3 Electronic Discovery Resources for Litigators

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Legaltech 2014 just wrapped up in New York City last week. As a supporter of e-discovery education, I am always on the lookout for new sources of practical information for attorneys in the areas of data preservation, data privacy, electronic discovery and data management.

While at Legaltech, I brought back updates, and learned about several new sources of information and tools for practitioners that make the process of electronic discovery less intimidating and far more efficient. Three tips are outlined below; we will cover additional resources in future articles.

eDiscovery Assistant is a legal app for iPad, designed to improve e-discovery process and strategy. Developed by Kelly Twigger, an e-discovery attorney and her team, the app allows you access to all the information you need for e-discovery from any location – in a client meeting, in court, on a plane or at midnight when the brief is due tomorrow. The eDiscovery Assistant application allows legal professionals to:

  • Access e-discovery specific rules for all federal and state courts, including the federal Rules of Civil Procedure and local rules for U.S. District Courts;
  • Utilize checklists and templates for managing and conducting e-discovery created by an experienced e-discovery attorney;
  • Download and customize included checklists and templates;
  • Search and review a database of more than 3,000 citations and digests of e-discovery decisions from every jurisdiction in the United States;
  • Create matters and save any content in the app to a specific matter;
  • Create a library of regularly referenced materials from all content in the app;
  • And review e-discovery-specific glossary terms in clear language.

The iPad app is available for download in the iTunes app store; information about the app may be found at www.ediscoveryassistant.com.

EDBP: ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY BEST PRACTICES We spoke briefly with Ralph Losey at Legaltech. Losey is a pioneering force in e-discovery practice management, and the creator of e-discovery modular education. His latest framework of thought is a collection of e-discovery best practices, known as EDBP.

EDBP is a lawyer- centric work flow model created by Losey with the participation of other colleagues and attorneys. The purpose of EDBP is to provide a model of best practices for use by law firms and corporate law departments. EDBP is designed to be an educational resource for all lawyers striving to stay current with the latest thinking on excellence in legal services in electronic discovery law.

EDBP is a lawyer- centric work flow model created by Losey with the participation of other colleagues and attorneys. The purpose of EDBP is to provide a model of best practices for use by law firms and corporate law departments. EDBP is designed to be an educational resource for all lawyers striving to stay current with the latest thinking on excellence in legal services in electronic discovery law.

This information-packed site starts with a high level workflow diagram of core e-discovery phases. The viewer may drill down for detail on any of the best practices – or bubbles, as they appear in the diagram – to learn key terms and recommended practices. Visit www.edbp.com to explore the EDBP materials and guidance from Losey and colleagues.

IT-LEX: E-DISCOVERY CASES AND CURRENT ISSUES Adam Losey and Samir Mathur introduced their nonprofit educational organization, IT-Lex, to the legal industry in 2012. Frequent blogs and articles on tech topics include e-discovery and social media content, a look at the NSA surveillance issues, predictive coding / TAR (technology assisted review), and case law examples related to preservation, review and production of documents.

In addition to continuous new case law and articles, the IT-Lex organization encourages professional involvement in technology within the legal field, with a writing competition for law students, sponsored by the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. Megan Miller

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