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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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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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4 Must-have Skills to Be Successful in e-Discovery Litigation Support

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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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5 More Tips to Nail Your Next e-Discovery Presentation

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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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Adopting a Growth Mindset for the New Year

2017-03-28+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

2017-03-28+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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8 Sessions to Top Your Legaltech 2017 Agenda

2017-03-28+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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Save Yourself from Holiday Lethargy with These CLE Opportunities

2017-03-28+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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