About this Blog. The primary author of this blog on Technology and Law is Ralph Losey. This is his primary professional platform and here is Ralph’s latest attorney resume dated November 20, 2023. Here is a page describing Ralph’s many books, articles, awards and such. If you would like to contact him, please do so via email at ralph at losey dot law. You can also find him on Linkedin and a few other social media sites.
Ralph created this blog in 2006 to advocate for a team approach to electronic discovery, where lawyers, technologists, scientists, educators, vendors and other experts would work together. He started work for a large national law firm in 2010 supervising e-discovery in thousands of law suits. His team approach and use of machine learning became accepted doctrine in the law by 2019. Ralph then took a break from writing and public speaking for a few years to focus on his legal practice and refine his free online training machine learning, TAR Course, introduced in the video below.
Ralph stepped away from Big Law at the end of 2022 and returned to writing again, energized and eager to embark on new law, technology and other challenges. Ralph also maintains a Life and Variable Annuities insurance agent license with the State of Florida, which is unrelated to his legal practice. In late 2023, Ralph created a private ChatGPT4 plugin for life insurance education chats.
The e-Discovery team has been undergoing a transformation since 2022 as you can see in the posts. Artificial Intelligence “entities” of all kinds are now part of our team. We use Artificial Intelligence (which this blog, like a few others, often abbreviates as “Ai” and not “AI”) to connect the dots between e-Discovery, which has now become synonymous with discovery, and other fields of law, and perhaps even with life itself. We want to uncover the facts, the evidence, and the truth that underlies all legal reasoning and opinions. This blog still focuses on technology and the law, as that is Ralph’s primary expertise, but is evolving fast as the technologies finally go into the exponential stages of extremely fast innovation. To learn more about the core ideas driving our expansion and reinvention, check out the previous blog posts Information → Knowledge → Wisdom: Progression of Society in the Age of Computers; and then Examining the 12 Predictions Made in 2015 in “Information → Knowledge → Wisdom. Also see Ralph’s related information webs, AI Ethics and Hacker Way.
On July 2, 2023, Ralph used OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4, professional version with the Vista Plugin activated to create the video that follows. With just a short prompt the Ai generated this video, including the words. He just made a few tweaks. This provides a pretty good intro that what an e-Discovery Team is all about.
More About Ralph Losey. He is a tech-lawyer who has been using computers since 1978 when he first got his hands on one in law school. One of is sayings is to take your work seriously, but not yourself. The videos he has made, which are shown on the right column of this blog, and all the articles he wrote here, were done in that spirit. The same goes for his many 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); e-Discovery: Current Trends and Cases (ABA 2008); E-DISCOVERY FOR EVERYONE, Ralph Losey; Foreword Judge Paul Grimm (ABA 2017) (Click here for my video intro to this book); 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).
When not writing and researching, Ai Ralph’s day job is service as a lawyer in private practice with a firm started by his son and daughter-in-law, Losey, PLLC. He also serves as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He is on the Commercial, Employment and Insurance law panels. Ask for him if he is not on the suggested arbitrator list you are provided. Most of the arbitrations are online these days.
Legal ethics require Ralph Losey to tell you to look at the important disclaimer and notice about this blog. It is Ralph’s own creation, not his firm’s, past or present. It contains Ralph Losey’s personal views, not necessarily his law firm or anyone else. The e-Discovery Team blog provides education, information, and editorial opinions only, not legal advice. It is certainly not an ad nor solicitation to provide legal services. No legal advice is provided here.
About Ralph’s Work. From 2003 to 2022 Ralph’s legal practice, writings, speaking and research was done in Big Law. In 2010 his specialty in e-discovery started to 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
Upon the release of ChatGPT 3.5 in November 2022 Ralph’s interest in Ai exploded. He has devoted a substantial portion of his professional time on research, experimentation, writing and speaking on LLM Generative Ai. This includes Ai assisted computer coding and the creation of new writings, illustrations and video, such as shown above, which also contains his music. The e-Discovery Team blog today includes a wide variety of chatbots, as shown, for instance by the Chat Bot that always appears at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
Still, humans remain in charge. We see Ai as a tool, not a creature, even as it quickly become more intelligent that we are in many areas. Again, look to the videos on the righthand column and many articles in this blog that explore these issues in depth. Ralph is one of the country’s most active practitioners of Ai engineering, a hands-on user, aka ethical “hacker” type, not just a writer, teacher and lawyer-arbitrator.
If you want to did even deeper into his background, although even Ralph is starting to get bored by this, there is still more information on the right column of this blog, including a short bio, and recent interviews and such.