Rounding out a rich fall conference schedule was Georgetown Law’s 12th Annual Advanced eDiscovery Institute in Washington, D.C. Although it was filled with the weary travelers of the circuit, one couldn’t tell after Christopher Surdak, author of Data Crush, delivered a powerful keynote on predictive technology. The tone was set: Technology is quickly influencing our private lives with predictive consumer products and services, and our legal world needs to be leveraging the same in our work.
The topic of predictive analytics was immediately followed by eDiscovery 2020 and the next five years of our growing technology. “TAR: just do it” (not an exact quote) appeared to be the sentiment to drive home that as responsible legal leaders we NEED to be using available technology without excuses. This was the first time I have found stated so overtly our need to adopt technology in this manner, but it is right on. The time for shirking acceptance of TAR and its workflows is over, and the judges in the audience certainly didn’t protest, though I am certainly not putting words in their mouths.
The remainder of the conference provided organized panels digging deeper into particular discussion points that encouraged cooperation, defined issues, focused on the new rules and offered ideas we should focus on over the coming years. The only challenge I faced when attending the sessions was wanting to be in two places at once. Now, to “relax,” enjoy the holiday season with little travel and prepare for Legaltech New York!
Rick started in the legal industry in 2002 working for a litigation support company where he began consulting with law firms on paper and electronic discovery. As eDiscovery began to grow, his path took him to deploying software in data processing and forensics. In 2006, he became a co-founder of Wave Software for high volume unstructured data culling for a more streamlined review. The company quickly grew in the emerging eDiscovery market and as a result, he co-founded The Masters Conference to bring thought leaders together for education on the evolving best legal practices. In 2012, he began working in the complex data/document review with iCONECT and began to consult with corporations, the federal government and law firms in complex review. Rick joined TCDI in 2014.
Rick has a Communications degree in Journalism from Liberty University.
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