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2018: Emerging Trends in eDiscovery

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A look at the discovery and technology trends that are reshaping the way we practice law.

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2018: Emerging Trends in eDiscovery

  1. 1. 2018: Emerging Trends in eDiscovery February 7, 2018
  2. 2. Lightning Round! What we will also get wrong in 2019? The Walking Dead: Things that we keep being told are dead, but yet are still here (so they must be zombies) Other Legal Tech Predictions eDiscovery Predictions 2 Agenda
  3. 3. Presenters Brett Burney Attorney and Consultant Burney Consultants, LLC Michael Simon Attorney and Consultant Seventh Samurai, LLC Antigone Peyton Attorney PROTORÆ Law 3
  4. 4. 1. eDiscovery Predictions 4
  5. 5. There’s still an “e” in front of Discovery* *Yes, we know what the title of our presentation is; it’s just further proof of the problem 5
  6. 6. The first generation of “eDiscovery* Judges” retires And that is actually very good news in a way 6*At this point, our continued use of the “e” in eDiscovery is our (lame) version of irony
  7. 7. eDiscovery is everywhere! It’s not just for BigLaw anymore eDiscovery increasingly common in smaller cases, with smaller firms 7
  8. 8. Sanctions motions and rulings get increasingly rare Due to the difficulty of proving “intent” under FRCP 37(e) We could see more Rule 34(b) violations for boilerplate objections And . . . 8
  9. 9. Inherent authority to enter sanctions increases “Inspired” by the US Supreme Court, Goodyear v. Haeger (2017) Increases as a result of frustrations with limitations of 37(e) 9
  10. 10. Meet & Confer becomes increasingly important Especially as the new crop of eDiscovery-aware judges require cooperation Is it time for the Sedona Cooperation Proclamation to shine? 10
  11. 11. And they keep messing it up when they do use it Even though we keep telling them about it . . . Lawyers still won’t use FRE 502(d) 11
  12. 12. 2. Other Legal Tech Predictions 12
  13. 13. Data volumes continue to skyrocket But our ability to filter it down will continue to grow faster Except, for new data types it will require time to adapt 13
  14. 14. IoT and blockchain information are actually impacting legal practice 14
  15. 15. The impact of ephemeral messaging 2007: Ephemeral hysteria over Columbia v. Bunnell = a rare exception 2017: Real hysteria over Waymo v. Uber = uses one of many, free apps 15
  16. 16. 3. 16
  17. 17. That “e” in eDiscovery Zombie Power Level 1: Dungeons & Dragons Easily taken out by even a low level Cleric, is the end nigh? 17
  18. 18. The Billable Hour Zombie Power Level 2: Shaun of the Dead “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” - Karl Marx (a commie, not a zombie) 18
  19. 19. The Billable Hour 19 Growth of Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) (from BTI’s “State of AFAs 2016”)
  20. 20. BigLaw Zombie Power Level 28: 28 Days Later Fast and furious, and even when they are finally defeated, there’s always the sequel 20
  21. 21. A sample set of the recent so-called “wake up calls” for BigLaw BigLaw 21
  22. 22. “It’s hard to convince a room full of millionaires that they’ve got their business model wrong.” - Richard Susskind (not a zombie, as far as we know) BigLaw 22
  23. 23. Lawyers Zombie Power Level 100: Night of the Living Dead If a 15th Century Shakespearean villain couldn’t kill us all, first thing, will robots now finally finish us off? 23
  24. 24. “I do not believe that lawyers are self- evidently entitled to profit from the law. . . the law is not there to provide a livelihood for lawyers” - Richard Susskind (not a robot either, we believe) 24
  25. 25. 4. Lightning Round! What will we also get wrong in 2019? Questions can be submitted using the “Questions” box in your BrightTalk webinar control panel Picture credit: Jeremy Thomas, Unsplash 25
  26. 26. Brett Burney @macsinlaw and @bburney Michael Simon @RoninMikeSimon Antigone Peyton @antigonepeyton 26
  27. 27. Closing The Loop: Read Logikcull’s legaltech news and trends blog at Check out a demo of “Instant Discovery” at More Resources: