In today’s age of exploding data volumes, called into focus by increasingly strenuous discovery obligations in federal and state legal matters, lawyers face the critical need to embrace and understand how technology itself has become indispensable, in many respects, to the practice of law. This course considers the ways in which data and technology are fundamentally transforming the practice of law. We will examine procedural rules and case law that confront these issues. We will explore some of the core technologies that are deployed at the critical stages of legal proceedings. We will seek to understand the growing role of data itself as a strategic, tangible factor in today’s legal world.
This course will be a hands-on practical course: through a series of lectures and demonstrations, and with valuable insights from a variety of industry experts, students will examine the fascinating interplay of technology and law, with particular focus on how case outcomes can be shaped by the leverage of technology. Subtopics will include preservation, analytics and review of data, development of a discovery plan “toolkit”, the emerging roles of discovery experts, cybersecurity, privacy, and the Internet of Things. Perhaps most importantly, this course will familiarize students with many of the ways technology is used in modern-day discovery and legal practice more broadly, preparing them for the early stages of their careers.