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Are you TAR? Who Cares.

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: February 04, 2020
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  • Background and Goals
  • What is AI? Lessons on TAR and Comparing Systems
  • Survey Results and the True State of the Industry
  • Analyzing Hilary Clinton's FOIA Release with AI
  • Beyond TAR: Using AI to Craft Search Queries
  • Analyzing the Mueller Report with AI
  • Open Forum Discussion
  • Conclusions
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: February 4, 2020

For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


There is no question that machine learning is a key piece of the eDiscovery solution.

Join this session to cut through the noise of terminology and learn the different functionalities, use cases, and methodologies necessary to evaluate the right tool for your needs.

Jeremy Pickens, Ph.D. will lead an educational lecture to demystify the nomenclature, explain eDiscovery machine learning in plain language, and help attendees understand strengths and weaknesses along with workflow best practices. With nearly 50% of corporate legal teams having reported using some form of TAR already and another 80% expecting to increase spending on machine learning tools, now is the time to bring yourself up to speed.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek Conference on February 4th, 2020.

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Jeremy Pickens, Ph.D.

Principal Data Scientist

Jeremy Pickens, PhD is one of the world’s leading information retrieval scientists and a pioneer in the field of collaborative exploratory search, a form of information seeking in which a group of people who share a common information need actively collaborate to achieve it. Dr. Pickens has seven patents and patents pending in the field of search and information retrieval. As Principal Data Scientist at OpenText, Dr. Pickens has spearheaded the development of Insight Predict. His ongoing research and development focuses on methods for continuous learning, and the variety of real world technology assisted review workflows that are only possible with this approach.

Dr. Pickens earned his doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval. He conducted his post-doctoral work at King’s College, London. Before joining Catalyst Repository Systems and later OpenText, he spent five years as a research scientist at FX Palo Alto Lab, Inc. In addition to his OpenText responsibilities, he continues to organize research workshops and speak at scientific conferences around the world.

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Ethan Ackerman

Senior Attorney
Morgan Lewis

Ethan Ackerman counsels clients in complex litigation, particularly as it relates to electronic discovery (ediscovery). Working with clients and also with other counsel, Ethan tailors plans for effectively handling, and minimizing, electronic discovery in civil litigation, arbitration or administrative proceedings. He advises on all phases of trial practice, including prelitigation counseling regarding legal hold and document preservation, information management and records retention policies, protective orders and relief, discovery response planning, technology-assisted review defensibility, and cost recovery.

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Robert D. Keeling

Sidley Austin LLP

Robert Keeling is an experienced litigator whose practice includes a special focus on electronic discovery matters. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation throughout the nation and conducts internal investigations in the U.S. and throughout the world. Robert handles a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal court. He is experienced in multi-district litigation, false claims act litigation, commercial litigation, securities class actions, contract disputes, RICO and fraud actions, insurance coverage litigation and many other types of cases.

Robert is a co-chair of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force. Robert is experienced with technology-assisted review, predictive coding, and other applications that can enable clients to significantly reduce e-discovery costs while maintaining the defensibility of the review. For clients across a range of industries.

Robert also has substantial experience conducting investigations both in the United States and abroad. He has represented numerous clients in international investigations with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and advises companies on the implementation of effective compliance programs related to the FCPA. Robert also has handled internal investigations involving allegations of healthcare fraud and abuse, embezzlement, accounting irregularities and violations of securities and banking regulations.

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Emily A. Cobb

Associate & Senior Discovery Attorney
Ropes & Gray LLP

Emily A. Cobb is an associate and senior discovery attorney at Ropes & Gray, where she focuses exclusively on electronic discovery law, both during and outside of litigation. Ms. Cobb also maintains an active pro bono practice.

Ms. Cobb practiced in Washington, D.C. before joining Ropes & Gray, where her practice included mass tort litigation, multi-district litigations, and additional commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Cobb currently advises clients on issues such as information governance, document preservation and retention policies, narrowing the scope of document review, efficient approaches to leveraging document review technology and staffing options, forensic collections, cost-shifting and cross-border discovery. Ms. Cobb also conducts CLE courses for attorneys and speaks on various issues relating to e-discovery.

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