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5 Ways to Use Concept Searching that You Might Have Missed

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Litigation Support

5 Ways to Use Concept Searching that You Might Have MissedOrange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner Inventus recently published this article on the Inventus Blog. We thought it presented some unique, compelling ways to take full advantage of analytics technology during e-discovery. Check out the original version here.

Though it took a number of years to gain initial acceptance, concept search technology has now matured to the point where it is deployed in the vast majority of document review platforms in the industry. 

To be clear, I am NOT referring to technology assisted review (TAR … aka predictive coding) technologies or workflows. In many ways, TAR evolved from concept search, but the two are not the same. 

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Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So

2017-07-27+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Trump Jr. Revelations 'Email's Last Hurrah?' 5 Reasons It's Not So“Email evidence has become a routine linchpin of white-collar criminal prosecution, because everything anyone has ever thought is likely to be contained in email. 

Not for long. Savor Don Jr.’s thread; this is email’s last hurrah.” 

New York Times writer Farhad Manjoo on the publication of Donald Trump Jr.’s email chain in which he expressed interest in learning more about alleged Russian dirt on Hilary Clinton

When one of my colleagues came across Farhad Manjoo’s “What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email,” the article from which the above is quoted, he started an email chain of his own to discuss it, and I don’t think starting email chains is about to end any time soon.

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Gone Viral: Social Media in e-Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Collection, In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Litigation Support

Gone: Viral: Social Media in e-DiscoveryRelativity Authorized Partner Xact Data Discovery (XDD) recently published an insightful eight-part blog series around the technical and legal challenges of social media in e-discovery. The following is a condensed version of that series with the takeaways we found most helpful.

As the last election cycle made abundantly clear, social media is currently an influential, indispensable part of American life. And, as it worms its way ever deeper into our relationships, our professional activities, and our culture as a whole, its impact on discovery is growing as well.

Unfortunately, the nature, diversity, and volume of social media data present a variety of challenges for practitioners, both technical and legal.

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Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven Enhancements

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven EnhancementsIt’s undeniable that analytics tools, especially email threading, should be used on every e-discovery project. They make reviewing and QC’ing documents faster, easier, and more consistent, and we’ve seen time and again that the most successful e-discovery teams use analytics.

That’s why we invest so much into Relativity Analytics, and why we’re constantly looking to our customers for ideas to make it better. Even the smallest changes can have a huge impact, and who better to hold us accountable for sweating the small stuff than the people who rely on Relativity every day?

Here’s a roundup of some improvements we made in the past month—all of which started as feedback from the Relativity community.

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e-Discovery Processing: 7 Tips for Reducing Stress (and Spend)

2017-07-27+0000| | Processing, Law Firm, Litigation Support

H5-logo.pngThis post was originally published by H5, a Blue-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it provided great tips and best practices for processing. It's the first in a seriescheck out the H5 blog for more e-discovery workflow tips.

The collection is done and you finally have the data. Now what? What’s the best way to tackle processing without breaking a sweat, the bank, or your timeline?

Alongside early case assessment (ECA), this phase of e-discovery presents an opportunity to undertake a defensible reduction of data and pass along only the material that will ultimately be necessary to review. Here are a few tips that may help.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Service Options in e-Discovery Translation

2017-07-27+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

A Beginner's Guide to Service Operations in eDiscovery TranslationCross-border litigation can be complicated and costly.  

However, if law firms plan ahead and establish a process to address multilingual demands identified in e-discovery, legal teams can save time and money in what can be a very difficult undertaking.   

Because global commerce and new technology have made foreign language e-discovery ubiquitous, legal professionals should acquaint themselves with best practices for translation in multilingual litigation.    

The right resources, technology, and procedures can ensure the litigation process is efficient, enabling attorneys to focus on litigation strategy and ultimately reduce expenses. Let’s review some common bottlenecks in multilingual e-discovery and how to prevent them.  

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Why Did the Litigation Support Professional Cross the Road?

2017-07-27+0000| | Community, Litigation Support

Why Did the Litigation Support Professional Cross the Road?Something happens to your sense of humor when you become a father. 

Maybe it’s a constraint fatherhood puts on your time that prevents you from keeping up with edgy humor. Maybe it’s the time spent with kids that reinforces a simpler, cleaner repartee and repertoire. Or maybe it’s a contentedness brought on by fatherhood that leads to a surrender of coolness. 

In any case, there’s nothing like a good pun to get a dad to crack himself up. In honor of Father’s Day, we share the deliciously corny e-discovery dad jokes we found and try our hand at a few of our own. Searching for an inside joke that packs a pun? Don’t go on a fishing expedition (hehe) … read on.

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[Videos] 5 Ways You Should Be Using Dashboards

2017-07-27+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

5 Ways You Should Be Using DashboardsWith more and more data involved in e-discovery projects, it can be difficult to derive the story behind it. Visualizations help condense and display data in a way that’s easier to understand, so you can interact with it and take action.

At Relativity Fest London 2017, Relativity solutions specialist Clare Longworth walked through several scenarios where dashboards can improve your normal workflow and help you easily dig into and visualize data. Check out a recap of her session Creating Dashboards for Your Entire Case Lifecycle to learn five ways to use dashboards on your next project.

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4 Ways to Move e-Discovery Data That You May Not Know About

2017-07-27+0000| | Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

4 Ways to Move e-Discovery Data That You May Not Know About

Moving e-discovery data isn’t glamorous. It’s messy, it’s tedious, and if the data and metadata aren’t properly preserved, it can really screw up your project.

That’s why, a few years back, we created Relativity Integration Points. We wanted to streamline how customers move their data in, out, and around Relativity.

There are endless ways to use Integration Points, but there are four common problems that it solves for our customers, especially those on the front lines of litigation support.

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Knowledge Management: Transforming Litigation Discovery into Organizational Intelligence

2017-07-27+0000| | Law Firm, Litigation Support

Knowledge Management

This post was originally published by DiscoverReady, an Orange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner. We thought it was a great discussion on the ways knowledge management can play a role in e-discovery efforts.

Knowledge Management (KM) is a business process that formalizes the management and use of an enterprise’s intellectual assets. By adding human insight, KM transforms a flat dataset of information into a treasure trove of centralized intelligence, which can be used to make informed business decisions. KM solutions can be tailored to fit each organization’s needs, and can be deployed in companies of all sizes and types. In the law firm environment, the 2015 Altman Weil “Law Firms in Transition” Survey reports that nearly 57% of responding law firms use KM to increase their efficacy of legal services.

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