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Part 3: Predictions About Legal Technology

Posted by Kiwi Camara on Feb 24, 2017 5:25:00 AM

In my last post, I discussed how changes in technology will create the opportunity for a new role within law firms and corporate legal departments. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Part three describes how and why lawyers choose technology products, and what companies can do to build products that lawyers want to use.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology

Part 2: Predictions About Legal Technology

Posted by Kiwi Camara on Feb 17, 2017 8:24:42 AM

In part one of this series, we covered how legal technology will empower lawyers across all areas of practice. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Part two expands on how changes in technology will create the opportunity for a new role within law firms and corporate legal departments.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology

Legaltech Retrospective: Predictions About Legal Technology

Posted by Kiwi Camara on Feb 10, 2017 5:36:00 AM

On the heels of Legaltech New York, I decided to set down some of my thoughts about the future of legal technology. In this four-part series, I will cover four predictions:

  1. Legal technology will empower lawyers across all areas of practice
  2. The rise of legal technology professionals in law firms and corporate legal departments
  3. A recipe for products that lawyers will actually adopt
  4. Cloud and SaaS will replace on-premise software

Each part will include examples of how the prediction could play out, and the series will conclude with my thoughts on how we achieve this future of legal technology.

Without further ado, let’s dive into part one….

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Posted by Tripp Hemphill on Oct 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM


If you were born before 1985, it’s likely that you immediately get the reference to Festivus, the anti-commercial holiday “for the rest of us”, that was invented by George Costanza’s father and celebrated on Seinfeld. Of course, Festivus wouldn’t be complete without an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, a dinner where the guests engage in the "Airing of Grievances" and recognition of "Feats of Strength" as well as proclaiming easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".

The “Festivus” episode from Season 9 (1997) - ranked as a top fan favorite of the entire series - also popularized the concepts of “two-face”, when someone is not as good looking as first thought due to lighting and other environmental conditions, as well as “The Human Fund”, a fake charity George makes up in order to get out of spending money on his co-workers for the holidays (its motto being "Money For People").

If you have no clue what I’m talking about then I strongly encourage you to stop whatever you’re doing and spend 4:37 minutes in laugh therapy watching highlights from this memorable and much quoted episode. Your life will be richer for it - and you’ll be in a much better position to grasp the balance of this blog post.

The title for this post popped into my head as I perused the agenda and session descriptions for Relativity Fest 2016 . Taking place this week in Chicago, kCura’s annual user conference (referred to by insiders simply as “The Fest”) is 3 days of Relativity-centric content delivered across 138 sessions with 190 speakers and a whole heap of upselling excitement.

For those of us selectively outside of - or the many disenchanted with - the Relativity ecosystem, I’ve officially declared this week as ediscovery Festivus Week - complete with ‘airing of grievances’ if you’re so inclined.

Digging into the session content, I can’t help but notice some interesting trends as well as a few curiously absent topics.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology

What New Attorneys Often Learn Too Late (Part 2): Thoroughness

Posted by Mike Wilson on Sep 29, 2016 8:11:00 AM

Thoroughness.

Few words in the English language require that many useless characters. Yet in order to write it correctly you have to go through every single letter -- even if it doesn’t make a sound or sense. Such is life as a litigator.

Part two in our three-part series is about the importance of being thorough and the ridiculous amount of self-discipline it requires to do the job correctly. An answer exists somewhere in the world, and your job, quite literally, is to find it. The trick is to become uncompromising in your pursuit of the answer. There are many places in the practice of law where thoroughness will pay dividends, particularly when finding evidence.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, Technology, document review

Whither Predictive Coding?

Posted by Scott Upchurch on Sep 9, 2016 3:08:00 PM

 In my previous post, I identified the principal reasons I believe Predictive Coding or Technology Assisted Review (“TAR”) has not yet caught on in mainstream litigation.  Let me summarize very briefly: complexity, opacity, and cost.  That is, most TAR systems are difficult to set up, difficult to use, difficult to understand, and usually expensive.  

So, what is DISCO’s approach and how is it different?     

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, technology assisted review, predictive coding, machine learning

The Legal Revolution (and $18.575M to Make It Happen)

Posted by Kiwi Camara on Aug 9, 2016 4:50:36 PM

The legal industry is facing the kind of pressure and undergoing the kind of consolidation that other services industries, like accounting and consulting, went through decades ago. Clients are not satisfied with the results they get when law firms do everything manually, solving problems by hurling bodies at them. Clients deserve, and now are demanding, high-quality legal services, delivered in a predictable and repeatable way and at a cost that reflects both the value delivered and all efficiencies available.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal revolution

Is Your Technology Proportional?

Posted by Trevor Jefferies on Jul 21, 2016 3:30:00 PM

My military background gave me a true appreciation for technology as a force multiplier. If my wingman and I use our two modern aircraft with superior targeting technology to demobilize ten enemy aircraft at once, we have provided the same impact as ten less capable aircraft — two modern aircraft become ten. Great litigation technology can also be a true force multiplier that allows legal teams to be more cost-effective and efficiently manage large amounts of potentially relevant data over the course of any given case. 

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Topics: ediscovery, Technology, proportionality

Happy Anniversary, DISCO Help Center!

Posted by Julia Englander on Jun 10, 2016 10:17:58 AM

I would like to wish a very Happy One Year Anniversary to DISCO’s Help Center! In celebration of this anniversary, I wanted to share the great progress that has been made over the last twelve months. Here are some cool facts to show how much the Help Center has grown since being launched in June 2015.  

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Topics: ediscovery, Disco, help center, resources, tips

What New Attorneys Often Learn Too Late (Part 1)

Posted by Mike Wilson on May 13, 2016 4:00:00 PM

We all get into the law game for different reasons, but regardless of why we signed up, we want to be effective at what we do. Law schools don’t typically teach students how to practice or be effective counsel. Instead, those skills are learned on the job. This blog -- the first of a three-part series on what new attorneys often learn too late when starting out in the practice of law --  is about deadlines.


For months after law school I would periodically wake up in a cold sweat, heart pounding, thinking not only that I was late for class, but that I had missed most of the semester and was about to walk into an exam completely unprepared. This fit right in with the classic dream of showing up for class in underwear.

Shortly after taking the Texas bar -- the following weekend to be exact -- I started working in my first real commercial litigation job. (Some would say I literally just started working there without interviewing or being asked by anyone, but that’s another story for another time.) After being on the job for a few weeks, I started waking up in a cold sweat for reasons other than the fear of missing an exam. The stakes had been raised. Real people and real organizations were relying on my work and I would have to learn to live with the sinking perpetual feeling that I might miss a deadline.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, Disco, Technology, legal technology, tips