Like events all over the world, RelativityFest was bound to look a little different in 2020. As gold sponsors of the eDiscovery event of the year, we here at Legility had a front-row seat to the attendee experience as well as the behind-the-scenes prep that went into producing one of the largest eDiscovery events of the year – virtually.
While we missed the experience of running into our colleagues, friends, and technology thought leaders in the halls of the Hilton on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, we loved being able to pop into any session we liked to learn from some of the best in the business.
One thing that remained unchanged from years past? The great content presented by Relativity experts, partners, and clients alike. Below, a few of this year’s top takeaways:
1. In-House Legal Teams Continue to Evolve
It's no secret that the world of in-house legal teams is rapidly changing. Now more than ever, organizations are demanding more from in-house legal teams – with fewer resources, in an environment of increasing economic uncertainty. While it may have taken a pandemic for some industries to rethink “business as usual,” forward-thinking general counsels were already reimagining the future of their legal departments.
Flexible legal talent is just one way that corporate counsel can deploy the resources they need without overcommitting or jeopardizing budgets. What used to be viewed as a nontraditional method of sourcing legal talent is now being seen for what it is – a conservative approach to doing business.
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2. The Great Data Deluge: No Signs of Slowing
The amount of data that organizations have to store and manage is always growing exponentially. And, the rate at which that data is being created and stored is accelerating. Legal teams must now figure out how to manage growing streams of data from a host of platforms that didn’t even exist five years ago, such as Slack, Teams, Zoom, and myriad short message and social media platforms.
Workplace chat and collaboration tools are everywhere, and on the rise in the post COVID-19 era. Micro-content tools fill the need for communication that straddles the line between public and private, enables real-time collaboration and creates a searchable, semi-permanent record of decisions, conversations, motivations behind decisions, and even completed work and multimedia attachments.
All this data is, of course, subject to discovery in litigation and investigations. How, how much, and what special tools & know-how do legal teams need to know to be prepared to handle this micro-content?
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3. Remote Legal Everything: From Discovery to Review & Beyond
Corporations and law firms have been forced to scramble to continue doing business – finding new ways to adapt their workflows to an all- or partially-remote workforce. Luckily, service and software providers have been in the trenches alongside their clients, adapting new ways to work together securely, safely, and remotely.
Legility’s been on the front lines of helping its clients adapt to unprecedented times, including with:
- Secure, remote virtual attorney managed review: Legility’s virtual managed review provides peace of mind that review work will be done on time and with quality – no matter what. We’ve built working remotely into our daily operations, so our clients can trust their business with us will not be disrupted even in unprecedented times.
- Lawyers, on-demand: With workforces suddenly impacted, many in-house departments need employment-law expertise. Healthcare specialization is in demand, as that sector grapples with supply shortages and property management. Universities, retailers, and hospitality are facing similar challenges. Flexible talent provides access specialized, qualified lawyers quickly.
- Remote eDiscovery data forensics & collection: Litigants and case teams should consider remote eDiscovery methods that will keep their employees safe.Remote Assisted Collection Kits allow a forensic examiner to access data on a device that may be thousands of miles away.