At Relativity Fest in Chicago, Relativity gave a series of awards to individuals for their contribution to eDiscovery and its related subjects. One of those awards was the Relativity Stellar Woman in eDiscovery award. The winner was Joy Murao of Practice Online Resources. I interviewed her shortly after the awards ceremony.
Practice Aligned Resources, Joy Murao’s own company, offers eDiscovery litigation support solutions, including consulting and advisory services, case planning and implementation, along with vendor and software selection, staffing and training. Joy Murao set up Practice Aligned Resources after a long career building and leading teams, mainly in law firms, supporting litigators and handling litigation matters around the world. I asked her why the award mattered to her.
Joy Murao said that the award was validation of a career devoted to the training and encouragement of others, and was dedicated to anyone who mentors others or who passes on skills and ideas to the next generation.
It was, she said, necessary to bring in new blood to become that next generation, developing legal operations, not just in law firms and providers, but increasingly in corporations. Her mission extended, she said, beyond eDiscovery and to how information sits across the whole organisation.
Until recently, no one understood what information governance was. There was no push to organise data, and practitioners were always reactive to demands.
IG was now purposeful, thought-driven and designed rather than merely reactive, and she hoped that the Relativity award would encourage others to think strategically.