SmartDraw.com Partners with American Association for Paralegal Education to Incorporate Software, Training Within Member Schools

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SmartDraw 2007 Legal Edition will be included in the course curriculums of the American Association for Paralegal Education member institutions.

What we've discovered is that paralegals, not lawyers, are the people introducing technology into law offices

SmartDraw.com®, the world's leading publisher of legal graphics software, has partnered with the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) to incorporate SmartDraw 2007 Legal Edition within select AAfPE educational programs. As a result, entire curriculums are being rewritten to include SmartDraw.

"What we've discovered is that paralegals, not lawyers, are the people introducing technology into law offices," said Tom Goldman, AAfPE Chairman, Technology Task Force. "At AAfPE's annual meeting in October, I delivered a presentation on SmartDraw's capabilities. Afterwards, over half of the attendees requested copies of the software, so clearly SmartDraw is filling a graphics need in the paralegal community."

SmartDraw 2007 Legal Edition includes a rich library of graphics and symbols specifically designed to help attorneys, law students and professors, investigators and law enforcement personnel create charts, diagrams and timelines for courtroom exhibits, accident reconstruction diagrams, crime scenes, mediation charts and more. Unlike more complicated graphics programs written for a technical audience, SmartDraw is designed for ordinary computer users - allowing them to produce professional quality graphics with no prior training. And with the introduction of its SmartTemplate™ technology and new ribbon interface, navigating and using the program has never been easier.

"When I stumbled across SmartDraw, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread," said Goldman. "Its intuitive interface is so beautifully designed that it allows anyone, regardless of graphics experience, to easily create any legal graphic they want, whenever they want. The best part is the SmartTemplates, drag-and-drop features, and tutorials are all on-screen, meaning nobody has to consult a user manual."

"We understand the importance of exposing students and teachers to the SmartDraw 2007 Legal Edition, which is being widely deployed in courtrooms and law offices around the world," said Todd Savitt, VP of Business Development, SmartDraw.com. "We are excited about partnering with the AAfPE to reach and teach the next generation of legal professionals."

SmartDraw.com offers a variety of licensing options and programs for organizations of all sizes, and includes both online and telephone technical support. Visit http://www.smartdrawlegal.com to download a free trial copy.

About SmartDraw.com

Founded in 1994, SmartDraw.com is the creator of SmartDraw, the world's most popular business graphics software. SmartDraw allows anyone to create professional-quality business graphics in minutes - no experience or training required. The Company is the leader in the business graphics market, a market made up of ordinary computer users who want to create attractive and effective business graphics, but who lack the time and expertise to learn software designed for graphics professionals. In addition to SmartDraw 2007 intended for general business use, there are also SmartDraw Healthcare and SmartDraw Legal editions with graphics and applications unique to their respective fields. In mid-2006, SmartDraw.com surpassed the ten millionth download of SmartDraw.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, SmartDraw.com is privately-held and counts more than half the Fortune 500 among its customers. To download a free trial of SmartDraw 2007, please visit: http://www.smartdrawlegal.com.

About the AAfPE

Established in 1981, AAfPE's roots go back to the mid 1970s when the American Bar Association sponsored the first conferences for paralegal educators. While much has been accomplished in the field of paralegal education from this beginning, there is still much more to be done to fully develop the potential for both the paralegal field and education for the profession.

Recognizing the need to increase and improve access to the legal system, the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) promotes quality paralegal education, develops educational standards and encourages professional growth, in order to prepare graduates to perform a significant role in the delivery of legal services.

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