Search for Profanity

Search for Profanity

Imagine the associate attorney sitting in front of their computer staring at a database containing tens of thousands of documents. It is the beginning of the litigation matter and no one on the legal team has a good sense of what is in the document collection yet. At some point, the legal team will want […]

OCR Text vs. Extracted Text

OCR Text vs Extracted Text

Another topic when training a litigation support newbie is the concept of how we go about getting searchable documents for our document databases. One of the most important reasons why we provide litigators with document databases is to enable the legal team to perform searches across all of the documents in order to find the […]

Control Numbers vs. Bates Numbers


When training a newbie in litigation support, I always explain to them the concept of control numbers versus bates numbers. In order to create a litigation document database, we need every record (document) in the database to have a unique identifier field. The criteria for the contents of this field is as follows: 1. The value […]

Concatenate – Fancy Word, Simple Meaning


Concatenate is one of many fancy words we learn while working in litigation support. It is a technical term and it is a verb defined as “to link (things) together in a chain or series.” Most of the time we are using concatenation to piece together multiple values. We also have the ability to insert additional values […]

Seriously, Productions Need Not Be Rushed

Productions Need Not Be Rushed

I have been doing litigation support for a long time. I have worked with many attorneys on many cases. I have worked with many service providers. I know the various processes the attorneys will use to decide which document sets need to be included in the next production set. I have observed the attorneys making promises to […]

Electronic Discovery – Collection

Document Collection

In a litigation matter, after the subpoena is received and the custodians are identified, we begin to collect the client’s documents, both hardcopy and electronic. The document collections may be handled by the client’s IT staff and this can be a little concerning if the IT staff does not understand electronic discovery protocols. It is better […]

I Quit My Litigation Support Job

The Start of a New Journey

Have you ever felt destined for something else, but you are stuck where you are? For the last 3 years, I have been involved in what I have referred to as “my 4 jobs”. Job 1: Working full-time in a litigation support role at a law firm in Washington DC. Job 2: Working in a management position […]

Last Viewed Fields in Your Document Review Database

Searching for Documents

One of the best practices in Legal Project Management (LPM) is demonstrating to the legal teams how we techies can add value. We were having a team meeting related to a case that had a large document database in Relativity. The legal team had several concurrent sub-projects for this matter. The attorneys were teamed up to resolve […]

Regular Expressions – Searching for SSN Numbers Across Text Files

Regular Expressions

I believe that the best way to learn litigation support is by working through real-life, on-the-job scenarios. This article is about a scenario that landed on my plate a few years ago. In a previous article, I talked about the importance of creating cheat sheets in litigation support. After I figured out a solution to […]

From Practicing Attorney to Litigation Support Professional

Practicing Lawyer to Litigation Support

Transformation:  From Practicing Attorney to Litigation Support Professional, or How to Reprogram Your Brain in 5 Easy Steps (Okay, Not Easy and Not 5, But Worth The Bumps In The Road!) by Diane Enoch-Poling, Esq. The year was 2003. Do you remember where YOU were? Here’s some context: Rapper Eminem won the the 30th Annual […]

Litigation Support Database Coding

Paper Files

One of the terms we use in litigation support is “coding”. Coding refers to putting information into database fields (which we refer to as “populating”) manually, one document at a time. There are some service providers that provide this service. They have a room full of “coders”. We pay them per document to complete the […]