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Using technology to optimize document review

By contributing author Brad Blickstein, Blickstein Group, on legal service providers:

I read with great interest the National Law Journal article on Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler (April 19, 2007), “Using Technology to Cut Legal Costs.”

Mr. Chandler is a proponent of using electronic tools to “mine all the documents…collect them and eliminate the stuff that is not responsive.” While it’s not surprising that the general counsel of one of the great technology companies is behind this, it seems that most in-house counsel are not ready for computers to do the work of associates. Such counsel may want to consider using technology to make attorney review more efficient, by weeding out junk files and organizing the remainder for a more efficient review.

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