Consilio Advanced Learning Institute

ED103 – The Grand Scavenger Hunt: Collection Fundamentals

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Since electronically-stored information (ESI) became the norm in discovery, competence with technology has been an essential part of being an effective legal practitioner and fulfilling a lawyer’s duty of competence. With source types multiplying – including challenging sources like smartphones, social media, and collaboration tools, it is more important than ever for legal practitioners of all types to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of collection so that they can assist in spotting potential issues and identifying appropriate solutions.

In this Practice Guide

  • ESI Storage and Collection
  • Forensic Soundness and Chain of Custody
  • Available Collection Approaches
  • Key Source Types to Consider

Key Insights

  • ESI’s Inherent Mutability
  • The Importance of Metadata
  • Collection’s Effects on Admissibility
  • The Risks of Self-Collection

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