Be Bold for Change
POSTED ON March 07

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for 2017 is “Be Bold for Change.” But what empowers a woman to carry this charge forward?

On the wall of the former location of Origami restaurant in Minneapolis hung a serigraph of a woman running with horses entitled “Blue Lady.” Horses embody speed, strength, and endurance, and the woman in the work—a blue figure seemingly comfortable amidst a flurry of movement and color: reds, browns, yellows, oranges, and black—seems to draw from these very qualities. Speed, strength, and endurance carry her forward. Horses also symbolize freedom. The woman is free to be herself.

Lesson from NYC Legalweek: “Be More Geeky”
POSTED ON February 21

Anytime I visit NYC I develop an earworm of Frank Sinatra singing, “These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray right through the very heart of it, New York, New York.”

Now, you hear it too, don’t you?

It occurred to me during this year’s Legaltech (now part of Legalweek) that the most efficient means of getting from point A to point B in downtown Manhattan is to walk.  Of course, there are a variety of other ways to get around if I didn’t want to actually be somewhere physically – email, text, video conference, etc.  But if I need to eat, attend an event, or meet someone, walking was still the best means within an approximate 15 block radius.  Beyond that 15 block area, I usually opted for other means such as Uber, taxi, or subway.  Within the more immediate radius, however, those technological options simply weren’t efficient and were much slower than simply hoofing it.

Revealing Electronic Tags to Our Daily Lives
POSTED ON February 07

“Right, my phone. When these things first appeared, they were so cool. Only when it was too late did people realize they are as cool as electronic tags on remand prisoners.” David Mitchell, Ghostwritten

I admit that I am not an early adopter of technology.  I have never stood in line for a new mobile device and, frankly, I hold onto my devices unless they pose a security risk.  I’ve bought a new device when shamed into it – e.g.  “Hey haven’t seen that model in a while. My grandma uses one of those.”  (I bought a new device the next day.)

I am not sure exactly why I delay, given that this technology has become such a relevant part of modern life. I do believe constant upgrades and model introductions are part of grand scheme of planned obsolesce.  Come on, we all know that.  But, perhaps, that topic (aka rant) is probably best left for another blog article.

Today, I’d like to talk not about that shiny, slick technology package, but rather the data that little device stores about its user.

Mistakes Happen: It’s all About Prevention and Fixes
POSTED ON October 23

I hate mistakes. They seem to occur in all facets of our personal and professional lives. Mistakes jump out at us when people have trouble making change, drive carelessly through town, or send us error-laden text messages. Mistakes occur in every industry—even eDiscovery. And, the consequence for some mistakes in eDiscovery can go well beyond frustration into the realm of sanctions.

In Mistakes Happen, our upcoming Shepherd Speaks’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, I will talk about ways to minimize the chances for mistakes and, if necessary, handle the “fix”. I will give you a guided tour of the eDiscovery mistake landscape including:

Reducing eDiscovery Costs: Early Case Assessment (ECA) and Relativity 9.4 Enhancements
POSTED ON September 09

Who doesn’t want to reduce eDiscovery costs?  We don’t know anyone. Because that desire is so broad-based, we are doubly excited by our next Shepherd Speaks topic.  Let me explain a bit about the presentation. We have all heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Visuals summarize, but they also move one to conclusions more quickly. That is not surprising given that visuals and graphics are processed 60,000 times faster by the brain than text.

Since volume of words and the need for speed are legal/eDiscovery professionals’ stock in trade, technology advances that help us manage both and reduce costs send our spirits soaring. Our next Shepherd Speaks will focus on a core of such advances — including visualization tools — particularly in the Early Case Assessment arena.  These tools, among other things,