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Underwriting e-Discovery Risk with ECA in the Insurance Industry

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

Insurance02.pngInsurance keeps our business and personal lives afloat. The common risks we take to go about our everyday lives—the risk that our home will be burglarized, for example, or that we won’t cause a car accident on our way home from work—could be catastrophic if we didn’t have policies in place to protect us from the consequences when those risks come to fruition.

This places an incredible burden on the insurance companies that stand behind those policies. As a highly regulated business with a range of risks and different constituents, most insurance companies have to be comfortable living with the correspondingly complex and frenetic world of e-discovery.

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Best Legal Career Path? Attorneys Argue the Case

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, Education

Best-Legal-Career-Path.pngThere’s much discussion lately about what today’s “ideal” legal career path looks like and the myriad options for applying a law degree outside the traditional route to partner at a big law firm. It’s not just a consideration for law grads but any attorney. A global and highly technological landscape requires J.D.s vying for jobs to differentiate themselves with broader skillsets like project management and business development—in addition to technological sophistication.

Today, what’s the professional value of spending time in a law firm setting? Moving in-house? Representing a nonprofit organization? We decided to explore, heeding Yogi Berra’s advice: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

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Great Moments in Blowing the Attorney-Client Privilege in e-Discovery

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

05.25.2016-A-C-Privilege.pngWhen most people think of “inadvertent disclosure,” they probably think of something along the lines of the Jackson-Timberlake Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court case, FCC v. CBS Corp.

However, when we e-discovery lawyers think of inadvertent disclosure, we’re usually talking about malfunctions such as the recent one where the Canadian government redacted the names of Ebola patients with easily removable paper and tape. What’s worse for e-discovery lawyers is that these mishaps often result in waiving the attorney-client privilege.

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Why Data Analysis Must Be Implemented on Every Case

2016-05-31+0000| | e-Discovery

D4-logo-with-tag-300x92.pngThis post was originally published on D4's Discover More blog. It explains how and why case teams should perform data analysis at the beginning of even the smallest e-discovery projects.

Data analysis is one of those litigation support terms that mean different things to different people. Regardless of what you call it, data analysis is a strategic workflow that allows legal teams to assess electronically stored information (ESI) to make the document review more cost-effective. It should be done early in the e-discovery process and it should be done regardless of the size of the case. Here’s why: As discovery costs continue to increase, legal teams must manage the cost by analyzing the ESI prior to any processing or review.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Data If You ‘BYOD’

2016-05-31+0000| | Mobile

BYOD-Mobile.pngBring your own device (BYOD) programs give you the flexibility to choose the technology that comes most naturally and can help you be more effective at work. But how can you make sure your personal data is safe from prying eyes if your employer becomes involved in litigation?

The short answer is: You can’t. However, you can increase your odds by managing a work device separate from your personal device.

You can also follow some best practices to potentially minimize the attention your personal data will receive during discovery and review. Before we get to that, let’s talk about some common considerations.

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Should Legal Technology Be Studied In Law School?

2016-05-31+0000| | e-Discovery, Education

05.17.2016-Academic.pngThis article originally appeared in Law Technology Today.

According to IDC’s Digital Universe study, the world’s data will double each year from now until 2020. This extensive growth is impacting every industry, its professions, and the way individuals are handling it. In the legal industry, there are technologies to streamline the discovery process in litigation. It’s essential that current and future litigators better understand how these technologies can help them attain the goal of Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, i.e. to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.

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Tips from Kids on How to Make e-Discovery More Fun

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

take-your-kids-to-work-day-blog.pngWe brought every bit of fun and excitement we could to e-discovery with the launch of the Relativity board game last year—or so we thought. 

In celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 28, 90 kids aged 5-18 raided the candy bowl at kCura’s reception desk in our Chicago headquarters and joined us for a full day of education and sugar-fueled activities. Events included an interactive lesson on agile software development, an hour of code, yoga, and a sing-along.

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How Your Team’s Millennials Will Up Your e-Discovery Game

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

millennials-and-e-discovery-teams.pngThis article originally appeared in Legaltech News.

In 2015, millennials—the largest generation in history—moved ahead of Generation X to become the largest group in the American workforce. In the e-discovery and legal industries, where rule changes and evolving technology are the name of the game, this generational shift promises to play its own role in pushing the envelope on traditional ways of working.

So what makes millennials drivers for change? More importantly, how can e-discovery teams foster collaboration among a generationally diverse team—and improve their processes as a result?

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Report from London: e-Discovery, Compliance, and Post-Pyrrho TAR

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

roadshow-london-retro.pngThe 2016 Relativity Spring Roadshow kicked off in London on May 3, with stops in New York, Washington, and San Francisco continuing over the next week.

This year’s Roadshow had a new twist—a series of sessions in London on legal and industry issues in addition to the traditional educational sessions.

By the end of the stop in London, hundreds of attendees got insight on the e-discovery issues of the day from leading lawyers, industry analysts, e-discovery professionals, and the litigants from the UK’s Pyrrho case on technology-assisted review (TAR).

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4 Trends Revolutionizing the User Experience in e-Discovery

2016-05-31+0000| | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

deliverable-trending-ui-blog-final.pngIt wasn’t all that long ago when business software—or any software, for that matter—focused mostly on the results and very little on process. When it came to user experience, most of us expected it would take some time to learn the software we’d need to use for our day-to-day jobs.

Fortunately, this didn’t last long. The average user’s expectations for a pleasant software interface and easy workflows have changed, and it’s no different in e-discovery.

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