My entry into ediscovery wasn’t very graceful. I was a gemologist who only spoke diamonds for 17 years. But upon re-entering the workplace post-kid, I decided to try my hand at a new gig. A very exciting conversation with a dear friend led me to ediscovery and I quickly found myself immersed in a niche industry I had no idea existed. A tech newbie, to say the least.
A researcher by nature, and often referred to by friends as a “walking Wikipedia page,” it’s unusual to find myself daunted by a subject. Yet here I was, learning about an industry that is at the intersection of legal and technology. The lingo had my head spinning. It was as if I had traveled to a foreign land, and only understood the bare minimum of the language.
My new boss in ediscovery: “Have you heard of OCR?”
Me: “OCR? OCR…OCR. The band that sings ‘it was a crazy game of poker’, right?”
My boss: “Well…”
Anxiety and nervousness kicked in as my boss kindly chuckled at my feeble attempts to connect the dots. I immersed myself in everything legal tech, and talked to as many people in legal that I could about ediscovery. I spoke with lit support people, IT, and attorney after attorney. It was clear that many in the legal world shared my feelings about ediscovery, it was complicated, expensive and you had to be an expert. So needless to say, when it was time to be introduced to our tech, I had seriously low expectations for myself.
That day came. My boss gave me access to our all-in-one ediscovery tool, Lumix, provided zero instructions, looked at me with a smirk on his face and said, “let’s see if you can figure it out.” It should be said that at up-until-this point my understanding of data processing all came from books. Each one detailing the thousands of fields of metadata that need to be extracted, categorized and indexed, how analytics is the end-all-be-all, the EDRM, and lots of other technical lingo that made me feel like I had to learn to code to truly understand things. It felt like Mount Everest lay before me.
But I made a commitment that I would figure this out, so I logged in. I was presented with the option to load data. Definitely what this tech newbie wanted to do, so I clicked the button and a form popped up that asked me for basic info about what I was loading. Who is the client, what is the case name, where is the source file? Do I want to filter using keywords or a date range? Would I like to remove duplicates? Color-me-surprised, I knew the answer to each of those questions! I plugged in my info and clicked “Process.” A few minutes later, after anxiously watching the progress bar edge towards 100%, I was presented with a report summarizing the number of documents that remained, and asked if I was ready to send those to docs to review? A very astonished me most certainly was.
My mind was blown. And the best part about it? I was blown away by myself. This old dog learned some insanely cool new tricks. And I learned them in about 10 minutes. Me, the ediscovery tech newbie! It was clear to me that Lumix promised simplicity, and could actually deliver it. Even for a newbie like me. How refreshing is that?!
I went back to my boss, smirking his smirk right back at him, and he smiled. “Great job, Beth! That’s much faster than we expected.” His smile turned back to smirk, “Now go figure out how to Review.”