The most popular justification for avoiding business-development activities is a lack of time. There are, however, a number of strategies that will allow you to execute and produce results in minutes — or even seconds.
E-discovery, as an industry, is once again at an inflection point. What are the big trends that are exerting pressure on e-discovery teams today — and more importantly, what will an effective e-discovery team look like in the coming years?
A review of upcoming programs and events that bring together many of the most active professionals in the field and its various branches.
Michael Ciaramitaro and Sarah Brown
Losing a key employee is never easy — they often take with them institutional knowledge, great internal and external relationships, and critical skill sets. There is also a risk that they’ll take some information or data with them when they go, either inadvertently or on purpose.
When AI is deployed appropriately with proper oversight, it helps us make connections we couldn’t see before, leading us to new legal and business insights. But teaching machines how to interpret “legalese” is nearly as challenging as the task it is trying to solve.
A new report from the law firm of Pinsent Masons shows that there has been a high level of GDPR "over-reporting" at the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office, but organizations who may think they are playing it safe may actually be opening themselves up to further regulatory scrutiny.
Anthony J. Diana and David G. Krone
In assessing whether or how to employ e-signatures, particularly in higher risk transactions, organizations should be careful to manage the practical issues and potential legal complexities associated with e-signatures through careful assessment and a robust governance program.
To comply with the data side of the Outside Counsel Guidelines, firms must have a clear information governance strategy for which the firm’s use of technology systems is foundational.
The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2015 intended to clarify some of the ambiguities that caused inconsistent rulings in e-discovery matters. One such amendment was to Rule 37(e), which seemed to indicate that courts would not levee punitive sanctions without establishing “intent to deprive.” Despite this language, though, courts continue rely on their inherent authority to issue sanctions, meaning organizations must take their preservation obligations seriously.
Beyond improving efficiency, new advancements in Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, are helping lawyers do more billable work without hiring more people.