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Is Keyword Search in eDiscovery Dead?

Original Broadcast Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Cost: FREE

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The value of keyword search in electronic discovery has been maligned in favor of other technology tools in recent years, leaving some to wonder whether or not keyword search technology (aka Boolean searching) can still be part of a defensible eDiscovery process. Some believe technology-assisted-review (TAR) should replace keyword search methodologies, others believe it should serve as a supplement, and still others don’t quite understand what TAR means. Please join attorneys and eDiscovery thought leaders Ralph Losey and Matthew Nelson for a discussion about the viability of using keyword search technology in electronic discovery as well as the evolution of other TAR tools. Topics will include:

  • Is Keyword Search Defensible?
  • What is Technology Assisted Review?
  • Predictive Coding Technology?
  • Question & Answer

Featured Speaker:

Ralph Losey
  • Ralph Losey
  • Partner
  • Jackson Lewis, LLP

Ralph C. Losey is an attorney and partner of Jackson Lewis, LLP, a law firm specializing in labor and employment law with 48 offices nationwide and 700 attorneys. Ralph serves as the firm’s National e-Discovery Counsel in charge of all electronic discovery related issues. He is the author of four books on e-discovery law, with his latest being Adventures in Electronic Discovery (West 2011). Ralph is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Florida, and the developer of an online training course in e-discovery, Ralph is widely known as the principal contributor to one of the nations leading blogs on e-discovery analysis and commentary,

Ralph speaks on e-discovery and information management issues at CLE events around the country and is an active member of the Sedona Conference. He has been in private practice since 1980 and has limited his legal work to e-discovery since 2006. Ralph has also been an avid computer user and technologist since the late 1970s. As a trial lawyer Ralph has over 75 published opinions to his credit. Ralph has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1973 and J.D. from the University of Florida in 1979.

Matt Nelson, Esq.
  • Matt Nelson, Esq.
  • eDiscovery Counsel
  • Symantec Intelligent Information Group

Matthew Nelson is an attorney and legal technology expert with more than a decade of experience helping organizations address electronic discovery, regulatory compliance, and other information governance related challenges. He is a member of the Sedona Electronic Document Retention and Production Working Group, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, and the California and Idaho State Bars. Mr. Nelson has been invited to address a wide array of organizations including American Corporate Counsel, Nevada’s High Technology Crime Task Force, Stanford & Hastings Law Schools, and numerous mid-sized and Fortune 500 Corporations. Mr. Nelson has written extensively about the new world of electronically stored information including publications in Forbes and the ABA Law & Technology Journal. One of Nelson’s widely syndicated articles titled, Is Charlie Sheen A Stealth E-Discovery Expert, provides a glimpse into Nelson’s clever, yet informative writing style. Prior to joining Clearwell (Now a Part of Symantec), Mr. Nelson gained extensive litigation and technology experience as a Legal Technology Consultant and as a litigation attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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