by John Burchfield

iStock_25150953Large technology in handsTechnology assisted review (TAR) is, without doubt, one of the greatest technological innovations in the eDiscovery industry. Our partners at Catalyst have worked hard to enhance the technology, allowing the eDiscovery process to be significantly streamlined, particularly in terms of cost and time savings.

In a recent blog on TAR, my colleague at Catalyst, John Treddenick, discussed why the technology is so incredibly important to the EDRM model. Specifically, he discussed TAR 2.0—technology assisted review that includes continuous active learning (CAL)—and its benefits.

For one, he noted that TAR 1.0 can be complicated. Before review could even start, reviewers needed to sift through thousands of documents and conduct multiple iterations of training. It was labor-intensive for senior attorneys, which in turn produced significant cost expenditures. CAL allows reviewers to look at much smaller sets of documents for initial training, and the platform continues to learn and adapt as the review continues, making it a much easier and more natural way to find relevant documents.

Second, John discusses how TAR 2.0 is flexible—it can be used in a variety of ways to serve a variety of ends. The review can be conducted in any order the user would like and the user can build as many different types of review projects as they like, ranking relevant documents in almost as many ways as one could think to rank them. Additionally, using CAL takes the burden off of senior attorneys—subject matter experts are not essential, especially after the initial set of documents has been reviewed.

Finally, he says, “Perhaps the strongest argument for CAL is that it allows lawyers to be lawyers.” TAR 1.0 requires lawyers to learn a platform that will essentially require that they suspend their own judgment and knowledge and rely primarily on an algorithm. TAR 2.0 allows for attorneys to spend more time actually practicing the law, as it cuts down on the time they spend on review.

John makes many excellent points in his recent blog piece, and I encourage you to read further.

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