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Email Threading 101: An Introduction to an Essential e-Discovery Tool

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

blog_email-threading-101Originally published more than a year ago, this post is a helpful look at one of the easiest wins in all of e-discovery analytics. We've updated it to reflect the current capabilities of Relativity, and are republishing it to give you another look.

According to the Radicati Group, the average businessperson sends 36 emails per day. It may not sound like much, but if you do the math, it means a single employee creates nearly 10,000 emails per year (more if they work weekends).

With these numbers, it’s no wonder email is the dominant data form in e-discovery. Even in cases involving only a few custodians, you’re looking at a data set filled with thousands of emails, one for every time your custodian hits send.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: 6 Networking Groups for In-House Counsel

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

041817-In-house-Atty-Networking-Groups.pngIn-house counsel is required to foresee possible disasters, provide guidance when the worst-case scenario occurs, and translate legal situations and implications for executives. On top of these responsibilities, in-house counsel is now expected to learn new technology and help manage their organization’s data. It’s a lot. 

With this unique set of challenges, it’s important to connect with others who are in the same boat. 

While there are countless legal professional organizations to connect lawyers with one another, there are limited options for seeking advice and knowledge from other in-house counsel. We’ve compiled a few networking groups and opportunities specifically for you. Each offering differs, so take a look to find out which groups are best for your needs.

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

2017-07-27+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]

2017-07-27+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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4 Top-of-Mind Topics for UK e-Disclosure Experts

2017-07-27+0000| | International, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

041117-Top-of-Mind-Topics-in-UK.pngThe e-disclosure field is not for those adverse to change and uncertainty. It’s always been fast paced, but practitioners—especially those in the UK—are now facing a triad of changes in data privacy regulations, technology, and politics. While these types of changes are far from new to these professionals, there are higher stakes and more uncertainty with Brexit and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

Ahead of Relativity Fest London, here are four topics on the minds of UK e-disclosure experts in our community as they keep up with this evolving landscape, as well as a few tips on how you can learn more about each subject. 

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

2017-07-27+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

2017-07-27+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

2017-07-27+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?

2017-07-27+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

2017-07-27+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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