Document Drafting Integration Gives West Software New Power

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 01:00

Thomson West has announced that lawyers using West km now have a new level of power, functionality and flexibility when drafting documents using content from multiple sources thanks to the integration of West km with Microsystems D3 (Dynamic Document Drafting). The integration greatly improves lawyer productivity by making it easy to find the best knowledge accessible through West km, and reuse it while drafting documents in Microsoft Word with D3.

On a daily basis, transaction and litigation lawyers face the challenge of drafting documents with content that is derived from multiple sources. West km now addresses this challenge by extending the content management functionality of D3 with West km's comprehensive knowledge management and search capabilities. For example, lawyers can now simply drag and drop relevant content from documents retrieved by West km when drafting Word documents, and the content will automatically match the format and style of the new document.

Thomson West earned a prestigious Vendor Award for its West km knowledge management software at the fourth annual Law Technology News Awards Dinner, held January 29 at the Hilton New York Hotel in conjunction with the annual LegalTech New York conference. This year marks the second time West km was recognized as the top choice for law firms in the Knowledge Management System category.

Thomson West has announced a new product offering for environmental attorneys in Westlaw Practitioner: Environmental Library on Westlaw. This product provides environmental law on topics such as compliance in manufacturing and construction, land redevelopment and water usage rights. Environmental Practitioner includes state and federal administrative and regulatory information, the Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, and U.S. and Canada Air Quality Agreement. It also includes Environmental Data Registry materials from the Environmental Protection Agency, scientific and technical data, and key environmental news sources.

West Legalworks has responded to significant recent market and regulatory developments for banking with a 2007 update to its Guide to Bank Underwriting, Dealing and Brokerage Activities.

The 2007 edition, co-authored by Robert L. Tortoriello and Paul E. Glotzer of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City, addresses changes in law, regulation and practice affecting capital markets activities of U.S. and foreign banks and bank holding companies. It describes in detail the U.S. regulatory regime applicable to these activities and highlights recent developments for securities-related business under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Bank Holding Company Act, the Glass-Steagall Act and other applicable laws.

Rick King, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Thomson North American Legal, was named to Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Awards for 2007. The annual Premier 100 IT Leaders list, which honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology, was published in a special section of the December 11 issue of IDG's Computerworld. Honorees will also take part in the Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, to be held March 4-6, 2007, in Palm Desert, CA.