Welcome to our February issue of the Discovery Update. In this issue we focus on discovery tools and technology. Let us know what you’d like to see included in the Discovery Update this year.
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Judges and Experts Project Next Decade of Discovery
By Casey Sullivan
Think back to the dawn of the 2010s when you were young and your whole life was still ahead of you. Think about what life was like way back then. There was Angry Birds and the first iPads and Mark Zuckerberg on the cover of Time Magazine, which you could purchase in its tactile form on an actual newsstand with physical money. Inner-city travel was the domain of a thing called taxis. Oprah and “Lost” were still on the air. The Cubs were lovable losers. Myspace and Blockbuster and appointment viewing and Kanye West Creative Genius were all things that existed. The Cybertruck was just a twinkle in Elon Musk’s eye. And if you wanted to vacation in another place, you couldn’t just plunk down eighty bucks to stay in the guest house of a person you’ve never met.
We’ve come a long way — 18,000 Dow points, three Tom Brady Super Bowls, two good Star Wars movies and a Lin-Manuel Miranda — since those heady days of early 2010. But one thing hasn’t changed. That thing, like an undying Emperor Palpatine, is eDiscovery.
The Legal Research Tools Lawyers are Using in 2020 and Beyond
By Nicole Black
There’s a lot of great technology out there for lawyers. No doubt you already use some of it in your law firm. After all, investing in legal technology tools is one of the most cost-effective ways to streamline your law firm and increase efficiency. But you already know that.
Even so, with all the interest in the latest and greatest legal software, you might be forgetting about one of the more basic tools in your law firm’s legal technology arsenal: legal research systems. When was the last time you thought about reconsidering your law firm’s legal research choices? If it’s been a while, then there’s no better time than now to re-visit your law firm’s legal research platforms, since there are more affordable and powerful tools available than ever before.
One way to scope out the market is to take a look at the systems other law firms are using. A great place to obtain this information is the ABA’s annual Legal Technology Survey Report. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most recent statistics from the report on the legal research tools lawyers are using.