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Reflections on the LegalTech Panel

Judicial, Industry, Legal, Media Perspectives on Where Legal Technology is Taking Litigation and How It Affects You

Howard Reissner

This year at the LegalTech New York conference Planet Data hosted a panel with the Hon. Michael Baylson, U.S. District Judge and an eDiscovery analyst, an attorney and a journalist.

The session filled up early and eager attendees lined the walls to hear about the most hotly debated current issues in e-discovery. The hypothetical scenario allowed the panel and Judge Baylson to explore “attorney –client privilege” and “attorney work product protection”, cost shifting, TAR protocols, vendor selection, and the extent of the role of the judiciary in the discovery aspects of a case.

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Technology Assisted Review is NOT New … Just Improved

by Kevin Leser, VP, Project Management, Planet Data

Though the terminology is perceived as new – "Technology Assisted Review" or TAR – there's really little or nothing new about it. Anyone who has been using such search tools as Concordance and Summation since the 1990's can attest that it's just new verbiage wrapped around recent legal work-flow enhancements. Lawyers have been applying keyword searching to screen discovery files since the 1970's when three companies, Aspen Systems, Informatics and Control Data (later rebranded as Quorum), were the first to point search engines at huge volumes of discovery files in an effort to whittle the mass down to a manageable pile of business records potentially relevant to a litigation.

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