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Insight Predict Named New Product of the Year At 2015 LTN Innovation Awards

Legaltech West Innovation Award - Catalyst Insight

Erin Harrison, editor-in-chief, Legaltech News; John Tredennick, founder and CEO, Catalyst; Jeremy Pickens, senior applied research scientist, Catalyst; and Tom Larranaga, publisher, Legaltech News, at the awards ceremony.

We are thrilled to announce that at a ceremony last night in San Francisco, Legaltech News named Insight Predict—Catalyst’s next-generation technology assisted review (TAR) product—as the winner in the New Product of the Year category of the Legaltech News Innovation Awards.

The award was announced at a special event at the City Club of San Francisco at the close of Legaltech West Coast.

The LTN Innovation Awards recognize the best legal technology leaders, products and projects in the legal community. Award winners were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of members of Legaltech News’ editorial staff. In addition to recognizing law department and law firm leaders, LTN presented awards to 20 vendors and services providers across a variety of categories.

With the February 2015 release of Catalyst’s Active Review functionality within Insight Predict, Catalyst became the first to integrate continuous active learning (CAL) technology—the next generation of TAR—directly into the review process. Active Review eliminates the traditional separation between linear review and TAR by combining them in a single, integrated workflow. Continue reading

Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Latest Grossman/Cormack Research Shows that CAL is Effective Across Multiple Issues

No actual birds were harmed in the making of this blog post!

Since the advent of Technology Assisted Review (aka TAR, predictive coding or computer-assisted review), one of the open questions is whether you have to run a separate TAR process for each item in a document request. As litigation professionals know, it is rare to have only one numbered request in a Rule 34 pleading. Rather, you can expect to see scores of requests (typically as many as the local rules allow). Continue reading

Podcast: Innovating Technology in E-Discovery

esibytes_logo_electronic_discovery_educationCatalyst founder and CEO John Tredennick is a featured guest on the latest episode of Karl Schieneman’s ESI Bytes podcast, where he talks about the challenges of introducing innovative technologies to the legal community. Also on this episode are Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and  Jay Lieb, a founder of NexLP.

In this episode, both Schieneman and Judge Facciola serve as the interviewers, asking questions of Tredennick and Lieb, with Judge Facciola also sharing his own insights. Schieneman explained his intent in choosing the topic of innovating technology:

Every year the most popular CLE program in the country is LegalTech so one would think the desire to learn new technology is rampant among lawyers. Experience in the field would tend to suggest otherwise. We thought it would be interesting to have two entrepreneur technologists on the show to talk about their perspectives on gaining adoption of new technologies in the legal space.

You can listen to or download the podcast here.

California Considers Ethical Duty To Be Competent in E-Discovery

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Many attorneys still consider e-discovery to be a niche area of law practice, one they would prefer to stay well away from. But do lawyers have an ethical responsibility to be knowledgeable about e-discovery and competent in its practice? In California, the answer could soon be, “Yes.”

A proposed ethics opinion of the State Bar of California (Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 11-0004) would require attorneys who represent clients in litigation either to be competent in e-discovery or associate with others who are competent. The bar is accepting public comments on the proposed opinion until April 9, 2015. Continue reading

For Our Readers: Discounted Registration for Arkfeld eDiscovery Conference


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Judge Scheindlin

The fourth annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference takes place March 11-13 in Tempe, Ariz., and we are happy to be able to offer this blog’s readers a 30 percent discount on registration.

This annual conference — produced by noted e-discovery attorney and educator Michael Arkfeld and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University — features three full days of programs presented by some of the leading judges, practitioners and educators. Continue reading

Your TAR Temperature is 98.6 — That’s A Pretty Hot Result

Our Summit partner, DSi, has a large financial institution client that had allegedly been defrauded by a borrower. The details aren’t important to this discussion, but assume the borrower employed a variety of creative accounting techniques to make its financial position look better than it really was. And, as is often the case, the problems were missed by the accounting and other financial professionals conducting due diligence. Indeed, there were strong factual suggestions that one or more of the professionals were in on the scam.

As the fraud came to light, litigation followed. Perhaps in retaliation or simply to mount a counter offense, the defendant borrower hit the bank with lengthy document requests. After collection and best efforts culling, our client was still left with over 2.1 million documents which might be responsive. Neither time deadlines nor budget allowed for manual review of that volume of documents. Keyword search offered some help but the problem remained. What to do with 2.1 million potentially responsive documents? Continue reading

Download our Free E-Book: ‘TAR for Smart People’

book_tar_for_smart_peopleIn her column today for the popular legal blog Above the Law, technology writer Nicole Black says that one of the best items of swag at this year’s LegalTech New York was the new book from Catalyst, TAR for Smart People: How Technology Assisted Review Works and Why It Matters for Legal Professionals.

At LegalTech, Catalyst handed out the book in hard copies. But for those of you who did not make it to LegalTech (or who just don’t want to kill any more trees), the e-book edition is now also available. To get your own copy, download it here free. It is available in both PDF and Epub versions.

The book was written by Catalyst founder and CEO John Tredennick,  with contributions by Dr. Jeremy Pickens,, one of the world’s leading information retrieval scientists and senior applied research scientist at Catalyst; Mark Noel, a lawyer who is managing director of professional services at Catalyst; and me, a lawyer and technology writer and director of communications at Catalyst. It features a forward by internationally known e-discovery lawyer Ralph Losey.

Starting from the premise that TAR is a sophisticated process that draws on science, technology and law, the book explains the basics of TAR while also exploring advanced issues and applications. The book serves as a practitioners’ guide to TAR, with a focus on the newest TAR protocol, Continuous Active Learning (CAL).

Screening and Panel in Denver Feb. 19 to Look at Past, Future of E-Discovery

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The Decade of Discovery—an acclaimed documentary that chronicles the impact of the information explosion on the courts and the government during the years 2002 to 2012—will be screened in an exclusive Denver-area showing on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the University of Denver, Davis Auditorium.

The documentary tells the story of a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, a teacher who takes a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier, and the resulting revolution in the way law is practiced and the government operates. It was written and directed by Joe Looby, a lawyer and forensic technology expert.

The free screening will be followed by a discussion by an expert panel that will include the government attorney depicted in the documentary, Jason R. Baron, now of counsel to the law firm Drinker Biddle. Baron served 13 years as the first appointed director of litigation at the National Archives, and prior to that as a trial attorney and senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served as counsel of record in lawsuits involving the preservation of White House e-mail.

Other legal experts on the panel will be:

  • Craig B. Shaffer, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Colorado.
  • David Thomson, professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
  • John Tredennick, founder and CEO of Catalyst.
  • Kelly Twigger, principal, ESI Attorneys.
  • Francis Lambert, information governance expert.

The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Catalyst and the Denver chapter of ARMA International.

More information is available on the Catalyst website or through the law school’s site.

Join Catalyst and Partners for a Rockin’ LegalTech Concert

LegalTechConcertIf you are attending LegalTech New York this week, don’t miss this first-of-its-kind event: a LegalTech rock concert, “15 Years of E-Discovery, What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been.”

(Read on to learn how to get VIP access and drink tickets.)

The concert kicks off Wednesday night, Feb. 4, at 9 p.m. and continues until midnight. It will be held in the West Grand Ballroom at the Hilton, so you don’t even have to go outside and face the elements.

The concert will feature your favorite LegalTech musicians and there will be a few suprises thrown in as well. It promises to be a fun party, with music and dancing, VIP guests, and one very special tribute.

All registered LegalTech attendees are welcome, but stop by the Catalyst booth at LegalTech (#1411) for special VIP access and drink tickets.

Catalyst is sponsoring the event, along with co-sponsors ALM, Brainspace, Ricoh, DSicovery and MarkLogic.

Catalyst CEO to Release New Book at LegalTech, ‘TAR for Smart People”

If you follow this blog at all, you know that Catalyst’s founder and CEO John Tredennick is a prolific writer on e-discovery and, in particular, on technology assisted review. Now, he has written a book about TAR, TAR for Smart People: How Technology Assisted Review Works and Why it Matters for Legal Professionals, and it is being released tomorrow at LegalTech New York.

Recognizing that TAR is a sophisticated process that draws on science, technology and law, Tredennick set out to write a book that explains the basics of TAR while also exploring advanced issues and applications. The book serves as a practitioners’ guide to TAR, with a focus on the newest TAR protocol, Continuous Active Learning (CAL). Continue reading