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Don’t Collect Data Before Doing These 3 Things

May 29, 2015 | Garrett Baken - Credence Corp. | Collection

Garret-BakenAs a third party brought in by case teams, e-discovery service providers don’t typically have full, instantaneous insight into the environment they’re collecting from. We rely, to a large degree, on the legal team and the client for the context of the project and to point us to the appropriate data locations in their environment. We help the case team understand the IT environment and consult on the process and approach, but collecting data effectively requires very close collaboration.

Regardless of the team you’re on—inside counsel, outside counsel, or service provider—there are three important things to do before running a collection.

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Discovering Deflategate: What Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, and the NFL Can Teach Us about e-Discovery

May 28, 2015 | David Horrigan | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

Discovering_Deflategate_Football_GraphicWhen most of us tell friends and family we work in e-discovery, we often get befuddled looks. Even many of our legal colleagues think of e-discovery the way they think of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics or the Rule Against Perpetuities—undecipherable, complex, and best avoided at all costs.

However, the digital era has made e-discovery part of everyday life, where just about any dispute or investigation can trigger a need for discovery of electronic data. Because e-discovery is everywhere, it may not be that difficult to explain—and maybe even fun and entertaining.

e-Discovery is fun? Entertaining? Easy to explain? Really?

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Spring Cleaning: Organizing Data Isn’t Always Easy, but It Pays Off

May 26, 2015 | Richard D. Lutkus - Seyfarth Shaw | Information Governance

Clean_Data_Saves_MoneyThough it is one of corporate legal’s hottest topics, it’s no secret that information governance, or IG, isn’t universally understood. Still, e-discovery plays well with IG, and both fields make a compelling argument for why it’s important to organize your data. So what should inside counsel know about information governance right now? Start by understanding the top challenges of three core IG areas—adoption, its relationship with e-discovery, and compliance—and you’ll be well on your way to tidier data.

The State of IG: Adopting and Getting Started

Information governance may be a hot topic, but many organizations are still figuring out how to organize and manage their growing data. Since IG is still emerging in terms of the formalization of the movement, organizations may not consider it a top priority—or just haven’t had the time and resources to put a policy in place, knowing that even after a policy is defined, it takes ongoing work to ensure it’s successful.

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David Horrigan’s Front-row Seat for e-Discovery

May 22, 2015 | Nick Robertson | Q&A, Seen in the Field

David_Horrigan_HeadshotLast week, we welcomed David Horrigan to the kCura team. As a former e-discovery analyst and counsel at 451 Research and an experienced technology attorney, he’s been around the e-discovery block, so it was my pleasure to sit down with him to introduce our newest Relativity blog contributor to our readers.

In addition to regularly contributing articles to our blog, David will support our content development while participating in industry events and discussions that support our community. As he settles into his new role, I asked him to describe what he’s seen of the e-discovery industry’s progress from the front-row seat he’s had for over a decade, and what excites him about his new role.

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Hours: 5 Reasons to Read Data with Visuals

May 21, 2015 | Ann Marie Lane | Processing, Collection, Analytics, Review & Productions

Successful case managers make quick calls on high-level information and dive into details for more complex decisions. As case sizes explode and technology evolves to keep up, more case managers are learning that data visualization and other reporting tools throughout the case lifecycle can help them gather the right insight at both levels.

After discussing data insight with case teams in four cities during the recent Relativity Spring Launch Roadshow, there seems to be five areas that excite them most about what’s possible today.

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4 Priorities for Case Teams Around the Globe

May 14, 2015 | Shana Kirchner | Assisted Review, Analytics, Review & Productions, Seen in the Field


Over the last few weeks, Relativity user groups across the globe met in their respective cities during the Relativity Spring Launch Roadshow. Each time we attend a user group meeting, the great insight users bring to the conversation impresses us—from ideas on improving collaboration across e-discovery project teams to technical tips and tricks.

We expected to return to Chicago with one common theme from all four of the user group meetings we held on the Roadshow. To our surprise, the topics were pretty different in each city. Here’s what we found.

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6 Tech Lessons Every General Counsel Should Learn

May 12, 2015 | Stan Pierson | Legal Hold, Information Governance, Seen in the Field

GC_Tech_LessonsIt’s no surprise that the general counsel’s role is evolving beyond knowing the legal circumstances facing his or her corporation. As new technologies emerge—from billing tools to streamlined e-discovery and compliance applications—to automate processes, the onus is on the GC to understand and manage old and new risks. To do so, it’s critical to have a firm grasp of the automation technology doing the job.

GCs today are better equipped to make informed technology decisions. However, with many still learning about what technology exists in their organizations and how it affects their role, it’s a struggle for some to identify what to prioritize learning—or how much they need to know.

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If You Tweet It They Will Come: Reliving the Roadshow

May 07, 2015 | Steve Tanner | Seen in the Field

RSLR_Social_Media_Roadshow_All_CitiesWe recently wrapped up the Relativity Spring Launch Roadshow, a four-city tour to connect with Relativity users and launch Relativity 9.2. For each stop—London, New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco—our goal was to capture the community experience though virtual interactions with the Relativity community on social media.

Whether you joined us in person for the Roadshow or followed along online, check out the picture-packed digital scrapbook of our journey we created via Storify, a tool that allows you to create stories with a unified roll-up of social media content. Here are just a few highlights.

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5 Questions with a Chief Discovery Officer

May 05, 2015 | Sam Bock | Q&A, Seen in the Field

Q-A_ImageThe tide of technical savvy among law firms is rising. There’s simply no alternative: exploding data volumes, increasingly complex cases, and rapidly innovating technologies make it the duty of every litigator to understand their e-discovery options.

One sign of this shift is the emergence of new leadership structures and roles among today’s law firms. At Milberg, for example, Paul McVoy was recently promoted to chief discovery officer. After hearing about his role change, we sat down to ask him a few questions about the evolution of litigation support and the industry at large.

Sam: How did you get into e-discovery?

Paul: I remember one of my first cases was an AOL merger involving a review of thousands of emails. At that time, it was particularly daunting to deal with so much electronic data, but I was comfortable with computers and eager to help. Back then, the lawyers would fill out coding sheets we then had entered into electronic databases, but the database only referred to paper docs stored in boxes—sometimes thousands of them.

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3 Key Benefits of Migrating Your Legacy Data to Relativity

May 04, 2015 | Fritz Kessler - Lighthouse | Platform Story, Review & Productions, Seen in the Field

Our team often hears questions about how to tackle legacy data with Relativity, and one of our Premium Hosting Partners, Lighthouse e-Discovery, recently wrote an interesting blog post with a case study on the issue. We wanted to share it with all of you. The post was originally published on Lighthouse's blog in April.

Lighthouse eDiscoveryRecently, one of our enterprise clients approached us with a unique challenge on a decades old case.  For much of the case’s lifespan, counsel had used a Microsoft Access database to code information about events, documents, people, and issues. The Access database included multiple linked objects with tens of thousands of records.

Our project management pod collaborated with counsel to identify the information that would be meaningful moving forward, and then migrated that data to Relativity. As part of the migration, Lighthouse created a custom database, leveraging Relativity’s dynamic object functionality to preserve the complex relationships between the multiple objects existing in the original Access database.

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