As an in-house attorney, eDiscovery can often feel like a distraction from the substantive work you want to be doing: delivering strategic legal advice to your business stakeholders and driving real business value for the organization. All the nitty gritty details can feel like something that should simply be outsourced – and some of them can be. But outsourcing to the wrong partner can be as disruptive and distracting as any internal effort. Successfully managing eDiscovery – including choosing the right partners, is essential to the outcomes of your matters and to the efficiency of your organization’s legal spend. Familiarizing yourself with the range of options available to you and the best practices associated with them can result in finding better information, more quickly, and less expensively across all your matters.
Never have there been so many communication devices, apps, and services available for use by employees, and employees helping themselves to these options can create significant identification, preservation, and collection challenges
The tide of data never stops rising, and the sources of data never stop multiplying, and legal practitioners must somehow find a way to analyze it. Finding a way that is efficient and effective requires understanding the tools and techniques available to you so you can leverage the right ones.
Production is another discovery activity, like collection and processing, in which technical decisions can have logistical and legal effects. For this reason, it is important for practitioners to understand the fundamentals of production.