the accuracy of the review process.
Law Technology News will make $5,000 donations on behalf of the winners of the program to the Mississippi Center for Justice and New Orleans Legal Assistance. Both organizations provide free legal aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Law firm nominations were solicited throughout the year from the magazine's 40,000 subscribers, and through the publication's Web site. The recipients were selected by an independent panel of three jurors, all members of LTN's Editorial Advisory Board: Andrew Z. Adkins III, director of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Fredric Lederer, professor of law and director of the Courtroom 21 Project at the College of William and Mary, and David Whelan, director of the Cincinnati Law Library Association.
Additional information on the awards and winners will be available in the March issue of Law Technology News and on the magazine's Web site at www.lawtechnologynews.com.