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How to Describe e-Discovery to Your Family Over the Holidays

November 25, 2015 | Brendan Ryan | e-Discovery

describing-ediscovery-to-familyThe holiday season is upon us, and as e-discovery professionals everywhere make the most of their time off with stress-free fun outside the office, they also spend lots of time with family.

Tableside dramas, political debates, and awkward silences aside, it’s a joyous time to bond with relatives and a great opportunity to talk about the jobs we love. But legal technology is a combination of at least two already-complex fields, so when Cousin Larry or Aunt Edna asks how things are going at work, it’s not always clear where to begin.

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End-to-end e-Discovery: 6 Trends CDS Has Seen in the Real World

November 24, 2015 | Matthew F. Knouff - CDS | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

6 e-discovery trendsAt Relativity Fest 2015, I joined Andrew Sieja, kCura’s president and CEO, on stage for his keynote. We discussed dealing with increasingly large e-discovery projects using three case studies as examples. 

While sharing stats about the data we’ve processed and put into review, it was clear that describing our challenges and solutions resonated with the audience.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about the bigger picture. As I pointed out on stage, we at CDS have ingested more than 90 TBs and 220 million documents into Relativity Processing in the last year alone. That same year we became the first Relativity Premium Hosting Partner to license the full Relativity platform end to end. But as e-discovery counsel, I spend a significant amount of my time evangelizing about data management and the digital age of law. Our story is not just about size, speed, and scalability; it is about our evolution of using tools to find and implement solutions to modern legal challenges. Going end to end has enhanced how we serve our clients in six key ways.

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Looking Toward the Future: Industry Veteran Dean Gonsowski and His New Role at kCura

November 20, 2015 | Nick Robertson | Q&A, e-Discovery

dean-gonsowskiWe recently welcomed Dean Gonsowski to the kCura team. Dean’s a former litigator, general counsel, and AGC with more than 20 years’ tenure in litigation, e-discovery, and information governance. We’re excited to have his experience and expertise on the team as he joins us in the role of VP of business development.

Earlier this week, I interviewed Dean about his past experiences, trends he’s seen in the industry, and what he’s most looking forward to in his new role. I also managed to sneak in a question about saltwater fly fishing.

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Why Dunder Mifflin Won’t Get Sales Leads from the Legal Industry

November 17, 2015 | Anja Spruston | e-Discovery, Mobile

blog_paper-is-stupidThe underlying comedy of the NBC show The Office is the ticking time bomb of Dunder Mifflin's business—selling paper. While the character Michael Scott claims that “real business is done on paper” the legal space hasn’t always been in on the joke. That’s changing quickly.

At the beginning of November, Harvard Law School announced plans to digitize its collection of U.S. case law, with the goal being to promote accessibility and encourage collaboration. Storing everything in one database eliminates the need for piles and piles of paper. It also makes searching, sending, and sorting through content a heck of a lot easier.

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Using What You Have to Jump-start Your IG Program

November 13, 2015 | Rene Laurens | Information Governance, Seen in the Field

111315blog_edisc-software-as-IGAccording to the Information Governance Initiative (IGI) Annual Report 2015-2016, organizations are starting to grasp the full scope and impact of information governance (IG). In fact, more than half of the organizations currently doing IG predict their IG spending will grow by at least 30 percent in 2016.

Additionally, as the concept of IG becomes more widely recognized, its definition among practitioners narrows. Since last year’s report, the number of facets most survey respondents included in their definition of IG has decreased significantly. The focus of this year’s report, then, is not “What is IG?” but rather, “How do we do it?”

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes: A Tip of the Hat to e-Discovery Project Managers

November 12, 2015 | Alex Myres - Inventus | Seen in the Field, e-Discovery

inventus-logo_600x400pxThis post was originally published by Inventus, an Orange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it provided some good insight into how the role of e-discovery project manager is evolving.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an e-discovery project manager!

e-Discovery project managers are heroes in today’s complex discovery world, swooping in to save attorneys from sanctions, corporations from cost burden, and everyday litigants from arduous IT discussions. While the skill set of the e-discovery project manager has evolved to meet increasingly complex technical discovery requirements, their purpose has remained the same: consult counsel on the most efficient and effective means to locate, secure, search, and produce documents as they relate to discovery.

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How One Law Firm Overcame Their Mass(ive) Tort Problem

November 10, 2015 | Liz Durkin | Platform Story, Q&A, e-Discovery

111015_blog_reilly-innovation-awards-logoLast month at the 2015 Relativity Innovation Awards, Kroll Ontrack and Reilly Pozner walked away winners for Best Service Provider Solution and Best Law Firm Solution, respectively, for taking the Relativity platform to the next level and building smart applications that solve big challenges.

We recently caught up with Scott Shadler—IT director at Reilly Pozner and the man behind Damages Calculator, the winning law firm solution—to learn more about the application and how it came to fruition.

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6 Lessons on Evolved e-Discovery (and One Surprisingly In-demand Skill)

November 06, 2015 | Sam Bock | Platform Story, e-Discovery

110615_blog_6-lessons-on-evolved-ediscoveryToday’s e-discovery professionals are a diverse bunch, spanning the spectrum from IT and infrastructure gurus to litigation support masterminds to tech-savvy attorneys.

Throughout 2015, these experts have provided key takeaways here on the Relativity blog regarding how today’s e-discovery demands can best be met with evolving skill sets. Here’s a quick recap of some of the lessons we’ve learned so far.

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How e-Discovery Data Gets Thrifty with Innovation Awards Winner Kroll Ontrack

November 05, 2015 | Liz Durkin | Platform Story, Q&A, e-Discovery

110515_featur_blog_kroll-innovation-awardsWe closed out another Relativity Fest with a ceremony celebrating the finalists and winners of the 2015 Relativity Innovation Awards. Judges selected one Best Law Firm Solution and one Best Service Provider Solution that took the platform to the next level with new applications that directly impact business strategy for their organizations. The new Community Choice category also received traction from the Relativity community, with more than 4,000 votes cast by e-discovery professionals supporting their favorite finalists.

We had a chance to sit down with Wendy King, product director at Kroll Ontrack, to learn more about the genesis of their winning solution—Kroll Ontrack’s nearline—and get some tips on creating workflows that streamline review.

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What Everyone Should Know About Bringing European Data to the U.S.

November 03, 2015 | John Lapraik - Millnet | e-Discovery

blog_european-data-to-USAt this year’s Relativity Fest, in the session “Collecting and Reviewing European Documents in U.S. Litigation,” I discussed how and why the European Data Protection Directive (the Directive) protects “personal” data in the European Union member states plus Iceland, Norway, and Lichtensteintogether known as the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Directive is, in effect, an instruction to each country to pass its own law—each country implements the terms of the Directive independently (and can, if it wishes, choose to include additional, more stringent, provisions).

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