I also began to notice that when individuals didn’t accomplish resolutions they had committed to, one of two things would occur. Some folks got embarrassed, disappointed in themselves, and maybe even discouraged (especially when resolving to lose 20 pounds year after year). Others were more upbeat, more motivated to try again, and share what they learned about accomplishing a particular goal.
The legal industry is no exception. As we mentioned in a recent look at Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines, written by Thomas H. Davenport (who has taught at Harvard Business School) and Julia Kirby (an editor at Harvard University Press), it’s impossible not to see how e-discovery has changed over the last decade as AI and other forms of data analytics hit the legal scene.
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Because your to-do list is full, we’ve compiled for you a list of what we think will be some of the best sessions of Legaltech 2017. With a range of topics to be covered, we hope these recommendations will spark some ideas for your agenda.
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One could argue that 2016 was the year e-discovery started “trending,” with a certain presidential candidate’s emails dominating the news cycle for much of the second half of the year. But the limelight wasn’t the only notable thing about e-discovery this year—new technologies, several high-profile cases, and notable mergers and acquisitions have left many of us wondering what’s next.
As we embark on new adventures in 2017, we talked with members of the profession and the industry about what they think is on the horizon and gathered seven predictions—five things we’ll expect to see in 2017, and two things we won’t.
But when your feet are sore from shopping and your will exhausted from dodging controversial topics at the dinner table, don’t let your mind atrophy. Instead, squeeze in a few minutes here and there to brush up on your e-discovery knowledge, make plans for the coming year, and maybe even earn a few CLE credits along the way.
That was then; this is now. It’s a time of an unprecedented number of precedents for mainstream interest in e-discovery. It’s a holiday season on the heels of one of the most globally sensitive and divisive US elections in history, when avoiding political topics at the table is more tempting than ever. This year, the intersection of law and technology is your dinner conversation destination.
LDiscovery won big this October, claiming the prize in both the Best Service Provider Solution and Community Choice categories. Historically, the review of multimedia files—including audio and video clips, which might come from voicemail records or meeting recordings and offer potentially critical evidence in a case—often required a separate workflow, slowing timelines and complicating technology requirements. Their application, LDiscovery A/V Suite for Relativity, simplifies the review of these multimedia files using a proprietary plugin for the Relativity document viewer. A/V Suite also gives users the ability to redact audio files, making a previously impossible task not only possible, but simple.
As if this weren’t enough to bring the legal technology community to the ring, questions over the dissemination of government email have made e-discovery itself part of the presidential race. These questions have culminated in disbelief and doubt over what’s really possible in email and document review.
Reed Smith took home the prize in the Best Law Firm or Corporate Solution category, with an application that helped a large financial client with an M&A due diligence challenge. The client needed to identify all of their contracts that would require third-party consent during the sale of several business units. Built to help the team prioritize which units to sell first, the innovation—called Consent Tracker—draws on analytics workflows and dynamic objects. In its first case, it helped them perform an analysis that would otherwise have taken six months in just one—and save their client more than three million dollars.