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Throwback: Why A Law Firm Partner Became A Chief Data Scientist

2017-03-28+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Law Firm

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Originally published in 2015, this discussion of Bennett Borden's role at Drinker Biddle & Reath has consistently been among the most-viewed blog posts on The Relativity Blog each year since. Here's another look because Bennett's insights are just as relevant now as they were nearly two years ago.

In May 2015, Bennett Borden was named Drinker Biddle & Reath’s first-ever chief data scientist. He’ll lead the firm’s data analytics practice, taking a new approach to legal services in the face of growing data volumes.

The firm has garnered a lot of attention with the move from within the industry and even mainstream media. We recently sat down with Bennett to get his perspective on the evolution of new leadership roles in e-discovery. He also shared some in-depth insight into why the traditionalist lawyer is quickly going extinct.

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Two Words Every e-Discovery Professional Should Know

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_event-handler.pngTechnology is, of course, a big component of e-discovery, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who works in this industry is a tech genius. Most lawyers and litigation support professionals don’t know (or care) about JavaScript or the nitty gritty of how their smartphone ticks. Using technology shouldn’t require expertise under the hood.

Technophile or technophobe, every attorney and review manager who wants to do e-discovery faster should know these two words: event handlers.

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e-Discovery Spoliation in Unusual Places: Preserve Your Pickup Truck

2017-03-28+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm

blog_ediscovery-spoilation-in-unusual-places.pngIn the digital data world of 2017, the Internet of Things is nothing new. Whether it’s alleged Alexa commands from an Amazon Echo or German regulators banning the doll “My Friend Cayla” over concerns nefarious characters could endanger children with the data the alleged toy spy collects, the Internet of Things has become a legal issue.

The legal issue is usually data privacy and protection—but not always.

When Below v. Yokohama Tires Corp., goes to trial Monday, March 6, it should serve as a cautionary tale for e-discovery counsel and legal technology teams. When we think of collecting electronically stored information (ESI), email, texts, social media, or data centers often come to mind.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Cyber Insurance But Were Too Afraid to Ask

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-cyber-insurance.png“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” Maya Angelou

Businesses are advised to insure themselves against all sorts of dangers, however unlikely. Cybersecurity has joined the ranks of acknowledged business vulnerabilities. That vulnerability is particularly strong among corporations who house confidential customer data as a matter of course, like health providers—and it’s also top-of-mind for law firms, who often hold their clients’ most sensitive business and personal information.

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What 85 Percent of App Users Want—and e-Discovery Pros Need

2017-03-28+0000| | Mobile, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_what-85-percent-app-users-want.png.pngIn a recent study about mobile use in the legal industry conducted by Ari Kaplan Advisors, a sample of 25 law firm partners all said it’s essential they have mobile access to their work. When asked how frequently they use mobile in their jobs, all 25 partners said “every day” with one partner clarifying: “It’s probably every minute. I’m constantly on something.”

Every minute sounds pretty intense, but maybe not so when you consider how often your mobile device is likely with you. If you’re constantly using it for work purposes, your mobile experiences need to be fast and reliable. This is what we, as mobile consumers and busy professionals, have rightfully come to expect.

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Business Intelligence: Tracking Metrics Across Projects

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Advanced Discovery_Presentation.pngThis blog post is a thorough introduction to the ways high-level metrics from your e-discovery projects, when viewed holistically, can help influence a smarter e-discovery strategy for your business. It was originally published on the Advanced Discovery blog as part of their recent series on business intelligence.

In the first part of this short blog series, we began by reviewing core business intelligence concepts and how they can apply during an individual e-discovery project. Here, we review how they apply across individual e-discovery projects as part of effective e-discovery program management.

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

2017-03-28+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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At the Border and Beyond: e-Discovery Aspects of Criminal Matters and Investigations

2017-03-28+0000| | Legal Update, In-house Counsel, Law Firm

blog_at-the-border-and-beyond-ediscovery-aspects-of-criminal-matters.pngAs we discussed at Legalweek’s Legaltech 2017, e-discovery has been a crucial part of complex commercial litigation, but it hasn’t been a traditional priority in criminal matters.

Times are changing.

With the proliferation of digital data, e-discovery is not only becoming more of an issue in criminal matters—it’s sometimes becoming just as important as it is in civil litigation.

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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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How to Evangelize Analytics on Your e-Discovery Team

2017-03-28+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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