Over the last four years, I’ve been privy to a lot of RFPs that have come through our doors. I’ve also issued RFPs to select some of our partners. As the respondent, I groan at having to fill out hundreds of questions that are just different enough from the last RFP to require significant editing. As the proponent, I groan at having to read dozens of pages of responses. However, if the right questions are asked, it is a useful exercise that can be a very effective way of selecting a partner.
Co-authored by Andrew Chang
Most lawyers know little about IT and most IT professionals know little about the law. So whose problem is it when these two areas collide? The short answer is both. However, the existence of an open dialogue between the groups can make all the difference in making eDiscovery run more efficiently. This post addresses three assumptions I’ve heard from Legal Departments and provides some tips on how to make eDiscovery run more efficiently at your company.
Many clients spend a disproportionate amount of time on producing their own data (culling, searching, analyzing, reviewing, QC’ing, re-reviewing, re-analyzing, priv logging, redacting, and QC’ing again) versus how much time they spend on incoming productions (usually linear review or haphazard searching). In theory, both sets of data should be created equal with as much thought and analysis spent on the documents you are receiving. Unfortunately, throwing these documents into an internal database has become common practice. There is a...
It seems self-evident to many ediscovery professionals that a little planning now can save you time later. But, all too often we see our clients pushing aside smaller projects in favor of tackling larger ones. How often have you said to your service provider, “just process all the data now so I can get my team reviewing!” Was this a productive use of your reviewers’ time? I would invite you to explore how spending 30 minutes at the outset of a matter can save you and your team hours later.
With all the TAR postings in the last couple of months, you may be wondering whether linear review is passé. Quite the contrary, we actually believe linear review has a valuable place in ediscovery. There are phases of review, certain data sizes, and specific data types well suited to linear review. It can be a very powerful tool when utilized in a thoughtful and deliberate manner.