The slide into a data-centric world did not happen overnight — nor did it happen gradually. Indeed, the legal industry is just one of many struggling to catch up with the complexities and responsibilities of a world built in bytes. And while legal tech has aided in this transition, it is far from the only force aiming to smooth’s the legal industry’s landing in the 21st century.

In December 2015, for example, new amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure sought to standardize and clearly define requirements concerning proportionality in the discovery processes, rule 26, and the preservation of electronically store information (ESI), rule 37(e).

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