At the tail end of last summer, I had the opportunity to talk to David Horrigan, General Counsel and Legal Content Director at kCura.
I asked him first what his plans were for education in his new role. David Horrigan says that he wanted to make eDiscovery accessible, fun even, for those involved in it, including the clients who pay for it. It is not just a necessary evil, but part of everyday life, and part of the purpose of the Relativity Blog is to make people more aware of this.
We then turned to the question whether computers will replace lawyers, part of the wider question “What is the practice of law?”. The reality, David Horrigan says, is that machines and humans must work together; lawyers cannot advise clients if the clients live in a technical world and the lawyers do not, and this requires a new technology competence standard for lawyers.
Data, and discussions about data, were becoming part of everyday life; David Horrigan gives the then current Ashley Madison data breach as an example. Things like this become eDiscovery issues.