Meeting the Challenges of the Future in eDiscovery

eDiscovery requires attorneys to use technology to be successful in the collection, data reduction and review of electronically stored information.

I recently discussed with another eDiscovery attorney the differences with legal conferences and events such as San Diego Comic Con or D23. Minus the people in cosplay, the “geek” shows are forward looking with panel discussions on new movies, video games and comic books. They answer the question, “What’s new?”

I invited friends from software companies to preview their thoughts on the challenges in the future for attorneys and how their solutions can help. Here are the questions each will answer:

What do you see as the greatest challenges for attorneys in the future?

How are you addressing the challenges of the future?

How can people learn more about your product?

 Where will you be at ILTA?

And of course:

Who is your favorite comic book character?

 Ian Campbell from ICONECT Development 

John Harris from kCura 

Drew Lewis from Recommind 

Caitlin Murphy from Access Data Group

Technology & the Future

Attorneys will continue to use Computer-Assisted Review far into the future. Consider the following quote from 1974:

The instant case demonstrates once again the paradoxes within the spectrum of the practical application of the computer sciences. At its best, the computer has enabled NASA to send men on lunar missions zooming 238,857 miles into outer space so that they may land softly on the moon and return safely with pinpoint landings despite reentry speeds of 25,000 miles per hour. For computer science application at its worst, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare (DPW) could not master the less dramatic task of assuring a proper disbursement of checks to 3,502 deserving recipients in the counties of Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware and Philadelphia.

Brower v. Wohlgemuth, 371 F. Supp. 863, 864 (E.D. Pa. 1974) [Emphasis Added].

“Computer science” has enabled us to put a man on the Moon and create “street views” of nearly every road on the planet. There is simply no way around using technology in the practice of law, because how our clients work and live determines the possible evidence in a case.

I greatly appreciate Ian, John, Drew and Caitlin sharing their thoughts on the challenges attorneys will face and possible solutions. If you are going to ILTA, I highly recommend spending time with all of them.


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