Addressing Head On the Myths and Misinformation That are Holding TAR Back

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Technology-assisted review (and especially Continuous Active Learning) has been shown to substantially save on review cost and time, often by as much as 80-90%. It does so by using a form of artificial intelligence called supervised machine learning. In this process, an algorithm infers the labels of yet-to-be-reviewed documents based on learning from previously labeled training examples.

Despite TAR’s demonstrated savings, both in peer-reviewed studies and in case after case, there remains much confusion about how TAR works, which form of TAR to use, and even the definition of the term itself. Part of the problem stems from providers with a vested interest in marketing older, less-effective TAR software; part inheres in the nature of TAR itself, which can feel complicated and perhaps a bit “black box” to those not versed in how easy a good TAR system can be to use.

Join us for this hour of “Straight Talk on TAR” as we debunk many of the myths of TAR and its superior abilities. Our panel consists of top TAR experts from both the legal and scientific communities.

What we cover:

  • What TAR is and what it is not. (Hint: It isn’t clustering or threading!)
  • What the different types of TAR are and which works best, including a discussion of all these “new” flavors of TAR that keep popping up.
  • What the scientific research tells us about TAR. (Hint: That CAL works!)
  • Whether you should use TAR for all your cases? (Hint: Yes!)
  • How to recognize FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) and tell the “Real CAL” from “Fake (or Non-) CAL,” and why that matters.

Our speakers will pull no punches in getting to the facts, backing it up with their own experience and solid, independent scientific research.

Learn why clients and their counsel may not using TAR 2.0 / CAL and how it is appropriate for all cases. We welcome all questions.

If you have been wondering why your counsel isn’t recommending TAR for your cases, you don’t want to miss this on-demand webinar.


Maura R. Grossman | Research Professor | University of Waterloo
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Maura R. Grossman is a Research Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, as well as an eDiscovery attorney and consultant in New York City.Previously, Grossman was of counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where for 17 years, she represented Fortune 100 companies and major financial services institutions in corporate and securities litigation and white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations, and advised the firm’s lawyers and clients on legal, technical, and strategic issues involving eDiscovery and information governance, both domestically and abroad. Grossman is a well-known and influential eDiscovery lawyer.

Jeremy Pickens, Ph.D. | Chief Scientist | Catalyst
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Jeremy is one of the world’s leading search scientists and a pioneer in the field of collaborative exploratory search, a form of search in which a group of people who share a common information need actively collaborate to achieve it. Jeremy has six patents pending in the field of search and information retrieval, including two for collaborative exploratory search systems. At Catalyst, he researches and develops methods of using collaborative search to achieve more intelligent and precise results in e-discovery search and review. He also studies other ways to enhance search and review within the Catalyst system.

John Tredennick | Founder and CEO |Catalyst
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John Tredennick is the CEO and founder of Catalyst Repository Systems, which designs, builds and runs the world's fastest and most powerful software platform for complex e-discovery, regulatory investigations and compliance.  A former trial lawyer and litigation partner with a large national law firm (20+ years), John has written or edited five books and countless articles on litigation and technology issues and has spoken before legal-technology audiences in five continents. Recently, The American Lawyer named him one of the top six e-discovery trail blazers  in its issue on the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He also served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and was editor-in-chief of its flagship magazine Law Practice and the founder and editor of its webzine Law Practice Today.

Thomas C. Gricks III | Managing Director, Professional Services | Catalyst
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Tom is a managing director at Catalyst and a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. Before recently joining Catalyst, he was a general commercial litigator for 23 years. He practiced before both federal and state courts across the United States, and, in addition to Pennsylvania, is admitted to practice in a number of federal jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court. For the past several years, Tom has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to e-discovery, with a particular emphasis on TAR. He argued the Global Aerospace case before the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is the first case to permit the use of TAR over the objection of the opposing party.


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