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The 5 Principles of Targeted Collection

July 07, 2015 | Michael Bean | Collection

Smarter_Targeted_Collections_-_Computer_Screen-smallerWhen you think of data collection in the context of e-discovery, the first technique that may come to mind is the forensic imaging of data sources. A full bit-by-bit copy of all the data on a custodian’s computer casts a wide net that catches deleted file remnants and at least as much system information as it does potentially relevant data.

That’s useful in some situations, but if you’re thinking more critically these days about the data you collect for litigation and internal investigations, take a look at the infographic below for some guiding principles.

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Jeff Salling’s Business Development Ideas for Relativity Fest-goers

July 02, 2015 | Keely McKee | Q&A, Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

Finding a forum where an industry community can share ideas, ask questions, and discuss trends is invaluable. Every year, the kCura team strives to make tangible, actionable lessons the fuel for Relativity Fest because these lessons make a real difference in case teams’ effectiveness back in the office.


To get an attendee’s insight on how this experience influences e-discovery strategy from a business perspective, we sat down with Jeff Salling, director of business development at Complete Discovery Source (CDS). He discussed why he attends Relativity Fest every year and shared some of what he’s looking forward to for Relativity Fest VI.

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Second Requests Demystified: Answers to Common Questions

July 01, 2015 | Greg Houston | Assisted Review, Q&A, e-Discovery

Second_Requests_Demystified-smallerCombating the time crunch of a second request can be challenging. In a “Second Requests Demystified” webinar we hosted last week, I was joined by Kevin Clark of Compliance Discovery Solutions, Ignatius Grande of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and John Ingrassia of Proskauer to discuss how the right computer-assisted review workflow can help keep mergers and acquisitions on track.

During the webinar, the group offered insight into how legal teams can tackle these time-sensitive matters accurately and efficiently with the right technology. Read on for insights on the questions we didn’t get to answer during the live event and to watch a recording of the session.

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A Contract Reviewer Talent Scout Tells All

June 30, 2015 | Constantine Pappas | Review & Productions, Q&A, e-Discovery

blog_contract-reviewerThe role of the contract reviewer has long been critical to e-discovery, and as a former reviewer myself, I am particularly interested in the evolution of the contract attorney—past, present, and future.

As the founder of Review Less, a staffing boutique focused on providing top-notch review talent, Karl Schieneman is no stranger to new review technologies or traditional contract review. He’s also a certified Special Master in the Western District of Pennsylvania’s Special Master Pilot Program for Electronic Discovery, and served as a predictive coding expert for the defense in Global Aerospace v. Landow Aviation.

I recently sat down with Karl to hear his observations about contract review, legal technology, and everything in between.

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Why A Law Firm Partner Became A Chief Data Scientist

June 25, 2015 | Nick Robertson | Analytics, e-Discovery


Last month, Bennett Borden was named Drinker Biddle & Reath’s first-ever chief data scientist. He’ll lead the firm’s data analytics practice, taking a new approach to legal services in the face of growing data volumes.

The firm has garnered a lot of attention with the move from within the industry and even mainstream media. We recently sat down with Bennett to get his perspective on the evolution of new leadership roles in e-discovery. He also shared some in-depth insight into why the traditionalist lawyer is quickly going extinct.

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e-Discovery and the Magna Carta: More In Common Than You’d Think

June 23, 2015 | David Horrigan | e-Discovery

blog_magna-cartaThis month marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, not only one of Medieval England’s biggest contributions to Western civilization, but one of the most important legal documents in history. As Elizabeth II, history professors, various British pubs, and lovers of old legal documents celebrate the big birthday, it has us thinking about how the Magna Carta—like many things—applies to e-discovery, specifically the Federal Rules on e-discovery.

But, before we get into that, what is the Magna Carta? Latin for ‘Great Charter,’ the Magna Carta was a document executed by John, King of England, and English barons on a field at Runnymede on June 15, 1215, in which the king agreed to certain demands of the barons.

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4 Signs Your Data Will Slow Down Your Merger

June 22, 2015 | Kevin Clark | Assisted Review, Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

kevin-clarkTo be ready for a merger means being ready for a government second request for information. While not all mergers and acquisitions undergo this additional level of scrutiny, lack of preparation can put any deal in jeopardy. Without serious concessions and divestitures, there’s essentially no way to move forward should the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice determine a transaction would impede competition in the marketplace.

As set forth in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the U.S. government can submit a formal request for information from the parties involved in a merger or acquisition plan following the initial public filing. Called the “Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials” and more commonly known as a second request, it can pack a triple threat of an unclear scope, a condensed time frame, and a make-or-break impact on your business.

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4 Ways Attorneys Stay Plugged into Critical Cases

June 19, 2015 | Greg Houston | Mobile


e-Discovery is an eye-opening phase of litigation. Though challenging, it’s where you and your team will dig into the details of your case, uncover critical information, and start building your strategy for the courtroom.

As a litigator, it’s critical to maintain constant insight into your case throughout its lifecycle—but unrealistic to perform the review yourself. How do you strike the right balance to stay plugged in, guide decision-making for reviewers, and strategize early without slowing down your day or your team’s workflows?

To start, establish these touchpoints with your litigation support team.

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How Corporate Counsel Can Get Rid of Dead Weight Data

June 18, 2015 | Rene Laurens | Collection, Analytics, Information Governance

blog_dead-weight-dataDigging through digital information to answer questions about the strategy, risks, and compliance efforts behind your business is a growing function of corporate counsel. Given today’s data volumes, though, finding the right information quickly is often a harder task than it might seem.

This is a difficult process because it largely involves finding, evaluating, and setting aside the wrong data—in other words, the dead weight data stored on your company’s resources even though it has nothing to do with core business operations. Fortunately, as legal technology advances, it’s becoming easier to eliminate that unnecessary information at many points in the legal process, particularly during information governance and e-discovery.

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A View of Relativity Fest from the Developer’s Seat

June 16, 2015 | Keely McKee | Platform Story, Q&A, Seen in the Field

chris-dyroffRelativity is a platform that invites developers to customize workflows, add functionality, and use the software in entirely new ways—and it’s humbling to see how actively the developer community adds to its versatility. At Relativity Fest, we bring developers as well as end users together to dig deeply into the ways they can do more with Relativity.

Chris Dyroff, manager of Relativity development at Kiersted Systems, recently sat down with me to share what he learned last year at Relativity Fest, how he’s put these lessons into practice, and why he’s returning to Relativity Fest this October.

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