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
Since electronically-stored information (ESI) has become the norm in discovery, competence with technology has become an essential part of being an effective legal practitioner, and understanding the technology fundamentals of collection has become essential to fulfilling a lawyer’s duty of technology competence.
The range of potential ESI sources is continually multiplying and diversifying. Processing is how we work with that diverse range of materials without using as many different pieces of software as there are types of sources and how we enable searching and document identification across different source types.