In this installment of his interview series, Jay Leib—resident computer-assisted review expert at kCura—discusses best practices for rolling out computer-assisted review technology firm-wide with Bruce Blank, director of litigation support at Foley & Lardner LLP. Bruce has been with Foley & Lardner for more than a decade.
Jay Leib: What is your role at Foley & Lardner?
Bruce: I’m the director of litigation support, so I am responsible for all support and services for our litigating attorneys. I lead groups that perform court docketing, calendaring, and consulting for our case teams. I also support our litigation technology, both by ensuring we’re running a state-of-the-art setup and by training our attorneys in the software.
Your firm has been using Relativity Assisted Review for a while. How did you decide to start leveraging this workflow?
Our first push to implement the Assisted Review workflow resulted from reading an article in The New York Times. It came out a couple of years ago—you’re probably familiar with it—and it blew open the computer-assisted review process. We can look back and point to it, and see how it kickstarted a revolution in this industry by spurring a conversation among attorneys who started asking the questions we were all waiting for. We’d been leveraging Relativity Analytics since its inception, but we just hadn’t had the opportunity to put the computer-assisted review workflow to work. But when that article came out, our attorneys started coming to my team and asking if we could use that technology for them. Of course, we were happy to do it.