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By Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Published on Wed, May 26, 2010

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When kCura released Relativity Version Six earlier this month, I was skeptical of its improvements. Many times, new software releases include minor upgrades or backend tweaks that do not affect my day-to-day life. Boy did kCura prove me wrong on this one. Though a few of the upgrades were the usual “boring” tweaks, the addition of Pivot was enough to blow me away. Pivot is a new analysis tool that allows users to get an overview of their case in a visual format. Not only does it step up Relativity’s visual appeal, but it is also useful for gaining insight into your case. With Pivot, you can now evaluate your case in an entirely new way. For example, you can analyze email domains, see the intersection between keywords by custodian and create timelines. This analysis is presented visually in lists, pie charts, line graphs or bar graphs. These graphs can be used for early case assessment, case strategy and review quality control. This is a huge improvement to Relativity allowing you to use this tool for more than just linear review and clustering.

The Power of Relativity Pivot in Early Case AssessmentThanks to the power of Pivot, Relativity can now be used as a culling tool before you start your review. If you are not using a separate ECA tool,you can rely on the Pivot feature to gain some similar ECA tool advantages. You can use the Pivot feature to view timelines of your case and assess the relevant dates as well as to cull out certain categories of documents. For example,in just a few minutes, and a few clicks of your mouse, you can segregate groups of documents and prioritize your review. Pivot allows you to obtain a list of the sender domains in your data. From this list, you can identify potential irrelevant domains and/or potentially privileged documents (see screen shot below). By clicking on the domain, you can see all the documents in the particular domain. For the potentially privileged documents, you can bulk batch them and send to your team for immediate privilege review. For the likely irrelevant domains, you can scroll through a sampling of the documents and when you are satisfied that the documents are not in fact relevant, you can bulk tag them as such and avoid the time and expense of reviewing junk mail.

The Power of Relativity Pivot in Early Case AssessmentYou can also use the line graph feature to give you an idea of what months and/or years to focus discovery on and identify any issues with your discovery to-date. By creating a graph such as the one below, you can identify all the sent dates for your custodians. The graph below, created using data in a sales database, shows that the custodian Larry Campbell sent a large number of emails in November 2000 and May 2001. If these same peaks appear in other custodians, you may be able to focus your case around this period. This chart also helps you identify that there are some issues with the sent dates in your data—there should not be emails from 1979 and 2020. You can follow up on these data concerns early on in your case whereas without a timeline you may not have noticed this anomaly.

About the Author
Debora Motyka Jones, Esq.

Vice President

As Vice President, Debora plays an essential role on the company’s executive team by collaborating around new markets, and bringing a customer-centric and pragmatic approach to achieving corporate and customer goals. She is responsible for building out a robust team of legal and technology experts in the eastern US, driving forward partnerships focused on delighting clients, and expanding the company’s brand through thought leadership events and new relationships. Debora’s background as a litigator and buyer, as well as her vast client-facing and operational experience will enable Lighthouse to provide the high-caliber, consultative client experience, the company is known for.

Debora has been with Lighthouse since 2009 and has made a significant impact on the company’s growth and business strategy during her tenure. With a background in litigation from practicing at law firms in both Washington D.C and Washington State, her expertise and deep understanding of complex ediscovery matters enabled her to create a resonating brand and architect the innovative products and services that keep Lighthouse at the forefront of the ediscovery market. She led the execution and implementation of the company’s rebranding in 2012 and developed the marketing department from the ground up. In addition, she has been instrumental in spearheading the company’s strategic technology partnerships, driving the formation of Lighthouse’s product strategy, and the evolution of Lighthouse’s SmartSeries. She also instituted and continues to maintain a client advisory board to ensure strong alignment with market demands. Finally, in 2015, Debora lead the company’s expansion to the eastern seaboard by managing the development the New York office and team, as well as expanding upon the company’s current set of services and clientele.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Debora was a Complex Commercial Litigation Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. where she worked on matters such as the WorldCom and Enron bankruptcies. Her practice also included multi-million-dollar commercial and securities litigation, and internal investigations. While at Weil, Debora was recognized three times for her dedication to pro bono service. Debora also practiced as a litigation Associate at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC. Her practice included commercial, employment, and securities litigation, as well as legal malpractice defense.

Debora received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia (inactive membership), and Washington State. Debora is Level II Pragmatic Marketing Certified. Debora is actively involved in the legal community as the former Director of Women in eDiscovery, as a mentor with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, as an Advisory Board Member for the Organization of Legal Professionals, as the former Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)'s New to In-House Committee, and as a former board member of the Washington Women Lawyers (WWL). Debora was also recognized for her contribution to the ACC and was named 2012 WWL Board Member of the Year. Debora is a frequent speaker on eDiscovery strategy, a former instructor for the Organization of Legal Professionals, and a regular Lighthouse blog contributor.