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VA Technical Reference Model v 21.9

Drafting Assistant
Drafting Assistant Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Drafting Assistant is an add-in for a user`s word processor to provide access to information, research, authority, and components to draft legal documents.

There are three editions of Drafting Assistant (litigation, transactional, and enterprise) based on the user`s subscription, as well as Drafting Assistant`s components WestCheck, BriefTools, and CiteAdvisor. Each edition comes with a different set of features. This entry addresses the Litigation and Transactional editions.

The Litigation edition offers preformatted legal document templates and access to relevant prior work to give users a starting point in the legal drafting process. The Transactional edition scans the user`s legal documents, alerting the user to errors, inconsistencies, and missing information in the transactional drafting.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.3
Decision Date: 03/10/2020
Aliases: Westlaw Drafting Assistant
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Thomson Reuters
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (03/10/2020).