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3 Infrastructure Management Growing Pains and How to Prevent Them

July 28, 2015 | Mike Wolf | Infrastructure, e-Discovery

Working behind the scenes to support case teams, IT and infrastructure experts handle frequent requests for reports on and improvements to their organization’s e-discovery environment. When case sizes explode without warning, it can be tough to keep

Since 2010, we’ve seen a 400 percent growth in the 100 largest cases in Relativity, and it’s easy to see how. Say you recently helped stage an environment for a case with an expected 100,000 documents. Four weeks later, new PSTs are discovered on an older file share, and the case has grown to 1,000,000 documents. The case team needs help pivoting to handle the new data. Two months after that, the same thing happens on another case—and year over year, you find your average case size is growing significantly. 

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Lawyers and iPads: What Will Law Firms Do Differently in 5 Years Thanks to Going Mobile?

July 24, 2015 | Shawn Gaines | Q&A, Binders, Mobile


There’s no shortage of new mobile apps hitting the scene on a daily basis. Statistics vary, but 2013 estimates pointed to about 20,000 apps being added to Apple’s App Store each month. In 2014, according to adjust, you were looking at 60,000 apps. My iPhone tells me I have 58 apps installed on my own device, and I can confirm at least half of those don’t involve birds and/or anger.

This growth is touching every vertical, and more and more apps for legal are hitting the market—from productivity to research. We’ve made a number of updates to our own mobile app, Relativity Binders, since we released it back in 2013, some based on feedback we’ve received from folks using the app in new, unique ways we didn’t anticipate.

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Inside Out: 5 Questions In-house Counsel Should Ask Outside Counsel

July 23, 2015 | Constantine Pappas | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

If you’ve seen Disney Pixar's Inside Out, you were probably left thinking about how our internal thought processes interact with external drivers to impact our behaviors and relationships. In e-discovery, the question is the same: how does an in-house legal team work with an external team to create positive outcomes?listcicle-graphic-1

The relationship between in-house counsel and the outside attorneys they partner with is perhaps our industry’s most essential, as these are the core members of teams that strategize on e-discovery matters. To get that relationship right, it’s critical to open the lines of communication early on, and keep them open at all times. There are several fundamental inquiries that can be universally beneficial for in-house legal teams to ask outside counsel to optimize their communication, and here are five of them.

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How Lawyers Are Training and Testing on e-Disclosure in Changing Times

July 21, 2015 | Andrew Haslam | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

Book_Open_FrontThe way we train lawyers in the United Kingdom is undergoing dramatic changes. Apprenticeships offer new routes of entry into the profession, and there’s been a major shake-up in the way Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is monitored (goodbye annual hours monitoring, hello competency measurement). Changes are also happening in the United States, with technological competency being identified by the American Bar Association as a required skill.

As a result, legal technology training is being recognised as a vital and integral part of legal education. Let’s look into the evolution of the technical competence framework and the way this fits with the changing world of legal education.

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Is Infrastructure-as-a-Service Right for Your Organization?

July 17, 2015 | Anusha Asokan | Infrastructure, e-Discovery

blog-template_orange-and-blue-quotesAs legal e-discovery technology evolves, so do the options for deploying it. Some law firms and corporations prefer to house all of their own data, while others work closely with hosting partners for a range of infrastructure and project management support.

We sat down with Jason Richard, director of e-discovery for H5, to gain insight into how litigation support providers advise organizations on their deployment options. H5, a Relativity Best in Service Partner, offers various e-discovery services, including a growing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model. Jason shared his pointers for law firms and corporations that are considering IaaS among other service arrangements.

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4 Tips to Empower Your Team for Smarter Collections

July 16, 2015 | Michael Bean | Collection

blog_empower-teams-smart-collectionDuring our recent Smarter Collections with Relativity webinar, Jacob Cross, advice specialist from kCura, and I shared how Relativity Collection can help solve some common pain points. As case teams evaluate their collection strategies, they want workflows that are easy for those collecting data as well as the custodians it belongs to, while also keeping deadlines in mind. How can you achieve it all?

Here are four tips for building a collection strategy that will empower your case team to run an efficient, defensible process.

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4 Tips for Smarter Migrations of e-Discovery Data

July 14, 2015 | Nik Balepur | e-Discovery

data_migration02As kCura developed and continues to update Relativity Bridge, a Relativity Ecosystem application that automates the migration of cases and projects from other e-discovery software to Relativity, we’ve learned a lot from customers as they describe their triumphs and trials in shifting between enterprise software platforms.

When the time comes to change platforms, migrating old case data can turn into a project in itself. When done manually, it's often a time-consuming experience with potential for error—and it’s equally frustrating on projects of 10,000, 100,000, or more documents. So what are the best ways you can get a good handle on your data to make migration smoother, regardless of the method you use?

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e-Discovery Project Scoping: Anticipation Exercises

July 10, 2015 | Matthew Verga | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

Modus_LogoThe following post was first published by Modus, a Relativity Premium Hosting Partner, a few weeks ago, kicking off a series on e-discovery project scoping. We wanted to share their tips for how case teams can determine project scope early on. Visit their blog to see the other two parts in the series.

One of the great and oft-cited frustrations of e-discovery is the difficulty of assessing the scope, scale, and potential cost of a new project. Particularly for organizations that are periodic rather than serial litigants, variability can seem the order of the day. Different legal actions implicate different types of sources and materials. Different types of sources and materials require different approaches to collection, handling, and processing. Different approaches carry different costs, durations, and choices. And, of course, all of the sources, materials, and approaches are themselves increasing in both number and diversity.

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Cross-border Employees and Their International Data

July 09, 2015 | David Horrigan | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

blog_juggle_c-and-l-differencesData breaches, privacy laws, and the challenges companies face when their employees cross international borders are top of mind for many corporations today. For those of us in the world of e-discovery, these issues affect everything we do. We at kCura have customers in 40 different countries, all with their own unique laws and regulations, so we certainly see these complexities.

After attending the recent International Employment Law 2015 seminar sponsored by the Practising Law Institute (PLI), we’ve gathered a few key takeaways on what makes international law and data issues so challenging—as well as some insight into what the global legal community is doing to tackle it.

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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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From the engineers that build it to the specialists that support it, the Relativity blog features content written by kCura’s experts in the software. You’ll see contributions from our workflow advice team, product managers, infrastructure engineers, and more—giving you guidance on how to be most effective in the platform.