Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Law — Fast Track to Success

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Time: there’s never enough of it, and (unless we’ve missed something major) no one has discovered a way to make more. Or have they? 

When it comes to creating more time for strategic case work by speeding up the discovery process, there is a solution. Broadly speaking, it’s artificial intelligence (AI), and more specifically, great AI-powered legal technology, that can transform the process of meeting (and maybe even beating) discovery deadlines, and setting your team and client up for success in your cases by getting to your evidence faster. 

This isn’t because AI alone is capable of doing the jobs of lawyers (it can’t). Rather, with the vast quantities and complexities of data that can make the process and expense of traditional review daunting for humans, AI helps lawyers maximize their time and skills by learning from and augmenting their decision making. 

Great AI, in combination with the right workflows and input by lawyers or other subject matter experts, is capable of efficiently and confidently automating and accelerating data-intensive processes — even in projects with huge data sets, dozens of data types, or an uncertain and evolving review universe — to create time efficiencies that let teams focus on expert legal work. AI-prioritized reviews speed up the time it takes to find critical documents, the ones that can make your case, and generate game-changing time savings that set you and your clients up for even greater success. 

The power of AI in practice

AI isn’t about doing your job, or even changing the practice of law. Great AI-powered legal technology simply enables you to do what you’d ordinarily do in a case — conduct witness interviews, review documents, prepare for a deposition — faster and more easily no matter the quantity and complexity of data.

With document review, AI is capable of learning the tagging and analysis behavior attorneys engage in and expediting the processes of finding the information that matters. At the same time, AI can reduce the need to review non-responsive or low-impact materials. By shortening the time spent reviewing documents, lawyers can spend time on more strategic aspects of their case and building the best narrative possible — faster. 

Not all AI was created equal 

Of course, not all AI is the same and not all AI-powered solutions can make the same level of positive impact. Great AI-powered tools don’t stop at the implementation of strong machine learning, they are designed to take advantage of AI as easily as possible — think intuitive dashboards, visual analytics, easy enablement, readily available training, and robust support. Firms that deploy great AI have thought about repeatability, defensibility, and best practices as well as sought out AI that can be used in multiple cases across similar case types or clients to leverage the knowledge and insights gained from previous discovery projects and deploy them in forthcoming work. Rather than reinventing the wheel every time, lawyers will be able to make use of their unique business insight to provide clients with better value and service. 

DISCO AI is designed to be easy and intuitive for users to deploy from their first matter, throughout the Ediscovery platform. DISCO AI creates a magical experience for users in two main ways:

  1. Understanding words in context: Lawyers make their livelihood spotting issues and parsing nuanced language. DISCO AI examines both words and their context to develop a sophisticated understanding of language. For example, DISCO AI learns that the relationship between “man” and “woman” is similar to that between “king” and “queen.” For every word in a document, DISCO AI creates 300 such relationships, called vectors. This vector graph ensures that DISCO AI understands that the phrase “grandma eats chicken” is very different from the phrase “chicken eats grandma.”
  1. Productizing your expertise: Chances are that you, your firm, or your clients run into similar legal issues or cases requiring the identification of the same types of documents over multiple cases. Utilizing AI on a single matter can speed up your review on future cases by leveraging true cross-matter AI. Cross-matter AI allows you to take what DISCO AI has learned from your past matters and apply it to your new matters on day one. Rather than throwing away your judgment calls at the end of each case, you can create custom models and market your expertise to your clients. Your biggest clients will know that coming back to your firm ensures the greatest efficiency.

AI makes a difference to all matters — big and small 

If you’ve ever thought that AI was something that only other firms needed – don’t be fooled. Data complexity isn’t going away and great AI-powered technology can help with matters of any size. AI isn’t only for big firms and global corporations, it is the answer to the vastness of data that any case can bring. Indeed, DISCO AI implemented by DISCO Review was able to get one firm to their evidence 56% faster than the industry standard even in a small review population. To remain competitive without exorbitant costs, AI-powered legal technology is the answer.

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