Now that the dust has settled around LegalTech, it seems like a good time to reflect on the themes that emerged in the eDiscovery quadrant of the show, primarily centering on the universal need to take a more collaborative approach to the process. Hands down, one of the hottest topics at LTNY was Technology Assisted Review (TAR) – how to use it, when to use it, and how to defend it.
Two weeks ago, Contact Monkey made an appearance at the LegalTech trade show in New York City, NY. Needless to say, the crowd of over 13,000 people from the legal sector were very happy to see us. Responses were positive, smiles were seen, and connections were made! Stay tuned for next year when we return to booth #136 in the main hall way of Level 1.
In the weeks and months leading up to LegalTech an astounding number of panels emerged covering the topic of Technology Assisted Review (TAR). With all of the TAR panels (including ours) jockeying for attendees, we decided to launch our very own TAR Wars!
Survey Says… Information Governance and Predictive Coding Adoption Slow, but Likely to Gain Steam As Technology Improves
The biggest legal technology event of the year, otherwise known as LegalTech New York, always seems to have a few common rallying cries and this year was no different. In addition to cloud computing and social media, predictive coding and information governance were hot topics of discussion that dominated banter among vendors, speakers, and customers.
Every year, a handful of buzzwords emerge from LegalTech that permeate the industry for a number of months before the next batch takes their place. Not surprisingly, “predictive coding” and “e-discovery in the cloud” were among the hot topics at this year’s conference. Somewhat less expected was the prevalent chatter surrounding e-discovery platforms.
Now that that dust has settled, the folks who attended LegalTech New York 2012 can try to get to the mountain of emails that accumulated during the event that was LegalTech. Fortunately, there was no ice storm this year, and for the most part, people seemed to heed my “what not to do at LTNY” list. I even found the Starbucks across the street more crowded than the one in the hotel. There was some alcohol-induced hooliganism at a vendor’s party, but most of the other social mixers seemed uniformly tame.
On the final day of LegalTech, nearly 150 people joined Daegis for our educational track on Technology Assisted Review (TAR). Our first panel focused on the legal issues surrounding TAR implementation, and featured the Hon. Frank Maas (United States Magistrate Judge), Maura R. Grossman (Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Ralph C. Losey (Partner and National eDiscovery Counsel, Jackson Lewis, LLP) and Ann Marie Gibbs, Esq. (National Director of Consulting, Daegis).
A session moderator at last week’s LegalTech New York astutely pointed out that the “hottest” topics in e-discovery are usually those that elicit the most fear. It should be no surprise that some of the most widely discussed themes at this year’s conference included e-discovery in the cloud, social media and computer-assisted review.
If you are with a law department, and if you are not interested in document review products – litigation support products, the pickings were slim at LegalTech NY other than matter management
By my rough count, at least six vendors at LegalTechNY offered SharePoint applications. For example, Handshake Software explained to me that its software can draw on the structured, SQL data in any matter management system