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Adopting a Growth Mindset for the New Year

2017-01-20+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

2017-01-20+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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Case Study: Next-level ECA with Ballard Spahr

2017-01-20+0000| | ECA & Investigation, Community, Law Firm

blog_ballard-spahr-case-study.pngEditor's Note: This article was originally published by Law Journal Newsletters.

Ballard Spahr is a national firm of more than 500 lawyers in 14 offices. We represent clients in more than 40 areas of litigation, business and finance, intellectual property, real estate, and public finance. Our clients include large public companies, privately held corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the occasional individual.

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8 Sessions to Top Your Legaltech 2017 Agenda

2017-01-20+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_LTNY17-sessions.pngIt’s a time of year that legal professionals know all too well: the holiday lull has come to an end and you’re trading a plate of cookies in for a full plate of cases. It’s a new year and you’re embarking on new adventures to fulfill your resolutions. And, of course, Legaltech New York is approaching quickly.

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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e-Discovery in 2017: Back to the Future?

2017-01-20+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_is-ediscovery-going-back-to-the-future-in-2017.pngEditor's note: this article originally appeared in Legaltech News.

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.

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Save Yourself from Holiday Lethargy with These CLE Opportunities

2017-01-20+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

121416-ediscovery-education-opps.pngAhh, December. That time of year where trees and rooftops twinkle and Mariah Carey warbles on about what she wants for Christmas. It’s a season of love and celebration—and of course an opportunity for almost everyone, kids from age 1 to 92, to get a few days away from their day jobs.

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.

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Holiday Gatherings: How to Make Them All About e-Discovery (and You)

2017-01-20+0000| | Community

112816-holiday-dinner-xmas-02.pngLast year, you seemed a little reluctant to talk about your job with family during the holidays. It can be hard work to describe the work we do in e-discovery, after all.

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.

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Spotlight on LDiscovery: More Intuitive Multimedia Review [Video]

2017-01-20+0000| | Community

110416-inno-award-winner-spotlight-channel.pngEach year, the Innovation Awards celebrate organizations that build on the Relativity platform in creative ways, solving difficult or unique challenges within and outside of e-discovery via custom solutions and applications. During this year’s awards ceremony at Relativity Fest 2016, two winners—one from our partner community, and one enterprise—were recognized for their success.

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.

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Election Day and the ‘Impossible’ Feats of e-Discovery

2017-01-20+0000| | Legal Update, Community

110816-electoral-spoliation.pngWrestleMania 2016—you may know it as the 2016 United States presidential race—is coming to a close, and there have been dire predictions about the end of the nation, democracy, and society. These predictions are based, at least in part, on so-called “unprecedented” technology threats and legal threats.

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.

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Spotlight on Reed Smith: An e-Discovery Approach to M&A Due Diligence [Video]

2017-01-20+0000| | Community

102516-inno-award-winner-spotlight-enterprise.pngEach year, the Innovation Awards celebrate organizations that build on the Relativity platform in creative ways, solving difficult or unique challenges within and outside of e-discovery via custom solutions and applications. During this year’s awards ceremony at Relativity Fest 2016, two winners—one from our partner community, and one enterprise—were recognized for their success.

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.

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