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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT 45 WWW.ILTANET.ORG | ILTA WHITE PAPER Revolutionizing the Practice of Law through Data Science Aer obtaining a graduate degree in business analytics in 2015, I was named chief data scientist of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, a firm that prides itself on leadership and innovation. At the time I was the only AmLaw100 partner in the U.S. with that title; now I am happy to say that others have joined me in similar roles at their firms. I believe this is only the beginning of an upwelling in the use of data science in the practice of law. The legal industry is beginning to see that the application of data science and process optimization principles can help law firms truly revolutionize how they practice law, bringing greater efficiency and overall value to their clients and themselves. Ediscovery: "A Signal in the Noise" My background is a bit unusual. I started out in the intelligence community, working at the CIA before going to Georgetown Law School. Aerwards, at the first major law firm where I worked, I started out in litigation practice at a time when civil discovery practice with respect to electronic data was still in its infancy: a grossly inefficient process involving people in front of computer screens clicking through documents one by one. In the last decade or so, though, the world of ediscovery has greatly changed. Due to the significant insights of ediscovery trailblazers like my colleague Jason R. Baron, who founded a legal track at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Text Retrieval Conference back in 2006, the legal profession has evolved to embrace both advanced data science techniques and quantitative metrics to evaluate how well we are finding relevant documents in vast collections of electronically stored information. by Benne B. Borden of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Revolutionizing the Practice of Law through Data Science

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