Lawyer Certification on Predictive Coding

The eDiscovery Solutions Group Weekly Poll that ran from March 26, 2012 to April 2, 2012 asked whether or not lawyers should be able to explain the general technical and statistical mathematics supporting Predictive Coding to be able to utilize Predictive Coding during the eDiscovery and document coding process.

25% of the respondents to this poll indicated that lawyers should be famailiar with Predictive Coding to utilize it during the eDiscovery and document coding process. 62% of the respondents to this poll indicated that lawyers should be somewhat familiar with Predictive Coding to utilize it during the eDiscovery and document coding process.  And, 12% of the respondents to this poll indicated that lawyers should not have to be familiar with Predictive Coding to utilize it during the eDiscovery and document coding process.

Given the fact that Judge Peck’s decision is still being digested and there continues to be debate among the “technical experts” within the industry about the vetting process for Predictive Coding, many may not think that it is way too early to start worrying about whether or not lawyers understand the technical nuances of this new technology.  However, I am not sure that the ABA Commission on Ethics would agree that “it is not yet time” as they are already addressing the question of what level of competence lawyers must have in applying IT concepts to the practice of law.

The technology of eDiscovery in general has leapfrogged any technology issues that most litigators have had to understand in the past.  And, Predictive Coding and all of it’s cousins in computer assisted eDiscovery and search, may in fact have leapfrogged the eDiscovery technology of just 2-3 years ago.

I am sure that the courts and the industry will fully vett Predictive Coding and develope the appropriate best practice for when and how it should be used.  And, I am sure that ABA will figure out what level of competence lawyers must have in applying Predictive Coding.  I just have to wonder if the results of this process isn’t a tipping point for a changing of the guard within the legal ranks?

And, since this whole “thing” is about providing equal access to the judicial system and adequate representation, let’s hope they all get it right.  Certification on Predictive Coding for lawyers or not.

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About Charles Skamser
Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales, marketing and product management leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Machine Learning, Computer Assisted Analytics, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, IT Automation and ITOA. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well known industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to manage the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.