TAR for Smart Chickens: The Webinar
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TAR for Smart Chickens: The Webinar

A primer on Special Master Grossman’s new TAR validation protocol

When: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
1-2 PM ET
Where: United States
Contact: ACEDS Customer Service

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Whether you are doing traditional linear review, keyword filtering or TAR, the end goal is to produce a reasonable number of relevant documents. Perfection isn’t required but sufficient recall—the percentage of relevant documents produced—is the sine qua non. Validation is the term we use for the process to show you have reached that goal.

Special Master Maura Grossman recently issued a landmark order crafting a new type of validation protocol, one that applies to every form of review. In Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation (Jan. 3, 2018, N.D. Ill). We wrote about it first in TAR for Smart Chickens. Michelle Lange recently wrote about this groundbreaking approach to validation for ACEDs as well.

How does this new protocol work? Join us for an in-depth look at Master Grossman’s intriguing approach to a difficult problem. Our goal will be to make it simple to understand and easy to follow.

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Guidelines for pre-search culling, targeting and domain filtering.
  • Comments on the use of search terms with TAR/CAL.
  • Required TAR/CAL disclosures and challenges.
  • Keyword search requirements and staging procedures.
  • A new validation process adding independent QC which applies to all review methods.

Master Grossman’s order is important not just for the parties in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation. Rather, this is the first comprehensive validation order that meets statistical needs as well as common sense. If you plan to use keyword search or any form of TAR in your next big case, you can expect to be required to meet some form of this groundbreaking validation order.

For additional background on this important Order, we invite you to read TAR for Smart Chickens (by Catalyst) and TAR Protocol Rules the Roost: In Re Broiler Chicken (by ACEDS). 



John Tredennick
Founder & CEO

A former trial lawyer and litigation partner with a large national law firm (20+ years), John has written or edited five books and countless articles on litigation and technology issues and has spoken before legal-technology audiences in five continents. Recently, The American Lawyer named him one of the top six e-discovery trail blazers in its issue on the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He also served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and was editor-in-chief of its flagship magazine Law Practice and the founder and editor of its webzine Law Practice Today.

Thomas C. Gricks, III
Managing Director of Professional Services

Before recently joining Catalyst, Tom was a general commercial litigator for 23 years. He practiced before both federal and state courts across the United States, and, in addition to Pennsylvania, is admitted to practice in a number of federal jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court. For the past several years, Tom has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to e-discovery, with an emphasis on TAR. He argued the Global Aerospace case before the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is the first case to permit the use of TAR over the objection of the opposing party. A licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.

Mary Mack
Executive Director

Mary is known for her skills in relationship and community building as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Frequently sought out by media for comment on industry issues, she has spoken at venues including Gartner Symposium, the American Bar Association International Law Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel annual conference, and others. Mary is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery, considered by many to be the first popular book on e-discovery. She is the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining ACEDS, Mary most recently served in a leadership role for ZyLab, a global provider of e-discovery and intelligent information governance software. Before that, she was with Fios, Inc. a provider of e-discovery services to Fortune 1,000 corporations and major law firms. A member of the Illinois State Bar, Mary received her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

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