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Kelly Twigger of ESI Attorneys: eDiscovery Trends 2018

This is the sixth of the 2018 Legaltech New York (LTNY) Thought Leader Interview series.  eDiscovery Daily interviewed several thought leaders at LTNY this year (and some afterward) to get their observations regarding trends at the show and generally within the eDiscovery industry.

Today’s thought leader is Kelly Twigger.  Kelly is a Discovery Strategist and the Principal of ESI Attorneys, one of the first law firms in the country dedicated to advising clients on the risks and challenges in ESI, including eDiscovery. ESI Attorneys works differently than a traditional law firm – they partner with businesses, law firms and municipalities that do not have discovery counsel knowledgeable to both advise on planning and preparing for eDiscovery and act as discovery counsel across litigation matters to achieve consistency and predictability. Kelly also has a passion for ensuring that lawyers and legal professionals have the tools they need to understand and leverage the power of ESI in discovery, and has developed a SaaS based platform to provide the ability for lawyers to get up to speed and stay there with eDiscovery Assistant.  eDiscovery Assistant is a web based curated eDiscovery research tool and learning center that allows users to conduct eDiscovery specific case law research, use curated discovery rules, forms and checklists together with a Learning Center that rethinks the delivery of legal education. CloudNine uses eDiscovery Assistant to identify and provide case law on this blog. In 2014, the Wisconsin State Bar recognized Kelly as a Legal Innovator for her development of eDiscovery Assistant. Kelly is a regular speaker at national and local events, blogger and the eDiscovery columnist for Above the Law.

What were your general observations about LTNY this year?

{Interviewed after the show}

If I had to pick one word to describe Legaltech this year, I would use the word change. I think that it was clear that the format of Legaltech is undergoing a substantial amount of change, both in terms of personnel and the approach to the show. It is not on the grand scale that it used to be, but it’s still the place to meet up with industry colleagues and get a glimpse of what’s happening in legal tech. The show had less focus on eDiscovery this year – and I attribute that to three things:  the consolidation of service providers in the space, the perceived maturity of the eDiscovery market (it’s not), and the development of new areas of risk in legal that are sexy – artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc. No question those issues are stealing the show in conversations. I saw some pretty amazing smaller companies with revolutionary (for the legal space) products that can start allowing some of the change in the practice of law that we’ve been talking about for a decade. I saw significantly less service providers at the show, because most of those folks moved to off-site meetings instead of having a presence on the vendor floor.  I felt like this year’s show gave credence that we are starting to recognize the changes in the practice of law – boutique firms is a good example – and to build the technology that can support them.

If you were “queen of LTNY” for a year, what kind of changes would you make?

Wow, now that’s a question. What changes would I make to the show? I was driving before we sat down and to talk, and I was thinking about Legaltech in relation to some of the other conferences in which I participate. The Masters Conference is one, the University of Florida Conference in which you and I are going to be on a panel together (tomorrow) is one. I feel like my learning is accelerated greater at those types of events where they are more intimate, where there’s more interaction between the people who were there versus Legaltech.

Legaltech has great panels, but they’re so spread out, in so many different rooms, with so many other events going on at the same time, and so many folks setting up private meetings outside of the conference. It’s a very different dynamic. I would restructure it to encourage those meetings, but also to allow participants to take advantage of the sessions. Why not acknowledge the need to have those meetings and build them into the show? I run from place to place most of the day – my fitness tracker logs many miles a day at Legaltech. It’s too hard to fit everything in a two to three day period that you want to. I’d like to see it facilitated better to make both of those things possibilities.

I’m not an event planner and that’s an easy thing for me to say and a hard thing to make happen. I’m not sure if that’s constructive feedback, or if ALM wants to hear it. But, that’s my thought. You’re getting so many truly knowledgeable people in a space — not just speakers but participants as well — who bring so much to the table from a support focus, from a paralegal focus, from a lawyer focus, from a consultant focus, and I don’t know that the event capitalizes on the value that comes to that conference in the format that it currently has. What I would love to see is the ability for more interaction to capitalize on that knowledge base.

eDiscovery Assistant has a lot of features and resources available. Obviously, one of the most notable aspects of that is all the case law you cover on your site. Do you have any observations on key trends you’ve seen with regards to the eDiscovery case law lately that has been evident from your perspective?

Yes. eDiscovery Assistant is our platform where we really strive to be a resource for people who are engaging in electronic discovery. eDA does not handle data, it’s a strategy tool. It’s a combination of legal research for discovery and a place to get answers on demand when you have to respond to the motion to compel or draft RFP’s on how to request Facebook data. The case law has been aplenty already for 2018 – as of March 24, we have 192 discovery decisions from across the country in the database, all tagged and able to be sorted by eDiscovery issue (think proportionality, social media, form of production, sanctions, etc.).

I’m seeing some inconsistency in application of the amendments from 2015. I’m also seeing that we don’t necessarily have lawyers who are coming to the table more informed about eDiscovery or how to argue issues or educate the judges. In terms of development, we’re seeing a lot more case law in social media, but primarily within the criminal context. We’re starting to see some really interesting developments with cloud-based issues, like the U.S. v. Microsoft Corp. case.

The Supreme Court heard U.S. v. Microsoft Corp. in late February on the issue of whether Microsoft should be required to pull data back from Ireland when the data actually lives in Ireland and not in the United States. The case will have a fundamental impact on the interpretation of the Stored Communications Act, how and where data is stored, and what the government’s reach is under that law. The decision is going to have a huge impact on businesses and the way that we manage our data as consumers from a cloud perspective. How many cloud based applications are you using?  I probably have 50 or more. I’m interested to see what else will come about this year in terms of development, but so far in the case law, we’re still waiting on new things to come about and lawyers to grasp these concepts and argue them effectively to the court. We’re still seeing a lack of education that I’d like to change. Clients deserve the representation on these issues, and we’ve never had such rapid development in an area of the law like we are seeing now. We have 910 cases in 2017 in eDA. 910 cases? That’s crazy.

One of the hotter topics this year at LTNY was GDPR. Where do you think the majority of organizations stand with GDPR? How do you think these next few months are going to unfold?

What I’m seeing with GDPR and working towards compliance varies tremendously across the size of organizations. There still remains a lot of confusion about the applicability of GDPR and what organizations need to be thinking about, and whether they need to be. If you are thinking approaching GDPR compliance, what it is that you specifically need to be addressing? Some of that goes back to the fact that information governance is not as prominent in every organization as it should be, or that those of us in this space would like to think that it should be. I’m not sure that I have great answers for you on GDPR, except that the next few months are going to be very interesting. I think that the enforcement and what comes out of GDPR is going to be the most telling. If eDiscovery is any indication, we won’t see a lot of action for some organizations until we see some enforcement decisions that really bring about the emphatic nature of the privacy regulations.

With regard to eDiscovery, information governance and cybersecurity, what are people not talking enough about that they should be?

That varies by organization. When we have panel discussions, there’s often a lot of discussion at the very high level of cybersecurity, GDPR, or blockchain, and privacy issues. eDiscovery is getting pushed to the wayside prematurely, almost as if some folks are tired of talking about it. I don’t just say that because it’s what we do every day, but because I see it every single day – lawyers at every size organization who don’t know the basics or the technology and how to ask the questions and engage effectively in eDiscovery. A lawyer the other day told me he had friends retire from practicing rather than wade into eDiscovery, it causes that much angst. There are many, many, organizations, law firms and clients in general that are still down at the very base considerations of, “we know we need to be thinking more about ESI and what we’re doing with it, but we don’t know how to think about those things, or what our goals need to be, or how to structure them, because we’re not used to working with business information or governance IT altogether. We’re still in that silo kind of fashion.”  While the market has matured in service delivery, the clients are not there yet. There are a lot of basic things in information governance and eDiscovery that still need to be considered. The more risks you have in cybersecurity and these other issues, the more you’re likely to have tackled them, but those are also risks that are addressed by IT directly and so the liaison between the two isn’t as difficult as it is with eDiscovery. We’ve still got a long way to go.

What would you like our readers to know about things you’re working on?

We are working to solve the problem that I am passionate about – getting lawyers and legal professionals knowledgeable about eDiscovery and getting the clients the representation they need. That there are folks who really don’t know how to get started, lawyers who don’t know how to handle a case with significant or even any electronic discovery involved, which most cases are now – whether they’re law firms, whether they’re lawyers in-house or whether they’re government attorneys. If we want folks to be able to have the ability to understand what the processes are in electronic discovery and dealing with privacy and even some cybersecurity issues, and how to be able to address them, we have to solve the education and knowledge problem first, and that’s what we are trying to do by rethinking the delivery of education in short, manageable and practical chunks.

As lawyers, our job is to issue spot, and we can’t issue spot what we don’t know. In eDiscovery Assistant, we’ve built an online community of users with a knowledge base and continuing education to help tell them by answering questions that arise with developments in technology and the law. For example, here are the issues, now that your clients are migrating to Office 365, here the issues in capturing social media. Here are the issues when you’re using a platform and your service provider suddenly goes under. What do you need to be thinking about? How do you set up contract review? How do you collect any kind of data when you’re sitting in your office and you suddenly have a client’s hard drive? We set out to build a platform that addresses the practical needs of lawyers who have little time, increased client demands, AFA’s etc. and can still give them a credible understanding of what they need to do in eDiscovery. It’s very unique to the legal space. We’ve never had anything like this. We want to create a space where lawyers and legal professionals and anyone who touches the eDiscovery process – these areas where we’re dealing with ESI issues, privacy and cybersecurity and the like – will be able to come in and get up to speed quickly. That’s really what we’re working on. We’re rethinking both the delivery of legal research and also legal education on these topics. We’re really excited about what we’re doing and looking forward towards 2018 has to bring.

Thanks, Kelly, for participating in the interview!

Also, we’re getting ever closer to the University of Florida E-Discovery Conference, which will be held this Thursday, March 29.  As always, the conference will be conducted in Gainesville, FL on the University of Florida Levin College of Law campus (as well as being livestreamed), with CLE-accredited sessions all day from 8am to 5:30pm ET.  I (Doug) am on a panel discussion at 9am ET in a session titled Getting Critical Information From The Tough Locations – Cloud, IOT, Social Media, And Smartphones! with Craig Ball, Kelly, and with Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone.  Click here to register for the conference – it’s only $199 for the entire day in person and only $99 for livestream attendance.  Don’t miss it!

As always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic!

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Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by CloudNine. eDiscovery Daily is made available by CloudNine solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Daily should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

Welcoming a New Blog and a New Champ: eDiscovery Trends

OK, I admit that only one of these topics is completely about eDiscovery – the other is somewhat about eDiscovery, sort of…

When I attended Relativity Fest last week (here’s a recap of some of the highlights), one of the highlights of the conference was the ACEDS happy hour on Monday evening, where I got to visit with everybody from my CloudNine colleagues to Kelly Twigger to Bill Hamilton to Andy Sjeja to Tom and Gayle O’Connor to George Socha to Jim Gill.

I had never met Jim Gill before, but I have been a fan of his work on the Exterro blog.  So, I was delighted to find out that Jim was joining the ACEDS team to manage marketing for them.  And, now – not surprisingly – ACEDS has announced a new blog called the ACEDS eDiscovery Voice!  Jim’s first post discussed one of the panels at Relativity Fest, where David Horrigan of Relativity moderated (how many panels did he moderate, just sayin’) and Mary Mack Executive Director of ACEDS, Patrick Burke from Cardozo Law School; Wendy Collins Perdue, Dean of the University of Richmond School of Law; William Hamilton, Professor at the University of Florida School of Law; and Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, US District Judge and Professor at St. Mary’s Law school all participated as panelists.

Jim’s post discussed how the legal profession is changing and how legal project management is causing traditional training of attorneys and paralegals to shift (there’s that word again).  Good post and I look forward to more good posts in the new ACEDS blog.

In my years of providing litigation support and technology services to clients, I’ve worked on my share of high-stress and high-deadline projects.  One project from the early 90’s stands out during my “Big 6” (as it was known back then) consulting days – I was recruited to join the project on a Friday the 13th (which should have been a clue) and worked ungodly hours (and most weekends) for the next three months to manage data related to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization and submit a reorganization plan to the court (that hearing was also on a Friday the 13th).  Our working pattern was two to three nights of working late (typically between 10pm and midnight) and then one night of hanging out at the hotel bar, which is the only bar I’ve ever been able to go into and request “the usual”.

Anyway, imagine working a project like that for seven to nine months, with many nights working late, some under the most extreme stress, with the whole world watching and a city (devastated by recent floods) counting on you to give them a big lift and bring them joy.  When some of them have never experienced that joy in up to 55 years of waiting.  No pressure, right?  :o)

With all due respect to my friends and readers of the blog from Los Angeles, I’m talking about the Houston Astros, who won their first ever championship Wednesday night in the last game – winner take all – in the season.  While I celebrate the Astros’ championship (while at the same time wishing that my mother and father had lived long enough to see it), it occurs to me that a baseball team is much like a project team, doing what they can to come through in the clutch to meet deadlines.  While those of us who don’t play major league baseball will not get the headlines that they do, the satisfaction of meeting a goal is much the same.  Congratulations, Astros and congratulations Houston!

So, what do you think?  Do you have any extreme project stories to share?  As always, please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by CloudNine. eDiscovery Daily is made available by CloudNine solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Daily should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

That Was Random: eDiscovery Best Practices

This may be the shortest title ever in this history of this blog.  In the first year of the blog’s existence (when we had a lot fewer subscribers and readers than we do now), we did a three part series on how to perform an iterative random sample of a search result set to evaluate the results.  As we have discussed the topic recently in two webinars, I thought I would revisit it here for those who didn’t attend the webinars (though you can still check them out on demand) and weren’t readers of our blog back then.

Searching is part science and part art – there are too many variables to make assumptions about your search results, so you must test your search results to determine whether your search criteria is valid or needs revision.  Often, you’ll find variables that you didn’t anticipate that force you to revise your search.

It’s not just important to test the result set from your search, it’s also important to test what was not retrieved to look for result hits you might have missed.

How many documents should you review in your test of each set?  How do you select the documents to test?  Initial testing can help identify some issues, but to develop a level of demonstrable confidence in your search, your test should involve random sampling of each set.

To determine the number of documents you need to sample, you need three things:

  • Size of the Test Set: This would be the size of the result set OR the size of the set of documents NOT retrieved in the result set;
  • Confidence Level: The amount of uncertainty you can tolerate in your results. A typical confidence level is 95% to 99%;
  • Margin of Error: The amount of error that you can tolerate (typically 5% or less).

The good news is that you don’t have to dust off your statistics textbook from college.  There are several sites that provide sample size calculators to help you determine an appropriate sample size, including this one.

Here’s an example.  A search retrieves 100,000 files, with 1,000,000 files NOT retrieved:

Retrieved: Size of the test set = 100,000; confidence level = 99%, margin of error = 5%.  You need to review 660 retrieved files to obtain a 99% confidence level in the resulting test (goes down to 383 retrieved files if a 95% confidence level will do).

NOT Retrieved: Size of the test set = 1,000,000; confidence level = 99%, margin of error = 5%.  You need to review 664 retrieved files to obtain a 99% confidence level in the resulting test (goes down to 384 retrieved files for a 95% confidence level).

As you can see, the sample size doesn’t need to increase much when the population gets really large and you can review a relatively small subset to check the results.

Once you have determined the number of documents you need in your test set, it’s best to generate a random selection of the documents you plan to test to avoid potential bias in your results.  This site has a random integer generator which will randomly generate whole numbers.  Simply supply the number of random integers that you need to be generated, the starting number and ending number of the range and the site will then generate a list of numbers that you can copy and paste into a text file or even a spreadsheet.

You can then apply those randomly generated numbers to your result set to review those selected documents to test your search.

In our Best Practices for Effective eDiscovery Searching webcast earlier this year, I walked through an iterative example of testing and refining a search until it achieved the best balance of recall and precision.  The example is based on a real-life example I once performed for a client.  You can check it out on the webcast or via this old post here from our first year.

So, what do you think?  Do you use sampling to test your search results?  If not, why not?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by CloudNine. eDiscovery Daily is made available by CloudNine solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Daily should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

Welcome to 2016! The Age of eDiscovery Automation is Upon Us!: eDiscovery Trends

It was not that many years ago that if we wanted to buy something, we had to go to a store.  If we wanted to withdraw money from our bank account, we had to get it from a bank teller.  If we wanted to buy music, we had to go to a music store – today, we can download the music we want instantly.  If we wanted to rent a movie, we had to go to Blockbuster or one of the other movie rental stores now rendered obsolete by streaming services like Netflix*.  And, we can get just about anything else from Amazon and other online retailers that sell pretty much anything.

Did you know that, on this most recent Black Friday, where retailers have numerous discounts designed to get shoppers into their stores, online sales still outpaced in-store sales for that day.  Even on the “biggest shopping day of the year” more people would prefer to purchase Christmas gifts from the comfort of their home than to fight the crowds and wait in line at the stores.  My wife, Paige, and I did quite a bit of shopping that day for the kids and for friends – all online.  Your gift is “still in the mail”… :o)

Let’s face it, many services for which we used to rely on other people for are now automated in such a way that people can take care of that need themselves.  Most people love to be self-sufficient and do things themselves – as long as it’s reasonably simple to do so.  Why haven’t self-check lanes at grocery stores completely replaced those with an attendant that performs the check out for you?  Because the grocery stores haven’t figured out a way to make it easy enough (there are still many people who don’t like to use the self-check lanes at grocery stores because they find it to be too complicated).

What about in our industry – eDiscovery?  Are we an automated industry?  We’re becoming one – a lot faster than you think.

It’s hard to believe that next month will be the fourth anniversary of Judge Andrew J. Peck’s ruling in Da Silva Moore, which is widely considered to be the first case that considered technology-assisted review (TAR) to be an acceptable way to conduct review for ESI in discovery.  Since then, we have had numerous cases where TAR was approved for use during the review process and the technology and best practices associated with TAR have come a long way in a very short amount of time.  Automating the majority of document classification from a small subset classified by humans has become an accepted practice to significantly reduce review costs without sacrificing quality (if anything, quality has been found to have been improved in many instances).

Is that the only place where automation has been implemented in the eDiscovery process?  Nope.  Now, providers, including my company CloudNine (shameless plug warning!), have begun to automate many tasks from Identification to Production within the eDiscovery life cycle, with the biggest benefits gained in the Processing phase.  Now, you can point to a collection of Outlook PST or other files on a hard drive, upload them and an automated process will unpack them, extract attachments from emails, render all files to an HTML format, capture metadata, capture text, OCR image-only files that don’t have text and HASH the files for de-duplication (that’s what you can do with our software, anyway).  Many of these processes used to be manually performed (at least in part) and expensive; now, they can all easily performed with a few keystrokes from the comfort of your desktop – for free.  Automation has touched every phase within the EDRM model and will only continue to do so more as time passes.  It’s inevitable.

It’s time for all of us to accept that the age on eDiscovery automation is upon us.  As my boss likes to say, “you can get on the bus, or get run over by the bus”.  It’s here, and it’s here to stay.

*By the way, did you know that the CEO of Netflix once tried to sell his company to Blockbuster?  And, was turned down?  I’ll bet the executives at Blockbuster had that opportunity to do over again.

So, what do you think?  Do you think that we’ve reached the age of eDiscovery automation?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by CloudNine. eDiscovery Daily is made available by CloudNine solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscovery Daily should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

Why the Blog was Down — eDiscovery Downtime

 

If you’ve tried to access the blog for the past couple of days, you’ve experienced a lot of difficulty and, for parts of Monday and Tuesday, got an indication that the URL didn’t exist.  Here’s why:

According to Typepad, our platform for hosting the blog, “Beginning Thursday evening, Typepad was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) off and on through today. A DDoS attack is an attempt to make services unavailable, but in no way was your Typepad account compromised. All information in your Typepad account is secure, including billing information. The attack on Typepad was similar to an attack on Basecamp which you can read about here.

The Typepad blogs and application have been restored. We put in place some roadblocks to mitigate the attack, but we are on high alert as attackers change their tactics regularly.”

Typepad reported that originally on Friday, then was hit with another attack on Sunday that left our blog down until yesterday afternoon.  It has been up since then.

Hopefully, the blog will continue to be up and accessible.  We’re continuing to monitor the situation and will provide an update if anything changes regarding the DDoS attack that Typepad has encountered.  Thanks for your patience and thanks for reading the blog!

Not a Typical Blog Post Today

Since we started eDiscovery Daily back in September 2010, we have yet to miss a scheduled day to publish a blog post.  I’m not sure if today counts, but I feel compelled to talk about my dad.  Please excuse this one day departure from our normal topics.

My dad passed away on the morning of July 4, peacefully, in his sleep.  His name was Doug Austin too.  His funeral is today.  Dad never met a stranger and loved family and friends above all.  He would always tell us “be careful” when we left, even if it was just to go to the store 5 minutes away, and would say “no use to rush off” even if we stayed with him all day.  He loved spending time with family and numerous long-time friends.

He was a talented artist who loved to paint and create stained glass artwork.  All of our family has at least one of his beautiful stained glass pieces and dad typically welcomed each new member of the family with a stained glass piece tailored to them.  He was a great cook and I still prefer his steaks over those of any restaurant.

He had quirky sayings like “I’m still able to take nourishment” and “It’s time to get up and pay for your bed”.  When he farted, he would say “oops, I stepped on a frog”.  When he was really tired, he could snore loud enough to peel the paint off the walls.

He survived over 21 years after quadruple bypass surgery and survived over 2 years after being in the hospital for over three months.  He had congestive heart failure, COPD, kidney issues, lymphoma and a terrific, up-beat attitude that enabled him to not only survive all that for years, but to thrive.  He was always there for those he cared about and truly felt blessed by the love of his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and his friends.

I feel blessed to have had such a terrific father.  Dad, I love you.

Back to typical eDiscovery topics tomorrow, I promise.

Disclaimer: The views represented herein are exclusively the views of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views held by CloudNine Discovery. eDiscoveryDaily is made available by CloudNine Discovery solely for educational purposes to provide general information about general eDiscovery principles and not to provide specific legal advice applicable to any particular circumstance. eDiscoveryDaily should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a lawyer you have retained and who has agreed to represent you.

Craig Ball Interview Postponed Until Wednesday

To accommodate our two-part interview with Ralph Losey, we have postponed publishing our interview with Craig Ball until Wednesday.  Fear not!  Craig’s interview delayed is not Craig’s interview denied.  🙂

Announcement: Trial Solutions is now CloudNine Discovery!

 

In addition to today’s regular blog post about eDiscovery case law, we have an important announcement: Trial Solutions is pleased to announce that we have officially changed our name to CloudNine Discovery!

After much discussion, we determined that a more accurate name was needed to represent our expanded products and services which have developed over the years, particularly in the areas of online data and document review hosting

We selected our new name, "CloudNine Discovery" with two goals in mind: 1) to continue providing customer service that puts our clients "on cloud nine" and 2) to lead the world in combining self-service with managed hosting and "cloud" storage.  Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on local servers.

Our mission will continue to be to simplify the discovery process through innovative technology, transforming data hosting into a world-class experience that is easy and affordable. CloudNine Discovery will offer the same products and services offered by Trial Solutions, and our core leadership will remain intact.

As for the eDiscovery Daily blog?  While the name of the sponsor has changed, the blog will continue to provide daily eDiscovery news and analysis each and every business day, just as we always have.  We haven’t missed a day yet (knock on wood!) and will do our best to continue to provide useful information from an eDiscovery perspective.

As always, please share any comments you might have or if you'd like to know more about a particular topic.

CORRECTION: Announcing Thought Leader Interview with Jeffrey Brandt, Editor of Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest

 

As eDiscovery Daily has done in the past, we have periodically interviewed various thought leaders in eDiscovery and legal technology to provide insight as to trends in the industry for our readers to consider.  Recently, I was able to interview Jeffrey Brandt, Editor of the Pinhawk Law Technology Daily Digest and columnist for Legal IT Professionals.

With an educational background in computer science and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, Jeff has over twenty four years of experience in the field of legal automation working with various organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  I believe you will find he has some unique insights to share with the readers of eDiscovery Daily regarding legal technology trends.

I had stated that Jeff's interview will be published this Friday, April 22, but forgot that this Friday is Good Friday (no blog post that day, sorry!).  So, Jeff's interview will be published next Monday, April 25 instead.  Mark your calendars!

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