The Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy law journal published Peeking Inside the Black Box: A Preliminary Survey of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and Predictive Coding Algorithms for eDiscovery (21 Suffolk J. Trial & App. Advoc. 221, 221-286 (2016)). The article explores the sometimes complex…
Article on eDiscovery Technologies Pending Law Journal Publication
The Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy law journal will publish Peeking Inside the Black Box: A Preliminary Survey of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and Predictive Coding Algorithms for eDiscovery. Shannon Brown is excited about the law journal publication. He taught eDiscovery technologies at…
The Unwitting Cybersecurity Trap: The Risks of Relying on Technology Consultants
Considering the increasing number of data breaches, “hacking” episodes, and cybersecurity incidents over the past few years, businesses are finally starting to take cybersecurity and data security seriously. Businesses also realize that responsibility for data security is shifting from the IT staff to the Board and senior leadership.* However,…
Attorney Brown Teaches Law School Course on eDiscovery Technologies
Attorney and Adjunct Professor Shannon Brown taught a course on eDiscovery technologies such as keyword search, technology assisted review (TAR), predictive analytics, and predictive coding. Unlike typical eDiscovery courses, which often gloss-over the technologies, law students became deeply engaged in the technical aspects of eDiscovery including completing a hands-on,…
Is PCI Compliance Enough?
CIO Magazine recently ran an insightful article about PCI compliance. The article emphasizes that PCI “compliance” is a credit card industry minimum set of standards to protect data and to minimize data breaches. However, as the numerous data breaches…
Pennsylvania CLE Board Adds Technology Ethics Category
In October 2014, the Pennsylvania CLE Board Website added a new category for lawyer CLE programs called Ethics–Technology (new ETH10). Attorney Shannon Brown requested the additional category in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct effective November…
Attorney Brown Receives Cybersecurity Technical Certification
Attorney Shannon Brown passed the new, performance-based, CompTIA Security+™ certification exam on September 16, 2014. CompTIA Security+™ certification provides an industry-recognized method to objectively demonstrate technical skills in computer security, data security, or cybersecurity. The new cybersecurity certification is believed to be a first for an attorney in Pennsylvania. The…
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…
Presentation on eDiscovery for Small Law Firms
On September 25, 2013, Attorney Shannon Brown presented a CLE on eDiscovery technologies available for small law firms and solo law practices at the Berks County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. The CLE covered the state of the profession relating to emerging eDiscovery technologies with particular focus on eDiscovery options for small law firms.
Emerging eDiscovery Tools and the New, Technology-Augmented Lawyer
New legal technologies deliver potential solutions to data overload in eDiscovery. Lawyers will need to learn how to use an emerging class of “data analysis technologies”—called predictive coding, Technology Assisted Review (TAR), Computer Assisted Document Analysis (CADA), or legal analytics.
Potential Problems & Perils of eDiscovery Outsourcing
Predictive coding, technology assisted review (TAR), computer assisted document analysis (CADA), predictive analytics, document review, eDiscovery software. Important new tools for the legal community. Deep (and probably a little disconcerting) technology for many lawyers.While outsourcing eDiscovery seems compelling, eDiscovery outsourcing can pose some potentially serious ethical problems for an attorney and law firm.
Article Published—Prolorem™ Predictive Coding Project
The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division published Shannon’s article about the Prolorem™ eDi predictive coding eDiscovery software project. The article describes the objectives of the software project for eDiscovery , a brief synopsis of how predictive coding (analytics) works, and why predictive coding…
Machine Learning Technical Presentation
Attorney Shannon Brown delivered a presentation on 06 April 2013 entitled “An Overview of Machine Learning” at BarCamp Harrisburg. The presentation provided basic information about machine learning including
defining machine learning,
distinguishing supervised and unsupervised machine learning,
Completes Information Security and Neural Networks Courses
Attorney Brown recently completed two online, non-credit courses—Information Security and Risk Management in Context offered by the University of Washington and Neural Networks for Machine Learning offered by the University of Toronto.
Attorney Brown Launching an eDiscovery Software Company
Attorney Shannon Brown recently launched a new, “community-benefit,” eDiscovery software company. Prolorem™ LLC’s first product is a Computer Assisted Document Analysis (CADA) software package called Prolorem™ eDi
Statements of Accomplishment for Natural Language Processing and Cryptography Coursework
Attorney Shannon Brown received two, Statements of Accomplishment for completing courses in 1) Natural Language Processing and 2) Cryptography. Coursera offers the challenging, non-credit courses which are taught by Stanford University Professors. According to data released by the Natural Language Processing professors, only about 3% of students received a Statement of Accomplishment for that course.
Received Natural Language Processing Statement of Accomplishment
Attorney Shannon Brown received a Statement of Accomplishment for completing the challenging, Natural Language Processing course offered by Coursera and taught by Stanford University professors (both whom published the text books on this topic). According to data released by the professors teaching the course, only about 3% of students received a Statement of Accomplishment.
Shannon Brown Completes Technology Courses
attorney Shannon Brown received Statements of Accomplishment for two, non-credit, computer science courses: 1) Machine Learning and 2) Artificial Intelligence.
A Snapshot of Pennsylvania Social Media Cases—Winter 2011
An Overview of the State of Social Media Evidence in Pennsylvania—Winter 2011 Update
The law of social media evidence in Pennsylvania continues to develop. To date, the focus remains on civil matter, discovery issues. Issues of authentication and issues in criminal matters (such as resistance by social media providers citing the Stored Communications Act to defense access to social media for impeachment) remain open.
CAPTCHA Turing Test Defeated: Ramifications for Legal Community
While debates on the use of machine learning algorithms in e-discovery continue (for example, so called “predictive coding”), the recent defeat of CAPTCHA signals a growing maturity in machine learning capabilities with direct applicability to the legal community.
Attorney Brown Continuing Education
In October, Attorney Brown returns to class by taking three, technology-related, non-credit courses:
Introduction to Machine Learning,
Introduction to Databases, and
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.
Attorney Brown Attends E-Discovery for Solos and Small Law Firms Webinar
On August 25, 2011, Attorney Brown attended the E-Discovery for Solos and Small Law Firms Webinar. The webinar addressed eDiscovery issues specifically from the solo and small law firm perspective
Hiatus Explained—Technology & Ethics CLE Pending
For the past few weeks, Attorney Brown took a brief hiatus from blogging and website articles to prepare for a forthcoming Legal Ethics & Technology CLE. Attorney Brown is scheduled to deliver the CLE at the Lancaster Bar Association on September 9, 2011. The CLE will address (as time permits) emerging issues for lawyers related to technology
A Snapshot of Social Media Cases in Pennsylvania—Summer 2011
An Overview of the State of Social Media Evidence in Pennsylvania—Summer 2011
Pennsylvania lawyers face obstacles when grappling with social media. While social media, outside the legal field, spread like wildfire, the legal community must address social media within the context of a heavily precedential system—a system that does not necessarily handle the “new” well. Social media in a legal context triggers formidable ethical issues, moral issues, and fairness issues. Nevertheless, social media will remain a potent facet of life for the foreseeable future.
Attorney Brown Attends VirtualLegalTech
On June 16, 2011, Attorney Brown attended VirtualLegalTech.VirtualLegalTech provides CLE programs on emerging technology issues and updates on technology issues related to law.