Here’s a New Job Title that May Catch On – Chief Data Scientist: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

With big data becoming bigger than ever, the ability for organizations to apply effective data analytics within information governance and electronic discovery disciplines has become more important than ever. With that in mind, one law firm has created a new role that might catch on with other firms and corporations – the role of Chief Data Scientist.

For a Successful Outcome to Your Discovery Project, Work Backwards: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

While the Electronic Discovery Reference Model from EDRM has become the standard model for the workflow of the process for handling electronically stored information (ESI) in discovery, it might be helpful to think about the EDRM model backwards, whether you’re the producing party or the receiving party.

Here’s Some Useful Criteria for Evaluating Information Governance Vendors: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Rob Robinson’s excellent Complex Discovery blog has been a terrific resource for eDiscovery information for several years now, covering everything from a “mashup” of eDiscovery market estimates to mergers, acquisitions and investments in the eDiscovery industry. His article from last week provides some useful information to organizations looking to select the right information governance vendor for their needs.

Are You as “E-Savvy” as You Need to Be in Your “E-Disclosure” Process?: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Craig Ball’s Ball in Your Court blog is always an excellent read, even when he writes it “across the pond” over in London. His latest post discusses how “fighting the last war” will eventually cost you when you come across an “e-savvy” opponent.

Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis, LLP: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Ralph Losey. Ralph is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he is a Shareholder and the firm's National e-Discovery Counsel. Ralph is also a prolific author of eDiscovery books and articles, the principal author and publisher of the popular e-Discovery Team® Blog, founder and owner of an online training program, e-Discovery Team Training, with attorney and technical students all over the world, founder of the new Electronic Discovery Best Practices (EDBP) lawyer-centric work flow model. Ralph is also the publisher of LegalSearchScience.com and PreSuit.com on predictive coding methods and applications.

George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jason R. Baron of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Jason R. Baron. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice and also a member of the leadership team for the Information Governance Initiative. Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery.

Tom O’Connor of Advanced Discovery: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom O’Connor. Tom is a nationally known consultant, speaker and writer in the area of computerized litigation support systems. A frequent lecturer on the subject of legal technology, Tom has been on the faculty of numerous national CLE providers and has taught college level courses on legal technology. Tom's involvement with large cases led him to become familiar with dozens of various software applications for litigation support and he has both designed databases and trained legal staffs in their use on many of the cases mentioned above. This work has involved both public and private law firms of all sizes across the nation. Tom is the Director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center in New Orleans and he just joined Advanced Discovery as a Senior ESI Consultant in January.

James D. Zinn, Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is James D. Zinn. James is Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. James is responsible for leading Huron Legal’s technology vision and strategy globally. He directs the practice’s software engineering, information technology, and product management teams. James is responsible for driving innovation by identifying and incubating emerging technologies and technology-driven solutions with relevance to Huron Legal. He has more than twenty years of experience developing and delivering services and solutions to clients.

Information Governance vs. Search Doesn’t Have to Be a Battle After All: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

As will soon be reinforced in our upcoming thought leader interviews, one of the major focus areas at this year’s LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) was a continued emphasis on Information Governance (IG). One of our perennial interviewees, Ralph Losey, has some thoughts about the battle in the legal tech world between IG and Search and reveals that it doesn’t have to be a battle after all.

Thursday LTNY 2015 Sessions: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

As noted yesterday and Tuesday, LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) is happening this week and eDiscoveryDaily is here to report about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show. This is the last day to check out the show if you’re in the New York area with a number of sessions (both paid and free) available and over 199 exhibitors providing information on their products and services. Here are some of the sessions in the main conference tracks today.

Wednesday LTNY 2015 Sessions: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

As noted yesterday, LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) is happening this week and eDiscoveryDaily is here to report about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show. There’s still time to check out the show if you’re in the New York area with a number of sessions (both paid and free) available and over 199 exhibitors providing information on their products and services. Here are some of the sessions in the main conference tracks today.

Welcome to LegalTech New York 2015!: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today is the start of LegalTech® New York 2015 (LTNY) and, for the fifth year in a row, eDiscoveryDaily is here to report about the latest eDiscovery trends being discussed at the show. Over the next three days, we will provide a description each day of some of the sessions related to eDiscovery to give you a sense of the topics being covered. Here are some highlights for today!

Get a Jump on Information Governance Best Practices at LegalTech with this Boot Camp: eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Last year, the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance was launched (we covered it here and here). Now, for New Yorkers and early birds to next week’s LegalTech® show, the IGI has partnered with Cardozo School of Law, in association with LegalTech New York, to bring you a one-day information governance boot camp next Monday, February 2.

The First 7 to 10 Days May Make or Break Your Case: eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

When a case is filed, several activities must be completed within a short period of time (often as soon as the first seven to ten days after filing) to enable you to assess the scope of the case, where the key electronically stored information (ESI) is located and whether to proceed with the case or attempt to settle with opposing counsel. Here are several of the key early activities that can assist in deciding whether to litigate or settle the case.

Three “C”s, Cowboys, Cannibals and Craig (Ball) – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

They say that a joke is only old if you haven’t heard it before. In that vein, an article about eDiscovery is only old if you haven’t read it before. Craig Ball is currently revisiting some topics that he covered ten years ago with an updated look, making them appropriate for 1) people who weren’t working in eDiscovery ten years ago (which is probably a lot of you), 2) people who haven’t read the articles previously and 3) people who have read the articles previously, but haven’t seen his updated takes. In other words, everybody.

Most Big Companies Have a Big Data Program, But They’re Not Crazy about the Term “Big Data” – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed some amazing facts about just how “BIG” that Big Data has gotten to be. Today, let’s look at what BIG companies are doing about BIG data.

Just How “BIG” is Big Data Getting? Check Out These Facts – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

If you work with information as an attorney, paralegal, litigation support professional or information technology (IT) professional, you have probably heard the term “big data” at an ever increasing rate. But, just how BIG is big data getting? Check out these facts.

Those Pesky Email Signatures and Disclaimers – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Are email signatures and disclaimers causing more trouble than they’re worth? According to one author, perhaps they are.

How Mature is Your Organization in Handling eDiscovery? – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

A new self-assessment resource from EDRM helps you answer that question. A few days ago, EDRM announced the release of the EDRM eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Test (eMSAT-1), the “first self-assessment resource to help organizations measure their eDiscovery maturity”. Find out more about it here.

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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.