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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-05-26+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Product 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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Legal Operations Insights from Google's Mary O’Carroll

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

blog_bloomberg-conversation-with-mary-ocarroll.pngOriginally published as a live, developing conversation on Bloomberg's Big Law Business (to see how these work, follow March 15's new discussion), this interview between ReplyAll co-founder Zach Abramowitz and Google's head of legal operations, Mary O'Carroll, discusses the changing landscape of legal operations and how the modern corporation is keeping up.

As Dan Carmel, CMO of iManage, recently told me, “The profile of the customer is changing.” Industry insiders I’ve spoken with estimate that more than half of the Fortune 500 companies employ at least one person in legal operations, while some estimates are much higher. Consider that the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s (CLOC) conference last year had around 500 attendees while this year they are expecting closer to a thousand attendees at their conference in Las Vegas.

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Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Law Firms from ‘Bad Actor’ Entry via Email Phishing

2017-05-26+0000| | Community, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_protect-from-bad-actor-entry-via-email-phishing.pngHeadlines have made no secret that law firms are at particular risk of cyber attacks, and their vulnerability comes from both a lack of preparedness and the simple fact that their troves of sensitive client information make prime targets for baddies.

Simplified e-discovery is often a positive consequence of strong cybersecurity policies and diligent data protection, and plenty of tools and techniques help bolster those upstream processes. Paul Everton, founder and CEO of MailControl—a company whose Enterprise Privacy ShieldTM software helps law firms and others increase security against the rising threat of spymail—recently shared his thoughts on these techniques with us.

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Women in e-Discovery: How Will You #BeBoldForChange? [VIDEOS]

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

blog_be-bold-for-change.pnge-Discovery asks each of us to be bold. Whether we’re keeping ourselves up to speed on the latest legal developments, influencing our peers to embrace technology for greater efficiency, or encouraging customers to trust analytics, this industry asks us to challenge “the way we’ve always done it” and pushes us to the edge of our comfort zones.

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.

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Strength in Numbers: Community’s Role in e-Discovery

2017-05-26+0000| | Community

blog_strength-in-numbers-community.pngThe theory has been hypothesized in poetry and proven through science: no man is an island. Not only are social connections as important for humans as food and water, but psychologists have found that social interaction can improve learning as well as effective leadership. It’s only natural that we build relationships and look to others to learn, grow, and solve problems.

Since this is how our brains are wired, community plays a critical role in every part of our lives, including our careers. With constant changes to the law, technology, and the way we conduct business, e-discovery is no exception. As we work toward our common goal to discover the truth, we seek out others to not only resolve disputes, but to learn and find more efficient ways to do our jobs.

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e-Discovery Spoliation in Unusual Places: Preserve Your Pickup Truck

2017-05-26+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

blog_ediscovery-spoilation-in-unusual-places.pngIn the digital data world of 2017, the Internet of Things is nothing new. Whether it’s alleged Alexa commands from an Amazon Echo or German regulators banning the doll “My Friend Cayla” over concerns nefarious characters could endanger children with the data the alleged toy spy collects, the Internet of Things has become a legal issue.

The legal issue is usually data privacy and protection—but not always.

When Below v. Yokohama Tires Corp., goes to trial Monday, March 6, it should serve as a cautionary tale for e-discovery counsel and legal technology teams. When we think of collecting electronically stored information (ESI), email, texts, social media, or data centers often come to mind.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cyber Insurance But Were Too Afraid to Ask

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

blog_everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-cyber-insurance.png“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.

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What 85 Percent of App Users Want—and e-Discovery Pros Need

2017-05-26+0000| | Mobile, Law Firm, Litigation Support, Relativity Product Spotlight

blog_what-85-percent-app-users-want.png.pngIn a recent study about mobile use in the legal industry conducted by Ari Kaplan Advisors, a sample of 25 law firm partners all said it’s essential they have mobile access to their work. When asked how frequently they use mobile in their jobs, all 25 partners said “every day” with one partner clarifying: “It’s probably every minute. I’m constantly on something.”

Every minute sounds pretty intense, but maybe not so when you consider how often your mobile device is likely with you. If you’re constantly using it for work purposes, your mobile experiences need to be fast and reliable. This is what we, as mobile consumers and busy professionals, have rightfully come to expect.

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Business Intelligence: Tracking Metrics Across Projects

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

Advanced Discovery_Presentation.pngThis blog post is a thorough introduction to the ways high-level metrics from your e-discovery projects, when viewed holistically, can help influence a smarter e-discovery strategy for your business. It was originally published on the Advanced Discovery blog as part of their recent series on business intelligence.

In the first part of this short blog series, we began by reviewing core business intelligence concepts and how they can apply during an individual e-discovery project. Here, we review how they apply across individual e-discovery projects as part of effective e-discovery program management.

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4 Must-have Skills to Be Successful in e-Discovery Litigation Support

2017-05-26+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

blog_4-must-have-skills.pngOriginally published in February 2016, this post earns continuous attention and feedback from readers. Take another look as you perfect your career development goals for 2017.

e-Discovery has always appealed to me because it’s a very neutral practice of law—the data is the data, and you try to identify what needs to be produced or reviewed in the most efficient manner. However, building a successful career in e-discovery (or in any industry, for that matter) isn’t quite as clear cut.

Succeeding in litigation support takes skills that aren’t always easy to define—they depend on the projects you’re working on, the people you’re working with, and the tools your organization uses.

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