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How To Practice Law Like Abraham Lincoln: Be an e-Discovery Lawyer!

2017-02-24+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

2017-02-24+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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5 More Tips to Nail Your Next e-Discovery Presentation

2017-02-24+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_fest-speaker-promo.pngLegaltech 2017 has wrapped up, officially kicking off the year’s industry conference circuit. Here at kCura, we’ve begun preparations for Relativity Fest, our annual user conference in October.

As we’ve been parsing through attendee feedback from past years to see how we can improve this year’s show, we thought your peers’ insights would be helpful for you, too, as you prepare for your speaking circuit this year or muster up the courage to shine your light at Relativity Fest for the first time.

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5 e-Discovery Attitudes to Get You Through ‘til Spring

2017-02-24+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_5-ediscovery-attitudes-to-get-you-through-spring.pngWhether you’re knee-deep in snow or wishing you were, suffering from an acute lack of vitamin D, or just waiting for the flowers to start blooming again, we’ve all experienced it: the winter rut. There’s nothing quite like dreary weather and flight delays to get you itching for a nice dose of spring.

In fact, it’s well known that productivity at work tends to fall during the winter months. Cabin fever, failed resolutions, and chilly conditions can and do have a negative impact on job performance. But if you stay positive and adopt the right mindset, you’ll do just fine as you await the sunny company of the daisies in your window box.

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The Best of Legaltech 2017: Our Favorite Quotes from the Speakers

2017-02-24+0000| | Community

blog_LTNY-quotes-1.pngLegaltech and Legalweek 2017 are in the books. As it has been for years, the conference was one of the largest in legal technology, with approximately 10,000 attendees.

As always, we covered many of the sessions, and you can find archives of our live tweet coverage here.

To give you an even quicker read and a feel for the law, technology, and humor that is Legaltech, we continue our tradition of bringing you The Best of Legaltech: Our Favorite Quotes from the Speakers.

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How to Evangelize Analytics on Your e-Discovery Team

2017-02-24+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_how-to-evangelize-analytics.pngImagine you’re in a crowded stadium, sharing an enclosed box with a small group of people. The box has big windows, showing you the game down on the field—as well as thousands of cheering fans rooting for the winning home team.

Now imagine everyone in the box with you is either cheering for the opposing team or completely indifferent to the game’s outcome. This is what it’s like to be your team’s sole evangelist for analytics technology in today’s e-discovery landscape.

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SCOTUS, AI, and More Trending Topics of Legaltech

2017-02-24+0000| | Community

blog_LTNY.pngLegaltech New York is here. In fact, the three-day event—now part of #Legalweek17—is nearly halfway over. Between the keynotes full of industry insights, conversations with peers about the future of law, an overwhelming amount of swag, and puppies on the exhibit floor, time tends to fly by at Legaltech.

To sum up Day 1, we’ve compiled our favorite tweets. Whether you’re grabbing a coffee in NYC to refocus after last night’s social event or holding down the fort at the office, take a minute to catch up on the trending topics.

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3 Best Practices for e-Discovery Custodian Interviews

2017-02-24+0000| | Review & Production, ECA & Investigation, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

D4-logo-with-tag-300x92.pngThis article was originally published on D4's Discover More blog. We enjoyed their close examination of how to best conduct critical custodian interviews, which, when done well, can help ensure smoother e-discovery.

With all the advanced technologies available to us, a good client interview still provides the single biggest advantage in saving money and managing the risks of e-discovery. Besides getting a good idea about the facts of your case and the value of potential witnesses, a good client interview helps to achieve a cost-effective review and a proportionate discovery response.

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Adopting a Growth Mindset for the New Year

2017-02-24+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_adopting-growth-mindset.pngMy family has an annual tradition of gathering to publicly state and write down our New Year’s resolutions and revisiting them the following year to see how we did. Through all the merriment, teasing, and quiet determination that emerges from those yearly rituals, I’ve learned that making promises in a group setting is very powerful.

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.

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A Changing World: Ralph Losey on “Stepping In” for e-Discovery

2017-02-24+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_losey-stepping-in-interview.pngThere is no shortage of industries in which artificial intelligence is having an impact—and that’s not likely to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the nature of AI itself, and the way it influences the day-to-day life and work of your average consumer.

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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