Comment: Lawyers Embracing Technology: Don’t Assume – Communicate
By Vince Neicho, Vice President, Legal Services at Integreon
Communication v. Assumption
Legal Speak and Tech Speak
Communication Within the Team
I have always been a proponent of having the entire team attend the project kick-off or planning call to, I as I like to put it, “ensure we have the right people around the table”. This might result in a high-attendance meeting, but the value of each attendee bringing their own skillset and aligning their understandings and strategies across the team early provides context and cohesion that will pay dividends further down the line.
Teams will vary from one case to the next, but should include combinations of:
· Client legal team · Client IT experts (mail and file share systems experts, etc.) · Law firm legal team (partner, senior and junior associates, project manager, trainee, paralegal, etc.) · Law firm eDiscovery expert · External eDiscovery expert/provider · Document Review provider (usually a senior project manager)
Further, some combination of the above should be reconvened at various stages of the proceedings to check-in and address any new and emerging issues.
Suggestions for an Effective Team Meeting:
Tips to Aid Communication
Communication Between Teams
Technology is now soundly established and being efficiently deployed to assist in managing the vast pools of potential evidence in an efficient and cost proportionate manner. We are also beginning to benefit from the Court rules that have now caught up with the technology that allows us to trawl through those data sets, the size of which continues to grow exponentially. To achieve maximum benefit from both, all we need now is for common sense to prevail and for parties, judges, and regulators to engage in productive communication.
Now that we have a profession that has come to not just embrace, but rely on technology, developers will forge ahead with even more impressive innovation and analytical functionality, safe in the knowledge that they have a responsive audience. Success, however, will be predicated on legal clearly expressing their requirements and ensuring developers fully comprehend real world needs and challenges.
Vince Neicho joined Integreon in June 2017 as an expert legal solutions consultant, with a focus on law firms and corporate legal departments engaging in e-disclosure, e-discovery and document review. Prior to joining Integreon, he was with Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy for 42 years, where he set up and led their global litigation support / eDiscovery teams. In this role, he assisted key clients from many sectors with the design of innovative, defensible systems, processes and solutions to meet their discovery and document management obligations and introduced the firm to outsourced document review over 10 years ago.
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