Category Archives: Seminars

Old but Still Unsolved Search Challenges: Dr. Jeremy Pickens, OpenText + Catalyst Chief Data Scientist, Wins ECIR 2019 Industry Day Best Presentation Award

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Information retrieval is the science of searching for (and finding) information relevant to a user need.  The most common, most visible application of information retrieval science is found in modern web search engines, though the roots of the field extend decades before the web sprung into existence and encompass wider varieties of information needs than are typically found on the web.

The continued evolution of the field was on full display during the recent 41st European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), held April 14-18 in Cologne, Germany. ECIR, which is now in its fifth decade, is a major get-together of leading information retrieval (IR) experts and data scientists from academia as well as companies including Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, IBM and others. Continue reading

Do You Find Privilege Review A Pain? Sept. 24 Webinar Shows How Technology Can Automate Tedious Tasks

Reviewing for potentially privileged documents in e-discovery is never fun. Not only can it be tedious and time-consuming, but it can also be risky. What if you could speed up the process and automate routine tasks such as creating a privilege log, while at the same time enhancing your overall results?

With new technology tools and techniques, this is not just a pipe dream. The fact is, technology can automate many of the painful tasks associated with privilege review and provide greater certainty of accuracy, while also reducing the overall time and cost. Continue reading

TAR’s Not Perfect, But It’s Here to Stay, Says ‘Law Technology News’ Report


Conor Crowley, Monica Bay, John Tredennick, Clifton Dutton, Jason Baron and Jeremy Pickens.

Conor Crowley, Monica Bay, John Tredennick, Clifton Dutton, Jason Baron and Jeremy Pickens.

“Technology assisted review is here to stay — and it has a future beyond e-discovery.”

So writes Law Technology News reporter Victor Li in his report on the Catalyst-sponsored panel in New York last week, TAR for the Real World: Practical Problems, Pragmatic Solutions.

“Focusing mainly on how TAR can save litigants a tremendous amount of money, as well as explaining the accuracy of the process itself, the panel was directed towards true believers as well as those uninitiated in the world of TAR,” Li’s report continued. “Additionally, the panelists looked ahead at possible uses of TAR other than e-discovery.” Continue reading

New York Panel of E-Discovery Experts Will Address TAR for the Real World

If 2012 was the year in which technology-assisted review (TAR) came into its own, then 2013 is the year in which TAR is adapted to the realities of modern litigation. In the real world of e-discovery review, challenges come not just from the explosion of data, but also from the constraints imposed by rolling collections, tight deadlines, and the need to start review right now.

This will be the topic Oct. 10 in New York City as a panel of e-discovery experts address the tough questions that don’t get answered in introductory programs on TAR. Continue reading

Conference: Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case

edisc-conf-ad11Conferences and training programs about e-discovery tend to focus on big cases, big firms and big enterprise clients. This is understandable, given that the more electronically stored information there is at issue in a case, the more challenging are the discovery issues and the greater is the need for sophisticated technology to help tackle them. But lawyers in small and medium firms are no less likely to face e-discovery challenges — and for them the costs and learning curve associated with e-discovery can be an even greater hurdle.

Given this, it is noteworthy that the University of Florida Levin College of Law and The Electronic Discovery Reference Model are cosponsoring a first-of-its-kind conference, Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case, April 4-5 in Gainesville, Fla.  Here is the summary from the conference website: Continue reading

NYC Breakfast Panel Tomorrow: Managing International Fraud Investigations

The Japan Society and Catalyst are presenting a free breakfast panel tomorrow, Oct. 23, Global Fraud — Managing International Investigations. The panel features two Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partners, Joel M. Cohen and Lee G. Dunst, together with John Tredennick, Catalyst’s CEO, discussing the heightened global enforcement enforcement of anti-corruption laws, including the FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act.

Here is the program description: Continue reading

Taming Big Data within the Corporate Litigation Lifecycle

How do big companies tame big data in litigation and e-discovery? That was the topic of a recent presentation by Christopher Toomey, director of alliances and channel development at Catalyst, and Jeremy Greshin, managing director of legal solutions at StoredIQ. Their talk, given Sept. 13, 2012, in Chicago, was presented by Thomson Reuters as part of its continuing Managing Litigation series. Below are the slides from their presentation. Continue reading

What Google Can Teach You about Effective E-Discovery Search

googleUniversityIn e-discovery, it all comes down to search. All the time spent collecting and reviewing. All the whiz-bang platforms from an array of vendors. All the newfangled technologies such as predictive coding and computer-assisted review. They all have one predominant purpose: To search for nuggets within mountains of data.

As Catalyst’s CEO John Tredennick put it so well in a post here last year, “Without search, we would be in a world of hurt, at least for e-discovery.” Continue reading

Trends and Best Practices in E-Discovery Privilege Review

Recent cases have presented several examples of the inadvertent production of privileged, “smoking gun” documents. In some of those cases, even with a clawback agreement in place, the court would not allow clawback. In others, even when clawback was allowed, the damage was done.

Below are the slides from a recent Catalyst Webinar, Trends and Best Practices in E-Discovery Privilege Review. (Follow that link to see and hear the entire webinar, with audio.) Presented by members of the Catalyst Search & Analytics Consulting Team, the webinar explores recent e-discovery trends and best practices regarding privileged Continue reading

Webinar: Trends and Best Practices in E-Discovery Privilege Review

You cannot unring a bell, as the saying goes, and nowhere in e-discovery is that more true than when privileged documents are inadvertently produced to an opposing party. Even if you have a clawback agreement and even if the court enforces that agreement (not a certainty), the damage may already be done.

On Thursday, June 28, at noon Eastern time, Catalyst will present a free webinar, Trends and Best Practices in E-Discovery Privilege Review, presented by three members of the Catalyst Search & Analytics Consulting team. John Hokkanen, director of Search and Analytics Consulting, and senior consultants Jim Eidelman and Ron Tienzo will explore recent e-discovery trends and best practices regarding privileged documents. Continue reading