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Seyfarth Shaw LLP Case Study:

Like most law firms, Seyfarth Shaw was always looking for opportunities to improve its efficiency and better support the work of its trial lawyers.

“When I arrived at Seyfarth in 2005, most of the litigators used Microsoft Word on an ad-hoc basis to track details of a case or create case chronologies,” recalls Annette Tyman, a partner in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. “We’d sort through various facts and issues in depositions, and then input that information into Word so we could begin to construct a case roadmap.”

In 2006 Tyman was introduced to CaseMap® case analysis software and realized this product creates an entirely new way of doing things for litigators.

“While we were already doing things like fact assessment and issue management, we were now able to do so in a more efficient manner with a tool like CaseMap,” said Tyman.

And that was only the beginning.

Better together
Today the firm uses CaseMap as a “powerful repository for all of our firm’s knowledge about an individual matter in litigation.” It helps litigators to see the “big picture” in a case while revealing vital links in case information that might otherwise go undiscovered using just legal pads, Post Its® and various PC notes or records.

Seyfarth Shaw has gone on to leverage other tools in the CaseMap suite—including TextMap® transcript management software and Sanction litigation presentation software.

By using these industry-leading, innovative and integrated technology solutions, the firm is able to:
Save time by organizing the facts and issues of a case in a more efficient manner
Make critical connections faster and share them with the entire team
Drive greater efficiency and cost-savings by utilizing integrated, innovative technologies
Expedite training and software adoption across all office locations of the firm
Create compelling, polished presentations with unprecedented ease and speed.

The benefits from using the CaseMap suite were so clear and immediate that the firm took the software on the road to expand Seyfarth’s use of the powerful tool, and to ensure all of their litigators could use CaseMap effectively and to their fullest advantage.

“As soon as we show them actual examples of how their partners in other offices have used the software in their cases, most of them adopt CaseMap for their own future matters,” says Lori Chavez, Director of the Litigation Information Management Office.

To hear more about Seyfarth’s experience with CaseMap Suite—and to learn how you can apply these best practices in your firm— read the free, full-text Seyfarth Shaw case study.

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In a land that is right here and in a time that is right now, a technology has arisen so powerful that it can replace basic human document review. Is it time to bow down before our new robot overlords?

For the last two installments, we’ve been talking about the coming empire, the reign of the machine, and anything I can think of to keep what attention you may have for this topic. And, in a questionable move, I promised two things for this installment: “just how the predictive coding engines work” and “ some recent case law not only validating but also mandating” their use. In retrospect, I realize that I could not possibly have promised you two less exciting cliffhangers. So, with apologies to anyone who is here anyway, I will be brief.

1) How predictive coding works (generally):

Generally, there are two methods employed by predictive coding applications:

a. SAMPLING AND CONVERGENCE

A subject matter expert (attorney) sits down with a random sampling of documents. She “codes” while the computer “watches”, building a model according to the attorney’s choices. Then, the computer “predicts” the coding of another set. When the computer’s predictions sufficiently match the attorney’s choices, it has learned all it needs to complete the batch itself.

b. KNOWLEDGE GATHERING

A team of reviewers (not experts) begins to code while the computer “watches” and compares each response with all of the other responses. It makes its own predictions at the same time, and when its predictions match the reviewers’, it has learned all it needs to complete the batch itself.

As you can see, the differences are in details so fine that you and I do not really need to know about them. What’s important to understand is that, through the miracles of parallel processing, machines can now watch, practice and eventually mimic the choices made by humans as the humans are making the choices. This means a real-time, actionable feedback cycle that makes it possible for us to trust that, yes, we can program a machine to think like us. As I’ve said before, for now, all we’re asking the machine to do is work that humans were never really well-suited to do in the first place: digest and make binary choices about non-binary information at speeds not humanly possible. double red triangle arrows Continue reading “Virtual Canary in the Digital Mine #5: Total Pre-Cull (Part 3 of 3), or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding”

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My Big Law Student Loan Debt


A college graduate without student loan debt is akin to reading a kind quote about Kim Kardashian in a tabloid—it’s rare.

In the past eight years, student loan debt has nearly tripled to a whopping $1.1 trillion, and in the past 10 years, the percentage of 25-year-olds with such debt has risen from 25% to 43%

It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that New York Fed economists warned last month that the burden of student debt could stilt consumer spending by twentysomethings, as well as further hamper the recovery of the housing market and economy.

To get a better idea of what massive student loan debt (we’re talking over $100,000 massive) looks like, we talked to an attorney who graduated with a large student loan debt. We also consulted LearnVest Planning Services CFP® Katie Brewer to see just how their repayment plans stack up.

S. Fischer, 36, Attorney
Graduated: 2001
How Much I Borrowed: $100,000
What I Still Owe: $45,000

When I was 21, I had no real concept of money. I’d lived off my parents as a college student, and anything that I made from part-time jobs was “fun money.” So the amount of student loan debt that I was accruing seemed very abstract. Not to mention that I really bought into the idea that large student loans are an “investment” in law school, and they’ll pay off in the form of money! money! money! upon graduation.Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me. I went to a private “regional” law school (that’s a euphemism for a bottom-tier school, according to the rankings) that nobody outside of Florida has heard of because it was the only school that accepted me.

So every month, $308.19 comes out of my checking account, which is a lot considering that I make only about $55,000 a year. My salary is about 40% less than what most attorneys with my years of experience typically make because I don’t work for a private firm—I believe quality of life is as important as quality of work.

The culture of the legal profession is to never talk about your student loan debt because most people who’ve paid it off are resented by contemporaries who haven’t. But I am comforted in the knowledge that if I run into tough times, I can always defer the loans—while accumulating interest, of course. And since the interest rate is low at 2.875%, I’m not scrambling to pay it off.

What Katie Says: Shane is correct when he says that his interest rate is great—under 3% is fantastic—but I would caution him not to get too comfortable with those loans. He mentioned that he’s also thinking about paying down his mortgage faster, and saving for retirement and travel, which is smart, but I’d recommend that he keep the 50/20/30 rule in mind. At least 20% of his income should go toward financial priorities, which includes savings and debt repayment.

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Information shown is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Please consult a financial advisor for advice specific to your financial situation.

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