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Using Seed Documents during Computer-assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

When it comes to transparency and quality control, seed documents are becoming a larger part of the conversation around computer-assisted review. Seeds are coded by human reviewers and used as examples to train a computer on a project’s categories. These seeds may be judgmentally selected by a case team or randomly selected via statistical sampling.

It is important to submit strong examples so the engine can best understand each category. Seed documents submitted with an incorrect designation can cause the engine to make incorrect decisions on other documents, potentially harming the outcome of the project. For this reason, if there is any doubt about the category of a document, a user should refrain from submitting it as an example.

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Moving Case Documents to the Mobile World with Relativity Binders

2017-07-27+0000| | Mobile

The last two decades have yielded an explosion in technology for the business world, and the legal industry has not been immune to its reach. That said, adoption of new technologies hasn’t been immediate, and there has been a noticeable gap between tech-hungry and traditionalist attorneys. But over the last few years, something interesting has happened: that gap has begun to close.

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Relativity 8 Updates: Email Threading

2017-07-27+0000| |

Welcome to Relativity 8. Our newest release includes a lot of new features, and we’re excited about all of them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight these features right here on the blog. Check back often to learn more about what’s new in Relativity 8.

Enhancements to Relativity Analytics include email threading, which can allow users to significantly reduce the number of their emails that need to be reviewed during e-discovery, as well as make necessary reviews more efficient. Here’s a look at what you can do with email threading:

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Jay Leib Interviews Tom Thompson on Computer-assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

In this installment of his interview series, Jay Leib—resident computer-assisted review expert at kCura—discusses big data and the future of computer-assisted review with Tom Thompson, trial lawyer at DLA Piper. Tom is the Chicago lead for the firm’s electronic discovery readiness and response group. He also serves as co-chair of the technology subcommittee on the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program.

Please note that the views and opinions expressed in this article belong to Tom Thompson and do not necessarily reflect DLA Piper.

Jay: Tell us a bit about yourself and the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program.

Tom:  I’m a trial lawyer who has effectively grown up with e-discovery. I’m tapped to focus on e-discovery questions at the firm where, in Chicago, I lead our e-discovery readiness and response group.

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Making the Rounds in Relativity Assisted Review for Relativity 8

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review

Relativity Assisted Review in Relativity 8 includes enhancements that provide an easier, more flexible workflow and additional statistical insight into your projects. Among these improvements is the introduction of two new round types: pre-coded seeds and a control set.

These round types were added to improve the efficiency of document review for an Assisted Review project. Additionally, we wanted to include an accurate way to calculate the statistical measurements that are emerging as common metrics for judging the accuracy of a computer-assisted review process.

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Jay Leib Interviews Shimmy Messing on Computer-assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review


In this installment of his interview series, Jay Leib—resident computer-assisted review expert at kCura—interviews Shimmy Messing of Responsive Data Solutions about the Best in Service partner’s extensive experience using Relativity Assisted Review. Shimmy is Responsive Data’s director of technology and co-founded the company more than six years ago.

Jay: Tell us a little bit about yourself and Responsive Data.

Shimmy: I started Responsive Data with three partners in 2007. Coming from past experience in litigation support, our goal was to build an organization that’s client-focused and proactive. We help our clients with both paper and electronic discovery, printing, trial prep, and everything in between—the whole discovery lifecycle. I’m our director of technology, managing our internal infrastructure and our client-facing software. We have a Relativity team, an IT team, and few others that fall under my wing.

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Platform Story: Kensium

2017-07-27+0000| | Review & Production, Community

Several members of our advice@kCura team are experts in custom development, helping our partners and clients build applications and integrations to extend Relativity’s functionality. To highlight some of the unique ways our users are taking advantage of the platform, we interviewed a few of our partners and clients who have worked with custom development to help create some more complex applications.

We sat down with Nancy Tassi, director of Relativity e-discovery services at Kensium Legal. In addition to Compendium Bridge, which integrates with Relativity, the technology solutions provider recently launched a new Relativity application—Compendium Dynamic User Provisioning—that’s available to anyone with a Relativity license.

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Building the New Relativity Analytics Expert Certification

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Education & Certification

As the use of text analytics gains popularity in e-discovery, the need for skilled analytics administrators has grown significantly. To help our users validate their expertise with Relativity’s suite of analytics features, our certification team now provides the Relativity Analytics Expert certification.

When they began building the Analytics Expert program, the certification team reached out to advice@kCura to provide real world scenarios that would help them design both the written and practical portions of the exam. Preparing the exam was a long and interesting project, and we’d like to provide some insight into how it all came together.

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3 Transparency Considerations to Address before Computer-assisted Review

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

Please note that this post discusses topics from the Sedona Conference Institute’s annual program in late March. The conference was attended by kCura team member Constantine Pappas, licensed attorney and computer-assisted review expert. Panels at the Sedona Conference are subject to a “no attribution rule,” which prohibits attendees from quoting a panelist by name.

During the Sedona Conference Institute’s 7th Annual e-Discovery Program in San Diego, computer-assisted review was a hot topic on several panels. We were inspired to take some of what we heard there and compile a post that takes a deeper look at this issue from the attorney’s perspective.

Computer-assisted review is still a relatively new tool in the legal community, and it’s often held to higher levels of scrutiny than traditional forms of search and review. This has led to discussions of how computer-assisted review will change the strategy and transparency of the e-discovery process. Based on what we heard at the Sedona Conference, we want to highlight three transparency concerns that might be most relevant for our users.

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Jay Leib Interviews Bruce Blank on Computer-assisted Review

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review


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.

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