• Can search/filter several terabytes of data
  • Has over 25 full text and metadata search features, including forensics-oriented features
  • Has search/analysis tool with variety of filtering options
  • Process files into index for easy review which can then be exported into different file formats to integrate with other software easily
  • Visual analytics
  • Preserves/extracts data and metadata, which can be exported, OCR’d, and searched
  • Wildcard, proximity, boolean searching
  • Date restrictions, denisting, deduping
  • Cloud platform allows high-speed collection, processing, searching, and review from anywhere 24/7
  • “Deep learning” (chain of multiple machine learning models) examines order, structure, and meaning of words to determine if a given document is relevant for review
  • Amazon S3 acceleration powers Rapid Ingest File Transfer, allows uploads directly to DISCO from devices

Groups documents into related clusters, integrates with most common e-discovery platforms

  • Detects duplicate and near-duplicate documents, automatically filters out boilerplate language, detects unique phrases, increasing accuracy and relevance, multi-lingual, “multi-brain” analysis
  • Visual Analysis: Transparent Concept Search - Any concept search turns into Boolean expression, removing guesswork and delivering versatile/defensible platform for attorneys.

Groups documents into related clusters, integrates with most common e-discovery platforms

  • Creates legal hold notices from templates, automates communications, single audit trail
  • Analyzes and synthesizes data to quickly determine issues, size and scope of case, processes appropriate facts, allows real time monitoring and settings adjustment, interactive search panel
  • Fully integrated analytics eliminate irrelevant information, arranges documents, assisted review identifies documents, centralized case information allows transcripts to be dragged/dropped into program to identify key parts and link documents
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Additional Benefits

  • Fastcase™ – a $1,000+
    value free to all members
  • Discounted and
    complimentary CLE
  • Online communities, publications, &
    300+ meetings & events each year
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Where we are nationally

1,338,678

Practicing Attorneys

0.2% increase from 2017
15% increase from 2008

States with the most
legal professionals

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New York

177,0350.0% change from 2017

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Florida

78,2441.6% change from 2017

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Pennsylvania

50,1121.4% change from 2017

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California

170,0440.8% change from 2017

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Illinois

63,4221.0% change from 2017

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Massachusetts

42,926-1.2% change from 2017

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Texas

90,4851.3% change from 2017

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Dist. of Columbia

53,778-1.7% change from 2017

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New Jersey

41,021-0.4% change from 2017

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Maryland

38,80084.8% increase since 2008

Maryland ranks 10th nationally in number of practicing attorneys. MSBA is proud to lead the profession in our state as we support the public interest and the interest of our members.

The 10 Largest Firms in
the Nation

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Uniform Bar Exam SpreadAdopted in 32 States

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) continues to spread across the country. The UBE is now administered in 34 jurisdictions.

California, Florida, and Texas are some of the largest states yet to implement the UBE.

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is to be implemented in 2019 in Maryland.

READ MORE ABOUT UBE IN MARYLAND

UBE Adopted

UBE Adoption in Process

No UBE Adoption

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Uniform Bar Exam Spread

UBE Adopted

UBE Adoption in Process

No UBE Adoption

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Adopted in 32 States

The Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) continues to spread across the country. The UBE is now administered in 34 jurisdictions.

California, Florida, and Texas are some of the largest states yet to implement the UBE.

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is to be implemented in 2019 in Maryland.

READ MORE ABOUT UBE IN MARYLAND

Women in the Legal Profession

Women Lawyers Across The Profession

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Women in Private Practice

22.7% of partners

19% of equity partners

25% of managing partners

45% of associates

48.7% of summer associates

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Women in Corporations

26.4% of Fortune 500 General Counsel

23.8% of Fortune 501-1000 General Counsel

Professional Trends

Mental Health

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“Little is known about the current behavioral health climate in the legal profession. Despite a widespread belief that attorneys experience substance use disorders and other mental health concerns at a high rate, few studies have been undertaken to validate these beliefs empirically or statistically. Although previous research had indicated that those in the legal profession struggle with problematic alcohol use, depression, and anxiety more so than the general population, the issues have largely gone unexamined for decades (Benjamin et al., 1990; Eaton et al., 1990; Beck et al., 1995).

The most recent and also the most widely cited research on these issues comes from a 1990 study involving approximately 1200 attorneys in Washington State (Benjamin et al., 1990). Researchers found 18% of attorneys were problem drinkers, which they stated was almost twice the 10% estimated prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence among American adults at that time. They further found that 19% of the Washington lawyers suffered from statistically significant elevated levels of depression, which they contrasted with the then-current depression estimates of 3% to 9% of individuals in Western industrialized countries.”

Journal of Addiction Medicine, “The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental
Health Concerns Among American Attorneys

Technology Trends

Emerging technologies like cloud computing, advanced analytics, and
mobile workplaces are changing the way attorneys practice law.
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Technology/focus on the future

Top five technologies respondents felt had moderate to high impact on their practice:

  • Document management (90%)
  • Time & billing management (88%)
  • Financial management or enterprise resource planning (73%)
  • Mobility & mobile apps (70%)
  • Business intelligence (70%)
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Technologies to drive efficiency

Firms are focused on eliminating process inefficiencies. Efforts include:

  • Automating routine tasks (64.2%)
  • Workflow automation (54%)
  • Analytics, data mining and business intelligence (46.7%)
  • Integration of systems (37.2%)
  • Mobile access to law firm systems (24.1%)
  • Internal collaborative tools (18.3%)
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Marketing trends

New technologies are changing how attorneys meet new clients:

  • Investing in online presence
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Building your referral networks
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Current marketing channels

How and where lawyers connect:

  • Email 37%
  • Print 34%
  • Facebook 26%
  • Yellowpages 18%
  • Avvo 18%
  • Direct mail 18%
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Cloud computing considerations

The drivers for cloud adoption are:

  • Provides better disaster recovery, 50.5%
  • Less costly than on-premise solutions, 39.1%
  • Augments business continuity, 29%
  • Cloud offers better security, 27.5%
  • Improving features & functionality, 25.4%
  • Centralized data improves collaboration, 23.9%

Artificial Intelligence in the
Legal Landscape

Artificial intelligence is already changing the way attorneys find clients, automate
processes, and expand their businesses in dramatic ways.

93%

of surveyed attorneys
believe it could reduce costs
and increase efficiency

Artificial Intelligence can be effectively used for: contract review/due diligence; predicting a court’s likely decision on a given case with 90% accuracy; and E-discovery. IP Lawyers are using AI to monitor digital platforms, value IP portfolios, and budgeting/analyzing trademark search results. AI can also be used to track billable hours, analyze time spent on tasks. and compile legal analytics.

Although there is high interest (93% of surveyed attorneys believe it could reduce costs/increase efficiency), there is great reluctance to implement AI technology because attorneys are unwilling to switch reliance from “skepticism” & “precedent” to “algorithms”, “data”, and “analytics.” They tend to favor status quo.

Legal AI overall value is estimated at $16 billion, compared with overall U.S. legal services market of $437 billion - and, lawyers want to practice law, not become newest case law by journeying out into unknown legal territory.

E-Discovery

The growing “internet of things” has led to an increase in need for identifying potential sources
of information, such as drones, DNA sensors, appliances, etc. This information overload caused
more user-friendly e-discovery systems to be developed, focusing on increased systemization,
efficiency, cost reduction, and the ability to perform discovery in-house.

Programs and products currently on the market:

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MSBA members are among those leading the change.

As the voice of Maryland’s attorneys, the MSBA is committed to providing our members
with insight and clarity on the issues affecting our profession. Join the conversation.