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Sam Bock is a member of the marketing communications team at kCura, and serves as editor of The Relativity Blog.

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Pharma's eCTD Problems Have e-Discovery Solutions

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm

Tackling the eCTD with e-Discovery Know-how

The pharmaceutical industry is no stranger to big data or big innovation. Earlier this month, a new requirement from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formalized the digitization of the process by which companies submit new drug and medical device applications.

To learn more about the “electronic common technical document” standard (eCTD), the processes behind it, and how e-discovery know-how can simplify its completion, we sat down with Michael Sarlo, vice president of e-discovery and digital forensics at HAYSTACKID. Here’s what we learned.

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Experience the Modern e-Discovery Story [VIDEO]

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, ECA & Investigation, Relativity Product Spotlight

051117-connected-experience-fest-video-2.pngCorporate legal teams are bringing more e-discovery expertise in-house—and finding ways to save time and money on processes beyond litigation.

Still, while corporate counsel are getting more savvy, their projects continue to get more complex. Data volumes continue to grow, information moves and lives across borders more often than ever, and the technology behind it all never stops evolving. That means in-house minds often need outside support.

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How Two Law Schools are Making the Grade for e-Discovery Education

2017-05-26+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

050417-making-the-grade-for-ediscovery-education.pngWe can talk all we want about trends: more and more law schools are embracing the need to introduce technical skills to their curriculum. But what do those programs look like in action?

Whether it’s a mature, battle-tested course that’s been in place for years or a new one just beginning to take off, faculty are getting creative with the ways they teach legal technology, data analysis, and e-discovery to their students. To get some insight into just how these lessons are playing out, we connected with Janice Hollman and a few of our Relativity Academic Partners. Check out these examples from the spectrum of modern academic offerings for tomorrow’s attorneys.

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Why You Need to Create a Centralized Case Summary for Every e-Discovery Project

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Relativity Product Spotlight

042617-Fact-Manager---Centralized-Case-Summary.pngNo case is black and white. As data is investigated, the matter evolves—and so does your case strategy. Keeping track of facts, chronologies, and hot documents can get complicated fast.

Why not bring it all together?

Developing your written case summary as a Microsoft Word or Google document and keeping it up to date is counterproductive. It’s like shooting a movie while you’re writing the script. And it’s why we created Relativity Fact Manager.

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8 of Our Favorite Songs on the Soundtrack of e-Discovery

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

041317-ediscovery-soundtrack-feature-image.pngEvery professional has had a day (or two) of monotony, and there’s nothing quite as monotonous a long day spent reviewing custodian data: reading document after document, making the same privilege calls over and over, or QCing hundreds of images for proper redactions can feel like awfully slow work sometimes.

But we know that the people in e-discovery are both passionate and creative, and they know how to have a good time.

So, after bringing you a list of reading recommendations and documentaries for the e-discovery enthusiast, we thought we’d help you spice up your next review project with a killer playlist. Here are some of the tunes that speak to our team—and others in the Relativity community—as they continue to improve their work in this field.

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98 Percent of Employees Say Their Privacy Is Important to Them—But Is It? [Infographic]

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

041217-harris-poll-survey-feature-image.pngBetween Wikileaks, tech experts, and the Federal Trade Commission, we have no shortage of sources reminding us on an almost daily basis that the Information Age brings both invaluable new resources and technology, and a significant threat to personal privacy. Data is everywhere, and it’s accessible by more entities than ever—including employers.

To get to the heart of how employees understand data privacy and how their online behavior at work can impact it, kCura recently commissioned a survey conducted by Harris Poll among 1,013 US adults age 18 and older who were employed full-time or part-time, working in a traditional office setting for at least 50 percent of the time, and are not freelancers (referred to as “employees” throughout).

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5 Online Tools to Help You Build Better Searches

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-online-tools-to-help-you-build-better-searches.pngSearching has been at the crux of e-discovery since the inception of modern platforms for digital data review. Before analytics, searching options like Boolean strings and dtSearch were the only ways to parse through large volumes of information and get to the important stuff fast—and now that analytics options are here, these tactics are still an important step in many e-discovery workflows.

Unfortunately, heinous searches have also been at the crux of e-discovery since its earliest days. Many folks from the industry have shared horror stories about overly complex or inclusive searches that turned project timelines upside-down.

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4 Qualities Modern Corporations Need in Their Legal Teams

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

blog_4-modern-qualities-corps-need-legal.pngThere is plenty to be said about how the litigation attorney’s day-to-day has evolved with the advent of big data, increased litigation, and high-tech e-discovery. Undoubtedly, in-house legal teams have undergone the same evolution—so how has this changed what the modern corporation needs from its legal department?

In short, a highly effective in-house team requires more than just legal prowess. What other qualities are key in producing value for their companies?

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5 e-Discovery Attitudes to Get You Through ‘til Spring

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-ediscovery-attitudes-to-get-you-through-spring.pngWhether you’re knee-deep in snow or wishing you were, suffering from an acute lack of vitamin D, or just waiting for the flowers to start blooming again, we’ve all experienced it: the winter rut. There’s nothing quite like dreary weather and flight delays to get you itching for a nice dose of spring.

In fact, it’s well known that productivity at work tends to fall during the winter months. Cabin fever, failed resolutions, and chilly conditions can and do have a negative impact on job performance. But if you stay positive and adopt the right mindset, you’ll do just fine as you await the sunny company of the daisies in your window box.

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How to Evangelize Analytics on Your e-Discovery Team

2017-05-26+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_how-to-evangelize-analytics.pngImagine you’re in a crowded stadium, sharing an enclosed box with a small group of people. The box has big windows, showing you the game down on the field—as well as thousands of cheering fans rooting for the winning home team.

Now imagine everyone in the box with you is either cheering for the opposing team or completely indifferent to the game’s outcome. This is what it’s like to be your team’s sole evangelist for analytics technology in today’s e-discovery landscape.

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