In this episode, we talk with Dr. Bill Dimm, founder and CEO of Hot Neuron, the maker of Clustify software. Bill has been developing TAR algorithms since the beginning. He recently wrote an interesting post called “TAR, Proportionality, and Bad Algorithms” (1-NN) with interesting observations about our title topic. We want to hear more of what he has to say. Come join us.
TAR Talk is a 20 minute (or so) podcast coming live from our virtual front porch, where Tom and John (sometimes with guests) yak about issues relating to technology assisted review (that’s what the TAR part means) and just about any other legal technology topic that comes to mind. During these podcasts, Tom and John will hit real issues, share their knowledge, discuss research and try to nail one issue of importance to legal professionals in each session. They will also offer bad analogies, even worse jokes and make fun of themselves, sometimes in response to your questions. The only thing they won’t do (if you are lucky) is offer advice on how to fix your car.
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John was a partner and trial lawyer with Holland & Hart before he founded Catalyst in 2000. Older than he looks in this picture, John has written or edited eight books and countless articles on legal technology topics, including (with Tom and others) TAR for Smart People (2nd ed.), a User’s Guide to TAR and several others for the ABA and private publishers. Showing that you can fool some of the people some of the time, John has won a number of awards--from being named an e-discovery trailblazer to legal visionary to top 100 global technology leader. When he is not sitting on his virtual porch, you will find him competing on the national equestrian show jumping circuit or playing drums and singing in a classic rock jam band.
Managing Director, Professional Services
Before he joined Catalyst, Tom was a trial lawyer with the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he was a partner and chair of the e-Discovery Practice Group. During his tenure, he acted as lead e-discovery counsel in Global Aerospace v. Landow Aviation, the first case in the U.S. to authorize the use of TAR over the objection of opposing counsel. Tom’s work on that case was highlighted in a 2013 Wall Street Journal article, "How a Computer Did the Work of Many Lawyers." In his spare time, Tom hides out in a cozy cabin in the woods, a few hours from Pittsburgh where neither phones nor computers work well but the huntin’ is good.
Founder and CEO
Hot Neuron LLC
Dr. Dimm is the founder and CEO of Hot Neuron LLC. He developed the algorithms for predictive coding, conceptual clustering, and near-dupe detection used in the company's Clustify software. He is writing a book that is tentatively titled "Predictive Coding: Theory & Practice." He has over two decades of experience in the development and application of sophisticated mathematical models to solve real-world problems in the fields of theoretical physics, mathematical finance, information retrieval, and e-discovery. Prior to starting Hot Neuron, he did derivative securities research at Banque Nationale de Paris. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from Cornell University.
Mary Mack, CEDS
Mary Mack is a long-time industry expert with over 25 years of experience and leadership to her credit. Under her leadership, ACEDS furthers its commitment of building an international community of e-discovery practitioners for the exchange of training, certification, professional development and networking. Mack is known for her strength in relationship and community building, as well as for the depth of her e-discovery knowledge. Before joining ACEDS, Mary was the Enterprise Technology Counsel for ZyLAB, a global eDiscovery and Intelligent Information Governance software company focused on helping organizations insource eDiscovery to reduce legal spend and prevent privacy breaches and IP leakage. Prior to eDiscovery, Mary designed, coded, tested and maintained mission critical enterprise systems for banks, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. Certified in eDiscovery, security, access and identity management, forensics and computer telephony, Mary is admitted to the Illinois bar and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Mary is the author of A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery and the co-editor of Thomson Reuters West’s eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel.