EDRM Launches New TAR Project

February 9, 2017


EDRM at Duke Law School has announced a new project focused on providing guidance for Technology-Assisted Review (TAR). The effort will provide a roadmap, with slightly alternate paths, for individuals who are using TAR.

The project will be led by Mike Quartararo, of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Adam Strayer, of BDO Consulting; more than 35 lawyers, e-discovery experts, and technology leaders have joined the project team. The group will work together to provide guidance based on the EDRM TAR framework (available at http://new.edrm.net/frameworks-and-standards/technology-assisted-review/. Drafts will be publicly available for comment, and a group of federal judges will be formed to review the draft before it is issued. The guidance also will inform a Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies conference on TAR and data analytics, to be held Sept. 7-8, 2017, during which an invited group of 15 federal judges and 75 to 100 lawyers will work together to develop best practices for using TAR in e-discovery throughout the legal profession.

 “This project has the potential to improve the administration of justice by establishing authoritative guidance that the bench and bar can rely on with confidence and by providing guidance on how best to use TAR and under what circumstances,” said John Rabiej, director of the Center for Judicial Studies. “This is a great model for combining the strengths of the EDRM community with those of the Center for Judicial Studies. Historically the Center has focused on working with policymakers and decision-makers improve the administration of justice. EDRM now gives us an opportunity to share the expertise of experts who are developing and using the technologies that are influencing policy decisions.”     

The TAR project team is already beginning work on drafting content and will meet during EDRM’s annual workshop May 15-17, 2017, at Duke Law School, to advance their efforts. Details about the workshop are forthcoming.  To learn more about the project or to get involved, contact EDRM@law.duke.edu.