What is my legal exposure in this case? How much should I settle for? What’s market for this contractual provision? These are examples of key questions clients ask, and the answer from their lawyer is usually subjective in nature. To paraphrase Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase, the industry is far too reliant on “hunches” and too light on data and statistical responses. As firms seek to modernize and respond to evolving client expectations, the data use environment is changing. That should not be surprising, as the use of data in virtually every other industry is on the rise.
In response to the increasing activity and interest in the crossroads of law, data, and strategy, ILTA has composed a four-part Data Analytics Series. Each session in this series is designed to showcase new perspectives, real examples of success in our industry, and fresh stories from those who are putting in the hard yards.
In Session 1, Data Analytics in Law: A Primer, Ed Walters will kick things off. On the tail of releasing his book, Data-Driven Law, Ed will lay the groundwork for all four sessions. He’ll describe what data analytics is, why it is important to the legal industry, and how it will change the way lawyers ply their trade. Ed’s session will be on Monday, August 20th at 1:00 PM. You won’t want to miss it.
Session 2, Building and Institutionalizing Data Analytics Capabilities Within Legal, is all about what it takes to establish analytics capabilities within a law firm. The format will be casual and the discussion organic. Aaron Crews (Chief Data Analytics Officer, Littler Mendelson), Peter Geovanes (Head of Data Strategy and Legal Analytics, Winston Strawn), and Bennett Borden (Chief Data Scientist, Drinker Biddle & Reath) will answer our questions and yours, covering everything from how they got there to the focus of their efforts and beyond. This won’t be a theoretical session. Instead, our three guests will concentrate on concrete actions, lessons and accomplishments that have served them well. Session 2 will be on Tuesday, August 21st at 11:30 AM.
Session 3 will be nerdy but approachable. Analytics can seem impenetrable, but getting started is as easy as counting. HBR Consulting’s Andrew Baker and Karl Haraldsson will lead you through a Data Analytics Bootcamp Blitz. You’ll learn how to explore data, visualize trends and patterns, and even create predictive models using R, an open source statistical analytics program. R is a core statistical programming language that’s heavily used in data science, and we want to get you started using one of the most powerful tools out there. We’ll be using the website Kaggle as our “laboratory” for this class. If you want to get a head start, you can check out the Notebook here. You don’t need to run through the whole vignette, but we’ve linked to some online articles and interactive lessons that might be helpful to look at ahead of time. If you know you’re going to attend the bootcamp, go ahead and create a Kaggle account so that you can follow along in person. This will be a 90 minute session on Wednesday, August 22nd at 3:30 PM. Be there or be square.
Session 4, Advanced Data Analytics in Legal, will be special. Unlike the other sessions in the Data Analytics Series, this hour will focus entirely on three groundbreaking data projects in the legal industry. Mike Nogroski of Chapman & Cutler will talk about how his firm is using text analytics to streamline document review and provide insights on the transactional side. Raul Taveras of General Motors will walk attendees through GM’s use of descriptive and predictive analytics to support lawyer awareness, litigation strategy and decision-making. We’re ecstatic about this talk, and we can’t wait for our speakers to paint a picture that shows some of the art of the possible. Session 4 will be on Thursday, August 23rd at 2:00 PM.
This is the first Data Analytics Series of its type at ILTACON. Data analytics has already broken through at some legal organizations, and there is much more to come. We hope that this series will resonate with the community, arming it with knowledge it can use well beyond this year’s conference.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Andrew Baker (Data Analytics Series moderator), Karl Haraldsson (Data Analytics speaker) and Steve Lastres (ILTACON Education Committee facilitator)#ILTACON2018#DataAnalytics#KnowledgeManagementandSearch
Co-Authored by Steve Lastres of Debevoise & Plimpton (ILTACON Education Committee facilitator), Andrew Baker and Karl Haraldsson of HBR Consulting