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The Digital eDiscovery Divide and You. We all know a partner, mentor, colleague, or adversary who brashly denounces all-things-tech while clinging tightly to a bygone era of wired telephones and paper documents.  The kind of legal professional who breathes life into the old cliché about attorneys attending law school to avoid math and science.  We get it.  Keeping up with technology in the digital age can be downright daunting.  Even for those of us who are comfortable navigating our laptops, cell...

Two words: Information Governance. You’ve heard of it right?  If not, I’ll save you the hassle of typing it into Google.   According to IT research and advisory company Gartner, Inc., Information Governance is: “[T]he specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to ensure appropriate behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles and policies, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information in enabling an organization to achieve...

A Case for eDiscovery Keywords   The Electronic Discovery Keyword Search Elder statesman of the Electronic Discovery world.  Simple to understand and easy to implement, keyword searching has played a central role in eDiscovery projects for more than a decade.  But as advances in eDiscovery expand the capabilities of technology-assisted review (“TAR”) and introduce us to concepts such as predictive coding and visual analytics, the good old fashioned keyword search has begun to lose its luster.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck, the...

The Glory Days of Document Review. Much has changed from the good old days when ESI consultants reviewed documents in huge warehouses.  Back then one could stand and survey his or her domain of bankers’ boxes, many of which were gently dusted with what was probably asbestos and had invariably been damaged in some long-forgotten flood or fire.  The possibility that your client wrote something damaging (or helpful) in an offhand e-mail was non-existent.  The likelihood of someone finding useful documents...

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