Predictive Coding Session at the Lancaster Bar Association

On 15 October 2013, attorney Shannon Brown presented a CLE entitled An Introduction to Predictive Coding, TAR, and Emerging eDiscovery at the Lancaster Bar Association’s 2013 Bench Bar Conference. The well-attended event covered general issues increasingly facing attorneys involved in eDiscovery (and normal law practice):

  • getting a grasp on the exponential increases in data (estimated 2.5 exabytes of new data generated per day);
  • understanding the implications of electronic data and electronically stored information (ESI) in legal matters;
  • identifying the professional and ethical issues arising from electronic data;
  • understanding the important distinctions between general TAR (or CAR) options and newer technologies;
  • gaining insights into ESI (electronically stored information) and eDiscovery tools including modified traditional review, keyword searches, and new predictive coding technologies (computer augmented legal analysis); and
  • seeing how predictive coding tools can help augment an attorney’s ability to properly and efficiently evaluate ESI in a legal  matter.

The highly engaged audience asked some really great questions probing the new reality of augmented legal analysis. As became evident, the ESI and eDiscovery changes pose striking similarity to the online legal research changes in the late 1990s where legal research became augmented. Much the same, eDiscovery becomes augmented using new tools. The audience brought up the issue of the need for solid eDiscovery training for lawyers and by lawyers deeply familiar with the professional responsibilities of lawyers.
[NOTE: Attorney Brown’s eDiscovery software company, Prolorem LLC,  provides eDiscovery training with the first, day-long training tentatively scheduled for late 2013 or very early 2014. Contact Prolorem if you are interested in eDiscovery training for lawyers.]