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Special Interest What about marking the documents ments are used, the other lawyers are not the documents in electronic format at the as exhibits? You don’t have to mark every viewing the document while the witness same time you did and will already have document separately. Referring to them is testifying. Second, most lawyers, par- them in the proper format. by the Bates number is suffi At the ticularly those involved in complex litiga- Conclusion cient. end of the deposition you can mark the tion, have laptop computers they can use. Quit being a pack mule, or making thumb drive or disks used as exhibits to Simply notify them that the deposition your associate one. Paperless deposi- the deposition. will be paperless and that they need to tions are far easier and more effi than cient What about the other lawyers at the bring a computer if they want to view the dealing with paper documents. So if the deposition? Th can’t see the computer documents. If they don’t already have the documents for your next deposition will ey screen the witness is viewing and thus documents Bates numbered in electronic not fi into a manila folder, consider going t can’t see the document, unless you proj- format, then you need to provide them a paperless. Once you have experienced it, ect the document onto a screen. First, in thumb drive or disks at the deposition. you will be hesitant to go back! G most depositions even where paper docu- Most of the time they will have received Th mission of the BBA Medical medical records and arranging meetings BBA Liaison Committee is to improve the re- with or the depositions of doctors and Committee Birmingham Bar Association and the other healthcare providers. Th resourc- Bar ese Birmingham the on available arees the of members the betweenlationship Spotlight: in this area. other health care providers bar.org) and can be accessed by clicking (www.birmingham- websiteAssociation’s Com- Liaison Medical e Th anddoctors mittee facilitates communication between on “Medical Discovery Resources” un- the legal and medical communities in der the “Resources” tab at the top of the hopes of reducing the confl and in- Home page, or by visiting the Medical icts conveniences which might arise when the Liaison Committee’s page and clicking professions interact. on “Medical Discovery Resources”. Th e Th Committee seeks to accomplish Committee and the Jeff County erson Medical ety and other local healthcare organiza- between doctors and addressing disputes regarding attorneys of methodinformal Soci- works an developed also have SocietyMedical It Medical ways. of County number a erson in Jeff the missionitswith Liaison neys and members of the medical com- found along with the other process can be this Dis- about Medical Information resolution dispute discovery.medicalinformal that attor- problems between and issues interactions identify to duringtionsarise Committee munity. Members and meet with a variety civil litigators in resources are not just but for website. cases, Bar’s injury the on personal and Resources toolscoveryTh also medi- and Committee the of to organizations speak healthcareregularlyof cal societies in the area to listen to their exist to help any attorneys who need to Facilitating communication members’ concerns and questions and to obtain medical records or to meet with or between the legal and educate those members on the procedures depose a healthcare provider. medical communities in and resources available to help guide Th Committee Chair for 2012 hopes of reducing confl healthcare providers in their interactions is Julia T. Cochrun, and she may be icts and inconveniences which with lawyers. reached at jtcochrun@mindspring.com. might arise when the Committee member George L. Morris has Committee Liaison MedicalTh professions interact. assisted with providing this information, re- numerous compiled and/ordeveloped sources to aid the members of the BBA and he may be reached at glm@cabaniss. in dealing with issues such as obtaining com. G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2012 31


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