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Kristy Esparza is a member of the marketing communications team at kCura, specializing in content creation.

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What Does e-Discovery Look Like to the Next Generation?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community

042717-TOKTWD-Feature-Image.pngIf you work in the US, you may have noticed a few new (smaller) faces on your commute this morning. No, you’re not in some Freaky Friday situation—today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a national holiday that lets kids experience first-hand a day in the life of a grownup.

Here at kCura, we’ve got rugrats roaming the halls and partaking in fun and educational activities (and very little software development, we promise). Unlike last year, though, we won’t interrupt them to learn what they think their mom or dad does all day.

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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-07-27+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

blog_event-handler.pngTechnology is, of course, a big component of e-discovery, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who works in this industry is a tech genius. Most lawyers and litigation support professionals don’t know (or care) about JavaScript or the nitty gritty of how their smartphone ticks. Using technology shouldn’t require expertise under the hood.

Technophile or technophobe, every attorney and review manager who wants to do e-discovery faster should know these two words: event handlers.

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Save Yourself from Holiday Lethargy with These CLE Opportunities

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

121416-ediscovery-education-opps.pngAhh, December. That time of year where trees and rooftops twinkle and Mariah Carey warbles on about what she wants for Christmas. It’s a season of love and celebration—and of course an opportunity for almost everyone, kids from age 1 to 92, to get a few days away from their day jobs.

But when your feet are sore from shopping and your will exhausted from dodging controversial topics at the dinner table, don’t let your mind atrophy. Instead, squeeze in a few minutes here and there to brush up on your e-discovery knowledge, make plans for the coming year, and maybe even earn a few CLE credits along the way.

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Is Your Organization Vulnerable to a Cyber Attack? 3 Steps to Put Your Mind at Ease

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

120116-cybersecurity-fest.pngWhen PwC’s Doug Bloom and Anthony Moeller convened at Relativity Fest in October for their session e-Discovery in Cyber Investigations, they didn’t mince words. Cybercrime might be old news, but preventing it from happening hasn’t gotten any easier.

Ideally, any kind of breach is going to be prevented—but that perfect world doesn’t exist,” said Anthony. “Most companies have been hacked or will be hacked.”

Not exactly an uplifting message, but all hope is not lost. Throughout the session, Anthony and Doug focused on a few ways you can mitigate the risks of experiencing these attacks.

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An Ace Matchup: Baseball Skills Every e-Discovery Pro Needs

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

102816-world-series-promo.pngSliced bread literally didn’t exist the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Yeah, it’s been a while.

108 years to be exact.

So, it’s no wonder that most of Chicago, including the folks at kCura’s headquarters, are pretty stoked that “next year” might finally be here.

And with baseball on our minds, we can’t help but notice that some of the skills that make great ball players make for great e-discovery players, too. If you’re looking to be an all-star in e-discovery, take note of these key traits.

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Impressing the Judge: Lessons from the 2016 Relativity Fest Judicial Panel

2017-07-27+0000| | Legal Update, Community, Law Firm

102516-impressing-the-judge.pngThe annual judicial panel has become a Relativity Fest tradition, with four impressive federal judges delivering powerful insight and advice for three years in a row.

This year’s panel was no exception. And though the judges each brought a unique perspective to the table, we noticed a handful of common themes around what they do and don’t want from counsel.

So if you’re looking to woo your way into a judge’s good graces, you may want to keep these five lessons in mind.

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Throwback: 8 Tips from Women in e-Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_women-in-ediscoveryAs we gear up for Relativity Fest this October, we wanted to feature these tips for professionals in e-discovery, which were inspired by our Women in Legal Technology luncheon at last year's show. It's among our most-viewed posts on The Relativity Blog, and we're proud to give it the spotlight again. Don't forget to register for this year's show to attend the 2016 panel of inspiring women. All are welcome!

At Relativity Fest 2015, we held a “Women in Legal Technology” luncheon, where three panelists from Millnet, Shepherd Data Services, and Troutman Sanders shared the milestones that paved their careers in e-discovery. When we asked attendees if we should host the event again next year, a resounding “Yes!” filled the room.

Call us impatient, but we didn’t want to wait a whole year to hear more from the brilliant women who make up this industry. So, we reached out to a few friends for their advice on working and getting started in e-discovery.

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Getting Started with Analytics: What e-Discovery Experts Say to Try First

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

081116_Feature_Image.pngIt’s a simple enough word with just four little syllables. Yet, there’s something about analytics in e-discovery that tends to spook people who have never used it, despite the time and money it can save.

“When people hear the word ‘analytics,’ they get intimidated because it’s perceived as being such a technical step,” says Sharri Wilner, litigation technology manager at Reed Smith LLP. “But if you break it down into its components and understand how it’s actually designed to aid you as a tool, you’re going to embrace it.”

So let’s do it. Let’s break down analytics, starting with three little features that pay off big and just so happen to share one thing in common: they require absolutely zero user input, making them the perfect starting point for even the most novice of the analytics novices.

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Industry Events That Don’t Suck

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Favorite-Conferences.pngA few weeks back, we asked the Twitterverse to share some of their favorite e-discovery conferences and events.

Little did we know, our question would inspire our good friend Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project to go beyond the 140-character limit and dish on what makes an event good, bad, and just plain “crappy” for a speaker.

Chris pointed out that kCura’s events, such as Relativity Fest, aren’t the subject of any of his adverse comments—we were glad, as we strive to organize events that don’t suck.

Of course, Relativity Fest isn’t the only conference to consider attending. Here’s a handful more from your peers.

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Litigation Service Providers Share Their e-Discovery Resolutions

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Litigation Support

blog_resolutions16-service-providersThis week on the blog, we’re asking practitioners from across the e-discovery community to share their professional resolutions with other Relativity blog subscribers.

Earlier this week, we shared some New Year’s e-discovery resolutions from friends at a handful of law firms. Today, we’re asking litigation service providers what their teams—and the industry as a whole—should resolve to accomplish in 2016.

 

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