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Information retrieval is the science of searching for (and finding) information relevant to a user need.  The most common, most visible application of information retrieval science is found in modern web search engines, though the roots of the field extend decades before the web sprung into existence and encompass wider varieties of information needs than are typically found on the web. The continued evolution of the field was on full display during the recent 41st…
A big yee-haw goes out to the Texas Bar as they recently became the thirty-sixth state in the Union to codify what the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility did in 2012 and that is to add very specific language about attorney competency and technology. In the newly revised Texas Rule 1.01, Paragraph 8, it states: Because of the vital role of lawyers in the legal process, each lawyer should strive to become and…
A big yee-haw goes out to the Texas Bar as they recently became the thirty-sixth state in the Union to codify what the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility did in 2012 and that is to add very specific language about attorney competency and technology. In the newly revised Texas Rule 1.01, Paragraph 8, it states: Because of the vital role of lawyers in the legal process, each lawyer should strive to become and…
Is  mandatory technology-assisted review on the horizon? This was question that Tom Gricks and John Pappas posed in a recent Bloomberg article. Cost continues to be the primary issue lying at the heart of e-discovery disputes, particularly with the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), specifically Rule 26, mandating that the scope of discovery in litigation be proportional to the value and needs of the case. Judges are increasingly being called upon…
Is  mandatory technology-assisted review on the horizon? This was question that Tom Gricks and John Pappas posed in a recent Bloomberg article. Cost continues to be the primary issue lying at the heart of e-discovery disputes, particularly with the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), specifically Rule 26, mandating that the scope of discovery in litigation be proportional to the value and needs of the case. Judges are increasingly being called upon…
Is  mandatory technology-assisted review on the horizon? This was question that Tom Gricks and John Pappas posed in a recent Bloomberg article. Cost continues to be the primary issue lying at the heart of e-discovery disputes, particularly with the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), specifically Rule 26, mandating that the scope of discovery in litigation be proportional to the value and needs of the case. Judges are increasingly being called upon…
In the early technology assisted review (TAR 1.0) era, many thought training with randomly selected documents was important to the success of a TAR review. The fear was that attorneys would bias the TAR algorithm if they selected documents for initial training. When challenged, most relied on the old shibboleth: You don’t know what you don’t know. Frankly the “don’t know” point made sense at a time when legal professionals were just realizing that their…
In the early technology assisted review (TAR 1.0) era, many thought training with randomly selected documents was important to the success of a TAR review. The fear was that attorneys would bias the TAR algorithm if they selected documents for initial training. When challenged, most relied on the old shibboleth: You don’t know what you don’t know. Frankly the “don’t know” point made sense at a time when legal professionals were just realizing that their…
In the early technology assisted review (TAR 1.0) era, many thought training with randomly selected documents was important to the success of a TAR review. The fear was that attorneys would bias the TAR algorithm if they selected documents for initial training. When challenged, most relied on the old shibboleth: You don’t know what you don’t know. Frankly the “don’t know” point made sense at a time when legal professionals were just realizing that their…
In the day-to-day world of legal departments, it can be challenging to ensure legal holds are done correctly; everything from getting the correct wording in the hold document, understanding the data types and where it exists, securing the acknowledgment, and reminding custodians of their ongoing obligation. As a result, ask a room of legal professionals, and the vast number of them will say they manage the hold process with a spreadsheet. This is not only…