Cormack's research with Maura R. Grossman has been cited in cases of first impression in United States, Ireland, and (by reference) United Kingdom approving the use of technology-assisted review in civil litigation.
Since 2001, he has been a program committee member of The Text Retrieval Conference (TREC). He was a coordinator of the TREC Total Recall Track (2015 - 2016), as well as the TREC Legal Track (2010 - 2011), and the TREC Spam Track (2005 - 2007). Cormack is past president of the Conference on Email and Anti-Spam.
From 1997 through 2010, Cormack coached Waterloo's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest team, qualifying for the World Finals every year, winning the World Championship in 1999, and the North American Championship in 1998 and 2000.
Cormack received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in computer science from University of Manitoba in 1977, 1978, and 1981, and was a faculty member in the McGill University School of Computer Science (1981 - 1983) before joining University of Waterloo in 1983.
- Richmond Journal of Law & Technology Technology-assisted review in e-discovery can be more effective and more efficient than manual review Retrieved August 14, 2016
- S.D.N.Y. (2012). Moore v. Publicis Archived 2013-03-10 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 13, 2016.
- High Court, Ireland (2015). Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited v. Sean Quinn Retrieved August 13, 2016
- High Court of Justice Chancery Division, U.K. (2016). Pyrrho Investments Ltd v. MWB Property Ltd Retrieved August 13, 2016
- ACM ICPC. History Retrieved August 19, 2016
- International Olympiad in Informatics. Former Members of ISC Retrieved August 19, 2016