#SenseiSherlock enjoyed a marvelous dinner at Ristorante Bonaroti with VSB Council member Jay Myerson and his wife Barb.
Sensei is proud to note that Sharon Nelson completed her two-year term in the ABA House of Delegates. She reflects, “It was a wonderful experience, especially listening to Chief Justice Roberts address us yesterday on the significance of the Magna Carta.”
Sharon Nelson and John Simek’s article, “The T-Shaped Lawyer: Does the “T” Stand for Technology” was featured in Slaw on August 13, 2014. The article highlights technological skills employers are looking for these days when hiring lawyers, including predictive coding, data analytics, and social media just to name a few.
Despite all the attention that e-discovery has received over the last decade, it is still a relatively new part of the litigation process. For those lawyers who were never exposed to e-discovery in law school or their formative years, the systems and products involving data collection and analysis can be overwhelming and complex. How much do lawyers need to know about information governance, data collection, data analysis, managed document review, and electronically stored information (ESI)? Alternately, for those data collection practitioners who are already intricately involved in the culling and analysis, how is the technology and process changing?
In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview e-discovery solutions expert Aaron Lawlor about what is involved with ESI and data collection, current trends in data analysis, and future advances in technology and process. Lawlor urges every litigator to become experienced with the state and federal rules involving e-discovery in order to better serve their clients. He explains the process of research and documentation of key players in the case, and then collecting, analyzing, and refining any relevant information before presenting to the counsel. In order to facilitate this process, lawyers and data collectors narrow the data set early by a process of visualizing connections and communication mapping. It is important, Lawlor says, for every lawyer to become familiar with e-discovery and data collection, since it is an increasingly important source of information.
Excerpt: It is somewhat mind-boggling to realize that Facebook is only a decade old. Yet here we are, with more social media platforms than we can count. One sixth of the world’s population was on Facebook as of 2014. 74% of all online American adults use it. And yet, we have had very little concrete history in the courts – what opinions we have are often contradictory. Unless you’ve dealt with a particular judge, you may have no idea what kind of a ruling you are likely to get with respect to social media evidence.
For those running a business or law firm which is actively on multiple social media platforms, you may need to archive all that data for compliance reasons. And it goes without saying that your data will be subject to discovery. In real life, many companies are not archiving, regulations notwithstanding. And few firms understand that their social media postings are subject to discovery until they receive a discovery request.
Sharon Nelson, President of Sensei Enterprises, became the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation on July 1, 2014. She completed serving her term as the Virginia State Bar President in June, 2014 and has also served as the President of the Fairfax Bar Association.
Sharon noted, laughing, “I guess I finally hit the Trifecta. The truth is, it is hard to say no to professional service if you love your profession. I am really honored to be serving as the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation because it operates as the philanthropic arm of the Fairfax Bar Association – people often think we only provide pro bono services to the poor, but we do a lot more – we have a wide range of programs and I am especially proud of the work we do to educate students on the rule of law. Legal education for the young has never been more important.”
More information about the Fairfax Law Foundation and its programs may be found here.