Scanning may no longer be cool, but it’s still necessary. Electronic discovery still typically includes a paper component. When it comes to paper, how documents are identified is critical to how useful they will be. Here’s an example.
It’s hard to believe that it has been two years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. Now that we’ve hit the “terrible twos”, is the blog going to start going off on rants about various eDiscovery topics, like Will McAvoy in The Newsroom? Maybe. Or maybe not. Wouldn’t that be fun! Here are some highlights from the past six months.
The last post in this series on eDiscovery consulting in a law firm started discussion of opportunities to provide consulting services in a typical case (using the Electronic Discovery Reference Model as a guide). This post provides a continuation of that discussion, starting with the Review step.
This blog series is aimed at helping you to move into an eDiscovery consultant role in a law firm. We’ve covered the advantages to doing so, transitioning into a consulting role, and tips for being an effective consultant. In the last posts in the series, I’m going to discuss opportunities to provide consulting services in a typical case. And, I’ll use the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) as a guide through potential consulting tasks.
One thing about being a daily blog is that the posts accumulate more quickly. As a result, I’m happy to announce that today is our 500th post on eDiscoveryDaily! In less than two years of existence! So, what have we covered over the first 499 posts?
Last week in this blog series on eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting?, I gave you some tips for working with your clients in a consultant capacity. Those suggestions were aimed at a general approach to take to consulting on your projects. As a consultant, you will likely be involved in meetings with litigation teams. Here are some tips – some do’s and don’ts – for those meetings.
In this blog series on eDiscovery Professionals: Order-taking or Consulting?, we’ve talked about moving into a consulting role and skills you need to develop to be an effective consultant. In this installment and the next, I‘ll give you some tips for working with your clients in a consultant capacity. I’ll start with tips regarding a general approach to take on your projects:
Last week, we talked about shifting from order-taking to consulting. Having knowledge and experience isn’t enough to be an effective eDiscovery consultant in a law firm. There are several hats you need to wear and skills you need to hone to do it well. Here are a few of the key skills you’ll need to develop.
In the first posts in this series, we talked about order taking: we defined it, we talked about why and how it happens, we talked about the problems it causes, and we talked about the benefits of moving from order-taking to consulting. Now we’re ready to move on to shifting from order-taking to consulting.
If you work in a law firm and find yourself functioning as an “order-taker”, it’s fairly evident that moving into a consulting capacity is a good career move for you. It’s likely to lead to career advancement, a higher salary, and elevated status in the firm. It’s important to recognize, however, that making this shift also benefits the litigation teams with which you work. Most significantly, as a consultant, you can help litigators to avoid the land mines that too many of them have stepped on in recent years. This is a “win-win” for everybody. Here are a couple of key ways in which you can help.
I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about “order-taking” in the field of electronic discovery and about why it’s so prevalent. I think understanding why it happens is the first step in turning the situation around. Before I get into that though, let me describe what I mean by “order-taking”, so we’re all on the same page and starting with a common understanding of the predicament.
I work with attorneys and electronic discovery professionals in a lot of law firms, and I witness a variety of law firm cultures and litigation team dynamics. In the best environments, I see litigators turning to the electronic discovery professionals in their firms for advice and guidance in handling discovery. Unfortunately, however, I too often see talented electronic discovery professionals – who have a wealth of knowledge and significant expertise – functioning as “order-takers”. And all too often, this means that electronic discovery work isn’t done as cost effectively as it could be, and the work product suffers. In this blog series, we’re going to talk about electronic discovery consulting in a law firm, and making that shift from order taking to consulting.
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