What would our world look like without the humble highlighter?

August 2, 2010

highlighterOf all the tools used in law offices every day, none is taken for granted more than the highlighting marker.

Imagine a marked-up legal document in a world without highlighters. What do you see? Pages layered with hand-drawn lines, circles, boxes, brackets and squiggles?

Fortunately, that horrifying, ink-smeared alternate universe was averted with the invention of the highlighter in 1963. Avery came up with the original Hi-Liter, and they wowed us again in 1978 by mixing phosphors into the ink to create those “glowing” colors. The first fluorescent shade was yellow, and it’s still the most common highlighter color used today.

As cool as neon highlighters are, they may be going the way of carbon paper and correction fluid, since legal documents are increasingly printed only in final form – or never printed at all. But the practice of highlighting text may live on forever; digital highlighting is one of the most popular features in Word, WordPerfect, and now West Case Notebook, which lets you highlight information in electronic case files.

West Case Notebook makes it easy for legal teams to organize and collaborate on case files electronically – multi-color highlighting included. Find out how the Baltimore law firm Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann uses these features to save time and money in this West Case Notebook Case Study. And you can see other case studies, customer testimonials, videos and more at west.thomson.com/casenotebook.