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

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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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Legal Operations Insights from Google's Mary O’Carroll

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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]

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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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How To Practice Law Like Abraham Lincoln: Be an e-Discovery Lawyer!

2017-03-28+0000| | Community, Law Firm

bkig_how-to-practice-law-like-abraham-lincoln.pngIn honor of President's Day, check out this abridged article from Ralph Losey's blog. Originally published in 2009 to celebrate Lincoln's Bicentennial, it's a fun look at how President Lincoln might practice law today. Read the full version here.

The February 2009 issue of the ABA Journal, in a cover story entitled How to Practice Law Like Lincoln, points out how much in common we lawyers of today have with lawyers of the 1800s. Indeed that is true, but that is not necessarily a virtue considering the vast changes in society; changes that the profession and most law schools have been unable to keep up with. …

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4 Qualities Modern Corporations Need in Their Legal Teams

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification

blog_4-modern-qualities-corps-need-legal.pngThere is plenty to be said about how the litigation attorney’s day-to-day has evolved with the advent of big data, increased litigation, and high-tech e-discovery. Undoubtedly, in-house legal teams have undergone the same evolution—so how has this changed what the modern corporation needs from its legal department?

In short, a highly effective in-house team requires more than just legal prowess. What other qualities are key in producing value for their companies?

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