More New Year’s Resolutions—From our Friends and Colleagues

Bridging the eDiscovery GapThis January brought no shortage of predictions and resolutions for the year ahead in legal discovery and information governance. Indeed, here at DiscoverReady we shared some of our resolutions for 2016 around the work we hope to accomplish with our clients. But there was one other list of resolutions that caught my attention, which came from our friends at kCura, one of our trusted technology partners.

On kCura’s Relativity blog, Dean Gonsowski compiled some e-discovery resolutions from leading in-house corporate legal teams. Great resolutions, all of them! Aaron Crews at Walmart will be focusing on fully implementing the end-to-end e-discovery process and information governance strategy he and his team worked hard in 2015 to build. Eric Lieber at Toyota resolves to improve the reuse of prior collections and coding, improve his workflow for foreign language documents, and reevaluate information governance from an e-discovery perspective. Michallynn Demiter from Bayer wants to focus on analytics tools, and by improving expertise and awareness, hopefully drive more adoption. And Shawn Cheadle at Lockheed Martin will work to educate his team on how better information governance can improve e-discovery practice.

Dean shared a resolution of his own: Better understand—and hopefully learn how to close—the “consumption gap” between available and utilized technology for e-discovery. We see that gap, too. (And it’s reflected in some of our DiscoverReady resolutions.) Many of our clients and their counsel remain reluctant to leverage all the powerful technology and analytics tools at their disposal, even though they acknowledge that those solutions could save them money, improve quality, and boost defensibility. Why the reluctance? One reason is the generally risk-averse, conservative nature of lawyers. But that’s such a stereotype—most of the smart, proactive enterprise leaders we work with don’t engage in such rote thinking. There must be other, more complicated reasons—and hopefully we’ll work in the year ahead to understand them and bridge that gap.