Technology in Practice is an annual litigation technology conferencethat provides educational and practical content for Canadian legal professionals. It is hosted by Commonwealth Legal and supported by our technology partners and fellow industry experts.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Presented by the Canadian Bar Association and Law Made and being described as “Dragon’s Den meets Canadian Idol meets ET Canada”, The Pitch is a competition for Legal Tech startups from around the globe hoping to change the way legal professionals do law. Top finalists earn the chance to compete for career changing prizes and make their pitch for the next big legal innovation to judges, potential investors, and a live audience of legal professionals.
Will you be attending the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) Conference next week? Stop by booth 185 to say hello to the Ricoh team and learn about our Intelligent eDiscovery approach, including Digital Forensics Services, Intelligent Review, Managed Services, Hosted eDiscovery, and more.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Cybersecurity Buzzwords Defined in 60 Seconds or Less, Lawmakers Want You to Be Able to Sue Robots, In Privacy Fight, We're Asking Facebook the Wrong Questions, and more...
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg On Data Privacy Fail: 'We Were Way Too Idealistic', Lawyers Have an Ethical Duty to Safeguard Confidential Information in the Cloud, The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, Explained, and more...
David Greetham, Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations at Ricoh USA, sat down with Chris Dale, Founder of the eDisclosure Information Project, to discuss how Remlox Cloud is changing the way organizations collect their data.
David Greetham, Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations at Ricoh USA, shares his stance on AI in law in a recent Future of Business and Tech article written by Mary Mack, Executive Director, ACEDS.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: How Blockchain Could Have Prevented the Facebook Data Breach, Why 'Suits' Falls Flat on eDiscovery, This A.I. Robot Lawyer Guarantees you the Absolute Cheapest Airfares, and more...
In an age of hacking, data breaches and cyber threats it is always important to revisit how you and your company handle all that sensitive eDiscovery data you may be storing. But between policies, password resets and figuring out the cloud it's hard to keep up, so we've put together a list of five security measures you shouldn't ignore and how they play a huge part in our industry.
Read on and save this list to impress your IT team at the next meeting - you eDiscovery security guru, you.
In honour of International Women's Day, we tapped a few of the female leaders in our organization for their advice to women who are trying to make a difference and help progress the legal technology industry.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
Sean Lynch, Manager of Legal Solutions at Commonwealth Legal, will be part of a live panel discussion around Artificial Intelligence, presented by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto as part of PDAC 2018.
Relativity has just released Active Learning (“AL”) – their next generation technology assisted review application that simplifies the process of categorizing and prioritizing documents for review. We have had the privilege of piloting the system in Canada and through our initial testing, we believe Relativity's Active Learning is going to transform document review.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: eDiscovery in the Year 2048: Toronto Lawyer Serves Claim with Instagram, Sports Synchronized Drones and eDiscovery, Blockchain, Crytocurrency and your Law Practice,and more...
David Levine, Vice President of Information Security and CISO at Ricoh USA, shares tips for keeping cyber breaches at bay while maintaining a competitive advantage by investing in cybersecurity, in his featured article in ILTA's Winter issue of Peer-to-Peer Magazine.
I had the opportunity to speak on the CCCA webinar panel, "Managing the Cost, Risk, and Disruption of eDiscovery in Complex Litigation”, with fellow panelists Andrew Parley, partner at Lenczner Slaght, and Mel Hogg, Associate General Counsel at Ontario Power Generation. Our discussion centered around planning and managing complex eDiscovery projects, including document preservation, collection, and review.
As the "eDiscovery provider" on the panel, my key takeaways from the discussion are these:
An innovative and user-friendly line-up of solutions demonstrates Ricoh’s commitment to empowering the digital workforce for the legal community.
Ricoh USA, Inc. is excited to showcase their latest lineup of user-friendly and innovative Intelligent eDiscovery solutions at Legaltech New York 2018, including Remlox™ Cloud, RICOH eDiscovery On Demand, OpenAxes and Managed Review Services.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Peering Behind the Corporate Veil: What Might 2018 Bring?, 5 Tactics to Improve Your Security This Year, Computer Says No: New Jersey is Using an Algorithm to Make Bail Recommendations,and more...
Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Commonwealth Legal, a Division of Ricoh Canada, discusses the evolving legal technology landscape and shares her thoughts on how human-driven technology is the future of eDiscovery in the latest High Performance Counsel "Baker's Dozen" Interview.
Cloud-based data collection technology helps organizations target and collect only their most relevant data, with the potential to review it the very same day.
MALVERN, Pa., January 24, 2018 – Ricoh USA, Inc.is proud to announce the launch of Remlox™ Cloud as part of their industry-leading Digital Forensics Services offering. Building on the success of Ricoh’s patented Remlox™ Remote ESI Collection tool,Remlox™ Cloud adds a new level of simplicity to data collection.
Being able to quickly and easily collect data at a low cost is hugely important, but not always easy to achieve. Ricoh eDiscovery is releasing a new tool offering targeted, cloud-based data collections, significantly reducing the amount of time and money necessary. Our solution will allow users to deploy a data collection that is processed in our Microsoft Azure environment, and go from collection to review in a matter of hours.
Join the webinar to learn more about how Ricoh is making data collection a simple, efficient, and cost-effective process.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: 12 Peer Predictions: 2018 State of the e-Discovery Union, Everything You Need to Know About the Security of Voice-Activated Smart Speakers, New lawyer-finding app takes a cue from Tinderand more...
Leading legal industry publication, High Performance Counsel and legal education provider,ACEDs asked 18 of the best minds and thought-leaders in our industry to share their predictions for modern law in 2018 for the #Bakers18 list.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 we find ourselves reminiscing on yet another memorable year. From Artificial Intelligence to Big Data, our 10th Technology in Practice conference and On Demand eDiscovery, It's been an exciting one for the legal technology industry and we're thrilled to have been a part of it.
Before we pop the champagne and ring in the New Year, we're taking a look back at 10 of our most popular posts and articles on the blog from this past year while looking forward to sharing more exciting content with you in 2018.
Eric Mandel, Vice President, Information Governance & Cyber Security Strategy at Ricoh USA, recently sat down with Chris Dale, Founder of the eDisclosure Information Project, to discuss his role and how Ricoh is shaping the future of eDiscovery and Information Governance.
Jamie Chan, Project Manager and Support Specialist at Commonwealth Legal, is an advocate for professional development and mentorship programs. She shares her advice on how organizations and individuals can get involved to help mitigate the talent drain on our industry.
Chris Dale, founder of the e-Disclosure Information Project, joined us at Technology in Practice 2017 as a speaker and panelist on three prominent sessions. He shares his personal highlights from the conference.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Maybe Robots Will Hire More Lawyers Instead of Taking Our Jobs, Bionic Lawyers: AI, Tech & Automating Your Legal Practice, How to Truly Support Women in Private Practiceand more...
Connected devices, or the Internet of Things (IoT) has an increasing impact on the legal industry from an evidential viewpoint. Join Ricoh and ACEDs during this informative webinar where speaker David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Sales & Operations at Ricoh USA, explores this influence and discuss application of the upcoming Federal Rules of Evidence and how the updated rules can assist with the introducing IoT devices as evidence.
Kaylee Walstad, ACEDs and Ian Campbell, iCONECT (pictured in front) take a group selfie at the ACEDs sponsored Thought-Leaders Social during Technology in Practice 2017.
Mary Mack, Executive Director and Kaylee Walstad, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at ACEDs share their experiences and take-aways from Technology in Practice 2017 as sponsors, speakers and attendees of the conference.
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Deciphering the Millennial Lawyer, Cyber Security: What Attorneys Can Do To Protect Their Jobs and Their Companies, Is Canada Ready for the Radical Change Artificial Intelligence Will Unleashand more...
Eric Mandel, Domain Strategist, Governance, Risk & Compliance at Ricoh USA, discusses his career path from lawyer to eDiscovery expert and the future of legal technology for the latest High Performance Counsel "Baker's Dozen" Interview.
Technology in Practice 2017 launches in Toronto at the Shangri-La Hotel tonight, and after months of planning and coordination we are very excited to be hosting a sold out event! As we look ahead to what promises to be an incredible two days of education and CoNEXTion, we wanted to take a moment to recognize our incredible sponsors.
These organizations have invested their own time and resources to help make the conference a success. We are honoured to stand beside each one of them over the next two days and generate ideas that inspire, expand perspectives and drive our industry forward.
Thank you to our Technology in Practice 2017 Sponsors.
Co-authored by Thomas Connor, Technical Specialist, and Karyn Harty, Partner, of McCann FitzGerald, Technology in Practice 2017 Thursday Morning Keynote Speakers.
Instead of fighting the change that is prevalent in the legal industry, McCann FitzGerald embraced it by turning disruptive, cutting-edge technology to their advantage, and using it to support their expert legal advice to the ultimate benefit of their clients.
"The onus is on us to ask ourselves: how can we leverage these new and emerging technologies to create innovative and sustainable revenue streams?”
We are proud to announce that Veritas will be joining us at Technology in Practice 2017 as our exclusive Lunch Sponsor.
The GDPR deadline is right around the corner. And the truth is, compliance isn’t an option—it’s mandatory. Veritas combines market-leading technologies and the expertise of our Professional Services advisors to lead you toward GDPR compliance.
Don't miss the opportunity to hear from the experts at Veritas during the following session:
Our favourite links from around the web to kick off your weekend.
This week's roundup includes: Blockchain Will Disrupt the World of In-House Counsel,If the Only Constant is Change … Lawyers Should Embrace It, From Bots and AI to Counterfeit Reality and Fake News, Gartner’s Top Predictions for 2018and more...
Join us on Twitter for a Live Event With Chris Dale Wednesday, October 18 from 1 - 2pm EST @RicohLegal and @CL_Legal
Chris Dale, founder of the eDisclosure Information Project, will be taking over the Ricoh Legal Twitter account to talk about the eDiscovery and Technology conference of the year, Technology in Practice 2017. He'll be taking questions and giving some insider information on our speakers, sessions and more.
Join Ricoh and ACEDs during this informative webinar where speaker Eric Mandel, Director of Solutions Architecture at Ricoh USA, will be discussing the intersection of the IoT, wearables and big data and its impact on data privacy and protection and discovery.
Jessica Lockett, Director of Legal Solutions at Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, shares her professional journey and expert insight into the future of our industry for High Performance Counsel's "Baker's Dozen" Interview.
We are very excited to announce our Opening Keynote Presentation that will uniquely demonstrate how connected we truly are, and leave you feeling inspired about the future.
Karyn Harty and Thomas Connor of the Irish Law Firm, McCann FitzGerald, will kick off Technology in Practice 2017 on Thursday, November 9 as they share their firsthand experience taking their law firm into the future using advanced technology and artificial intelligence.
In eDiscovery, lawyers often think they’re experts at crafting keyword search terms to reduce the volume of documents for manual review. Unfortunately, lawyers, and human beings in general, are not good at stringing together Boolean search terms that result in finding all relevant, or potentially relevant, documents.
The problem with developing highly-accurate keyword search terms is often caused by one of two things:
The human tendency toward confirmation bias – “the tendency to search for, interpret, and recall information in a way that confirms one's pre-existing beliefs or hypotheses”. – The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making, p. 233
Humans don’t know what they don’t know, or what I like to call, the “unknown unknowns”.
The result? Keyword search strings inherently miss the "unknown unknowns", and are therefore not complete.
If you've been putting off registration, now is the time to act. It's your last chance to lock in our Early Bird Rates and Hotel Packages before they're gone. After today, Full Conference passes increase by $300 and Conference & Hotel packages will no longer be available. Avoid disappointment, register now!
There has been a lot of buzz about the Ernst & Young Inc. v. Essar Global Fund Ltd et al, 2017 ONSC 4017 (CanLII) Ontario Superior Court decision regarding the recovery of eDiscovery document review costs within the context of a bankruptcy proceeding under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). While on the surface it may look like the Court attempted to liken apples to oranges by comparing the dissimilar outsourced review costs borne by each of the Applicant (“Algoma”) and the Defendant (the “Essar Defendants”), this is not the case.
It's back to school this week. With such a strong response to our Technology in Practice Early Bird and Hotel Packages, we've decided to offer our own "Back to (eDiscovery) School Special", by extending our Early Bird deadline. But, we mean it this time... This is your last chance! After September 15th, these rates will no longer be available.
Register now and join some of the industry’s greatest thought-leaders at the North American conference that empowers legal professionals with established best practices for managing eDiscovery and first-hand insight into the latest in litigation technology.
Only a few hours left to book our lowest rates of the year.
Lock in our Early Bird Rates and Hotel Packages before they're gone. Technology in Practice conference rates increase after August 31st.This is yourlast chanceto get our best rates of the year.
Register now and join the industry’s greatest thought-leaders at the North American conference that empowers professionals with established best practices for managing eDiscovery and first-hand insight into the latest in litigation technology. This is an event you do not want to miss.
TORONTO, ON, CANADA – AUGUST 25, 2017 – COMMONWEALTH LEGAL, a division of Ricoh Canada and the Canadian leader in eDiscovery solutions, announced today that it has once again achieved its ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management recertification. As trailblazers in the Canadian eDiscovery Market, Commonwealth Legal is the only ISO quality-certified eDiscovery service provider in Canada, and has been since 2008.
Early Bird Rates and Hotel Packages End August 31, 2017.
Technology in Practice has nine years of proven sell-out attendance. Avoid disappointment, register today and join the industry’s greatest thought-leaders at the North American conference that empowers professionals with established best practices for managing eDiscovery and first-hand insight into the latest in litigation technology.
We are pleased to announce Mike Walsh, Futurist and Business Strategist, as a Technology in Practice 2017 Keynote Speaker.
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s bestselling books include ‘Futuretainment’ and ‘The Dictionary of Dangerous Ideas’. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his weekly podcast, ‘Between Worlds’. A true nomad, Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide, researching trends, collecting innovation case studies and presenting on the future of business.
Ricoh USA's David Greetham, Vice President of eDiscovery Sales and Operations and David Levine, Vice President of Information Security and CISO, featured in Law Journal Newsletters.
Written by: David Greetham, Ricoh USA and David Levine, Ricoh USA for Law Journal Newsletters
"Encryption can play a vital role in securing data, but it needs to be considered within the context of a firm’s overall IT security strategy. Whether, when and how to encrypt requires a careful look at what data the firm keeps, and how much protection it needs.
We are pleased to announce that Ricoh has become a proud sponsor of the eDisclosure Information Project (EDIP). Run by English Solicitor Chris Dale, the EDIP collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure/eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere.
Read the article below to learn more about the partnership between Ricoh and the EDIP.
Technology in Practice focuses on how eDiscovery technology can enhance the practice of law. We've always aimed to help legal professionals like you understand how technology can enable a more strategic approach to your case and improve your value proposition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
You are your organization's best asset and in this shifting market continuous professional development is your best investment.
Here is an infographic with 8 reasons why you can't miss Technology in Practice 2017:
We've come a long way since our conference in Montreal in 2007. Back then the legal technology industry was focused on scanning, coding and Summation, and we were just starting to introduce our audience to new technology. These days we find ourselves dealing with Information Governance, Technology-Assisted Review, and The Internet-of-Things. But what has remained the same is our dedication to showcasing current trends and technologies in our industry through relevant educational sessions and expert, "in the trenches" speakers.
On this #ThrowbackThursday, we are taking a look back at how much our industry has grown in the past 10 years, and how some things never change (like the challenges of new technology).
We are thrilled to announce that our preliminary program is now live!
In keeping with this year's "ConNEXTion" theme, the program is designed to bring the best and brightest in our industry together to connect on ideas that will inspire, expand perspectives and actively drive our industry forward.
New sessions and speakers are still being added. Subscribe for updates.
Here is what you can expect at this year's conference:
Inspired by our move to the Shangri-La for Technology in Practice 2017, we are bringing fresh thinking to the conference program, including separate tracks for eDiscovery and Information Governance, Connecting to the Future and In the Trenches. We are also opening sponsorships up this year and are very excited to see some exiting new additions to our Technology Showcase and Workshops.
The program will be going live next week, so be sure to subscribe by email or to our blog for updates.
In the meantime, here is a small taste of some great sessions we have planned this year:
We are happy to share that Ricoh eDiscovery in the US has earned the 2017 Platinum Partner Award from iCONECT. This award recognizes Ricoh’s dedication and commitment to excellence in litigation support hosting and services.
By presenting this award to Ricoh Discovery, iCONECT recognizes that Ricoh continues to provide an outstanding eDiscovery experience for its clients. Partners were evaluated in such areas as contribution to product vision, customer service, engagement with clients to expand eDiscovery knowledge, and joint marketing. iCONECT partners must also meet requirements for product knowledge, administrator certifications, duration as a hosting partner and size of installation to qualify.
Each year we bring together thought-leaders, experts and eDiscovery superstars to speak at Technology in Practice and share their insights and expertise on our industry. Starting off strong, we are excited to announce six speakers you won't to want to miss.
Honorable Andrew J. Peck, United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court
Chris Dale, Independent Legal Services Professional
Mary Mack, Executive Director, ACEDs
Maura Grossman, Research Professor, University of Waterloo
Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Exec. Director, Privacy & Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
Eric P. Mandel, Director, Solutions Architecture, eDiscovery, Ricoh USA
It's the same story. Your favourite industry conference is announced, and worry sets in as you wonder which lucky person from your department will get to attend. Well, worry not because we've set out to ensure that this won’t be the case for Technology in Practice 2017!
Below are three convincing reasons for why your entire team needs to attend this year’s conference:
With increased pressure to do everything faster and more cost effectively, legal professionals are turning to the secure cloud to maximize their eDiscovery process now more than ever.
In this product showcase, discover how RICOH eDiscovery On Demand, with its anywhere, anytime availability, is a user-friendly, secure cloud-based solution that enables full control over the eDiscovery process 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Last week, Lindsay Duprey and I had the pleasure of attending our first CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Institute at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. What we discovered was a close community of international Legal Professionals sharing best practices from their in-house teams, and the operational initiatives that have transformed their organizations resulting in measurable gains in efficiencies for their legal departments.
There is a renaissance before us. The speed of innovation is happening at an unprecedented rate. Technology advancements are impacting the way we work, the way we consume information and how we interact with one another.
The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and other trends are shifting the ground beneath our feet. It is conceivable our industry is on the verge of an Uber-esque moment that could disrupt the way we work and completely change the way we think about information. Only hindsight will be 20/20.
Last week, Commonwealth Legal sponsored Ipro's 16th Innovations Conference and my colleague, Hugo Stoupe, Senior Solutions Consultant, and I had the privilege of attending to present our session "Building Efficiencies with Creative Workflows in Eclipse" to our fellow attendees.
Myths, misconceptions, alternative facts... whatever you want to call them, these days they seem to have a way of working themselves into all facets of our lives, and the eDiscovery industry is no exception. Technology is constantly changing and evolving, and misinformation can lead even the most seasoned legal professional down the wrong path.
Here are six common myths about Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) that we'd like to dispel and uncover the truth once and for all.
The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is a non-scientific quarterly survey designed to provide insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The term ‘business’ represents the economic factors that impact the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services. The purpose of the survey is to provide a subjective baseline for understanding the trajectory of the business of eDiscovery through the eyes of industry professionals.
Last year we advocated for the separate tracking of the Canadian perspective of this quarterly survey and the ensuing results were very insightful to our specific market. We are thrilled that this survey will once again separate Canadian responses from those of our American neighbors and other global markets and results will be broken out for geographic measurement.
Early Bird Rates available through to August 31, 2017.
Technology in Practice returns for its 10th year on November 8-10, 2017 at a new location – the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto. Register now through August 31 to take advantage of our lowest rates of the year.
Throughout the month of March we celebrated #WomensHistoryMonth on Twitter by showcasing women in the legal and technology industries who were trailblazers in their field, often becoming the first female in their respective roles.
Following are some of the Canadian highlights from the month:
The newly coined New York Legal Week 2017 (formerly Legal Tech) came to a close just over a week ago. I have lost count, but I believe this marked my 10th consecutive year in attendance. As always, the week unfolded as a reunion of sorts, a meeting of the minds, and an opportunity to put your finger on the pulse of the eDiscovery market. It was not as busy as I remember from previous years, and the exhibit floor was far less congested, but there was a general feeling of stability and maturity for the industry.
“Technology by itself will not bring innovation to a firm. What will is a better understanding of business issues and the points where technology and business come together, and how that can be better understood and developed".
In today's world we are constantly surrounded by the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and of course "All Things Social". But is technology alone the driving force for innovation?
The editors of The Relativity Blog recently reached out vetern eDiscovery professionals to get their tips on how to engage your eDiscovery teams in order to get everyone on board with using analytics tools.
Among the interviewed experts were our own Yvette Bula, Senior Director, Discovery Solutions, and Jessica Lockett, Director, Legal Solutions, who had this to say about seeking inspiration from effective workflows in order to encourage their teams:
Implementing change is one of the biggest challenges in managing a law firm or any organization. In order to drive change and for true impact and success of any new initiative, especially around technology, it is imperative to assess and calculate the ROI.
Ricoh significantly broadens capabilities for the eDiscovery On Demand solution, and invites attendees to see it in action at Legaltech New York 2017
Ricoh USA, Inc. today unveiled updates to its user-friendly, secured cloud-based eDiscovery solution,
RICOH eDiscovery On Demand, on display at
Legaltech 2017. The new analysis and review functions empower users to interact with and filter Electronically Stored Information (ESI) before they review or go into production, helping ensure maximum efficiency while using an intuitive workflow to provide a greater depth of more intelligent analytical information.
The perspective of this article is a great reminder to set goals in order to grow and thrive in today’s “VUCA” world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). Rapid technology advancement and information overload coupled with seemingly limitless opportunity can make it difficult to stay focused and achieve; particularly in the absence of clear goals.
Besides the growing menace of data creep, what are your fellow eDiscovery practitioners anticipating in the coming year, and how will they prepare? Dean Gonsowski, kCura’s vice president of business development, and David Horrigan, eDiscovery counsel and legal content director, will share their own and other industry experts’ projections for the year ahead.
Yvette Bula, Senior Director, Discovery Solutions, Commonwealth Legal and David Greetham, VP of eDiscovery Sales and Operations, Ricoh eDiscovery US, are among the experts who contribute their predictions on the 2017 state of the eDiscovery union.
YouTube is an amazing place where you can quickly discover a new way to search, upload data, review social media or watch the best cat videos on the web. But with so much new content popping up almost daily, it's also easy to get lost inside its dark depths. Before you fall down the "YouTube rabbit hole", we've compiled our list of the five best videos you should watch to up your eDiscovery game.
Before we pop the champagne and ring in the New Year, we wanted to take a look back at some of the best posts and articles on the blog from this past year. From milestones to politics and all the industry news in between, it was an exciting year for ediscovery and the legal technology industry and we are glad to have been a part of it all.
Without further ado, we bring you our 10 best posts of 2016.
In an effort to support a legal profession with systemic challenges accessing technology, and barriers for accessing legal services, the American Bar Association (ABA) established a Commission on the Future of Legal Services. The Commission presented an Annual Report on August 6, 2016 with key recommendations. In its publication, the ABA wrote that, regarding the legal profession, the proliferation of technology, such as mobile apps and artificial intelligence that now does the work of multiple lawyers, continues to change how legal services can be accessed and delivered.
“We must open our minds to innovative approaches and to leveraging technology in order to identify new models to deliver legal services. Those who seek legal assistance expect us to deliver legal services differently. It is our duty to serve the public, and it is our duty to deliver justice, not just to some, but to all.”
- William C. Hubbard, American Bar Association President 2014-15
The legal profession as a whole stands to gain from predictive analytics. For legal professionals, predictive analytics is a strategic tool to anticipate risks, provision expenses related to litigation and assist in decision-making by providing helpful insight that will guide one into the right direction. It can also uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, and other useful business information...
Yesterday, I sat on a panel to discuss the recent eDiscovery Business Confidence survey results, which for the first time separated Canadian responses from those in the US. Canadians made up 20% of the respondents with 50% being law firms, and the other being made up largely of Government agencies and eDiscovery serrvice providers.
The survey results highlighted a few interesting subtleties in the Canadian eDiscovery marketplace:
Special Guest Post from Jeff Braislin, Manager, Product Marketing for FTI Consulting.
Recently, Ringtail 8.6 was released to great acclaim. Ringtail 8.6 takes the next step in advancing Ringtail’s award winning functionality to incorporate user feedback and ensure Ringtail users have access to the most complete eDiscovery platform on the market. Under the banner of efficiency and usability, Ringtail 8.6 delivers key functionality enhancements allowing users to work smarter, not harder with Ringtail.
Of the many enhancements included in Ringtail 8.6, below are in my opinion, the top 3 enhancements that I believe users will find the most pleasing.
Back in October, we proudly announced our involvement as an Organizational Advocate of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, with the even more exciting news that the Fall 2016 Survey would now have separate Canadian responses from those of our American neighbours.
The Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence quarterly survey was completed on December 1, 2016 and results are now available online on the ComplexDiscovery blog.
Roberta Hague, Senior Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs at OMERS, discusses lessons from a life in progress in her featured Women of Influence article as part of the discussion on the advancement of women, focusing on "having it all", in partnership with Ricoh.
“Procuring and teaching the right people to work together to get things done enables great things to happen”
By Roberta Hague
Can we “have it all” in terms work and family? The answer to that question has changed throughout life as I’ve reconsidered what “all” means for me. Generally, it has been about living passionately, having fun, aspiring to more, and feeling satisfied at the end of each day that it was another good day.
It is a good reminder of how important it is for all organizations to recognize that clients are looking for tangible solutions to their problems and are less engaged by product features or professional credentials. With increased options available in the market, the need to truly connect with and understand your client's needs is the strongest differentiator.
While we will not be celebrating Thanksgiving here in Canada (we had ours back in October), we recognize that this is a special time to reflect on our many blessing and how much we have to be thankful for. We will be thinking of our many friends, family members and business colleagues in the US who are celebrating tomorrow and through to the weekend.
It's been two weeks since Technology in Practice 2016 came to a close, and from the feedback we received directly and through the almost 800 surveys completed, this year's program provided conference attendees with content that was informative, educational and thought-provoking. Thank you to all those who attended and helped us celebrate the "Champions of eDiscovery" that have shaped this industry and laid a path beneath our feet.
We asked our attendees to share their thoughts on the conference and we are happy to report that 95% of survey respondants rated this year's conference as Excellent or Very Good and nearly all of the respondents plan to attend Technology in Practice 2017, and would recommend it to a colleague.
Read on for the top 5 things attendees loved most about Technology in Practice 2016.
In this latest article from LegalTech News, Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Commonwealth Legal and Sean Lynch, Manager, Legal Solutions, give us their insights on a few key differences:
A smaller, more tight knit eDiscovery community in Canada brings about close working relationships and the adoption of best practices;
The preponderance of women in litigation support roles in Canada further fosters cooperation;
Canadian clients are using analytics more and more during Early Case Assessment and prior to review (such as through the use of our Intelligent Review solutions) in order to adhere to the principle of proportionality as mandated by the Sedona Canada Principles. In fact, a full 82% of Commonwealth’s clients apply some sort of conceptual analytics to their file; and
Canadian corporations are more likely to be the drivers behind and increase in eDiscovery technologies usage.
Mary Ann Turcke, President of Bell Media, interviewed by Women of Influence as part of the next installment in the discussion on the advancement of women, focusing on "having it all", in partnership with Ricoh.
“In the workplace, we need to be asking, ‘How do we get better at helping everyone spend time the way they need to when their loved ones are in need?’ It ought not to be a women’s issue.”
By Shelley White
When it comes to women’s work-life balance, Mary Ann Turcke wants to change the conversation.
It shouldn’t be about “women having it all,” it should be about “families having it all,” says Mary Ann, president of Bell Media and one of Canada’s most influential leaders.
During the course of the 500-day-long U.S. Presidential Election campaign, there has been a great amount of discussion and concern surrounding the review of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Most recently, James Comey, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent a letter to Congress indicating that the FBI had “reviewed” all 650,000 documents contained on a newly-discovered laptop owned by Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton.
After almost a year of preparation and planning, starting tonight and through the next two days, Commonwealth Legal will be hosting Technology in Practice 2016 in Toronto at the Four Seasons Hotel. And, we are proud to announce that for the first time in the nine years that we have been planning these conference, we are COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!
For those of you who are lucky enough to be joining us, we can't wait to see you. For those of you who couldn't make it this year, don't feel left out. Follow along on Twitter using #TIPTO16.
We are very excited to announce iCONECT as our Technology in Practice 2016 conference app sponsor.
iCONECT Development, LLC is an industry leader in developing innovative legal review software and services that empower legal teams to complete complex review projects more cost effectively. As early innovators of eDiscovery review software since 1999, and with the release of the revolutionary web-based, iCONECT-XERA® eDiscovery Review Platform, iCONECT continues to raise the bar for advancements in developing intelligent, easy-to-use tools that help hosting providers, law firms, corporations and government agencies worldwide optimize workflows and manage big data more efficiently.
As we head into the last weekend before Technology in Practice 2016 launches in Toronto, and a bit of calm before what promises to be a very busy but exciting week ahead, we wanted to take a moment to recognize our incredible sponsors.
These organizations have invested their own time and resources to help us make this conference what it is today. But beyond that, they have helped make our industry what it is today. They are by definition, "Champions of eDiscovery", having had the courage to lead the industry by opening doors for others and pioneering new ways of working.
Thank you to all of our Technology in Practice 2016 Sponsors.
Commonwealth Legal has proudly become an Organizational Advocate of the eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey. This is a non-scientific, quarterly survey designed to provide insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The term ‘business’ represents the economic factors that impact the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services.
New for Fall 2016, we are pleased to announce that the survey will now separate Canadian responses from those of our American neighbours.
With only two weeks to go until Technology in Practice 2016, we have put the finishing touches on a comprehensive conference program that is sure to impress. This year, the program has been designed to take key topics addressed in 2015 to a deeper level, while also considering the following shifts in the industry:
“Procuring and teaching the right people to work together to get things done enables great things to happen.”
By Liz Bruckner
When Donna Venable speaks about helping others, it’s clear it’s an important part of who she is. “I believe that giving back is a responsibility we all have. My parents instilled this perspective in me as a child, and my husband and I worked to do the same with our children.”
It’s no surprise then that Donna has achieved huge success in the field of human resource management. Serving as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Ricoh in the Americas since 2008, she oversees approximately 31,000+ employees across Canada, the U.S. and South America, has amassed almost 25 years of management experience in her industry, and has set many impressive standards as a champion of women’s business initiatives and inclusion throughout her career.
As we draw closer to the kick off of Technology in Practice 2016, i's are being dotted and t's are being crossed, which in our world means finishing touches are being added to the program and even a few speakers are being added to our speaker roster.
We are honoured to announce Dr. Ann Cavoukian will be joining us at Technology in Practice 2016.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts.
Thanks to FTI Consulting, we'll be eating very well at Technology in Practice 2016!
The Four Seasons Hotel puts out an incredible spread every year, and this year will be no exception. Thanks to FTI Consulting, who will once again be our Conference Meals Sponsor, guests will be well-nourished during all breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks.
We are very proud to announce that we have once again been chosen in the Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards as a Canadian favourite in the three categories of Cloud-Based Practice Management, Litigation Support & ediscovery Consultants and eDiscovery Software/Solutions.
A revolutionary document review offering that seamlessly aligns human expertise with technology efficiency.
TORONTO, ON, CANADA – October 6, 2016 – Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada and the Canadian leader in ediscovery solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new service offering: Intelligent Review.
We are excited to announce that Mary Mack, an ediscovery pioneer and the Executive Director of ACEDS, the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, will be participating at Technology in Practice 2016.
A tidal wave of information growth is adding complexity, cost and risk for most organizations. Multiple analyst firms indicate that data is growing by more than 40% annually—and will likely continue doing so for the foreseeable future. In fact, one estimate indicates that 90% of the world’s data has been generated in just the past two years. Now, many analysts are wondering about the implications of this, including Ase Dragland of Sintef. “Internet-based companies are awash with data that can be grouped and utilized,” he noted. “Is this a good thing?”1
Understanding what data is relevant (or not) is key to protecting your organization’s informational assets, while mitigating risk and managing cost. The integrated Information Governance portfolio from Veritas provides insight across unstructured data sources to enable informed legal decisions about what should be stored, shared or disposed.
As Technology in Practice 2016 quickly approaches with only 5-weeks to go, the team is hard at work putting finishing touches on the program and confirming some of the best speakers in the industry. With that in mind, we are please to announce our 2016 Keynote Speakers:
Analytics use in ediscovery is most successful when the team of experts behind the technology work in similar ways. In his article, kCura's Constantine Pappas explores the healthy habits that every successful analytics team has.
The following article has been published with permission from kCura's Relativity Blog.
Our industry exists in an era of fast-paced innovation, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who could successfully argue that new technology, in itself, by itself, is enough. Each product or feature needs to be supported with instructional content that makes the technology accessible and perhaps even attractive to its intended users. Even so, there is only so much a technology creator can do to ensure a positive outcome once the product ships and arrives in the customer’s hands.
We’ve learned that being successful, truly successful, with text analytics requires specific patterns in case teams’ processes. What’s more, customers who take ownership of their analytics success appear to travel very similar paths, and we’d like to spend a bit of time today exploring a few of these trends in the form of three useful tips.
In collaboration with our Technology in Practice 2016 sponsors, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of live webinars. These webinars will allow you to hear from the thought leaders behind each of these leading technologies, while getting a sneak peek into some of the exciting content that will be presented at this year's conference.
“The measure of success is more valid when it originates from within you, rather than when it is determined by external factors beyond your control.”
By Karen Brookman
As a female executive I think a lot about the future, the goals I want to achieve in business, in my personal life and the contribution I want to make in the world. I have often been faced with internal conflict when feeling forced to choose one priority at the expense of another.
Earlier in my career I attended a business dinner where the guest speaker, a powerful woman who was running a successful multi-national company, addressed the women in the audience by saying, “If you think you can have it all, you can’t. If you think you can run a successful business, be involved in your community, raise children, and have a happy marriage, you can’t. My advice is, pick two.”
These words represented her life’s lesson and they hit me hard. I found myself feeling a combination of shock, anger, and discouragement all at the same time. I didn’t want to believe her message. The words, “pick two” have stayed with me and fueled my desire to find a way to prove that women can have it all.
Mississauga, ON, September 9, 2016 – Ricoh Canada Inc. is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Women of Influence, an organization dedicated to the advancement of professional women through education, mentorship, networking and unique corporate events. Ricoh has joined as an official Patron Sponsor.
"Ricoh’s support of Women of Influence demonstrates our commitment to diversity and women’s advancement."
Ipro is deeply committed to developing pragmatic litigation and eDiscovery technology solutions that work for the Canadian market. Whether you’re looking to replace your legacy application or enhance your current workflow and toolkit, Ipro’s new and advanced features are a must see!
But what is it and why should legal professionals care?
With the explosive growth in volume, velocity, and diversity of data produced by mobile devices and cloud applications, the Canadian legal world has begun to grasp the benefits of using and leveraging big data with the aim of being flexible and effective in their profession.
The percentage of IT decision-makers at mid-sized to large organizations surveyed who said they expect the amount of data they store to double in the next two to three years. That same survey found that more than 75 percent are implementing Big Data-related solutions within the next 12 months.
- Global Enterprise Big Data Trends: 2013 from Microsoft
The CCLA is Ottawa and Eastern Ontario’s leading association for the professional legal community. The CCLA was formed in Ottawa in 1888 by a group of 60 lawyers, and is now the second largest law association in Ontario.
Their mission is to advance the interests of its members and to promote the administration of justice by providing an accessible, quality law library to its members as well as providing quality and affordable continuing legal education programs to Ottawa and Eastern Ontario lawyers. Its aim is also to advance the interests of its members in the practice of law as well as promote liaison among its members, the Judiciary and the government of the day.
It will be the first time a Canadian high court will consider the “right to be forgotten” on Google. The Supreme Court of Canada granted Google leave to appeal1 the ruling in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., 2015 BCCA 265 (see full case here), that required Google, as a third party, to block search results operated by the defendant not only on its Canadian search engine, google.ca, but everywhere else, including on google.com. The leave to appeal granted to Google in 2016 will clarify whether judges have the legal power to force Google to scrub sites outside their borders.
Last week, editors of The Relativity Blog reached out to Yvette Bula, Senior Director of Technical Services at Commonwealth Legal, to get her thoughts on how using a combination of analytics tools can narrow down the scope of complex cases—even when it comes to technology-assisted review.
The three tools discussed in this informative article include:
Only four months remain until Technology in Practice 2016 kicks off in November, and our team is working hard putting together a program with fresh ideas and innovative content that will enrich our attendees' experience and knowledge.
In keeping with this year's "Champions of eDiscovery" theme, we are developing sessions that showcase the creativity, courage and conviction that it takes to become a legal professional "Champion" and are securing speakers who themselves are pioneers in their field. We are excited to share the preliminary 2016 Program with you.
In a recent decision, the UK High Court in Pyrrho Investments1 (see full case here) endorsed for the first time the use of predictive coding. The Court laid out factors it considered in approving the use of predictive coding technology in the disclosure process:
The value of the claims made;
If the parties agreed on the use of software and how to use it;
There is no evidence to show that the use of predictive coding software leads to less accurate disclosure being given than, say, manual review alone or keyword searches and manual review combined, and indeed there is some evidence to the contrary;
Greater consistency in using the computer to apply the approach of a senior lawyer towards the initial sample (as refined) to the whole document set, than in using dozens, perhaps hundreds, of lower-grade fee-earners, each seeking independently to apply the relevant criteria in relation to individual document
Because of the novelty of predictive coding technology in Canada, Canadian courts will be called upon to shed some light on the parties’ obligations relating to electronic disclosure.
kCura reached out to two members of the Relativity Community, including Yvette Bula, Senior Director of Technical Services at Commonwealth Legal, for some tips on how to narrow the communication gap between technologists and clients.
With less than six months to go and new registrations coming in every day, our team is getting excited about the 2016 Technology in Practice Conference! We love inventing new and fresh ideas that will enrich our attendees' experience and knowledge. This year in particular, we want to push harder and reach further to create a truly unique educational event.
In keeping with our tradition of having a new conference theme each year, we are excited to announce that the 2016 theme is “Champions of eDiscovery”.
We have had such a strong response to our Earliest Bird Rates this year, that we decided to extend the deadline. But, this is your last chance! Register now to save up to $600. Offer ends June 6, 2016.
Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, has once again been chosen by Canadian Lawyer to be included in their Annual Readers’ Choice Survey. And now, we need your help!
Finalists in each category will be determined by the popular vote, so please take a moment to cast your vote for us as your preferred Litigation Support & E-Discovery Consultant, and then forward the survey across your network.
Can you ever really know how good technology-assisted review (TAR) is, or gauge the effectiveness of its underlying “concept search” technology? Litigation technology manager and keyword-search guru Mike Hagen decided to find out. He set up an experiment using a data set that would make TAR’s accuracy easy to judge and the results simpler to explain: classic children’s literature. What he found might surprise you.
Commonwealth Legal’s Yvette Bula, Senor Director, Technical Services, and kCura’s Stan Pierson will also share best practices for applying analytics to your project, preparing your team, and maximizing results.
If you missed Craig Ball at Technology in Practice 2015, or meant to see him at the 2016 ACEDS Ediscovery Conference last April, don't miss his encore performance of "The Crystal "Ball": A Look in to the Future of Ediscovery".
With many firms looking to replace their legacy review technology solutions, Peter Sanford, Client Services Manager at Commonwealth Legal, was asked by the BC Paralegal Association to provide insight into the key factors driving the decision-making process in the BC market.
Firms are looking for litigation technology solutions that help them effectively manage their regular caseload, while maintaining flexibility and scalability should case needs arise. Firms are also actively exploring opportunities to incorporate more thorough project planning into the discovery process, including the adoption of Early Case Assessment and the use of structured and conceptual analytics to prioritize documents for review.
"One of the key drivers of adopting next generation technology is the need to differentiate against other firms, and eventually, to keep up with clients. Compounding the pressure on law firms to fully embrace technology is the steady increase in the number of corporate clients attempting to address the data volume challenge head-on."
Last month, kCura published this great article that addresses the questions lawyers still get about the value of applying the latest ediscovery technology on their cases. Interestingly, these questions not only come from their clients, but from other colleagues.
Q1: What's so wrong with the way we've always done it?
Q2: Isn't keyword searching all we need?
Q3: How can the benefits of something like technology-assisted review outweigh the risks that the computer might miss something?
"Many in the legal sector are at a crossroads when it comes to next-generation technology — but pioneering law firms see this as an opportunity to drive competitive advantage by delivering efficiency and value to their clients early on in the discovery process, Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson tells AdvocateDaily.com
As Johnson explains, one of the key drivers behind the adoption of new technology in law firms is the need to differentiate against competitors, and eventually, to keep up with clients."
Exploring the three main areas of ethical obligation, cost, competence, and security, and how they apply to cloud computing.
Written by: Babs Deacon, LegalTech News
Cloud has emerged as a powerful way for attorneys and clients to reduce IT overhead while maintaining easy access to data and processes. Consumers, especially attorneys having special, ethical obligations, need to understand the impact of cloud on e-discovery management. An attorney who refuses to consider cloud offerings because of a lack of understanding about the technology is shirking the responsibility to participate competently in the discovery process.
“An attorney cannot ignore cloud options because of lack of knowledge or discomfort; there is an ethical responsibility to understand this area of the law to best serve clients. In fact, it’s one that the industry takes seriously.
Whether you have the Pinto of the review software world, or a fully loaded Ferrari, you need to make important decisions about how you’re going to conduct document review. It’s often said that the Review stage is upwards of 80% of the total cost of Litigation. Without a plan in place, that number can get out of hand very quickly. And as that number rises, so does the chance your clients will have serious questions about your billing practices.
"For law firms, technology can be a powerful tool for process improvement — including the use of document management software during the discovery and review process, Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson tells Lawyers Weekly.
As Johnson tells AdvocateDaily, Commonwealth Legal is now a division of Ricoh Canada whose roots are founded in technology innovation. In 1974, Ricoh launched the world’s first high-speed office facsimile machine which brought new efficiency to business communications. The impact of the evolution of technology is relentless and will continue to inform how businesses operate."
As Canadian law firms make the leap to next generation technology, there is a desire to balance the requirements of their average cases with the need for advanced technology that will allow them to position themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This puts more pressure on technology decisions than ever before.
We sat down with Kim Taylor, COO and President of Ipro, to find out what his predictions are for the ediscovery industry, and to gain first-hand insight into how their ever-evolving suite of tools may satisfy and influence our marketplace.
Earliest Bird Rates available through to May 31, 2016.
Now in its ninth year, Technology in Practice returns to the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto from November 2-4, 2016. Registration is now open with the lowest rates of the year. Register before May 31, 2016 and save $600 on our Full Conference Packages.
FULL CONFERENCE WITH HOTEL
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Offer ends May 31, 2016. Prices per person. Tax and hotel incidentals extra. Additional registration options are also available.
Join us in 2016! Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the only conference in Canada that empowers professionals in our industry with established best practices for managing ediscovery and first-hand insight into the latest in litigation technology.
We are proud to present updated branding for Commonwealth Legal. As we continue to advance the integration of Commonwealth Legal and Ricoh Canada, our new logo is designed to complement and align with the Ricoh brand. The result is modern, sophisticated and demonstrates the scale of our combined organizations.
In addition, we are excited to officially announce that our Toronto Head Office has moved! Now located in the heart of Toronto's downtown core, our modern new space is more accessible to you, our valued clients.
Suite 901, 145 Wellington Street West Toronto, ON M5J 1H8
While growing our presence locally, we are continuing to advance our technology offerings across Canada and the United States in order to service clients on a North American scale.
Earlier this month, a US Federal Judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters who carried out the Dec. 2 terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California. Within hours, Apple's Chief Executive, Tim Cook, declared that he would fight the government’s “unprecedented” demands.
How to Reduce Data Sizes and Costs with Predictive Coding and Analytics
If you missed their session at Technology in Practice 2015, you won't want to miss this webinar on Thursday, February 25 at 11:00am PT/ 2:00pm ET, presented by David Robinson and Scott Foster of FTI Technology.
Cross-role collaboration between the lawyers acting as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), the technology experts and the best-of-breed Technology Assisted Review (TAR) tools, is critical – with all three working in alignment to ensure a successful review outcome. As you work through your case, it is also important to adjust your approach to TAR in the face of Concept Drift if you are going to truly advance your understanding of your case and cascade the insight gained across your data universe.
Technology in Practice speaker alumnus and well-known ediscovery lawyer and blogger, Ralph Losey, discusses this topic in detail in his three-part blog series titled, Concept Drift and Consistency: Two Keys To Document Review Quality:
Rather than just an add-on to its main business, 'managed services' should be at the core of an ediscovery firm's offering, as expertise, flexibility and a well-established technology toolkit are key to excelling in this area, says Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson.
In the managed services area — which is a sophisticated combination of evidence management, the cloud, and reactive service needs for litigation, regulatory matters, inquiries or investigations, means that only hands-on experience and a proficient team can set you up for success.
“This is not the kind of business where you can get away with doing a satisfactory job. Infrastructure costs, security risks, an efficient approach to managing the data and enabling your clients to really master the technology is what makes us successful,” says Johnson.
“The reality is that anyone can buy a tool. But we know from experience, and law firms have learned this too as they work to evolve their in-house capabilities, that it takes a village to support these applications and the teams that are using them. There is a lot at stake and highly responsive, first-hand expertise is critical to the successful management of cases in the cloud,” says Johnson.
Do you remember the kid’s game “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” The goal of the game was to track Carmen's villains around the world, arrest them and then ultimately arrest Carmen herself. The player begins the game by first going to the country where the crime took place and then obtaining hints from various sources on where the thief went next, leading to a chase around the world to find the thief before time runs out. (Source: Wikipedia.org)
Understanding where your custodians are (or were) located can be a similar exercise to this 80’s game because in order to understand your case, you need to understand the custodians involved:
Who are the custodians involved in the case?
What are their job title(s)?
Where are they located?
When were they employed?
Who did they each report to?
How often did they each move around the organization (i.e. between departments or offices)?
With the help of your Human Resources department, your goal will be to get all of this information gathered and laid out in a format that will allow you to verify that you have everything you need for "Custodian X".
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as simply gathering the custodian’s email, or network file shares. In a totally Centralized IT Environment, this information may be easily accessed and collected, your job done in a matter of hours. However, in a Decentralized IT Environment, this could take days… and depending on the Custodians employment history, it could turn into weeks.
So, before you start panicking that you’ll have to provide every scrap of data from wherever the custodian was located, let me clarify; the date range of the matter will play a significant role in helping to scale down the data when you actually start Identification and Collection.
We are pleased to announce that the upgrade to Relativity 9.2 has been completed!
This upgrade includes numerous changes to the Relativity platform – all designed to improve the user experience and give greater access to the technology. Some highlights include:
Cross-Browser Support: Access Relativity using the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox or IE
Cross-Platform Support: Access Relativity on either PC or Apple computers
Zero Footprint Viewer*: View data in its native format without downloading additional software
*Please be aware that the default viewer in Relativity 9.2 is the new Zero Footprint Viewer, and that you may initially experience lag times while the document cache is built.
Enhanced PDF Export: Export searchable PDFs
Coding Panel Improvements: Easily see which fields are required
In the following short video, Yvette Bula, Director of Technical Services at Commonwealth Legal, provides some insights and walks you through some of the upgraded features now available with Relativity 9.2.
Remember the game “Battleship”? You would sit across from your brother, sister, or a friend, and blindly try to locate their ships, all with the goal of hearing them say “You sank my Battleship!”
I wonder if the same could be said of the processes involved in Data Identification and Collection?
We start with a Data Map (the Co-ordinate Grid) and Data (the Ships). We then strategically ask questions and wait for a response as to whether or not the data has been located (a “Hit” or a “Miss”). Let’s use Email as an example:
The EDRM drafted a Processing Standards Guide in 2015 as a way to collect the ideas of industry leaders regarding various aspects of eDiscovery processing, and provide readers with some guidance to help them make decisions around the many settings and options to choose when processing electronic data. Many people look to resources like this to find exactly which settings to use when they run their documents through software.
The problem with this approach is that there is not a single best practice that fits all cases.
What the processing guide does do is outline some of the common options available to you and explains what they are and what they do. The result is a tool you can use to help make informed decisions about your settings.
At Relativity Fest 2015, kCura held a “Women in Legal Technology” luncheon, where panelists shared milestones that paved their careers in ediscovery. Not wanting to wait a full year to hear more stories from the brilliant women who make up the ediscovery industry, kCura reached out to a few women at the lunch to gather their advice on working and getting started in ediscovery.
Among these women, Yvette Bula, Director of Technical Services at Commonwealth Legal, had this to say:
How she landed in ediscovery: "I got my start in ediscovery around 16 years ago on a contract with a national law firm working on a massive litigation matter. Commonwealth Legal was also involved in providing support for the litigation matter, and I was offered an opportunity to join the team after that contract ended."
Digital Data and the Need for an Information Governance Strategy
As many are likely aware, Organizational Data is growing exponentially at a rate of 40% or more year over year, and companies are playing catch up when it comes to gaining control over the growth and the implications it has on cost and risk for their business. Organizations have a great need to improve efficiency and a desire to implement process to mitigate risk that can be achieved by implementing a fully formed Information Governance strategy.
This ongoing need to manage and access data is creating cross departmental challenges:
How does your organization solve for your inability to identify company information assets?
How do you navigate your inability to decide on which records should be removed from the organization?
How can you gain control over data that is no longer needed and is costing the company money?
An increasing number of lawyers are seeing the real value in ediscovery and how technology can help firms operate more efficiently, says Commonwealth Legal Vice President Jennifer Johnson.
“There is a major change happening in law firms, and this was made evident at the Technology in Practice conference this year,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.
“In the past, many lawyers only got on board with technology when they had to, but now there is more acknowledgement amongst them of the context in which they are working. The medium has changed — it used to be paper and there has been resistance to changing since electronic evidence came along."
This year’s conference, held Nov. 4 - 6 in Toronto and hosted by Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, attracted over 50 lawyers, more than double the number that attended last year.
“All of the national law firms were present and we had representation from across the industry,” Johnson says. “The firms sent one or more lawyers, often associates, who the partners want to develop expertise around ediscovery."
Johnson believes it’s a sign that the market is maturing and that Technology in Practice is gaining credibility across the legal industry.
Copies of most presentations and session notes from the 2015 conference are now available for download.
Click on the image on the right to download a .zip file containing everything at once -- it's a big file so be patient if you're on a slower connection.
Alternatively, we have also posted individual presentations and session notes on the Technology in Practice website. Simply navigate to the page of your favourite session and download from there.
One thing to note. We have included materials for many of the sessions but not all of them. Some were not released from our speakers, and some of the discussion-based panels, didn't have enough content that it would be worthwhile to provide. And wherever possible we added session notes that we captured throughout the conference.
Technology in Practice 2015 comes to successful close.
To all of our guests, speakers and sponsors, we owe you our greatest gratitude for making Technology in Practice 2015 our biggest success yet.
Many of you have reached out with feedback, commending us for the high-quality speakers, practical content and forward thinking nature of our underlying themes and sessions.
After so many months of preparation, hearing this from you and seeing our vision come to reality makes it all so worth while.
We must also thank all of you for your session feedback. We are currently going through the over 400 survey submissions and will be sharing the results and insights here.
For those of you looking for copies of the presentation, we are gathering them now and will publish them within the week. However, we do want to manage expectations as many of the presentation were panel-based so the content was in the discussion itself. Of course, throughout all sessions, we were also taking notes, so watch this blog as we discuss some of the underlying themes that came out of the conference.
Once again, thank you for joining us at Technology in Practice 2015... we hope to see you again very soon.
It's all available at Technology in Practice 2015. But you have to register today.
Technology in Practice 2015 will kick off at the Welcome Reception this Wednesday, November 4, followed by a well-planned, engaging, CPD-accredited, 2-day conference featuring an incredible speaker roster of Canadian and US industry experts. Registered guests include professionals from law firms, corporations and government agences from across Canada.
This is your last chance to register. Multiple options to fit your availability and budget.
1. Two-Day Conference Pass $1,495.00 per person| Full 2-Day Conference Pass includes all meals, post-conference materials, Welcome Reception (Wed) and Networking Dinner (Thu).
2. One-Day Conference Pass $495.00 per person | Conference access on the day of your choice (Thu or Fri).
3. Half-Day Conference Pass $295 per person | Conference access for the morning or afternoon on the day of your choice (Thu or Fri).
We are very excited to announce that all Technology in Practice 2015 conference details will be available on your mobile device using the Convene Mobile Conference App, sponsored and provided by Thomson Reuters.
For all regsitered guests, watch your email inbox next week for a message from "Thomson Reuters Convene". It will have your login details along with instructions for downlowing to your mobile device.
After such great feedback from Debbie Miller and Tiana Van Dyk, we went back to Toronto for the third and final installment of our "What Makes Technology in Practice Unique" series...
Marlon Hylton | Head of Discovery Management, Cassels Brock
Marlon was a first-time Technology in Practice speaker last year when he joined two panels to discuss the "Evolution of Legal Project Management" and "Legal Services Innovation", and we are so glad that he is joining us once again in 2015.
When he's not speaking at Technology in Practice, Marlon is an associate in the Advocacy Group and Head of Discovery Management at Cassels Brock. In this role, Marlon designs customized and strategic discovery solutions for litigation matters through collaboration with the firm’s litigators and clients.
Marlon is committed to providing advice and direction on every stage of the ediscovery process to ensure legal defensibility, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. He also applies his experience as a member of the Ontario ediscovery Implementation Committee and the Sedona Conference Working Group 7 to implement forward-looking principles and ediscovery best practices..
Q1. What do you find most valuable about attending Technology in Practice?
"The practical focus on real issues of the day. I find that there is usually content that I can take away and apply in my practice immediately. As a speaker, I find the sharing of information that the conference facilitates among speakers to be tremendously valuable."
As a continuation to our "What Makes Technology in Practice Unique" series, after our Q & A with Debbie Miller based in Toronto, we took things out West to get the perspective of Tiana Van Dyk based in Calgary...
Tiana Van Dyk | Manager, Litigation Support & Ediscovery, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
When she's not speaking at Technology in Practice, Tiana works on implementing ediscovery as a business process while proactively managing discovery costs. She works closely with clients to implement information management technologies, while defining standard procedures around the collection, processing, and production of client data. Tiana expertly manages projects to configure technology solutions that are both scalable and cost effective, and she balances services, processes, and technology to meet the needs of every client. She leverages her broad talent and expertise to help clients realize a successful outcome at every stage in their projects.
Tiana is also an active contributor to EDRM, and most recently has started contributing regularly to this Technology in Practice blog.
Q1. What do you find most valuable about attending Technology in Practice?
"Sharing information and insight with a wide variety of peers in the Canadian market that I can directly relate to.
We consider education and community an integral part of the development of our industry, which is how Technology in Practice has been designed. And while our conference team is convinced that Technology in Practice is "the premier litigation technology and ediscovery conference attended by leading legal and IT professionals and experts from across Canada", we might be a little biased.
So, we decided to reach out to a few of our historical guests and industry leaders to get their opinion about what makes Technology in Practice unique...
Deborah Miller | Manager, Litigation Support, Lerners LLP
Debbie Miller is a great supporter of Technology in Practice. Over the past three events we've held between 2010 to 2014, she has attended and/or spoken at all of them, and will once again join us in 2015.
When she's not speaking at Technology in Practice, Debbie oversees and supports all litigation and technological service requirements for the Advocacy department at Lerners, that involve electronically stored information and eDiscovery. She combines her 22 year career as a Commercial Litigation Law Clerk and her exceptional skills as a project manager with her flair for technology to develop recommendations, project plans, budgets, procedures and specifications for case-specific ediscovery projects or matters involving technology.
Q1. What do you find most valuable about attending Technology in Practice?
"Technology in Practice provides a venue of validation for those involved in ediscovery and litigation support in Canada, along with an opportunity for those in the industry to socialize and share lessons learned.
Traditionally, Preservation is seen as the logical next step after Identification. In most cases however, Preservation and Collection are ongoing processes. For example, data for a custodian may be identified, then preserved and collected. During the collection phase, an additional source of data may be located that has yet to be preserved, starting the cycle over again.
It’s important to remember that ediscovery is a fluid process, and that the steps are far from linear. Notice that all sections of the EDRM model are connected along the bottom by double-sided arrows. This can also serve as a reminder to re-evaluate your process throughout and return to any steps that may need review, or to handle additional data sources.
Preservation and Collection are grouped together in the EDRM model, joined by double-sided arrows.
For those of you who attended Technology in Practice 2014, besides the educational, CPD-accredited sessions and fun networking events, you're sure to remember the food.
The Four Seasons Hotel put out an incredible spread last year, and this year will be no exception. Thanks to FTI Technology, who has agreed to be our Conference Meals Sponsor, guests will be well-nourished during all breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks.
Ipro Empowers Partners with Enhanced Partner Program
“As a Platinum Ipro Partner, we are thrilled with Ipro’s continued investment in partner training and certification requirements,” says Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Commonwealth Legal, a Division of Ricoh Canada. “Enhancements to the program ensure competency across the industry and ultimately enables us to provide highly-focused, innovative solutions to our clients based on their specific needs.”
Commonwealth Legal offers Ipro as a direct install at your firm, as a managed services solution or through our exclusive "Do-It-Yourself" model.
For more information, about how Commonwealth Legal can get you set up and working with Ipro at your firm, contact us today. Or, join us at Technology in Practice 2015 for the opportunity to attend an Ipro workshop, test drive their latest features and functionality and hear directly from clients who are already benefiting from using the Ipro Enterprise Suite.
While the legal field has historically been an industry rooted in tradition, the future of law firms is about innovation and adopting technology to best serve clients, says Commonwealth Legal vice-president Jennifer Johnson.
To help lawyers get ahead of the curve in understanding how to use the latest ediscovery and litigation technology in the practice of law, Commonwealth Legal – a division of Ricoh Canada – presents the 8th annual Technology in Practice, a two-day conference to be held in Toronto Nov. 4 - 6.
It's official! The Law Society of Upper Canada has reviewed the Technology in Practice 2015 program and provided their official notice of accreditation. The individual sessions have each been updated to reflect the appropriate Professional and Substantive hours.
Meet your CPD Requirements for the year, while attending this unique and educational conference.
Technology in Practice 2015 is a unique event for legal professionals who are interested in technology and best practices for managing electronic evidence. The two-day conference will feature over 20 CPD-accredited educational sessions focused on technology issues that are impacting the practice of law, information security, and electronic discovery.
TORONTO, ON, CANADA – October 5, 2015 – COMMONWEALTH LEGAL, a division of RICOH Canada, and leading provider of secure, cloud-based legal document management solutions, announced today that they have been chosen in the Canadian Lawyer Readers’ Choice Awards as a Canadian favourite in the two categories of Cloud-Based Practice Management and Litigation Support & Ediscovery Consultants.
“To receive validation like this from the market makes all of us at Commonwealth Legal and Ricoh Canada feel very proud and honoured.”
“We are thrilled to receive this acknowledgement from Canadian Lawyer readers,” says Commonwealth Legal President, Karen Brookman. “We want our customers to know that by working with our team they will receive the expertise and support they need to achieve their business objectives. To receive validation like this from the market makes all of us at Commonwealth Legal and Ricoh Canada feel very proud and honoured.”
Besides our educational, CPD-accredited content and amazing lineup of speakers, Technology in Practice is also known for providing unique and intimate networking opportunities to our guests, speakers and technology partners alike. This is why our Two-Day Conference and Hotel Package is priced at only $100 more than our Conference Only Package. It is our way of giving everyone -- whether you're from out-of-town or a Toronto local -- the opportunity to all stay under one roof and have a truly exceptional conference experience.
TWO-DAY CONFERENCE & HOTEL $1,595 per person* Package must be booked by midnight Friday, October 2 *All meals included. Tax and hotel incidentals extra. Non-hotel registration options are also available.
But this is it!
After today, the rooms are released back into circulation. So register now and don't miss out!
We’ve all been there – a client forwards individual emails to a someone in your firm. Those emails are then forwarded to your Litigation Support department for processing. You can either have the client start collection over, or redact the top half of each message. Or even better, the client tries to help by having their assistant print each and every responsive email, then scan them to PDF as a bundle.
There is a better way.
Getting electronic data delivered to your office in a manner that is reasonable and cost effective for the client, while providing you with usable data, can be a relatively simple process. In Litigation Support, you play an important role in assisting the client navigate the complex and often confusing world of eDiscovery.
Before you can preserve and collect data, it must be identified. Identification is the process of figuring out who has data and where it’s located. The earlier this step begins, the easier it will be to collect data in a convenient way. In my experience, it’s best to begin considering document collection as soon as you find out the client is contemplating litigation. Establishing your department as an early contact point will enable you to provide input throughout the process and to manage expectations and costs over the lifecycle of the project.
The rate at which companies across all industries are migrating to the cloud is staggering—and it’s not slowing down. At the same time, massive data volumes and more frequent litigation are placing heavier e-discovery demands on IT infrastructures. For some, moving to the cloud is a great way to balance those demands with greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Ricoh, an Orange-level Relativity Best in Service Partner, recently migrated their Relativity environment to the cloud. To learn more about their experience, we sat down with David Greetham, vice president of e-discovery operations at Ricoh Forensics.
The Honourable Justice Frank J.C. Newbould was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2006. He sits in the Commercial List in Toronto, which hears a wide variety of commercial cases including corporate amalgamations and reorganizations, proceedings for relief under business corporation legislation, including oppression actions, insolvency matters and other commercial matters and disputes. He was also involved with the Nortel case, the largest insolvency restructuring proceeding in Canadian history.
Prior to his appointment, Justice Newbould was a partner and a lead counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais in Toronto, with a wide-ranging litigation counsel practice involving corporate and commercial disputes, banking and insolvency matters, class actions, insurance and re-insurance disputes, real estate and estate matters. He was called to the bar in 1969. Justice Newbould was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a director of Pacific & Western Bank of Canada and of Cuddy International. Justice Newbould was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. He was also a Chartered Arbitrator of the ADR Institute; a member arbitrator of the Canadian Roster of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a past Director of the Advocate’s Society and past President of the Lawyers’ Club of Toronto.
We are so pleased to have The Honourable Justice Frank J.C. Newbould join us at Technology in Practice 2015 for the session:
Then, you know a lawyer who needs to attend Technology in Practice 2015.
The electronic discovery industry is growing.
"Gartner estimates that the enterprise ediscovery software marketplace was $1.8 billion in total software revenue worldwide in 2014, an increase of 10.6% from 2013. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) approximates 12%."
This growth will be largely attributable to two factors: increasing volumes of litigation and regulatory investigation; and the growing volume of content and data that must be searched in support of these activities.
Lawyers who deepen their ediscovery expertise will be better positioned to provide innovative, value-based solutions that align directly with the information governance initiatives of their corporate clients.
The eMSAT ratings are from 1-5, where 1 is "No Process, Reactive" and 5 is the most mature level “Actively Managed Process, Proactive”.
It is very important to remember that everyone’s requirements are different and that a higher rating is not always necessary. Evaluate your organization based on its size, goals and requirements, and seek assistance from other departments where required to get an accurate picture.
Using a tool published by EDRM in 2014, organizations, departments and individuals can now assess their current state of eDiscovery Maturity. The tool, called the eDiscovery Self Assessment Test (eMSAT-1, www.edrm.net/resources/emsat1), provides a series of questions related to the various stages of the model. The eMSAT can be overwhelming, but for the purposes of taking an honest look into your operations, it’s a very powerful tool.
In addition to outlining questions about your processes, the eMSAT provides answers that help guide you in determining where you fit on the spectrum. The reason these answers are so beneficial is that they give you a glimpse into what each level, including the one you’re aiming for, might look like. The answers can be very helpful building blocks in your audit process. You might find that your Production maturity is a level 1, “No Process, Reactive”. In reading the other answers however, you discover that in your environment, the description for level 3 fits where you’d like to be. Using this information, you can easily create a roadmap for how to modify your processes over time.
EDRM Co-Founder George Socha, will be returning for the second consecutive year to Technology in Practice 2015.
George Socha is the president and founder of Socha Consulting LLC, an electronic discovery consulting firm; co-founder of ABIKOS; co-founder of Apersee; and co-founder of EDRM. In 2003 he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Socha-Gelbman Electronic Discovery Survey, now Apersee (apersee.com) and in 2005 they started EDRM (edrm.net).
Mr. Socha is an advisor and expert witness who focuses on the full range of electronic discovery activities. His clients include corporations, governmental agencies, legal vertical market software and services providers, investment firms and law firms. Before launching his consulting firm, George spent 16 years as a litigation attorney in private practice. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Socha will be joined by Tiana Van Dyk, Manager of Ediscovery & Litigation Support at Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer in Calgary, and a regular contributor to the EDRM. These two industry thought leaders will be discussing how organizations who are dealing with cross-border litigation have often learned the hard way that ediscovery concerns can impact case outcomes. During their session, you will start to understand the issues you may face including privacy concerns, the transfer of data, jurisdictional differences on how metadata can be used, best practices for addressing those issues, and tactics and strategies to help reduce the risks and costs associated with cross-border ediscovery.
When George Socha and Tom Gelbmann published the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) in 2006, they were looking to provide a model that could be used to address common problems and questions in the eDiscovery space.
It’s now 2015, and the current version of the EDRM represents an industry standard in workflow. Members of the EDRM include leaders in eDiscovery, Technology, Corporate and Legal practice areas who work together to establish defensible guidelines, processes and tools.
Understanding the Stages
Any Litigation event involves at least one of the stages above, but most likely it involves many. To stay organized and provide cost effective, reliable solutions, it’s important that you understand how your work fits within this model. The list below (edrm.net), provides a brief description of each stage. This list will help you better understand which aspects relate to the work you are looking to complete.
During a time when business buzzwords such as “synergy” and “growth hacking” are inspiring companies across all industries to improve processes and collaborate across business units, e-discovery simply can’t be ignored. Traditionally treated as an ad hoc process requiring loads of time and attention for a short sprint, the fire drill approach to litigation is quickly falling by the wayside as companies seek to mitigate stress, time, cost, and risk by taking a more deliberate approach.
As a Relativity Best in Service Partner in Canada, we’re seeing this shift become the norm. There are a number of factors driving the trend: Canadians aren’t as litigious; litigation stakes aren’t as high; and our legal community is smaller. The combination of factors has a tendency to drive corporate clients’ demand for a more pragmatic approach. The ultimate goal is to keep costs down and take a more strategic approach. Key side effects include streamlining of processes and developing a more collaborative approach.
Tiana Van Dyk is the Manager of Ediscovery and Litigation Support at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, and is an active contributor to EDRM, which looks to create practical resources to improve ediscovery and Information Governance.
As a co-lead of EDRM's Metrics group, she has worked with industry leaders to develop and promote tools that allow organizations to better measure and understand the time, money and volumes associated with eDiscovery. Tiana was one of the developers of EDRM’s eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Test (eMSAT-1), a tool designed to allow firms, corporations, and departments to assess their eDiscovery proficiency. She has played a key role in explaining and promoting the use of that tool as well as the budget calculators and other resources that the Metrics group makes available.
Tiana will be joining the Technology in Practice 2015 speaker lineup to speak on:
Commonwealth Legal – a division of Ricoh Canada – is hosting Technology in Practice, the only conference of its kind in Canada that focuses on how ediscovery technology can enhance the practice of law.
Company vice-president Jennifer Johnson says the conference aims to help lawyers understand how technology can enable a more strategic approach to their case, as well as improve their value proposition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
“Over the last couple of conferences we have seen an increasing level of engagement from lawyers,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “It’s important that they’re informed of the evolving landscape and can manage their resources and budgets more effectively.”
At Technology in Practice 2014, we knew them as "Symantec". This year, we are happy to announce they are back once again as our "Information Management for Corporations" Lead Sponsor and host of the Thursday Night Networking Dinner at Blu Ristorante, now under their new brand, Veritas Technologies.
Veritas Technologies Corporation is the information management company that will emerge from the separation from Symantec in January 2016. Veritas will give organizations the ability to delete worthless data and recognize valuable information, enabling them to achieve objectives more quickly, efficiently, and economically.
Technology in Practice has eight years of proven and sell-out attendance, and is known for offering the latest information on industry-leading litigation technology and electronic discovery. Our content is well-planned, educational and relates to the needs of law firms, corporations and government agencies alike, and our sessions are led by industry experts, corporate clients and judges.
Craig Ball of Austin, TX is a trial lawyer, computer forensic examiner, law professor and noted authority on electronic evidence. He limits his practice to serving as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and electronic discovery and has served as the Special Master or testifying expert in computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging and celebrated cases in the U.S. A founder of the Georgetown University Law Center E-Discovery Training Academy, Craig serves on the Academy’s faculty and teaches Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence at the University of Texas School of Law. For nine years, Craig penned the award-winning Ball in Your Court column on electronic discovery for American Lawyer Media and now writes for several national news outlets.
We are thrilled to announce that Craig Ball will be joining us at Technology in Practice for the Opening Keynote Session on Thursday morning:
Evidence Everywhere: Changes and Challenges of Mobile, Cloud and the Internet of Things
We are proud to announce that Ipro is back for their second time as the Technology in Practice 2015 "Ediscovery Enterprise Solution" Lead Sponsor and host of the Wednesday Night Welcome Reception!
Ipro is deeply committed to developing litigation and ediscovery technology solutions that work for Canadian customers and that will effectively replace and enhance their legacy applications.
Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced software solutions used by legal professionals to streamline the discovery process. Ipro’s worldwide network of corporations, law firms, government agencies, and legal service providers rely on Ipro’s Enterprise Automated Digital Discovery (ADD) platform to organize, review, process, and produce litigation data of vast sizes and complexity levels more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. ADD delivers real-time, data streaming and processing to the legal industry — dramatically reducing the time it takes to process and review documents.
We are very excited to announce, the Technology in Practice 2015 website is now live!
With the new website comes an exciting list of sessions and speakers that is guaranteed to have you walk away with established best practices, and first-hand insights that you can take back and put into action at your firm or organization.
The legal industry is experiencing a significant cultural shift as corporations are becoming increasingly motivated to implement ediscovery as a business process and take a proactive approach to managing costs associated with discovery. This includes implementing information and evidence management technologies such as Symantec’s Clearwell or kCura’s Relativity behind their own firewall, establishing standard processes and procedures around the organization and collection of data, and providing more explicit direction on how and when data is shared with their outside counsel.
Historically, if a corporation was involved in a litigation, they often used “fire drill tactics," meaning a compelling event would cause them to stop the regular course of business, grab all of the data they could and send it to their outside counsel to discover and manage. Law firms would then review everything using a document-by-document, linear approach, which could get quite costly depending on the size of the case.
“Canadian corporations are looking for ways to better manage their legal spend by taking control of the ediscovery process and changing the way they interact with outside counsel,” says Commonwealth Legal vice-president, Jennifer Johnson.
Ipro Eclipse SE was recently reviewed by Brett Burney in the June issue of LegalTech News, and we're happy to report the review was glowing!
"You may think a desktop software application is a step backwards in today's litigation support software environment, but many law firms still need the flexibility and control over their litigation matters. Ipro's Eclipse SE is one of the first places they should look."
Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, is Canada’s leading evidence-management company, providing secure, cloud-based legal document management solutions that integrate technology, defensible processes and professional litigation support services.
“In the complex world of litigation, we work with law firms, corporations and government agencies to incorporate technology-driven solutions that quickly identify critical documents so that they can make effective, strategic decisions,” says company vice-president, Jennifer Johnson.
For the first time in the 5 year history of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery Software, Symantec’s eDiscovery Platform (Clearwell) dropped from Leader to Challenger. In response, Symantec faced each identified challenge head on by addressing and providing an answer to each one.
"Overall, Symantec welcomes these disruptive market forces and we are excited to empower our customers to succeed in the face of today and tomorrow’s eDiscovery challenges."
The Gartner Magic Quadrant for eDiscovery Software evaluates software for the identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis and production of electronically stored information (ESI) in support of the common law discovery process in litigation or other investigative proceedings.
This year, Gartner has evaluated over 20 electronic discovery software vendors to determine their capabilities, allowing Legal, IT and compliance stakeholders to determine the best software solution to meet their needs.
We are excited to announce that Commonwealth Legal, a division of Ricoh Canada, has been chosen by Canadian Lawyer to be included in their 1st Annual Readers’ Choice Survey.
And now, we need your help! Finalists in each category will be determined by the popular vote, so please take a moment to cast your vote for us as your preferred Litigation Support & E-Discovery Consultant, and then forward the survey across your network.
Not only will you be supporting us, but you'll also be entered to win an Ipad Mini. It's a win-win situation!
We're well underway with the development of this year's program for Technology in Practice 2015, and have aleady secured some great sessions and speakers that we're sure will impress. Here are just a few to get you started:
Litigation Support as a Viable Business Model:
Setting Standards for FirmBudgets and Billable Hours
The Paperless Law Firm: Evolving Law Firm Operations Beyond Litigation Scanning
Refrigerator eDiscovery: Dealing with the Internet of Things
From Solid State to Vapour State: Challenges in the Next Frontier of Collections
Measuring Up: Creating Visibility into eDiscovery Metrics to Manage Cost and Performance
Technology Meets Practice: Leveraging Technology to Achieve Proportionality on the Average Case
Making TAR Stick: Practical Strategies & Case Studies on Predictive Coding
Analytics tools have been around for a long time. You've probably even used these tools whether you know it or not...
Have you grouped similar documents together (near duplication)? Then you have used analytics.
Have you reviewed emails by thread rather than chronologically? Then you have used analytics.
The critical barrier to expanding the adoption of analytics is changing the way we work.
The reality is that when we use these tools in a more comprehensive way, we transform our workflows. We are no longer simply opening a database, sorting chronologically by family and clicking through document by document. Now, we must pause to assess the case and look at it in a more holistic manner. It is undeniable that analytics helps us to recognize key concepts and patterns that a human being could never have the time or mental capacity to assess. From this perspective, analytics mimics, and likely exceeds, the combined insights of a whole team of experts.
But, who has time to change the way they work on an important case?
It's been two weeks since Technology in Practice 2014 came to a close, and we know from the feedback we've received directly and through the hundreds of session surveys you completed that many of you uncovered some ideas and concepts that really were "Music to Your Ears". Hearing that feedback makes the hard work and energy that goes into planning a conference well worth it.
We are happy to announce that the 2014 Conference Materials are now available for download.
The Technology in Practice 2014 conference was a great success and we have so many people to thank! We had over 150 people in attendance with representation from government, major law firms and corporations, including attendees from four different provinces. We were thrilled to see the turn out and to experience the amazing level of engagement and interaction from the audience. We also received hundreds of feedback forms and will be sharing those results shortly.
This is your last chance to join professionals from law firms, corporations and government agencies across Canada for an engaging, well-planned and content-rich two-day event featuring an incredible speaker roster of Canadian and US industry experts. CPD accredited.
Registration is open until Friday, October 31 with multiple options to fit your availability and budget.
Now in its seventh year, this highly-rated and well-attended conference is designed for lawyers, eDiscovery experts, litigation support and IT professionals. The lineup of speakers, content and intimate networking opportunities are guaranteed to have you walk away energized with the knowledge and personal connections that will allow you to immediately impact and enhance the way you manage information and evidence.
Technology in Practice offers a great opportunity for you to learn about electronic discovery.
In a recent article in L’Expert Magazine, Teach Law Students eDiscovery, written by Carrie Bowker, it states that many young lawyers are challenged to learn electronic discovery skills. Since many practicing lawyers lack a well-developed skill set in this area, they are unable to provide proper instruction or guidance. As a result, Associates are often left to learn ediscovery on their own and could be at risk of making serious and costly mistakes for their clients.
We have just received formal confirmation that Technology in Practice 2014 is CPD Accredited! The conference program has been updated to reflect the individual sessions that qualify for Professional and Substantive hours. Attendees who attend the full two-day conference will be able to claim up to 12 hr 30 min CPD.
We have been hard at work securing great sponsors and speakers, and developing a program that will provide attendees with a comprehensive, educational approach to litigation technology and ediscovery. The program is shaping up to make this our best event ever. We'd like to provide you with some highlights to get you as excited as we are...
Commonwealth Legal, a division ofRicoh Canada, provides ISO 9001:2008 quality-certified evidence and document management solutions, as well as litigation support services that successfully integrate technology, defensible processes and professional services to meet the unique needs of our clients.