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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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At the Border and Beyond: e-Discovery Aspects of Criminal Matters and Investigations

2017-02-24+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

2017-02-24+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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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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TAR Around the World: Next Stop, Australia

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

blog_UK-approves-TAR-sansgavel-1.pngThere is little doubt that technology-assisted review (TAR) has made itself known throughout the world. With case law in the United States and Europe marking its defensibility, and headlines plastering industry media sources on a still-regular basis, there’s simply no way to avoid it. TAR is here to stay.

What’s more encouraging than continued success in these established regions, though, is the technology’s emerging success in other parts of the world. In the last few months, Australia has added its name to the roster of TAR-friendly nations. This week, a formal Practice Note issued by an Australian federal court further validates the technology’s use by case teams who are seeking smarter ways to tackle massive data sets.

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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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Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Evidentiary Media Any Longer

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

blog_why-you-cant-afford-to-ignore-evidentiary-media.pngAs we all know, the size of archived data is exploding. What you may not know is that according to Gartner, 80 percent of all data is unstructured, which includes human-generated enterprise content such as presentations and audio and video media—most of which is currently unsearchable.

Audio and video recordings are discoverable in legal and compliance matters, and those recordings may hold key information about a case. Whether it’s a voicemail left by a rogue trader, a call center employee that makes unauthorized guarantees to close a transaction, or a video conference where the key patent in a litigation was discussed on a whiteboard, these types of files can include information that would make or break a case. 

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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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5 Tactics to Improve Your Security in 2017

2017-02-24+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_security-tips-security-bill.pngThere are few modern catastrophes more frightening to today’s corporation than a data breach. When critical data is compromised, everyone suffers: employees, customers, CEOs, and legal teams must all face the consequences.

Fortunately, even as would-be hackers with ill intent get smarter, technology is getting smarter, too. There are ways for every organization to protect themselves against threats, cyber and otherwise.

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Case Study: Next-level ECA with Ballard Spahr

2017-02-24+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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