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Webinar Tomorrow: How to Know if Your TAR Vendor Uses Continuous Active Learning

blog-5vendorsMany vendors these days claim that their technology-assisted review products use a protocol called Continuous Active Learning. But how can you, as an e-discovery professional, be certain about those claims?

The reason this matters is that CAL has  been scientifically proven to be superior to other forms of TAR. In a landmark, peer-reviewed study published last year, e-discovery pioneers Maura Grossman and Gordon Cormack demonstrated CAL’s superiority. Their research proved that CAL was far more effective at finding relevant documents (at a much lower cost) than the one-time training methods used by earlier, TAR 1.0 systems. Continue reading

It’s E-Discovery Day – Join Catalyst and Others in A Day of Free Webinars

WebinarsToday is the first-ever E-Discovery Day, celebrating e-discovery’s vital and growing role in the legal process. The day — which is also the day new e-discovery rules take effect in the federal courts — features a full slate of free videocast panels with some of the top professionals in the field addressing a range of cutting-edge topics.

Catalyst is among today’s presenters, with a program at 4 p.m. Eastern time, Using Advanced Analytics Techniques to Meet the Proportionality Requirements of the New Federal Rules. We’ll discuss how advanced analytics techniques such as timelines, visual analytics, faceted search and the latest technology assisted review protocols can help address proportionality requirements while saving on e-discovery costs in the bargain. Continue reading

Revisiting the Blair and Maron Study: Evaluation of Retrieval Effectiveness for a Full-Text Document-Retrieval System

Full-Text_Document-Retrieval_SystemWhether at Sedona, Georgetown, Legaltech or any other of the many discovery conferences one might attend, a common debate centers on the efficacy of keyword search. “Keyword search is dead,” some argue, touting the effectiveness of the newer predictive analytics engines. “Long live keyword search,” comes back in return from lawyers who have relied on it for decades both to find legal precedent and, more recently, relevant documents for their cases.

Often, the critics of keyword searching cite the 1985 Blair and Maron study for the Association of Computing Machinery that suggested that full-text retrieval systems brought back only 20 percent of the relevant documents. That assertion is true but I wonder how many of the debaters have ever read the study itself. My guess is not many, including me. So I decided to give it a read. Continue reading

Webinar Redux: Here’s the Recording of Our Program on TAR and Transparency


If you missed Catalyst’s recent webinar, Solving the Transparency Issues in Technology Assisted Review, here is your second chance. The video above is a recording of the full webinar.

What is the transparency issue? Well, if you happened to read U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck’s decision earlier this year in Rio Tinto v. Vale, you have an understanding of why transparency is a concern with regard to the use of TAR. Although TAR is now so widely accepted that it has become—as Judge Peck said—black letter law, there remains significant uncertainty over the degree of transparency and cooperation required with respect to the training sets used in TAR. Continue reading

Startup Grind Interviews Catalyst CFO Lew Visscher

As CFO of Catalyst since 2004, Lew Visscher has helped grow the company from its early days as a law firm spin-off to an international legal technology leader. But this veteran financial executive is also known for his activities outside Catalyst. He is president of the board of the Colorado chapter of Financial Executives International and has also been president and treasurer of the board of Emergency Family Assistance Association, one of Boulder County’s largest and oldest non-profits serving the basic needs of the community.

Among finance and accounting professionals, Lew is best known as the founder of Lew’s List. This is a networking email database of nearly 10,000 finance and accounting members that Lew started in 2003. Today, Lew emails 100-150 job opportunities a month to the list’s members, helping companies find talent and talent find employment. It is the go-to source for finance and accounting jobs in Colorado. Continue reading

Our Top 15 Resources

Catalyst_Top_15_Reasons-06We’re counting down the top resources in our content library. See how we’re reducing the cost of litigation and applying the TAR 2.0 and continuous active learning (CAL).

#15     When Considering TAR, It’s Never Too Late

#14     Best Practices in Planning and Conducting a Multi-Language Review

#13     Sorting Out the Real Cost and Value of E-Discovery Technology

#12     Our TAR 2.0 Savings Calculator

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A Unique Approach to Teaching Law Students about E-Discovery – and the Selfies to Prove It

FullSizeRenderSee the selfies on this page? They are from proud law students at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law who successfully completed a unique, hands-on practicum in using technology for e-discovery search and early case assessment.

Developed jointly by William Hamilton, national e-discovery partner at Quarles & Brady and executive director of the UF Law E-Discovery Project, and Patricia Daly, director of training at Catalyst, the practicum is now being offered for free to other law schools interested in providing this training to their students.

Only about 30 of the nation’s 205 accredited law schools have e-discovery courses of any kind. But this is the first that combines lessons in e-discovery technology with personal access to an online “sandbox” where students can perform hands-on exercises and “play” with the concepts being taught. Continue reading

Do You Find Privilege Review A Pain? Sept. 24 Webinar Shows How Technology Can Automate Tedious Tasks

Reviewing for potentially privileged documents in e-discovery is never fun. Not only can it be tedious and time-consuming, but it can also be risky. What if you could speed up the process and automate routine tasks such as creating a privilege log, while at the same time enhancing your overall results?

With new technology tools and techniques, this is not just a pipe dream. The fact is, technology can automate many of the painful tasks associated with privilege review and provide greater certainty of accuracy, while also reducing the overall time and cost. Continue reading