The Open Source Revolution: Could it lead to a standard product for TAR engines available to anyone for free? Join Tom and John for a TAR Talk look at how the open source revolution is now reaching the legal profession.
Principal and Founder
John has been following the rule of twenty and is on round four. After 20 years pretending to grow up, he became a partner and trial lawyer with Holland & Hart. After twenty years at the law firm, he founded Catalyst. Then, twenty years later he sold Catalyst and started Merlin Digital Magic, which builds automation workflow for legal and regulatory compliance.
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.
Thomas C. Gricks III
Director, Data Analytics
A prominent e-discovery lawyer and a leading authority on the use of TAR, Tom is a director of data analytics, at OpenText. He advises corporations and law firms on best practices for applying technology to reduce the time and cost of discovery and investigations. Tom has more than 25 years’ experience as a trial lawyer and in-house counsel, most recently with the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, where he was a partner and chair of the E-Discovery Practice Group. He was lead e-discovery counsel in Global Aerospace v. Landow Aviation, the first case in the country to authorize the use of TAR over the objection of opposing counsel.
Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP
Mary Mack, Esq., CEDS, CISSP is the executive director of The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and is known as an eDiscovery leader and pioneer. Mack authored the very first book on the field, A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. Her follow-up book, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel published by Thomson Reuters, co-edited with Carole Basri, is now in its eighth edition. Mack has pioneered processes, helped build the global eDiscovery community and written articles and posts that have helped build the industry. She is widely known for her technical expertise, and has served as product counsel and subject matter expert. She is an internationally recognized speaker and frequently sought after for her expert opinion on the complex issues facing our industry and the people in it. Mack was just recently honored with Relativity’s Stellar Woman in eDiscovery nomination and was included in a book as one of “100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cyber Crime” by Cyber Ventures.