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Doug Austin’s 7th Annual E-Discovery Thought Leader Series Interviews: Jenkins, Mack and Horrigan

Tuesday, February 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Mack
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Doug Austin, of the eDiscovery Daily blog, gathered some long-timers at Legal Tech/LegalWeek and interviewed them for his Daily blog.  Excerpts below for David Horrigan, Brad Jenkins and Mary Mack.  Upcoming interviews will feature George Socha, Jason Baron and Craig Ball.

David Horrigan, E-Discovery Counsel and Legal Content Director of kCura in conversation with Doug Austin:

Another recent trend we’ve seen is with regard to an emphasis on technology competence for attorneys and we’re up to 26 states that have adopted some sort of technology competence requirement, with Florida being the first state that has required technology CLE for their attorneys.  Do you think the increased emphasis on technology competence will change the general lack of understanding of technology within the legal profession?

It has to.  These are mandatory ethics rules.  Ethics rules are not something you can choose to follow “a la carte” – if your state passes a rule, you have to follow it.  Because everyone’s lives are changing so much due to the proliferation of technology, the “luddite” lawyer who says “I went to law school so that I can avoid statistics” is in for a rude awakening.  Clearly, technology is a part of the practice of law.  Even most two year olds can swipe an iPad or an iPhone – if the two year olds are starting to get technology, lawyers need to get on board.

Read the entire Horrigan interview here

Brad Jenkins, CEO of CloudNine in conversation with Doug Austin:

Last year, I noted a clear trend toward SaaS automation within eDiscovery and I think it’s clear that trend has not only continued, but expanded.  In addition to the investment in some automation providers, and the emergence of others like our company, CloudNine, we’ve seen several of the “big boys” (such as Ipro, Thomson Reuters and kCura) roll out their own cloud-based automation initiatives.  In the past year, we also saw organizations like Gartner acknowledge that cloud eDiscovery solutions are gaining momentum in the market due to their ease of use and competitive and straightforward pricing structures.  The move to the cloud for eDiscovery reflects a similar migration to the cloud within organizations for everything from to Office 365.  In fact, recently published an article that reflected a prediction that, by 2020, 92% of everything we do will be in the cloud.  So, it makes sense that eDiscovery solutions would reflect that trend.

Read the entire Brad Jenkins interview here

Mary Mack, Executive Director of ACEDS, in conversation with Doug Austin:

We’ve got a couple of big things happening: one that’s stealth and one that’s not stealth.  I’ll tell you first about the “not stealth” one: we received approval to provide pro bono scholarships for any organization working on Access to Justice.  Regardless whether it’s a corporate or law firm pro bono program, a law school clinic, an advocacy organization, the public defender’s victims’ rights organizations, any of these types of programs can sponsor a scholarship.  The only requirement that we have is that they perform eight hours of pro bono work in order to apply and then they can put whatever other requirements on it that they want. 

Organizations who qualify can just pick somebody or hold a contest or whatever they want to do and we will enroll them in eDiscovery essentials, which is a $600 course that will give them an understanding of the functional landscape of eDiscovery, from soup to nuts, with a certificate to reflect completion of that course.  And, that will put them on the path to eDiscovery.  With what I was saying earlier about how government agencies can’t find those entry level people that they seek, part of the reason for that is that they can’t afford to get themselves educated.  So, this is a way for ACEDS to contribute to Access to Justice while also helping young people get that education.

The “stealth” item to mention is that we’re going to provide some cyber training.  We’re in beta and don’t have a press release or anything yet, but we’re working with Roy Zur, who gave a wonderful cybersecurity presentation at our national conference last year, on a project called “Cybint”.  He has put together an assessment and training program, with “bite size” training segments of around ten minutes each.  Once you take the assessment, you’ll know what training you need and you can focus on those specific ten minute training sessions to “up-level” your skills and start to bridge the gap between eDiscovery and cybersecurity.

Read the entire Mack interview here


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