Talk to anyone who has implemented legal technology, or innovated their legal processes, and I bet three out of four will tell you the first best step is to “map the process”.   To wit (all taken from interviews on the Technically Legal Podcast):   The best place to start, if you’re looking into workflow automation is with a pen and paper. We recommend not using any technology [s]o you can map out the…
Not all Microsoft 365 subscriptions provide access to eDiscovery licenses. However, figuring out which subscription level to purchase to take advantage of Microsoft eDiscovery features raises several questions:    Do you need Core eDiscovery, or do you need Advanced eDiscovery? Is Content Search included in all plans or subscription based? What is the difference between them (Core eDiscovery vs. Advanced eDiscovery)?  Do we subscribe to Microsoft 365 or Office 365?  Does our Microsoft 365 subscription permit…
Setting up a proper coding panel in document review software is an oft overlooked task that may impact the quality and efficiency of a legal document review.  The coding panel in document review and e-discovery software provides the issue tags or codes that may be applied to organize and categorize individual documents.   Organizing the coding panel should be a deliberate and thoughtful exercise. However, when preparing for a document review, project managers often…
I think workflow automation is a nice legal tech gateway drug. Although workflow and process automation is not “legal technology” per se and can be used in any industry, it is a good way for lawyers and legal teams to dip their toes into legal tech waters.   So often when people start thinking about implementing legal tech solutions, they try to “boil the ocean” and solve too many problems at once. The best place…
The oft-touted benefits of working with ALSPs (alternative legal service providers AKA law companies, legal services companies, etc.) are lower rates, specialization, and efficiencies. Because of these benefits, the use of ALSPs is growing.  Indeed, some predict a 25% growth in outsourced legal work and alternative legal services market share in the next five years.   We were curious to know the real value of using an ALSP. So we put our money where our…
Yes, the title “Best Blogs and Podcasts for In-House Counsel” is a loaded headline. But, that’s how people search for stuff on the internet so we went with it.   Admittedly, unless something is actually quantifiable, the “best” of anything is relative–especially when it comes to writing and podcasting. A more apropos title would be “Our Favorite Blogs and Podcasts for In-House Counsel”.   But, hyperbolic titles notwithstanding, these compilations are often helpful and we…
A new legal document review project may seem daunting.  At first glance, you may only see voluminous ESI (electronically stored information), many custodians from which data must be collected, not to mention the challenge of making sense of how that data supports the multiple factual and legal issues in the case.   So where should you start? The first step is prioritizing what should be reviewed (and what should not). That is where…
Cyber security education is one of the most important cyber security best practices explains Matthew Holland, CEO of Field Effect Software, in the latest episode of the Technically Legal Podcast. Field Effect is a cyber security company providing tools and managed detect and response (MDR) services to protect against cyber attacks.   Matt started his cyber security career with Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) (similar to the NSA in the United States) and…
Microsoft 365 eDiscovery (formerly, Office 365 eDiscovery) includes several useful features for eDiscovery and compliance matters such as email archiving, Legal Holds, and eDiscovery Search capabilities.   We run a fair amount of searches for ESI (electronically stored information) in Microsoft 365 eDiscovery and can attest it has helpful search features, but, despite Microsoft building out the eDiscovery Compliance Center and continuously improving functionality, Microsoft 365 eDiscovery search features have certain limitations that…
Magistrate Judge Tony Leung from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota offers a few pointers to lawyers preparing for virtual court hearings via zoom or other video conference apps in the latest Technically Legal Podcast.   Tip number one is to realize that despite the fact you are not physically in the courtroom, you are still in a court hearing and the judge should have your undivided attention. He also…