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Throwback: Tips for Mastering Large e-Discovery Projects with Any-sized Team

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

blog_small-but-mighty.pngOriginally published in 2016, this post highlights some helpful tips for handling large e-discovery projects. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

While the day-to-day differences between working at a plaintiffs’ firm and a defense firm can be quite drastic, one challenge both sides face is how to efficiently handle large e-discovery projects.

On the plaintiffs’ side—where case teams are often smaller than those at large defense firms—planning for your next e-discovery project is more complex than simply issuing a request for relevant documents and finding some extra bodies to thumb through the defendants’ productions. With today’s data volumes, discovery requests can result in thousands or even millions of pages of information—especially in large class action lawsuits like those our firm typically handles.

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Throwback: 5 Tricks to Help e-Discovery Project Managers Keep a Level Head

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

Project-Managers.pngOriginally published in 2016, this post highlights some helpful tips for project managers. It continues to get attention today, so we're republishing it in case you'd like to take another look.

As cases become increasingly complex and involve more data, we have come to understand that project management is a critical discipline in the e-discovery field. Everyone on your team can contribute more effectively with the right organizational skills and big-picture thinking. You, as the project manager, can guide them through it—but not if you’re losing your cool.

Here are a few ways you can keep a level head while juggling demands, balancing the load, and scaling to meet every project’s needs.

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For Job-Seeking Law School Students, Technology Is the Answer

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

051717-technology-for-law-students.pngThis article originally appeared in Law Technology Today.

Which word doesn’t belong: data, analytics, lawyer, or software?

There’s no right answer, because technology is bringing sweeping changes to the legal profession.

According to a Robert Half survey, eight in 10 corporate lawyers said their collaboration with IT specialists has increased during the past two years. And law firms increasingly find they must hire attorneys who are already well versed in the tools of the trade to satisfy the demands of these corporate legal clients.

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How Two Law Schools are Making the Grade for e-Discovery Education

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

050417-making-the-grade-for-ediscovery-education.pngWe can talk all we want about trends: more and more law schools are embracing the need to introduce technical skills to their curriculum. But what do those programs look like in action?

Whether it’s a mature, battle-tested course that’s been in place for years or a new one just beginning to take off, faculty are getting creative with the ways they teach legal technology, data analysis, and e-discovery to their students. To get some insight into just how these lessons are playing out, we connected with Janice Hollman and a few of our Relativity Academic Partners. Check out these examples from the spectrum of modern academic offerings for tomorrow’s attorneys.

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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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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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SXSW 2017: Bats, Biometrics, and Solving Tomorrow’s Data Challenges

2017-07-27+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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Women in e-Discovery: How Will You #BeBoldForChange? [VIDEOS]

2017-07-27+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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4 Must-have Skills to Be Successful in e-Discovery Litigation Support

2017-07-27+0000| | Education & Certification, Litigation Support

blog_4-must-have-skills.pngOriginally published in February 2016, this post earns continuous attention and feedback from readers. Take another look as you perfect your career development goals for 2017.

e-Discovery has always appealed to me because it’s a very neutral practice of law—the data is the data, and you try to identify what needs to be produced or reviewed in the most efficient manner. However, building a successful career in e-discovery (or in any industry, for that matter) isn’t quite as clear cut.

Succeeding in litigation support takes skills that aren’t always easy to define—they depend on the projects you’re working on, the people you’re working with, and the tools your organization uses.

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4 Qualities Modern Corporations Need in Their Legal Teams

2017-07-27+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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