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Cybersecurity Regulation & You: Time to Become Part of the Solution

2017-05-26+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Litigation Support

040617-Cybersecurity-Regulation.pngSlowly but surely, law firms and e-discovery service providers are beginning to tackle cybersecurity risks. Firms are starting to appreciate that they're susceptible to the same privacy and data security concerns as other businesses and, as aggregators of confidential, protected, and sensitive data, they’re a high-value target for cyber criminals.

Nevertheless, many firms still consider cybersecurity a "should have someday"—as opposed to a "must have today"—goal. New York's Department of Financial Services (DFS), the state's financial regulator, has recently changed that thinking.

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5 Essential Components of an e-Discovery Course for the Adjunct Professor

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

040517-Essential-Components-of-an-e-Discovery-Course.pngThose already in the legal profession must stay abreast of e-discovery evolutions, attending trainings and conferences to brush up on the latest technology and legal considerations. Knowing that these educational requirements are on the rise, lawyers and paralegals alike are seeking opportunities to hone this knowledge and get ahead of their peers.

But what about the next generation of legal professionals? If you’re also an educator or a board member at a law school or paralegal program, as many practitioners are, you can help improve your legal education program by encouraging a greater emphasis on e-discovery. Here are some critical components of any good “Introduction to e-Discovery” course, and some tips on how to implement them.

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How to Win the Race for Defensible Productions

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

160513_FRONTEO_logo_H_RGB_Color.pngThis article was originally published on the FRONTEO blog. It's a good look at the many workflow components that can maximize your team's efforts during review, so we wanted to share it here as well.

The review phase of an e-discovery project can look and feel like a lap of a relay race, where the baton has been handed off and the rest of the team cheers from the sidelines. Yet, a truly successful review requires planning and continued buy-in among all stakeholders. This starts with the development of a workflow, or defined project timeline. By preparing ahead and sticking with this workflow, the team can work together as partners towards efficient, defensible productions.

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Remember These 7 Unforgettable Relativity Product Launches?

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

blog_relativity-product-launches-1.pngThis satirical blog post and its product references were created for kCura's April Fools' Day 2017 celebration (which is a bummer, because Napster-Relativity jam sessions would be awesome).

Software companies all face the same constant challenge—putting out new products and updates that really meet the needs of their customers at a given point in time. Granted, some new releases are more memorable than others, but they’re always a lot of fun.

This year, we wanted to share a few of what we’d consider the most unforgettable Relativity product releases we’ve put out there.

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5 Spreadsheet Redactions Headaches and How to Relieve Them

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

blog_spreadsheet-redaction-headaches.pngThere is no denying that creating and quality checking redactions on images of Microsoft Excel files during e-discovery makes us all run for a bottle of over-the-counter analgesic relief. The struggle is real whether you’re a project manager, litigator, opposing party, or the reviewer.

The trouble comes down to this unavoidable fact: all the functionality and dynamism of Excel files is reduced by static imaging in preparation for your production, which is preceded by endless hours of redactions involving manual clicking and painstaking lining up of rows and columns that stretch across dozens, if not hundreds, of images.

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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 Videos to Sum Up the Most Memorable e-Discovery Lessons from 2016

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

blog_4-most-memorable-edisc-lessons-2016.pngOur industry’s greatest lessons come from the experience and interaction of folks on the ground—those who execute on e-discovery every day. The slew of top-notch conferences we enjoy each year, such as Legaltech, ILTACON, and Relativity Fest, are the best places to share these lessons. As we begin planning for Relativity Fest 2017, taking place October 22 – 25 in Chicago, we can’t help but reflect on last year’s presentations and share a few of the most memorable ones. 

Here are four lessons that carry through 2017.

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SXSW 2017: Bats, Biometrics, and Solving Tomorrow’s Data Challenges

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Community, Education & Certification, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_SXSW-takeaways.pngEvery March, there are two great migrations to Austin, Texas. The first is the arrival of the city’s huge Mexican free-tailed bat colony, which spends the summer and fall living, breeding, and hunting in and around the Congress Street Bridge. When the colony’s newborn bat pups take wing in August, more than 1.5 million bats share the skies above the capitol city.

The second migration is generally considered to be much weirder. March in Austin also means South by Southwest, which for nearly 30 years has gathered the world’s finest creative minds in technology, music, and film to discuss wicked problems and innovate solutions across industries. The festival has been a launching point for apps like Twitter and Foursquare and hosted talks by tech developers and world leaders, including a 2016 appearance by Barack Obama.

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Throwback: Why A Law Firm Partner Became A Chief Data Scientist

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

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Originally published in 2015, this discussion of Bennett Borden's role at Drinker Biddle & Reath has consistently been among the most-viewed blog posts on The Relativity Blog each year since. Here's another look because Bennett's insights are just as relevant now as they were nearly two years ago.

In May 2015, Bennett Borden was named Drinker Biddle & Reath’s first-ever chief data scientist. He’ll lead the firm’s data analytics practice, taking a new approach to legal services in the face of growing data volumes.

The firm has garnered a lot of attention with the move from within the industry and even mainstream media. We recently sat down with Bennett to get his perspective on the evolution of new leadership roles in e-discovery. He also shared some in-depth insight into why the traditionalist lawyer is quickly going extinct.

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Your Friday Diversion: The Law of March Madness

2017-05-26+0000| | Legal Update, Community

blog_friday-diversion-march-madness.pngMarch Madness has become an American tradition. Approximately 350 million people discuss it on social media during the month of March, and it generated a broadcasting rights deal of an estimated $8.8 billion in 2016.

But what exactly is March Madness?

If you said it’s the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, most people would agree with you.

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