Avansic: What I Learned at Georgetown EDI

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Extract from Avansic’s article “What I Learned at Georgetown EDI”

We have some notes from the field for you this week – our CEO, Dr. Gavin W. Manes, recently attended the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute and shared his experience.

First, it has been a few years since I’ve been to a conference, so it was quite a treat to be surrounded by a group of peers. What’s more, it was an incredibly knowledgeable group, and the discussions were at a high level as we dug deep into some of the most pressing issues in eDiscovery today.

It was a relief to learn how many people are dealing with some of the same issues we are – nice to know we’re all in the same boat, even after a few years of handling a pandemic alongside our regular work. I was thinking about and examining Avansic’s processes the entire time I was there, whether during sessions or in conversation with participants, and it was good to see our approach to standards lines up with everyone else’s. Some of the more common topics included using AI technology to reduce or manage review and the importance of asking questions about the opposing party’s processes (for instance, how de-duplication is performed and if email threading is utilized). One of the best discussions involved the use of de-dupe to remove exact dupes to avoid reviewing the same content twice. However, this can become problematic when de-dupe doesn’t track custodians, particularly if there are rolling data additions to the case. It was refreshing to have a collective agreement that this procedure can be an issue, and I very much appreciated the discussion around it. 

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