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New Year's Resolutions: 2014 Redux for 2015 Insight.

How about resolving to evolve a bit faster?

Last year, we wrote what turned out to be a very a popular paper describing 5 New Year’s resolutions we thought would be important for 2014 and why. The resolutions were meant to shine a light on the hot areas where headlines were bound to be made in the coming year:

  • technology-assisted review
  • technological competence of counsel
  • amendments to the Federal Rules
  • social media
  • information governance.

As 2014 came to a close, we decided to take a look back and consider those resolutions in light of how the year actually unfolded.

Well, not surprisingly, we found that the hot areas are only getting hotter, so we’ve updated our paper with new information to help you navigate the waters of 2015.

One thing we know for sure is that the volume of ESI is growing at rates no one could ever have imagined, making the eDiscovery status quo almost impossible to maintain.

The legal profession is slow to change, however, and although “revolution” is unlikely in this domain, finding ways to accelerate evolution may not be. Corporate counsel, whether outside or in-house, must strive to be forward-thinking and consider ways to increase their technological competencies to better serve their clients, whether it’s for discovery or the growing necessity of a well-developed information governance program.

There are hopeful signs that things are poised to evolve more rapidly. One trend that developed in 2014 is enlightening: law schools are finally making it a point to cross-train law students in the methods and technologies that will become a part of the tools of their trade. More tech-savvy than their predecessors, these lawyers will be able to hit the ground running, making it easier for the profession as a whole to release the moorings of the past and leverage the efficiencies of technology for the future.

Our revised paper provides a bounty of resources we hope you will find useful for navigating 2015. From everyone at H5, we wish you the best for the coming year!

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