Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013
LinkBuilder is a new program that allows attorneys to create hyperlinks easily and efficiently. LinkBuilder is an add-in for Word that automates the creation of cross-document hyperlinks between filings in the federal court's CM/ECF system. This handy tool was originally envisioned and developed by the Hon. David Nuffer from the District of Utah back in 2008. Recently, Luta Pleiss of the District of Nebraska and Tyler Adams from the District of Kansas (as a J-Share project) refined and enhanced the add-in.
LinkBuilder will search a Microsoft Word document for citations to CM/ECF filings and insert a hyperlink to the corresponding file in the CM/ECF system. LinkBuilder can recognize and link to attachments in the record, as well as page-specific references, to create pinpoint access to specific information in the case. Using LinkBuilder will greatly aid the court by creating easy access to documents relevant to the brief being filed. The judge and the law clerk working on the document will not have to search CM/ECF for the proper document but will be able to call it up with the click of a mouse. Judge and Chambers Staff may want to use LinkBuilder in orders to show attorneys how useful these links can be.
A log-in and password for either CM/ECF or PACER is required as well as internet access. LinkBuilder is tested and known to work in Word 2010 and Word 2013. (It does not work on the Mac version of Word.)
The following link contains information on how to install and use the LinkBuilder tool for Registered attorneys and Court Staff who wish to generate links:
LinkBuilder Add-In for Microsoft Word