StoryBuilder, Everlaw’s case-building toolkit, allows review teams to seamlessly move between their review and post-review workflows. Two tools comprise StoryBuilder: Chronology and Outline. Using Chronology, reviewers can collaboratively curate the most important documents in a case. Each document entry in the Chronology can be dated, labeled, and annotated with a description. Chronology also features a useful Events view, which allows review teams to see documents in relation to a timeline of events in the case.
Documents in the Chronology can be then used to build outlines using the Outlines tool. Common use cases for Outlines include creating deposition, argument, or case strategy outlines.
What is the Chronology and why is it useful?
Chronology, a component of StoryBuilder, is used to collaboratively curate the most important documents discovered during review. Other documents, like depositions and court orders, can also be uploaded into the Everlaw database for use in Chronology. In addition to document organization, Chronology allows for people profiles, so that you can document information about who is involved in your case.
In short, Chronology provides an easy and collaborative way to store, categorize, and find relevant documents.
Relationship between Chronology and Outlines
Documents in a chronology can be used in Outlines. StoryBuilder’s Outline tool allows you to build outlines for your case. You can create work product (ex. case strategies, review protocols, case narratives, etc.) using the documents discovered during review. The Chronology entries provide a master sheet of information for a document that is used in either Chronology or Outline.
In Outlines, you can create depositions, arguments, or case strategy overviews. You can import an existing outline into the Outline tool as long as it's in the .docx format. Once in an Outline, you can use relevant evidence identified over the course of review as citations. Outlines are collaborative, and more than one person on your case can edit a single outline simultaneously, in real-time.
Now that you have an overview of StoryBuilder, learn more about the two components, Chronology and Outlines: