Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal


John Didday


Corporate counsel needs to understand big data, now. Civil discovery is getting bigger and more expensive by the day, but the legal field has been slow to find a solution. Too often, the huge data sets corporate litigants exchange before trial become a burden instead of an asset. Computer scientists have developed methods to aggregate and search large stores data effectively, but the legal system is intransigent; unless a leader brings technology to the law, litigation will only get slower and more expensive. I propose in-house counsel lead the way to implementing big data solutions by becoming informed buyers of electronic discovery. Tech savvy in-house counsel would separate fact from fiction in discovery technology marketing, forcing law firms, courts, and legislators to adapt discovery to the modern world.