So it’s fitting that this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “be bold for change.” For women in e-discovery, being bold means having the courage to champion not only legal technology—but ourselves as women in the workplace.
“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” ― Maya Angelou
Businesses are advised to insure themselves against all sorts of dangers, however unlikely. Cybersecurity has joined the ranks of acknowledged business vulnerabilities. That vulnerability is particularly strong among corporations who house confidential customer data as a matter of course, like health providers—and it’s also top-of-mind for law firms, who often hold their clients’ most sensitive business and personal information.
As we’ve been parsing through attendee feedback from past years to see how we can improve this year’s show, we thought your peers’ insights would be helpful for you, too, as you prepare for your speaking circuit this year or muster up the courage to shine your light at Relativity Fest for the first time.
As we nestle further into December, we mull over what to bring for the office cookie exchange, looking to our favorite recipes for the steps needed to yield a delicious result. Spontaneous creativity has its place in the world (if Top Chef is wrong, we don’t want to be right), but certain ventures benefit from a structured sequence.
Alas, as any baker who’s experienced a Pinterest fail can tell you, simply “beginning with the end in mind” isn’t always enough. Having a tactical roadmap can make all the difference. What about in the world of e-discovery?
Software companies have been using the Agile mindset for over a decade, and other disciplines have followed suit. But does the Agile movement—which emphasizes iterative work, faster timelines, and more adaptable project planning—have legs in the legal industry? At kCura, we’re big believers in Agile development—and it seems like a strong fit for e-discovery services, too, given the emphasis on flexible responses to rapid change and purposeful project management.
What’s the biggest, scariest professional change you’ve lived through, and what did you learn from it? What changes do you see coming in e-discovery? We explored these questions and more at Relativity Fest 2016’s women in legal technology luncheon, The e-Discovery Woman’s Guide to Thriving Through Change.
Dorie Blesoff, kCura’s chief people officer, moderated a discussion about resilience and navigating change with a panel of four professionals with a wide range of legal tech expertise. Panelists included Meribeth Banaschik, attorney and solicitor at Noerr LLP in Germany; Monica Bay, fellow at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and longtime editor of Law Technology News; Yvette Bula, senior director of discovery solutions at Commonwealth Legal; and Cinthia Granados Motley, partner at Sedgwick Law and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law.
We’re about to get schooled.
The Relativity Academic Partner Program awarded 11 lucky (and hard-working) law and paralegal students with scholarships to Relativity Fest, the annual conference designed to educate and connect the e-discovery community. The recipients, representing eight schools across the United States, will join us in Chicago October 9-11 with a VIP pass to all the hands-on workshops, industry networking, and notable speakers they can handle.
Remember the stress of choosing a major in college? The pressure of making a decision that will steer the rest of your life? Some students are unicorns who arrive on campus knowing exactly which major is for them. For the rest of us, it’s equal parts exploration, trial, and terror . . . er, error.
According to the Law School Admission Council, some of the most common majors of law school applicants for the 2015-16 year were political science, criminal justice, psychology, and English. As if the traditional options weren’t enough, today’s students have an onslaught of emerging majors to choose from, like unmanned aircraft system operations and social media.
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.”
International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women around the globe. Many of those milestones take the public stage in social, political, economic, and cultural advancements we can all recognize and celebrate.
Yet many other accomplishments occur on an industry, company, or personal level.
Sharing stories of success—and, perhaps more importantly, lessons learned—is a great gift: the opportunity to learn from each other.