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Weekly Trends Report – 1/29/2020 Insights

Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications

ABOVE THE FOLD

Legalweek events – Join me at the following events during Legalweek:

2020 UF Law E-Discovery Conference – Register now to join me in person or via livestream on March 19 as I get together with Bill Hamilton and a host of new and returning speakers for the 8th Annual University of Florida Law E-Discovery Conference in Gainesville, FL.

BDO knows CCPA – BDO’s California Consumer Privacy Act resource page enables privacy executives to stay abreast of the impending regulation and learn about overarching privacy and governance considerations in one convenient location.

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY

New document production obligations go into effect in California civil matters – Elisa M. Cariño of Proskauer reported that effective Jan. 1, 2020, the California Code of Civil Procedure now requires “[a]ny documents or category of documents produced in response to a demand for inspection, copying, testing, or sampling shall be identified with the specific request number to which the documents respond.” Cal. Civ. Pro. § 2031.280(a). Cariño noted that the California Senate Judiciary Committee is of the view that the rule, which applies to all pending matters as well as new ones, “will provide more streamlined and responsive document production, if at the slight expense of the producing parties.” Experience suggests otherwise.

Judge Grimm on good faith in discovery – In an article published in the Winter 2020 issue of the ABA Litigation Journal, U.S. District Judge Paul Grimm argued that “much of the unpleasantness that characterizes discovery can be avoided by following both the letter and spirit of a single rule of civil procedure—one that has been part of the rules since 1983, yet seems to have been forgotten or overlooked by lawyers and judges. That rule is Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(g)…”

Bill Hamilton on the need for better use of social media in e-discovery – In another article in the same publication, University of Florida Levin College of Law professor Bill Hamilton implored lawyers and e-discovery software providers and vendors to pay closer attention to – and make better use of – the discovery of social media content.

Active Learning activity – In an article about Relativity’s Active Learning TAR tool, the company’s Jacque Flaherty noted that since Relativity launched the capability in Dec. 2017, the tool as been used to make predictions on over 750 million documents.

Emoji law – Santa Clara University School of Law professor Eric Goldman published an update to his report on the number of cases referencing “emoji” or “emoticon” – 101 in 2019, nearly double the number from the year before.

Legalweek overview – Doug Austin of CloudNine has published an overview of his take on the highlight’s of next week’s Legalweek.

CYBERSECURITY & DATA PRIVACY

Cyberinsurance costs rising – Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises noted a recent report from Insurance Journal that  U.S. insurers are ramping up cyber-insurance rates by as much as 25% and trying to curb exposure to vulnerable customers after a surge of costly claims.

US retailers blocking European website visitors – David A. Zetoony reported that according to a recent study performed by his lawfirm, BCLP, 25% of Fortune 500 retailers had blocked their websites from being visited by European IP addresses – demonstrating the impact of the GDRP.

IAPP US privacy law comparison tool – Mitchell Noordyke of Faegre Baker Daniels maintains a US State Comprehensive Privacy Law Comparison section on the IAPP website. The section tracks proposed and enacted comprehensive privacy bills from across the country.

New version of Washington Privacy Act – Scott T. Lashway and Matthew M.K. Stein of Manatt reported that a new version of the proposed Washington Privacy Act, Senate Bill 6281, has been introduced in the Washington state Senate. The new version combines key features of the CCPA and the GDPR.

New data breach laws – Keisha M. McClellan, Melissa K. Ventrone of Clark Hill put together a list of seven data breach updates for 2020:

  • California: 1/1/2020 CCPA went into effect
  • Illinois: 1/1/2020 SB 1624 began requiring businesses to notify state AG of breaches involving more than 500 people
  • Oregon: 1/1/2020 SB 684, the Oregon Consumer Information Protection Act, expanded scope of data breach notification rules for vendors
  • Texas: 1/1/2020 HB 4390 required notice of breach to all affected parties within 60 days of determining a breach has occurred and for incidents involving 250 Texas residents or more requiring notice to state AG
  • Washington: 3/1/2020 HB 1071 will expand definition of personal information and reduce notification window
  • New York: 3/21/2020 SHIELD Act data security requirements will take effect
  • Maine: 7/1/2020 LD 946, An Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information, will become enforceable

LEGAL TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Law department operations survey results – The results of the 2019 E-Discovery Sanctions Case Law Update are available.

E-DISCOVERY CASE LAW

Recent e-discovery decisions

1/8/2020 – Special Master Dennis Cavanaugh (U.S.D.J., Ret.) issued an order and opinion stating that he would not compel defendants to use technology assisted review, and instead adopted the search term protocol as modified by the special master. Plaintiffs proposed that defendants use TAR to identify responsive documents. Defendants disagreed, arguing there is no authority for imposing TAR on an objecting party and asserting that because the case presents a number of “unique” issues TAR would not be appropriate. Instead, defendants contended, they should be allowed to use their preferred custodian and search term method. The special master agreed regarding the lack of authority and agreed, as well, that responding parties are best situated to determine the procedures, methods, and techniques appropriate for them to use. At the same time, the special master stated that he would not look favorably on any arguments from defendants as to burden of discovery requests. In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation, Case No.: 2:16-cv-881 (S. N.J. Jan. 8, 2020).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Date Focus Organization Title
1/27/2020 ED EDRM EDRM to Jumpstart 2020 with Inaugural eDiscovery Community Reception in New York
1/27/2020 ED Venio Venio Celebrates Adoption of Self-Service eDiscovery Model
1/29/2020 ED DWF

Mindcrest

Delivering on our strategy: International Managed Services acquisition provides platform for further growth

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Date Focus Publisher Title Authors
1/7/2020 ED Driven Lessons Learned for 2020: Spotlighting the Top eDiscovery Cases from 2019 Philip Favro
1/10/2020 ED New Jersey Law Journal Judge Won’t Impose New E-Discovery Methods in Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation Charles Toutant
1/16/2020 ED Legaltech News Judge Peck: There’s Still a Misconception That Eyes-On Review is the ‘Gold Standard’ Zach Warren
1/21/2020 ED Above the Law What To Do At Legalweek 2020 Mike Quartararo (ACEDS)
1/23/2020 ED The Legal Intelligencer Guide for Successful E-Discovery Matter Lifecycle Execution Kyle Campbell (LOGICFORCE)
1/23/2020 ED Sidley January’s Notable Cases and Events in E-Discovery
1/24/2020 ED The Legal Intelligencer E-Discovery Lessons From the Presidential Impeachment Proceedings Joshua Hummel and Paul Fling (Fox Rothschild)
1/28/2020 C/DP Norton Rose Fulbright

 

Data Privacy Day 2020 – Canadian Privacy Law Developments on the Horizon Julie Himo, Alexis Kerr, John Cassell, and Ann Henderson
1/28/2020 ED Exterro 20 for ’20: Federal Judges Weigh In On New Data Privacy Laws and Evolving E-Discovery Best Practices
1/28/2020 ED Legaltech News Litigation Support Outsourcing May Be on Its Way In at Law Firms Frank Ready

UPCOMING EVENTS

Conferences, webinars, and the like can provide insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading

1/30/2020-3/6/2020 EVENTS

Start End TZ Type Location Host Title
1/30/20 1:00 PM 1/30/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar ACEDS Gain Efficiencies in Investigations Through Advanced Methods and Technologies
2/3/20 2/6/20 ET Conference New York, NY ALM Legalweek New York
2/3/20 8:30 AM 2/3/20 3:30 PM ET Conference New York, NY Five Star Legal Microsoft eDiscovery Security & Compliance Center Workshop
2/3/20 12:00 PM 2/3/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar AppGuard The Four Biggest Cybersecurity Risks All Law Firms Face & How To Ensure You Stop The Next Attack
2/3/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar ABA Hot Topics: Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings, Part 2
2/3/20 5:00 PM 2/3/20 7:30 PM ET Meeting New York, NY EDRM EDRM Legal Tech Jumpstart with HaystackID
2/4/20 1:00 PM 2/4/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar MER What Do Records Managers Really Need to Know About Blockchain – Thought Leader Series
2/4/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar ABA Best of ABA TECHSHOW: Anatomy of a Data Breach: Analyzing Past Breaches to Minimize Risk
2/5/20 6:15 AM 2/5/20 8:15 AM ET Meeting New York, NY ACEDS Second Annual Legalweek Walk/Run and Breakfast
2/5/20 9:00 AM 2/5/20 7:30 PM ET Conference New York, NY CDS Third Annual Putting Insights into Practice Forum
2/5/20 9:00 AM 2/5/ 10 a ET Webinar Mayer Brown 2019 – 2020 Time-lapse: An Overview of EU Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Developments
2/5/20 11:00 AM ET Webinar Cellebrite The “Lowdown” with Buddy Tidwell & Heather Mahalik: Engage 2020
2/5/20 12:55 PM 2/5/20 1:25 PM ET Webinar Relativity Your Career in Data Privacy, Data Protection, and e-Discovery
2/5/20 4:00 PM 2/5/20 6:00 PM ET Meeting New York, NY EDRM Drinks With Doug & Mary
2/5/20 4:30 PM 2/5/20 6:30 PM ET Meeting New York, NY ACEDS ACEDS Community Cocktail Reception: Meet the Board
2/10/20 8:30 AM 2/11/20 1:00 PM ET Conference New York, NY The Sedona Conference The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 Annual Meeting 2020
2/11/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar ARMA Take Your IG Program to the Next Level with Continuous Auditing and Analytics
2/11/20 2:00 PM 2/11/20 3:00 PM ET Webinar Redgrave Office 365:  Powerful Capabilities but Also New Risks
2/12/20 9:00 AM 2/13/20 5:00 PM ET Conference New York, NY The Sedona Conference The Sedona Conference Institute (TSCI) Presents: 2020 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies
2/12/20 12:00 PM 2/12/20 1:30 PM ET Meeting Boston, MA NELTP A Conversation Around Legal Innovation
2/12/20 1:00 PM 2/15/20 6:30 PM PT Conference Carlsbad, CA ABA 2020 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
2/12/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar XDD The Fastest Path to Video and Audio Evidence Redaction
2/13/20 8:50 AM 2/14/20 4:00 PM CT Conference Minneapolis, MN Minnesota CLE The 2020 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security
2/13/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar Law.com Complying with New Data Privacy Laws: How to Respond Quickly to Consumer Data Requests
2/18/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar EDRM Judges Roundtable: What E-Discovery Practices Judges Want to See in their Court
2/20/20 9:00 AM 2/20/20 10:00 AM ET Webinar Data Protection World Forum GDPR and Regulatory Change: the switch from a legal issue to a technological issue
2/24/20 1:00 PM 2/24/20 2:00 PM GMT Webinar ACEDS Forensic Collection Best Practices: Achieving Accurate, Defensible and Proportionate Data Collection
2/26/20 12:00 PM ET Webinar HaystackID Anatomy of a Second Request: Successfully Managing Seven Requests in 90 Days
2/27/20 5:00 PM 3/2/20 12:00 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL ABA ABA TECHSHOW 2020
3/3/20 3/5/20 CT Conference Dallas, TX AIIM The AIIM Conference 2020
3/5/20 8:30 AM 3/6/20 12:00 PM CT Conference St. Louis, MO The Sedona Conference The 14th Annual Sedona Conference Institute: eDiscovery, Data Privacy, and Security
3/5/20 8:30 AM 3/6/20 1:00 PM ET Conference Tarrytown, NY CCBJ Legal Operations Executive Leadership Forum
3/5/20 8:30 AM 3/5/20 5:30 PM ET Conference Toronto, Canada ADB Insights ABD Insights Canadian Legal Innovation Forum

SEE PAST WEEKLY TREND REPORTS

ACEDS Media Alert

ACEDS Offers Exciting Lineup of Legalweek 2020 Educational and Professional Events

What: ACEDS, the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification association, is pleased to announce its lineup of activities and events for e-discovery and legal professionals at LegalWeek 2020 in New York. ACEDS events provide opportunities for members of ACEDS and the larger legal technology community to gather and interact with their peers in a meaningful way, to attend educational sessions, and to participate in networking events that further the core mission of ACEDS. Sessions at LegalWeek this year will feature ACEDS leaders exploring topics and strategies geared toward legal project management and e-discovery benchmarking. Additional activities and networking opportunities are listed below:

When: Feb. 3-6, 2020

Where: New York Hilton Midtown – Booth 3127 in Americas Hall II

Events:

Pre-Conference Workshop: “Identifying Key Metrics to Help Determine the Success of Your Legal Project”Featuring Mike Quartararo of ACEDS, Aileen Leventon of LegalShift and George Rudoy of BDO
Monday, Feb. 3, 3 to 5 p.m.; Room WB103

Zapproved’s 4th Annual Corporate Ediscovery Hero Awards – ACEDS is a premier sponsor of this marquee event. Keynote speaker is Lesley Stahl.
Monday, Feb. 3, 6 to 10 p.m.; Edison Ballroom South

2nd Annual Walk/Run and Breakfast – Join the ACEDS team for a rejuvenating walk/run. For each person who attends, a donation will be made by Ari Kaplan Advisors LLC, ACEDS, Michael Quartararo, and Maribel Rivera to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America
Walk/Run: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:15 a.m.; In front of the Hilton

ACEDS “Meet the Global Advisory Board” 4th Annual Legalweek Community Cocktail Reception– Meet members of the newly formed ACEDS Global Advisory Board and network while enjoying hor d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; 48 Lounge, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, West 48th Street

CloudNine’s NineForum Series: “Skills That Discovery Professionals Need to Succeed in 2020”Featuring ACEDS’ Mike Quartararo and CloudNine’s Doug Austin
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.; CloudNine Booth 3000

Educational Track “Corporate Legal in Control: eDiscovery Benchmarks”Featuring Ari Kaplan, Ari Kaplan Advisors; Adam Kuhn, OpenText; Sharika de Freitas, Viacom; Sam Castor, Switch
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

Contact: Cindy Parks, 913-526-6912, Cindy@parkscommunications.com

ACEDS Media Alert

ACEDS Presents Special Legal Project Management Expert Panel at Legalweek 2020

ACEDS, the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification association, is offering a breadth of activities and events for e-discovery and legal professionals at Legalweek 2020 in New York. Sessions at Legalweek this year will feature ACEDS leaders exploring topics and strategies geared toward legal project management and e-discovery benchmarking.

WHAT: ACEDS president Mike Quartararo will be joined by Aileen Leventon, senior advisor & consultant of LegalShift, and George Rudoy, BDO national leader of legal management consulting, to present a pre-conference workshop entitled “Identifying Key Metrics to Help Determine the Success of Your Legal Project,” which will explore the challenges of identifying key metrics that help determine the success of a legal project.

WHERE: New York Hilton Midtown – Room WC 103

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, 3:00-5:00 pm. Learn more here, or register here.

WHY: Typically the success of a project is pinpointed into four key metrics: scope, time, cost, and quality. However as legal departments and project management have evolved, the success of projects is also measured by considering project objectives. This robust session will educate participants on:

  • Key metrics to determine project success or failure
  • Establishing strong client relationships and defining measurable early project objectives
  • How technologies such as AI can help
  • Identifying new data points for measuring the success of legal projects

Rudoy, who was recently recognized as Leader of Legal Management Consulting by 2019 AI Legal Awards said: “Project Management has become an undivided component of the successful delivery of legal support services.  While the benefits of proactive project management have been widely recognized, there is an inherent tendency to move to the next project once a project at hand has been completed.  A retroactive analysis of a legal project, especially around its metrics, would help determine its success, as well as assure further development of a project management methodology, adequate staffing and subsequent investment in supporting technology.”

Leventon, a pioneer in advancing project management for the legal profession, and a training provider accredited by the International Institute of Legal Project Management, added “measuring ROI on the use of legal project management practices is dependent on metrics. This workshop will help others get more value out of their LPM program.”

“There is no better way to analyze projects than by gathering appropriate project metrics and reviewing those metrics post-project,” said Quartararo. “Join us for this session to learn how to measure successful project outcomes.”

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Weekly Trends Report – 1/23/2020 Insights

Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications

ABOVE THE FOLD

Legalweek events – Join me at the following events during Legalweek:

2020 UF Law E-Discovery Conference – Register now to join me in person or via livestream on March 19 as I get together with Bill Hamilton and a host of new and returning speakers for the 8th Annual University of Florida Law E-Discovery Conference in Gainesville, FL.

BDO knows CCPA – BDO’s California Consumer Privacy Act resource page enables privacy executives to stay abreast of the impending regulation and learn about overarching privacy and governance considerations in one convenient location.

CYBERSECURITY & DATA PRIVACY

California –

Florida – Analyzing the 2020 Florida Consumer Data Privacy Act, David Stauss & Malia Rogers (Husch Blackwell) (Jan. 16).

Maryland – Analyzing the 2020 Maryland Right to Opt Out of Third-Party Disclosures Act, David Stauss, Erik Dullea, and Malia Rogers (Husch Blackwell) (Jan. 23).

Virginia – Analyzing the 2020 Virginia Privacy Act and Sale of Personal Data Act, David Stauss and Malia Rogers (Husch Blackwell) (Jan. 20).

GDPR data breach survey – DLA Piper published is 2020 GDPR Data Breach Survey results.

Medical devices – William RM Long, Francesca Blythe, and Josefine Sommer of Sidley wrote that in December 2019, the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) published its guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices (the Guidance).

NIST Privacy Framework – Deborah George and Linn Foster Freedman of Robinson+Cole reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its first privacy framework tool (the “Privacy Framework”) on January 16, 2020.

LEGAL TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Five requirements for tech to improve access to justice – Bob Ambrogi of LawSites reported on a recent talk by outgoing Legal Services Corporation’s president James Sandman, in which he outlined the five requirements he believes are necessary if we are to realize the potential for technology to improve access to justice.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Date Focus Organization Title
1/15/2020 ED Cellebrite

BlackBag Technologies

Cellebrite Acquires BlackBag Technologies
1/20/2020 ED Anexsys

Brainspace

Anexsys Announces Partnership With Brainspace
1/20/2020 ED Indexed I/O Indexed I/O Announces Strategic Partnership with The Missouri Bar

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Date Focus Publisher Title Authors
1/1/2020 C/DP Law Journal Newsletters A Look Behind, A Look Ahead: Part 1 – Cybersecurity Steve Salkin
1/21/2020 ED Hanzo How to Get Legal and IT Working Together to Solve the Ediscovery Challenges of Collaboration Data Brad Harris
1/22/2020 C/DP Davis Wright Tremaine White House Issues Guidance for AI Regulation and “Non-Regulation” K.C. Halm and Katori Copeland
1/22/2020 ED Legaltech News 2019 E-Discovery Sanctions Case Law Update Samantha Green (Epiq)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Conferences, webinars, and the like can provide insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading

1/24/2020-2/28/2020 EVENTS

Start End TZ Type Location Host Title
1/27/20 9:00 AM 1/27/20 5:00 PM PT Conference San Francisco, CA PLI Advanced Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and TCPA Class Action Litigation 2020
1/28/20 8:00 AM 1/28/20 3:00 PM PT Conference Los Angeles, CA ARMA ARMA GLA Summit
1/28/20 1:00 PM 1/28/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar ACEDS The Mathematics of Technology Assisted Review
1/29/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar CloudNine Important eDiscovery Case Law Decisions of 2019 and Their Impact on 2020
1/29/20 1:00 PM 1/29/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar XDD When the Bough Breaks: ESI Spoliation Sanctions
1/29/20 1:00 PM 1/29/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar Exterro Alleviate Data Privacy Concerns by Knowing Your Organization’s Data Environment
1/29/20 1:00 PM 1/29/20 1:30 PM ET Webinar X1 Accelerate your Search Skills for Business Productivity
1/30/20 1:00 PM 1/30/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar ACEDS Gain Efficiencies in Investigations Through Advanced Methods and Technologies
2/3/20 2/6/20 ET Conference New York, NY ALM Legalweek New York
2/3/20 8:30 AM 2/3/20 3:30 PM ET Conference New York, NY Five Star Legal Microsoft eDiscovery Security & Compliance Center Workshop
2/3/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar ABA Hot Topics: Electronic Information in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings, Part 2
2/3/20 5:00 PM 2/3/20 7:30 PM ET Meeting New York, NY EDRM EDRM Legal Tech Jumpstart with HaystackID
2/4/20 1:00 PM 2/4/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar MER What Do Records Managers Really Need to Know About Blockchain – Thought Leader Series
2/5/20 6:15 AM 2/5/20 8:15 AM ET Meeting New York, NY ACEDS Second Annual Legalweek Walk/Run and Breakfast
2/5/20 9:00 AM 2/5/20 7:30 PM ET Conference New York, NY CDS Third Annual Putting Insights into Practice Forum
2/5/20 4:00 PM 2/5/20 6:00 PM ET Meeting New York, NY EDRM Drinks With Doug & Mary
2/5/20 4:30 PM 2/5/20 6:30 PM ET Meeting New York, NY ACEDS ACEDS Community Cocktail Reception: Meet the Board
2/10/20 8:30 AM 2/11/20 1:00 PM ET Conference New York, NY The Sedona Conference The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 Annual Meeting 2020
2/11/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar ARMA Take Your IG Program to the Next Level with Continuous Auditing and Analytics
2/11/20 2:00 PM 2/11/20 3:00 PM ET Webinar Redgrave Office 365:  Powerful Capabilities but Also New Risks
2/12/20 9:00 AM 2/13/20 5:00 PM ET Conference New York, NY The Sedona Conference The Sedona Conference Institute (TSCI) Presents: 2020 eDiscovery Negotiation Training: Practical Cooperative Strategies
2/12/20 1:00 PM 2/15/20 6:30 PM PT Conference Carlsbad, CA ABA 2020 Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
2/12/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar XDD The Fastest Path to Video and Audio Evidence Redaction
2/13/20 8:50 AM 2/14/20 4:00 PM CT Conference Minneapolis, MN Minnesota CLE The 2020 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security
2/13/20 2:00 PM ET Webinar Law.com Complying with New Data Privacy Laws: How to Respond Quickly to Consumer Data Requests
2/18/20 1:00 PM ET Webinar EDRM Judges Roundtable: What E-Discovery Practices Judges Want to See in their Court
2/20/20 9:00 AM 2/20/20 10:00 AM ET Webinar Data Protection World Forum GDPR and Regulatory Change: the switch from a legal issue to a technological issue
2/24/20 1:00 PM 2/24/20 2:00 PM GMT Webinar ACEDS Forensic Collection Best Practices: Achieving Accurate, Defensible and Proportionate Data Collection
2/26/20 12:00 PM ET Webinar HaystackID Anatomy of a Second Request: Successfully Managing Seven Requests in 90 Days
2/27/20 5:00 PM 3/2/20 12:00 PM CT Conference Chicago, IL ABA ABA TECHSHOW 2020

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ACEDS and iCONECT Partnership

ACEDS Announces iCONECT Renews as Affiliate Partner

January 23, 2020EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, is pleased to announce that iCONECT Development, an industry leader in developing innovative LEGAL review software and services, has renewed as an Affiliate Partner.

As an ACEDS Affiliate Partner, iCONECT plays an important role in the global ACEDS community, leveraging and contributing to the association’s education, marketing, training and professional development resources. Employees and partners of iCONECT have access to a breadth of job tools and networking forums, a global chapter network and events, and a best- practice-oriented worldwide community of professionals.

“The quality of our ACEDS offering and the education and resources we deliver to our global community are directly related to the quality of our partners,” said Mike Quartararo, president, ACEDS and professional development. “iCONECT is known for its exceptional service and innovation, and we are excited to see the contributions this tech leader will offer the greater ACEDS community.”

“ACEDS is all about giving people the tools they need to expand their knowledge base and in turn their opportunities,” said Ian Campbell, CEO of iCONECT. “To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ and I can’t agree more.”

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters in most major US cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South American chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills, advance careers and their overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields.

About iCONECT
iCONECT Development, LLC develops the innovative iCONECT eDiscovery review software platform. iCONECT raises the bar by delivering intelligent, easy-to-use tools that help hosting providers, law firms, and legal departments optimize workflows and manage some of the world’s most complex legal cases more efficiently. Leading AI and auto-redaction capabilities combined with a user’s ability to search, sort, analyze, categorize and produce documents and multi- media files recently led industry publication ‘Silicon Review’ to name iCONECT as one of the ‘30 Fastest Growing Tech Companies’ of the year.

Website URL: https://www.iconect.com/

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
cindy@parkscommunications.com

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ACEDS Introduces New Global Advisory Board; Members Represent Disciplines Across the Legal and E-Discovery Sector

EAGAN, Minn.Jan. 22, 2020 — The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, is pleased to announce members of its new Global Advisory Board.

The Board, comprised of experts in e-discovery, legal technology, software, services, academia and the judiciary, will provide guidance, educational and product input and thought leadership on industry trends, policy and program development to ACEDS. Board members offer unique areas of expertise and perspectives reflecting the dynamic, growing e-discovery community. They will serve as ambassadors of ACEDS as it expands professional development offerings and resources to anticipate and meet the needs of the legal community.

“We are very pleased with the exceptional composition of the new Global Advisory Board,” ACEDS Advisory Board Chair Ari Kaplan, principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors, said. “It is a remarkably talented group of leaders and innovators with whom I am honored to partner as we continue to support this growing and passionate community.”

The ACEDS Global Advisory Board members include:

  • Barbara Bennett, CEDS, Litigation Support, ICT Legal & External Affairs, FCA US LLC
  • James Bickley, CEDS, Managing Director, Ankura Consulting
  • Julie Brown, CEDS, Director of Practice Technology, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Robert Childress, CEO, The Master’s Conference™
  • Scott Cohen, CEDS, Director of E-Discovery Support Services, Winston & Strawn
  • Kenya Parrish-Dixon, CEDS, GC and Director of Information Governance, TechCentrics
  • Maura Grossman, Research Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Ontario
  • David Horrigan, Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director, Relativity
  • Jeff Jacobson, CEDS, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Sonya Judkins, Manager, Legal Discovery and Compliance, Sprint
  • Trish LeBel-Lasse, CEDS, Paralegal and Litigation Support, Pullman & Comley, LLC
  • Al Lindsay, CEDS, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Rachi Messing, CEDS, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Joy Murao, Founder and CEO, Practice Aligned Resources
  • Dera Nevin, Data Policy and Strategy Officer, Blackstone Group
  • Tom O’Connor, Consultant, Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center
  • David Rueff, Chief Client Solutions Group Officer, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • George Socha, Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP

“The revitalization of our Global Advisory Board represents a key step as we move the association forward,” said Mike Quartararo, president, ACEDS and professional development. “The diversity and breadth of expertise represented will be invaluable as we expand our professional development offerings, refresh our training and certification resources and recommit to our community.

Professionals attending Legalweek New York 2020 are invited to meet ACEDS board members at the “Meet the Global Advisory Board” 4th Annual Legalweek Community Cocktail Reception, Wednesday, February 5, 20204:30-6:30 p.m. Eastern.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters in most major US cities, the UK, IrelandCanadathe Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South American chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills, advance careers and their overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. http://www.aceds.org/

Exterro ACEDS Partnership

ACEDS Announces Exterro Renews as Affiliate Partner

January 21, 2020EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global e-discovery education and certification provider and BARBRI professional association, The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), is pleased to announce that Exterro, a premier provider of e-discovery, privacy and Legal GRC software has renewed as an Affiliate Partner.

As an ACEDS affiliate partner, Exterro plays an important role in the global ACEDS community, leveraging and contributing to the association’s education, marketing, training and professional development resources. Employees, and partners of Exterro have access to a breadth of job tools and networking forums, a global chapter network and events, and a best-practice-oriented worldwide community of professionals.

“There are exciting things on the horizon for ACEDS and the global community we represent,” said Mike Quartararo, president, ACEDS and professional development.  “Partnership with organizations such as Exterro, a known leader in its market segment, ensures that we have the support, exertise and resources to continue to move ACEDS forward and consistently enhance our offerings for our members’ professional and career development.”

“Exterro and ACEDS have a long history of partnership given our shared vision – that collaboration, training, and exchange of best practices among e-discovery professionals benefits all involved. We are thrilled to renew our commitment to ACEDS and look forward to jointly providing more valuable content to the e-discovery community,” said Bill Piwonka, Exterro’s Chief Marketing Officer.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

About Exterro
Exterro was founded with the simple vision that applying the concepts of process optimization and data science to how companies manage digital information and respond to litigation would drive more successful outcomes at a lower cost. We remain committed to this vision today as we deliver a fully integrated Legal GRC platform that enables our clients to address their regulatory, privacy, compliance and litigation risks more effectively and at lower costs.

With software solutions that span privacy, legal operations, compliance, cybersecurity and information governance, Exterro helps some of the world’s largest organizations work smarter and more efficiently.

Website URL: www.exterro.com

 

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Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
cindy@parkscommunications.com

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Beautifully Dormant? eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results – Winter 2020

The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey

The eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey is a non-scientific quarterly survey designed to provide insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the eDiscovery ecosystem. The survey consists of nine core multiple-choice questions focused on factors related to the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services. Additionally, the survey contains three optional questions focused on the business operational metrics of days sales outstanding (DSO), monthly recurring revenue (MRR), and revenue distribution across customer bases.

Initiated in January 2016, to date the survey has been administered seventeen times with more than 1,900 individual responses. The survey is open to legal, business, and information technology professionals operating in the eDiscovery ecosystem and individuals are invited to participate primarily via direct email invitations.

Winter 2020 Survey Results

The winter 2020 survey response period was initiated on December 28, 2019, and continued until the registration of 146 responses (January 11, 2020). Thanks to the continued strong support of the leadership and marketing team at both the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), this quarter’s survey experienced strong seasonal response rates within a short survey window and presents a strong picture of the current confidence levels of participants and practitioners in the eDiscovery ecosystem.

While individual answers to the survey are confidential, the aggregate and unfiltered results are published to highlight the business confidence of participants regarding economic factors impacting the creation, delivery, and consumption of eDiscovery products and services during the winter of 2020.

Business Confidence Questions (Required)

n = 146 Respondents

1. Which of the following segments best describes your business in eDiscovery?
Part of the eDiscovery ecosystem where your organization resides.

  • Software and/or Services Provider – 39.0% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Law Firm – 30.8% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Consultancy – 13.0%  (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Corporation – 8.9% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Other – 4.1% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Governmental Entity – 2.7% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Media/Research Organization – 1.4% (Up from Fall 2019)

Survey-Respondents-by-Organizational-Segment2. How would you rate the current general business conditions for eDiscovery in your segment?
Subjective feeling of business performance when compared with business expectations.

  • Good – 50.0% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Normal – 41.1% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Bad – 8.9% (Up from Fall 2019)

Current Business Climate Overview3. How do you think the business conditions will be in your segment six months from now?
Subjective feeling of business performance when compared with business expectations.

  • Better – 43.8.% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Same – 53.4% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Worse – 2.7% (Down from Fall 2019)

Business Climate Overview + Six Months4. How would you guess revenue in your segment of the eDiscovery ecosystem will be six months from now?
Revenue is income generated from eDiscovery-related business activities.

  • Higher – 51.4% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Same – 44.5% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Lower – 4.1% (Down from Fall 2019)

Revenue Overview + Six Months5. How would you guess profits in your segment of the eDiscovery ecosystem will be six months from now?
Profit is the amount of income remaining after accounting for all expenses, debts, additional revenue streams, and operating costs.

  • Higher – 35.6% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Same – 54.1% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Lower – 10.3% (Up from Fall 2019)

Profits Overview + Six Months6. Of the six items presented below, what is the issue that you feel will most impact the business of eDiscovery over the next six months?
Challenges that may directly impact the business performance of your organization.

  • Increasing Types of Data – 25.3% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Budgetary Constraints – 23.3% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Increasing Volumes of Data – 18.5% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Lack of Personnel – 13.0% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Data Security – 12.3% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Inadequate Technology – 7.5% (Down from Fall 2019)

Issues Impacting eDiscovery Business Performance7. In which geographical region do you primarily conduct eDiscovery-related business?
The location from which you are basing your business assessments.

  • North America (United States) – 82.9% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Europe (UK) – 6.2% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • North America (Canada) – 3.4% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Europe (Non-UK) – 2.7% (Same as Fall 2019)
  • Middle East/Africa – 2.1% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Asia/Asia Pacific – 2.1% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Central/South America – 0.7% (Up from Fall 2019)

Survey Respondents by Geographic Region8. What are best describes your primary function in the conduct of your organization’s eDiscovery-related business?

  • Legal/Litigation Support – 76.0% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Business/Business Support (All Other Business Functions) – 17.1% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • IT/Product Development – 6.8% (Up from Fall 2019)

Survey Respondents by Primary Function9. What are best describes your level of support in the conduct of your organization’s eDiscovery-related business?

  • Operational Management – 34.2% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Tactical Execution – 33.6% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Executive Leadership – 32.1% (Up from Fall 2019)

Survey Respondents by Level of Support

Business Metric Trajectory Questions (Optional)

10. How would you characterize the trajectory of your organization’s Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) during the last quarter?
n=124 Respondents

  • Increasing – 19.4% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Unfluctuating – 34.7% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Decreasing – 6.5% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Do Not Know – 39.5% (Down from Fall 2019)

eDiscovery Business Metric Trajectory_ Days Sales Outstanding11. How would you characterize the trajectory of your organization’s Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) during the last quarter?
n=124 Respondents

  • Increasing – 34.7% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Unfluctuating – 25.0% (Down from Fall 2019)
  • Decreasing – 10.5% (Up From Fall 2019)
  • Do Not Know – 29.8% (Down from Fall 2019)

eDiscovery Business Metric Trajectory_ Monthly Recurring Revenue12. Which of the following statements best describes the distribution of your organization’s revenue across your customer base during the last quarter?
n=124 Respondents

  • Increasing – 40.3% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Unfluctuating – 25.8% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Decreasing – 7.3% (Up from Fall 2019)
  • Do Not Know – 26.6% (Down from Fall 2019)

eDiscovery Business Metric Trajectory_ Distribution of Revenue Across Customer Base

 Past Survey Results

Source: ComplexDiscovery

Ipro ACEDS Partnership

ACEDS Announces Ipro Renews as Affiliate Partner

January 8, 2020 EAGAN, Minn. – Leading global eDiscovery education and certification provider, The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, is pleased to announce that Ipro, a global leader in eDiscovery and Trial software technology, has renewed its affiliate partnership.

As an ACEDS affiliate partner, Ipro plays an important role in the global ACEDS community, leveraging and contributing to the association’s education, marketing, training and professional development resources. Employees, and partners of Ipro have access to a breadth of job tools and networking forums, a global chapter network and events, and a best-practice-oriented worldwide community of professionals.

“The ACEDS community is strengthened by the quality of our affiliate partners,” said Mike Quartararo, president, ACEDS and professional development. “We’re excited and grateful that Ipro has chosen to renew its partnership with us and we look forward to our combined contributions to the eDiscovery field and our community.”

“Data continues to grow, new communication channels are being used every day, and disparate data sources need connecting and mining. This requires forward thinking and great technology,” said Ryan Joyce, Senior VP of Strategy for Ipro. “We’re honored to continue our relationship with ACEDS into 2020 as we help define standards, best practices, terminology, and defensibility in eDiscovery.”

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and supported by ACEDS chapters around the world. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at AmLaw 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and United Nations and some of the largest multinational corporations in the world.

About Ipro
Ipro is a global leader in eDiscovery technology used by Law Firms, Corporations, Service Providers, and Government to streamline discovery of electronic data, through review, and on to presentation at trial. Ipro draws upon decades of innovation to deliver high-performance software, services, and support, bundled as a solution and deployed the way you want it—Desktop, On-prem, Cloud, or Hybrid—significantly reducing the cost and complexity of eDiscovery.

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Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
cindy@parkscommunications.com