Invited Talk by Jason R. Baron

January 29, 2017
  2017 MIT Computational Law Lecture Series Kickoff
MIT Media Lab E15-341; 
February 7th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

"The Path to Predictive Coding: eDiscovery Search in the Big Data Era"

With Jason R. Baron

"A decade or so ago lawyers began to confront the need to find better ways to search for relevant evidence in vast collections of corporate and governmental data repositories, in response to lawsuits, investigations, and other access demands. The legal field has been transformed in the interim by adoption of new analytical techniques with the power to eliminate human review. In this lecture we will trace the path to predictive coding, introduce key metrics from information retrieval helpful in evaluating how well lawyers are doing, and will suggest multiple inter-disciplinary uses for the advanced search techniques the legal profession has begun to use."

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Mr. Baron serves as Of Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, DC, and as Co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, a vendor neutral consortium and think tank. Between 2000 and 2013, he served as the first appointed director of litigation at the US National Archives and Records Administration, and before that as a trial lawyer and senior counsel for a dozen years at the Department of Justice. In those capacities, Mr. Baron played a leading role in the government's adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and acted as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email. He is the lead editor of Perspectives on Predictive Coding And Other Advanced Search Techniques for the Legal Practitioner (2016), has written over 70 published articles on subjects related to e-discovery and information governance, and has made over 400 presentations worldwide. He was prominently featured in the documentary The Decade of Discovery (2014), which tells the story of a government lawyer seeking a better way to search for White House email. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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