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March 12, 2013

EDI-Oracle Study Update

It has been a few weeks since our last update. We have extended the time to respond for the participants. While some thought the extension was unfair to those that have submitted on or before the due date, Pallab, the professors, and I all want as many data points as possible in the evaluation. That said, we are taking note of those teams that submitted early.

Again, we should remind all participants that time is one of the factors in the subsequent evaluation by Oracle. Therefore, a quicker turnaround is preferable and no participant should withhold submitting results unless the additional time is required to complete the review. While there is no penalty for submitting after the first deadline, Oracle will look favorably upon those that finish quickly.

Also, if there were tasks required by the protocol that your firm would not have normally undertaken in a real-life review (categorizing privilege for NR docs), please identify that task as a break-out on your model invoices with an explanation. You may submit your model invoices at you leisure, but no later than May 1.

Best,

Patrick

January 14, 2013

1.6 Million Documents Released: EDI-Oracle Study Updates

File_cabinet_tower400As many of you know, EDI has been working on its second computer-assisted review (CAR) study, comparing the results of an actual document review in a real litigation to CAR providers.

After almost two years of planning, last week the EDI Oracle Study team released the entire dataset of over 1.6 million docs to the first wave of participants. Top performers stand to gain Oracle’s e-discovery business. A link to the press release about the data is attached to this post.

Download EDI Oracle Study Press Release Jan 8

On Friday, January 11, 2013, the team had its first training call with outside counsel. Over 60 representatives from the participants dialed in. The goal of the training was to familiarize participants with the legal issues surrounding the matter. The original complaint was filed under seal — but we are working on what we can discuss in public.

Prior to and during the call participants submitted dozens of questions about the matter — mostly focused on the data load and technical issues. The EDI and Oracle team are working diligently on what we thought the technical team would be able to answer by today, but it is looking like we will respond to technical questions on Wednesday 1/16/2013.

I will post weekly with updates on the status of the study here on EDD Update. I will Tweet from @patrickoot and post on LinkedIn when I make the updates.

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July 05, 2012

John Barkett: ABA Proposed Amendments to Model Rules

Aba_black_logo128 John Barkett,  a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, was recently selected by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He recently provided an overview of upcoming proposals for modifications to the American Bar Association's model rules.

Here's his intro ... you can read the full story here.  (And watch for the August issue of Law Technology News magazine's August issue, which will have more analysis from Michael Arkfeld, Robert Ambrogi, and Stephanie Loquvam.)

Since 1908, the American Bar Association has published ethical rules to govern the conduct of lawyers. The Canons of Ethics became the Model Code of Professional Responsibility in 1969. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct replaced the Model Code in 1983. The model rules are not binding on lawyers in a jurisdiction until that state's supreme court adopts them. With variations in some of the rules, 49 states and the District of Columbia have done so. The one exception is California, which has its own ethics rules.

The ABA periodically reviews the model rules and their explanatory comments in relation to trends in the practice of law, and when necessary makes amendments to the rules or comments. States typically follow suit with conforming amendments.

In 2009, the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 was formed to, among other goals, adapt the model rules to technology innovations in the practice of law. To achieve this aim, the 20/20 Commission has proposed amendments to several rules or comments that will be voted on by the ABA House of Delegates, which meets during the organization’s upcoming annual meeting, August 2-7, in Chicago. The amendments appear modest but their import is significant.

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April 25, 2012

FCPA & Dodd-Frank Conference

ILDD Globe
The International Law Discovery & Disclosure Group (ILDD) will be hosting its annual FCPA & Dodd-Frank conference in London on June 7-8, 2012.

Join London's leading publicly traded organizations, regulatory authorities, and law firms for a day and a half of thought leadership and workshop sessions around the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank Act related to internal and competitor whistleblowing.

Attendees include business finance, legal, and compliance employees, regulatory officials, and outside lawyers that service individuals and organizations worldwide. Space is limited and registration is required.

Contributors to this event include: Skadden Arps, DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, Hasbro, FMC Technologies, HSNO, FD Azar, and many others.

Contributing media partners: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Carmel Valley E-Discovery Retreat.

Attendance is fully supported by ILDD sponsors and there's never a fee to attend an ILDD event.

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April 04, 2012

New York Bar's EDD Best Practices Guidelines

MapHere is a link to the New York State Bar's E-Discovery Best Practices Guidelines, which were passed in Sept. 2011. Hat tip: B3 Legal

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March 28, 2012

Da Silva Moore Fury

TargetI'm late to the party, because I actually took a real vacation to Florida for spring training, but I came back to find that the blogosphere is atwitter with reactions to the Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe & MSL Group plaintiffs' comments about United States District Court (New York) Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck in the plaintiff's March 19 reply brief filed by Sanford Wittels & Hesler. The matter is now pending before U.S.D.C. Judge Andrew Carter. (Peck won the 2011 Law Technology News Innovation Award for Champion of Technology for his work educating the legal community about litigation technology).

* To first bring you up to speed, here's Peck's Feb. 24 opinion. Here's K&L Gates' March 21 report on the plaintiff's reply brief, which is now pending before District Court Judge Andrew Carter.

Here are some of the most vibrant discussions:

* Brandon D. Hollinder: eDiscovery News' "Update - Plaintiffs Attack Judge Peck's Da Silva Moore Predictive Coding Order Again." An excerpt: "From the outset, there was a noticeable undertone of animosity towards Judge Peck running throughout the Reply. Plaintiffs took the opportunity to play up the connection between Judge Peck and defense counsel Ralph Losey (who is also regarded as a thought leader in the e-discovery industry and is the author of a widely disseminated blog among other things), and to a lesser extent Recommind, the software vendor whose computer-assisted review platform will potentially be used in this matter.

Continue reading "Da Silva Moore Fury" »

January 25, 2012

EDRM Projects Advance Industry Standards

On January 24, 2012, those of us at EDRM provided formal updates from five of the EDRM projects — Data Set, IGRM, Metrics, Model Code of Conduct, and XML. EDRM provides a common, flexible, and extensible framework for the development, selection, evaluation, and use of e-discovery products and services. The advancements in each of the following projects are designed to further standardize the principles and practices utilized in e-discovery management as follows:

Data Set  The EDRM Enron Email Data Set version 2 is now a public data set on Amazon Web Services. AWS hosts these public data sets at no charge to the community in order to enable faster innovation by researchers across a variety of disciplines and industries. For more information about AWS public data sets, go to aws.amazon.com/publicdatasets.

Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM)  The IGRM project team and ARMA International recently published a jointly developed white paper, How the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM) Complements ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP).

Continue reading "EDRM Projects Advance Industry Standards" »

January 20, 2012

Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck to Keynote ALSP Event

The Association of Litigation Support Professionals has announced that Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York — winner of the 2011 LTN Innovation Award for IT Champion of the Year — will be the keynote speaker at its annual conference, March 12 and 13, at the Sheraton New Orleans in Louisiana.

Read full story here.

January 19, 2012

New National Docketing Association

Following in the footsteps of metropolitan docketing groups, the National Docketing Association has been established to provide a networking forum for legal professionals in the private and public sectors, reports its president, Chris Gierymski, who is director of docketing at DLA Piper's Chicago office.

Read more here.

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