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Weekly Trends Report – 1/2/2019 Insights

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Insight into where e-discovery, information governance cybersecurity, and digital transformation are heading – who is doing what now or in the future, what works and what doesn’t, and what people wish they could do but can’t – gleaned from recent publications


Cloud versus on-prem – After discussing issues of security, scalability, accessibility, and cost, the author of the article Special E-Discovery Considerations When Solving the On-Premises vs. Cloud Debate tilts toward the cloud for e-discovery software.


SEC’s 2019 examination priorities – In a recent publication, 2019 Examination Priorities – Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s OCIE announced its top six examination priorities for 2019. Included in the group is cybersecurity: “OCIE will continue to prioritize cybersecurity in each of its five examination programs.”

State bar launched privacy certificate – The North Carolina State Bar recently began offering a privacy and information law certification – one of the first bar associations in the country to do so according to a Legaltech news report.

GDPR encouraging whistleblowers? – The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office reported that whistleblower complaints about potential data breaches at businesses increased 165% since the GPRR went into effect, according to a Corporate Counsel article.


A list of 2018’s key legal tech developments – Bob Ambrogi closed out the year with his list of The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018. At the top of his list: analytics. Rounding out the top 5: legal tech goes global; legal research gets smarter and more comprehensive; investment hits $1 billion; and acquisitions accumulate.

More law firm investments in technology… – Clifford Chance launched a new Singapore-based legal tech incubator, Create+65, joining firms such as Allen & Overy and Mishcon de Reya according to an Artificial Lawyer post.  Along with Latham & Watkins, Clifford Chance also has invested in Reynen Court, the “App Store for legal tech”, reported

…Even as law firm innovation challenged as just “for show” –  Rob Saccone, former CEO of Seyfarth Shaw subsidiary SeyfarthLean Consulting, called into question the motivation behind law firm innovation efforts, writing that “most incumbent law firms do not innovate for measurable results like their corporate clients; they innovate for show.”

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George Socha
Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal
George Socha is the Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, where he promotes brand awareness, helps guide development of product roadmap and consults with customers on effective deployment of legal technology.

Named an “E-Discovery Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, George has assisted corporate, law firm, and government clients with all facets of electronic discovery, including information governance, domestically and globally. He served clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, energy, retail, banking and technology, among others. As a renowned industry thought leader, he has authored more than 50 articles and spoken at more than 200 engagements across the world on a variety of e-discovery topics. His extensive knowledge has also been utilized more than 20 times to provide expert testimony.

Co-founder of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), a framework that outlines the standards for the recovery and discovery of digital data, and the Information Governance Reference Model (IGRM), a similar framework specific to information management, George is skilled at developing and implementing electronic discovery strategies and managing electronic discovery processes.

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