This is the professional blog of attorney Ralph Losey who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ralph is a lawyer in private practice with a background in litigation and computers that started in 1980. He is currently a Principal of Jackson Lewis P.C. where he serves as the firm’s National e-Discovery Counsel. Although Ralph resides in Florida, his law firm of 800 attorneys has offices throughout the U.S. Ralph has limited his practice to e-discovery and related technology law since 2006. Please see the important disclaimer and notice about this blog, which is his own creation and contains Ralph’s personal views, not that of his law firm or anyone else. This blog provides education, information, and editorial opinions only, not legal advice. It is certainly not an ad or solicitation to provide legal services.
This Blog and the Team Approach
This blog promotes an interdisciplinary team approach to electronic discovery law and shares Ralph Losey’s thoughts on law and technology.
The world today is dominated by computers and other technologies. This is not a passing fad, it is a new culture. The technology age is rapidly replacing the old ways in every field, including the law. The explosion of the amount and complexity of information triggered by computers, much of which is potential evidence in legal proceedings, has placed severe challenges on our justice systems. Ralph, and many others, believe that the basic solution to this challenge is for lawyers to affiliate and work in teams with IT and data analysts, technology and science. This is a very challenging proposition for most lawyers, but not impossible. Since this blog was started to promote this idea in 2006 much progress has been made. The below video pretty much says it all (but, don’t worry, the blog itself has another million words to spell it out).
Although lawyers should no longer try to go it alone in resolving complex civil and criminal disputes, they should still maintain a leadership role in questions of ethics and justice. Moreover, lawyers are the only one of the three disciplines qualified and permitted to appear in court and supervise legal proceedings. This blog is intended to help lawyers to maintain their leadership position and work effectively in e-discovery teams.
Who is Ralph Losey?
Ralph is an avid computer user, legal hacker, since 1980. He is the author of hundreds of legal publications on e-discovery and technology law, including several books, such as: Adventures in Electronic Discovery(West, Spring 2011); Electronic Discovery: New Ideas, Trends, Case Law, and Practices (West 2010); Introduction to e-Discovery, (ABA 2009); and, e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases (ABA 2008). Two more books came out in late 2016, both published by the ABA:
E-DISCOVERY FOR EVERYONE, Ralph Losey; Foreword Judge Paul Grimm (ABA 2016-2017).
PERSPECTIVES ON PREDICTIVE CODING And Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner; Editors: Jason R. Baron, Ralph C. Losey, Michael Berman; Foreword by Judge Andrew Peck (ABA 2016-2017).
In addition to his private practice as a lawyer, and extensive writings, Ralph served as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida School of Law teaching electronic discovery law for five years. He eventually transforming his various classes into an online training course now open to anyone at e-Discovery Team Training. Also see: RalphLosey.com.
Since 2007 Ralph has also presented at hundreds of e-discovery and technology law conferences around the world on general e-discovery related topics. In the last few years he has limited his appearances and topics to his current areas of special interest, predictive coding, the future of law, and cybersecurity.
Since 2010 Ralph Losey has also spent a month each year as a researcher doing experiments in Legal Search and document review. In both 2015 and 2106 he was a participant in the TREC Total Recall Track sponsored by NIST. Prior to that Losey was known for his dominance of the EDI Oracle document review competition.
Ralph’s legal practice, writings, speaking and research now all focus on the use of Artificial Intelligence, specifically active machine learning, to search large quantities of data to find evidence needed for the resolution of law suits. Here is a link to the Page on the blog about his document review activities. Losey’s contributions in this field include both academic-scientific research and real-world litigation applications, including his role as lead technology counsel for the defense in the landmark decision that first approved the use of predictive coding, Da Silva Moore. A list of the over sixty articles he has written on the subject since 2011 can be found here on this blog.
In addition to advising the attorneys and clients at Jackson Lewis, which is his primary responsibility, Ralph is currently working on five different side projects that complement his legal practice: