Outsourcing Law & Business Journal™ – March 2012
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Vol. 12, No. 3, March 2012
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM EDT – 12:00 PM EDT
Speaker: William B. Bierce, President of Bierce & Kenerson, P. C. (full disclosure, also the publisher of this website)
Cost: Free! To register, click here.
1. Computer-Assisted Document Review in e-Discovery Can Avert Manual Review, Even if Not 100% Certain: “Predictive Coding” Protocol Passes Muster.
1. Computer-Assisted Document Review in e-Discovery Can Avert Manual Review, Even if Not 100% Certain: “Predictive Coding” Protocol Passes Muster. When can parties rely upon nearly fully-automated “Big Data” procedures under U.S. federal e-discovery rules? In a landmark class-action decision under the Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act for gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination, U.S. federal Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck ruled on February 24, 2012, that “predictive coding” can be legally sufficient even though it fails to meet a 100% confidence level. The decision is welcome news for business defendants accused of mass torts or repeated wrongful practices under class action litigation procedures. It is also welcome news for software developers that market computer-driven “relevancy” analysis, but bad news for FTE-based legal process outsourcing vendors hoping for large labor-intensive discovery requirements.
In short, this precedent adopts labor-saving software technology in lieu of manual review of Big Data in large litigations. For more, click here.
Big Data, n. (1) a lot of little data running amok, waiting to be corralled, interpreted and captured as insights; (2) e-plankton in the path of the great e-White Whale.
Document Review, n. (1) a legal process for eliminating irrelevant documents to cull relevant documents for later use in pre-trial and trial preparation; (2) the quest for relevancy in world of irrelevancy, at least in the population of documents; (3) the quest for the smoking guns as the first step to non-disclosure based on privilege, breach of confidence, or other lame excuse for concealment.
e-Discovery, n. (1) computer-assisted pre-trial disclosure process for exchange by adversary parties of relevant, non-privileged documents and testimony; (2) using computers to identify and expose to shame and punishment the lies of the cheats, fraudsters, oppressors, discriminators, monopolists, bribers and other social misfits identified in Dante’s Inferno.
Predictive Coding, n. (1) in legal process management of e-discovery protocols, a machine-based triage mechanism to identify relevant documents based on an agreed level of recall and stipulated (or mandated) percentage of precision; (2) IT-enabled soothsaying.
April 23 – 25, 2012, IBC presents The Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Outsourcing Conference, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, United Kingdom. 20+ international legal and regulatory experts are coming together to provide the latest advice on achieving efficient, cost-effective and compliant outsourcing. Topics include The Smarter Legal Model; trends in regulation, accreditation and certification; the business case for outsourcing; service delivery models; vendor selection; ethics and compliance; outsourcing case studies; structuring and negotiating an LSO contract; data protection and security; technology enablers; managing the outsourcing relationship; business optimisation between the stakeholders and the future of outsourcing in law firms. 20% discount for Outsourcing-Law, use VIP code FKW82266OTLEM
April 23 – 25, 2012, 6th Corporate Counsel Exchange, Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, London, United Kingdom. The award winning Corporate Counsel Exchange is back in London! Our 6th Corporate Counsel Exchange, in London, United Kingdom, will be co – located with the 3rd Corporate Compliance Exchange. View co – located agenda. In April over 150 General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers will gather to share strategic insights, discuss the latest developments in the legal and compliance sphere and meet with a range of leading law firms and solution providers offering innovative tools and services to help you increase the efficiencies of your department. For more information visit www.corporatecounselexchange.co.uk, call: +442079689745 or alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 23 – 25, 2012, Corporate Compliance Exchange,Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, London, United Kingdom. Corporate Compliance Exchange will once again unite Chief Compliance Officers in senior level networking forum in London, United Kingdom. The 3rd Corporate Compliance Exchange is co – located with our 6th Corporate Counsel Exchange. Through a series of streamed sessions, joint networking panel discussions and roundtables, the award winning Exchange format offers Chief Compliance Officers and General Counsel a unique opportunity to keep current on the most pressing compliance issues and find out what strategies your peers have put in place to safeguard their organisations against compliance risks.For more information visit www.complianceexchange.co.uk, call: +442079689745 or alternatively email: email@example.com.
May 14, 2012, 4th eDiscovery Oil & Gas Conference, Houston, Texas. Mark your calendar for the 4th eDiscovery Oil & Gas Conference. Building off of the success of our 2011 event, eDiscovery Oil & Gas will return to Houston on May 14-16 for you to improve your organization’s eDiscovery capabilities and comply with the requirements of the FRCP. Learn from industry leading experts about effective e-Discovery strategies that they employ. This conference will leverage best practices to show how to conduct thorough, cost-effective and defensible e-Discovery. For a copy of the program agenda click here.
May 16 – 18, 2012, SSON presents the 12th Annual Shared Services Finance & Accounting, Dallas, Texas. This event covers the entire spectrum of Finance & Accounting challenges in Shared Services from Process Design, Governance, Benchmarks, Metrics, and Audits through to Training and Change Management. Each speaker will be diving straight into the specifics of their case studies offering timelines, metrics, results and lessons learned for you to take back to your own office. For more information, visit their website.
May 21 – 23, 2012, SSON’s 11th HR Shared Services & Outsourcing Summit, Chicago, Illinois. Creating the foundation for strategic human capital management through HR shared services, this event will will cover HR Shared Services challenges in Process Design, IT integration, Standardization, Benchmarks, Metrics, and Harmonization through to Training and Change Management. Topics include Globalization, Inhouse-vs. Outsourcing, Growth Opportunities and more. To register, visit their website.
May 29, 2012, Global Sourcing Council presents 3S Awards 2012, New York, New York. The Sustainable and Socially responsible Sourcing Awards, was conceived by the Global Sourcing Council, a non-profit organization, to honor and celebrate 3S actions taken by the sourcing industry. The GSC 3S Awards recognize exceptional achievements in the global sourcing marketplace by individuals and organizations who exhibit a combination of positive social and economic leadership. The 3S awards will bring to the forefront individuals, start-ups, and companies (e.g. suppliers, buyers and advisory organizations) that have worked to innovate, implement and improve communities/peoples and the environment through Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing practices. Submissions began January 1, 2012 and will be accepted until April 15, 2012. Click here for more information.
June 7, 2012, 6th Annual Financial Services Industry Transformation & Outsourcing Strategies Summit, New York, New York. The event presented by FSO Knowledge Xchange (FSOkx) is a premier one day event with a focus on effective transformation strategies in the financial services industry. This event brings together senior decision-makers, regulators, consultants and service providers to share ideas and insights about the future of the banking, insurance, and capital markets industries. The participants will examine how regulatory reforms and cost pressures are transforming the financial services industry. The insightful event discussions will explore emerging and innovative operating models within financial services firms. For registration details, please call 732-462-3763. For more information, click here.
June 24 – 26, 2012, SSON 6th Annual Shared Services Exchange, Pinehurst, North Carolina. For the 6th year in a row, the Shared Services Exchange will be the elite event for shared services executives who are looking to develop new strategy, solve challenges and source partners that will allow them to create efficiency and drive more value out of their shared services centers. Efficiency is still on the minds of these executives as they search for solutions to create consistency across multiple business functions and develop hybrid strategies that utilize outsourcing and captive centers—all while sustaining centers as a core business strategy. This event will continue IQPC Exchange’s ongoing tradition of offering cutting-edge, strategic networking and learning opportunities for senior level shared services executives. For more information, click here.
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