[blindlaw] Reading hand-written revisions to documents
amarjain at amarjain.com
Tue Feb 21 08:03:17 UTC 2017
In the Indian context, it becomes challenging because the support staff is overloaded with work from a team of 7-10 people and the partner. It's usually one secretary per team.
And you will appreciate the amount of time which goes in for understanding the hand mark-up of other counsels and other parties to the transaction.
Another challenge is to provide hand mark-up for comments which is an international norm.
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> On 21-Feb-2017, at 12:03 PM, Gerard Sadlier via BlindLaw <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi Rahul,
> I think the best way around this is simply to get a secretary in the
> firm to read amendments to you.
> Kind regards
>> On 2/20/17, Rahul Bajaj via BlindLaw <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Dear Sai,
>> Thanks for your reply. I think you point to a really critical reason
>> why a law firm would be averse to the idea of providing, or
>> sanctioning, this type of accommodation - the fear that it would be
>> in breach of client-attorney privilege.
>> While I can definitely request them to ask some in-house to perform
>> this function, that would be the least desirable and most
>> time-consuming solution. So I want to resort to it only if I am unable
>> to think of anything better.
>>> On 20/02/2017, Sai <legal at s.ai> wrote:
>>> My blindness isn't such that I need this adaptation, so I defer to
>>> others on list to give more tested answers.
>>> But just as a thought: if it's something you don't need immediately
>>> (such that you need a sighted reader eg), what about something like
>>> mechanical turk or a remote (e.g. Indian) secretary service?
>>> Transcribing handwritten notes seems like a fairly simple task that a
>>> remote secretary could do cheaply.
>>> Given this would be on legal docs though, I'd be concerned about
>>> maintaining privilege.
>>> I'm not sure what the privilege implications are of hiring an ad hoc
>>> contractor to help access privileged documents, or using an app to do
>>> so. Does that count as third party disclosure?
>>> (Might be a different question, but anyone know? Now I'm rather
>>> curious how non-disclosure and privilege issues interact with
>>> accommodation issues. Has there ever been a case on it?)
>>> - Sai
>>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:42 AM, Rahul Bajaj via BlindLaw
>>> <blindlaw at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>> I hope this message finds you well.
>>>> I will be joining a full-service law firm after graduating this
>>>> summer. One of the accessibility barriers that I gather I will have to
>>>> grapple with is reading hand-written revisions to documents.
>>>> While the track change function is extensively used by younger
>>>> associates and other senior members of the team, I am told that
>>>> partners prefer making revisions in hard copy documents.
>>>> While I understand that JAWS cannot read
>>>> anything that is handwritten, I am wondering if there are any
>>>> technological solutions for reading handwritten content.
>>>> Also, if anyone here has dealt with revisions that are made using the
>>>> handwriting feature offered by the iPad, I'd be grateful if they could
>>>> comment about its accessibility. Thanks!
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