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With all the analytics companies being bought up recently, I made the above comment to Doug Austin in discussing his column a few weeks back on the new NIST standards for developing trust in Artificial Intelligence programs. (https://ediscoverytoday.com/2021/06/29/nist-publishes-new-study-establishes-model-for-trust-and-artificial-intelligence/ ) But maybe the analogy isn’t a good one. A better one may be that this is a case where we DO want to see the sausage being made. I’ve talked about this before  ( https://www.digitalwarroom.com/blog/is-ai-the-fight-club-of-legal-technology-and-ediscovery ) but the NIST paper dives into some detailed analysis. NIST talks about trust as a key element in getting lawyer buy in on AI.…
I was astonished to read in a blog post on eDiscovery Today last week that “80% of small law firms aren’t investing in eDiscovery.” because “All that’s available is “stripped down versions of enterprise software, or legacy systems that are still using technology circa 2011”. Are Small Law Firms the “Long Tail” of eDiscovery? My first reaction was, well my first reaction was a string of obscenities. My second reaction was a string of more obscenities. Because as Mark Twin once observed in Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar “When angry count four; when very angry, swear.” But then I thought, let’s take…
Most people think an ESI exchange protocol is simply a load file that is automatically included with documents that you produce or receive. In actuality, the term means much more than that. First and foremost, it’s the required result of a required process. FRCP 26(a)(1) requires initial disclosures and FRCP 26(f) dictates a “conference of the parties” (also known as the “meet and confer”) to discuss, among other things, including a requested format for production of documents. Opposing counsel can propose their own format for delivery and that’s where the ESI protocol comes in – it is designed to formalize the…
Rachi is on sabbatical this week so I pulled up this old interview by two of my favorite people. It’s a discussion about the then pending Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media and I think it’s still relevant as social media has become an even bigger component of ESI in the intervening time. Plus I just love hearing both of these people talk.…
I always like to wait a few days before I review a big tech conference to let the impact settle in. And not just for me but for attendees and exhibitors as well. That said, here’s my thoughts on the ABA Techshow2021. This year was the first ever virtual TechShow and as such defied most descriptions I could think of using. When I wrote about the 2020 TechShow I called it Woodstock for Techies but had originally thought of calling the column “Why the ABA TechShow is Like Mardi Gras” and that may be even more appropriate this year since…
If you missed it last week, Rachi and I were delighted to speak with one of our favorite people in the legal profession, the one and only Maribel Rivera! Maribel told us how she was introduced to the world of marketing, her first job in the legal profession and dealing with resistance to her being a female with no degree in marketing. She goes on to explain how that experience led her to begin helping women in todays market to overcome the same obstacles both in an institutional manner as a member of numerous organizations such as Women in…
The 8th Annual University of Florida Levin College of Law E-Discovery Conference is less than a month away and the full-day conference is completely online and free for all attendees. This year they are various topics including:            The initial assessment process            Collaboration and negotiation strategies            Collection challenges from new devices & data sources            Basic and advanced search techniques            Maximizing document review speeds and accuracy. In addition the renowned judicial panel will be joined by an eDiscovery case law panel, and a panel analyzing the eDiscovery impact of rapidly expanding national and international privacy regulations. I’ll be speaking along with, among others, Mary…
Missed eavesdropping on the random conversations that should have been taking place at LTNY? Missed Rachi’s post on this conversation? Well, here ya go. Last week we had the pleasure of having Vincent Catanzaro join us talking about everything from #eDiscovery to being a member of a Mardi Gras Krewe! Vinnie told us how he started in the profession from a small Plaintiffs firm to the DuPont Legal Department to large corporate defense. large corporate defense firms and now back to the corporate world as the EDiscovery counsel at FedEx. But more important, how he became a member of the…
Last week on EDiscovery day, the EDRM honored Gayle O’Connor as the first recipient of the annual Spirit Award named in her honor. Many thanks to the folks at the EDRM and especially the Spirit Committee who I specifically name in the video. Her entire family, especially Seamus and myself, are touched by the tribute to her memory. See you in my dreams baby.…
Rachi and Tom have been on hiatus for a few weeks and Tom gets back into action by talking with Sheila Grela of Procopio in San Diego. Sheila is a seasoned litigation paralegal with over two decades of experience. She is an Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) in eDiscovery. Her paralegal certificate, with honors, was from the ABA-approved USD Paralegal program. She has advanced her paralegal experience by becoming both a Relativity Certified User (RCU) and a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS). Recently, her eDiscovery achievement was acknowledged when she was appointed to be a Global Advisory Council participant for EDRM. In…