eDiscovery Technology Trends at LegalTech® — What’s Hot? What’s Not?
POSTED ON February 22

LegalTech New York has always been considered one of the more important national events for learning about new developments in the eDiscovery world. It has always showcased new trends and emerging technologies.

Despite that tradition, Barry Dop, Director of Client Development at Shepherd Data Services reported that this year’s LegalTech New York was a comparatively “quiet”, but still very informative, event. No major product announcements or tech innovations were presented, as there have been in past years. According to Barry, attendees usually expect a big splash announcement from a major company at the conference. This year, rumors flew that Microsoft would have such an announcement with the launch of their new product, Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery, at LegalTech, but no announcement was forthcoming.

Instead, this year’s LegalTech focused on substantive issues and their impact on the daily work of legal professionals. Specifically, much conversation focused on the continuing evolution of “Technology Assisted Review” (TAR). For example, TAR systems are now capable of “active learning” in which the system updates what it learns and then applies that learning in the future.

Barry also noted that amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure effective December 1, 2015 were also a focal point of interest because of their particular effect on eDiscovery. These changes promote a more cooperative spirit among the parties to litigation and, hopefully,  “smooth the waters” on the discovery front. As I discussed in our Shepherd Speaks in September, the amendments emphasize that the parties to litigation bear responsibility “to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.” By way of example, the language defining the scope of discovery now makes it clear that proportionality is a part of the decision on what is discoverable. How these changes will work in practice—and specifically what they mean for e-discovery—created quite a buzz at the event.

It would seem that even when LegalTech New York is quiet, there’s still quite a lot to say and we will say it. Join Barry Dop and me at the What’s Hot? What’s Not? Shepherd Speaks at Shepherd Data Services on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 3:30.  The event will be followed by a cocktail reception featuring Big Apple martinis.  Please REGISTER HERE.

About the Author Chris

Author Avatar Christine Chalstrom is the Founder, CEO, and President of Shepherd Data Services, Trustee, Mitchell Hamline Law School and Adviser, Center for Law and Business. She has spoken widely on the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, Digital Forensics, and eDiscovery best practices. Her credits include presentations to the American Bar Association, Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), Corporate Counsel Institute, MN Association of Corporate Counsel, MN Association of Litigation Support Professionals, MN CLE, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. She is an attorney, programmer, and forensic examiner.