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DISCO Challenge During Legaltech Highlights Ease of Use – Winner Takes $2100 Grand Prize

Posted by Keith Schrodt on Feb 28, 2018 10:45:00 AM

“It’s easy to use” – said every ediscovery software company ever.

If you have ever walked around a legal conference, I am sure you have been inundated with the phrase ‘it’s easy to use’ followed by a wink and the words ‘trust me.’  So what makes an ediscovery software easy to use?

DISCO thinks easy to use means that anyone, with no instruction, can log into our SaaS-based ediscovery solution and execute 14 common tasks required in a typical review. And not only execute those 14 common tasks but to do so while under the stress of a group of people watching and being timed. 

So, during Legaltech, we decided to put our money where our mouth is and literally offer $2,100 CASH to the person who could complete these steps in the least amount of time...

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Topics: ediscovery, LegalTech

Lean, Innovative Ediscovery with Marissa Downs

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Sep 14, 2017 10:23:00 AM

I had the opportunity to chat with Marissa Downs, Principal at corporate law firm Much Shelist in Chicago, IL. As an experienced litigator and active board member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Marissa shares how her firm differentiates their litigation practice with innovative, tech-conversant attorneys who understand how to marshal big data.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry

Advice to Young Lawyers: Stay Ahead of the Technology Curve

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Aug 17, 2017 12:08:00 PM

As a part of our series of DISCO client interviews, I had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Leighton, Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, about his career and the various changes his career has undergone, influenced by new technology and today’s shifting legal landscape.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry

Plaintiff's Perspective: Brian Clark of Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Posted by Jonathan Wiley, CEDS on Aug 10, 2017 3:43:32 PM

Jonathan Wiley, Sr. Solutions Consultant, recently sat down with Brian Clark of Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing plaintiffs in discovery and the importance of storytelling for trial lawyers.

Brian Clark's practice focuses on plaintiffs'-side antitrust class actions and ediscovery advice for businesses of all sizes. Brian has practiced his entire career at Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., a firm that for nearly 40 years has been at the forefront of class action and complex litigation. Brian frequently presents at CLEs regarding ediscovery, served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Ediscovery Working Group, is a Member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, and is a Board Member for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Certified Ediscovery Specialists. Since 2014, Brian has taught an ediscovery seminar at the University of Minnesota Law School. Brian also co-founded and serves on the steering committee for the Complex Litigation Ediscovery Forum, which is an annual gathering for plaintiffs'-side complex litigation attorneys to discuss best practices for ediscovery.

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Topics: ediscovery

Trial Paralegal Shares Advice About 30+ Years in the Legal Industry

Posted by Alicia Brewer on Aug 4, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Rose Walker LLP, a trial law firm based in Dallas, has consistently been ranked among top the trial firms in Texas. With over 30 years of experience handling large complex cases, I had the pleasure of interviewing Trial Paralegal at Rose Walker LLP, Joni Rose, about her background and advice for young professionals getting into the legal industry.

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Topics: ediscovery

3 Tips to Understand, Not Just Review, the Opposing Party’s Production

Posted by Drew Lewis on Aug 3, 2017 1:50:00 PM

There are two aspects of discovery when thinking about documents: reviewing the documents and reviewing to understand the contents of the documents. When you are the party receiving documents, then your document review efforts are more concerned with understanding those documents. Your job is that of investigator charged with the task of understanding what opposing counsel has delivered to you. Whereas the document reviewer is focused on the responsive, the investigator is trying to separate the outcome determinative, from the merely helpful or the barely responsive. Presumably the documents your strategy will hinge upon is a faint signal submerged in a sea of white-noise.

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Topics: ediscovery

10 Steps For Preparing Your Production Population

Posted by Tracy Hallmann on Aug 1, 2017 7:58:00 AM

If there is one thing we learn in law school, it is that preparation is key. The process of production is no exception. While DISCO’s user-friendly production tool allows clients the control and transparency of generating their own productions, a production is nonetheless only as good as the population of documents within.

Each time I run a production for a client, I go through the below-outlined steps. While some steps may seem unnecessary, they take much less time than discovering problems once the production is already run, or worse, after it has been submitted to opposing counsel. The littlest steps are very often the most profitable ones in terms of discovering potential issues.

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Topics: ediscovery, tips, best practices

Maximizing Attorney Intelligence: Solutions Towards a Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive Case Resolution

Posted by Trevor Jefferies on Jul 20, 2017 3:12:00 PM

The December 1, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and robust new technology have ushered in a new age for attorneys to benefit from artificial intelligence in the ediscovery practice. No longer should practicing attorneys be required to always explain and justify the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) methodologies to courts, but instead courts should measure practitioners’ discovery conduct by the time-tested dictates of proportionality and reasonableness.

This new age threatens some in the ediscovery space who have made their living consulting about the less-understood nuances of TAR. They are worried because they feel that newer TAR technology is a black box that can’t be explained to a judge. However, in truth, the discovery process from the court’s and the requesting party’s perspective in most cases has always been a “black box,” even well before the days of ediscovery. Before the advent of ediscovery, the process of collection, review, analysis, and production was done in paper form (and I’m old enough to remember those days). Courts did not usually interfere with the means or methods by which a producing party went about its discovery obligations, so long as the party complied with the Rules: the document production was timely, reasonably responsive to the requests, and was organized in a fashion allowed by the Rules (e.g. by individual request, or as kept in the usual course of business). There was little or nothing the producing party needed to explain to the court, unless the producing party ran afoul of the Rules.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry

3 Simple Ways to QC Your Production for Errors

Posted by Michelle Anifant on Jul 18, 2017 9:22:00 AM

Producing documents is perhaps the most sensitive event in the ediscovery lifecycle.

Not only do production errors necessitate duplicate work, more importantly, errors may expose you to the risks of violating a court order or leaking sensitive information to the opposing party. Thus, throughout my 13+ years working as a sole practitioner and project manager in the legal industry, I have developed several simple yet valuable ways to QC proactively for production errors.

While this post is by no means exhaustive, it provides a good starting point around best practices and hopefully helps those of you who are new to the world of ediscovery to jump start your quality control toolset.   

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Topics: ediscovery, tips, best practices

The Standardization of Ediscovery

Posted by Neil Etheridge on Mar 31, 2017 5:45:00 AM

How should you write ‘ediscovery’?

Is it e-discovery, E-discovery, eDiscovery, or ediscovery? While some may say the derivation of a word should dictate it’s spelling1, others argue that communication has become a fashion; the method, spelling, and even the meaning of language should change to match the current social and cultural climate2. This conversation could lead into serious digression. However, I do think the spelling of a word speaks about the culture and, in some cases, the industry surrounding the term.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology