EDRM Publishes Clarification to its Model Code of Conduct – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Yesterday, we discussed an update to the Cooperation Proclamation: Resources for the Judiciary from The Sedona Conference®. Today, another titan of eDiscovery standards and best practices, EDRM, has an update of its own.

EDRM Updates Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery Guide – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Over two years ago, we covered EDRM’s initial announcement of a new guide called Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery. Now, they have announced an updated version of the guide.

How Mature is Your Organization in Handling eDiscovery? – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

A new self-assessment resource from EDRM helps you answer that question. A few days ago, EDRM announced the release of the EDRM eDiscovery Maturity Self-Assessment Test (eMSAT-1), the “first self-assessment resource to help organizations measure their eDiscovery maturity”. Find out more about it here.

When Preparing Production Sets, Quality is Job 1 – Best of eDiscovery Daily

By : Doug Austin

Yesterday, we talked about addressing parameters of production up front to ensure that those requirements make sense and avoid foreseeable production problems well before the production step. Today, we will talk about quality control (QC) mechanisms to make sure that the production is complete and accurate. There are a number of checks that can and should be performed on the production set, prior to producing it to the requesting party. Here are some examples.

Production is the “Ringo” of the eDiscovery Phases – Best of eDiscovery Daily

By : Doug Austin

Most of the “press” associated with eDiscovery ranges from the “left side of the EDRM model” (i.e., Information Management, Identification, Preservation, Collection) through the stages to prepare materials for production (i.e., Processing, Review and Analysis). All of those phases lead to one inevitable stage in eDiscovery: Production. Yet, few people talk about the actual production step. If Preservation, Collection and Review are the “John”, “Paul” and “George” of the eDiscovery process, Production is “Ringo”.

Our 1,000th Post! – eDiscovery Milestones

By : Doug Austin

When we launched nearly four years ago on September 20, 2010, our goal was to be a daily resource for eDiscovery news and analysis. Now, after doing so each business day, I’m happy to announce that today is our 1,000th post on eDiscovery Daily! Check out what we've covered over 1,000 posts!

eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – Collecting Documents

By : Jane Gennarelli

In 1978, I took my first job in litigation, with the law department of a Fortune 100 corporation headquartered in New York City. I was one of a team assembled to collect responsive documents to be produced in a major antitrust litigation. The documents were located in the corporation’s office and warehouse facilities around the country. While the process of collecting documents varied from case to case, this project was representative of the general approach to collecting documents in large-scale litigation. Let me describe how it worked.

eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – Circa 1978, We Lived in a World of Paper

By : Jane Gennarelli

Back before desktops, laptops and tablets, the business world meant paper. Lots of paper. And that meant that litigation preparation activities revolved around paper. Here's how the phases of discovery were handled, prior to the early 1980s.

Perhaps the Most Recognized Standard in eDiscovery Just Got a Facelift – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Probably the most recognized standard in a very unstandardized industry is the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) diagram. For only the second time since it was originally published in 2006, the diagram has been updated.

300,000 Visits on eDiscovery Daily! – eDiscovery Milestones

By : Doug Austin

While we haven’t served over 300 billion burgers like McDonald’s, we have provided something to digest each business day for over 43 months. We’re proud to announce that on Friday, eDiscovery Daily reached the 300,000 visit milestone! It took us a little over 21 months to reach 100,000 visits and just over 22 months to triple that to 300,000! When we reach key milestones, we like to take a look back at some of the recent stories we’ve covered, so, in case you missed them, here are some recent eDiscovery items of interest from the past six weeks.

How Do You Dispose of “Digital Debris”? EDRM Has Answers – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

In 2012, the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC) released survey results indicating that nearly 70 percent of organizational information has no legal or business value and that, for most organizations, information volume doubles every 18-24 months. Now, EDRM, in collaboration with the CGOC, has released a new white paper to address growing concerns related to the amount and substance of electronic data currently created and stored.

George Socha of Socha Consulting LLC – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is George Socha. A litigator for 16 years, George is President of Socha Consulting LLC, offering services as an electronic discovery expert witness, special master and advisor to corporations, law firms and their clients, and legal vertical market software and service providers in the areas of electronic discovery and automated litigation support. George has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011, he and Tom Gelbmann converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and Tom Gelbmann launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle and there are nine active projects with over 300 members from 81 participating organizations. George has a J.D. for Cornell Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

eDiscovery Conference for Small to Medium Cases – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Last week, I told you about a two-day program being hosted in my hometown of Houston by The Sedona Conference®. Here is another conference that you can attend no matter where you are, for a very reasonable price!

Tom Gelbmann of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Tom Gelbmann. Tom is Principal of Gelbmann & Associates, LLC. Since 1993, Gelbmann & Associates, LLC, is a consulting practice serving the legal services industry. Tom has an extensive record of working with law firms, corporate counsel and legal services providers as a consultant, advisor, project manager, and has also held the CIO position at two major law firms. Tom has also been co-author of the leading survey on the electronic discovery market, The Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Discovery Survey; in 2011 he and George Socha converted the Survey into Apersee, an online system for selecting eDiscovery providers and their offerings. In 2005, he and George Socha launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model project to establish standards within the eDiscovery industry – today, the EDRM model has become a standard in the industry for the eDiscovery life cycle.

EDRM Updates Privacy & Security Risk Reduction Model – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

As they announced last week, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) announced the reintroduction and refinement of its Privacy & Security Risk Reduction Model (PSRRM). Initially introduced last September by EDRM’s Data Set group (and covered on this blog here), the model provides a process for reducing the volume of private, protected and risky data by using a series of steps applied in sequence as part of the information management, identification, preservation and collection phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model.

ESI Cost Budget Calculator – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Last month, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. So far, we have reviewed three budget calculators, the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review, the Doc Review Cost Calculator and the EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator. Here is the fourth and final calculator (currently) on the site, the ESI Cost Budget Calculator, provided by Browning Marean, DLA Piper law firm.

EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Last month, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. So far, we have reviewed two of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm and the Doc Review Cost Calculator provided by an eDiscovery vendor. Today, we will continue our review of the calculators with a look at the EDRM UTBMS eDiscovery Code Set Calculator provided by Browning Marean, DLA Piper law firm; and George Socha, Socha Consulting (and, of course, co-founder of EDRM).

Cost Calculator for Document Review – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site and, two days later, began a review of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm. Today, we will continue our review of the calculators with a look at the Doc Review Cost Calculator.

Vorys Project Ballpark Cost Estimator for ESI Processing and Review – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

On Tuesday, we discussed budget calculators available from the Metrics section of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) web site. Today, we will begin a more in-depth discussion of the budget calculators, beginning with the E-Discovery Cost Estimator for Processing and Review workbook provided by Julie Brown at Vorys law firm.

Want to Estimate your eDiscovery Budget? Use One of These Calculators – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

It has been a busy year for the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). In addition to announcing a transition to nonprofit status by May 2014, since the May annual meeting, several EDRM projects have already announced new deliverables and/or requested feedback. Now, another resource is available via the EDRM site – Budget Calculators!

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Brad Jenkins

Brad Jenkins, President and CEO of CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years of experience leading customer focused companies in the litigation support arena. Brad has authored many articles on litigation support issues, and has spoken before national audiences on document management practices and solutions.

Doug Austin

Doug Austin, Professional Services Manager for CloudNine Discovery, has over 20 years experience providing legal technology consulting and technical project management services to numerous commercial and government clients. Doug has also authored several articles on eDiscovery best practices.

Jane Gennarelli

Jane Gennarelli is a principal of Magellan’s Law Corporation and has been assisting litigators in effectively handling discovery materials for over 30 years. She authored the company’s Best Practices in a Box™ content product and assists firms in applying technology to document handling tasks. She is a known expert and often does webinars and presentations for litigation support professionals around the country. Jane can be reached by email at jane@litigationbestpractices.com.