Once Again, It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite Law Blog – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

It’s that time of year! If you have a favorite law blog (or “blawg”, get it?), now is the time to nominate it for recognition in the ABA Journal 8th Annual Blawg 100.

Here’s a Chance to Help Shape the Future of Information Governance – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Back on Valentine’s Day, we discussed the launching of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance. The IGI has been busy, with two of its co-chairs, Bennett B. Borden & Jason R. Baron, having written a recent report on predictive analytics for information governance. Now, the IGI is inviting you to help shape the future of information governance by participating in the IGI’s 2014 Annual Survey.

Plaintiffs Denied Motion to Depose Defendants Regarding ESI Processes Prior to Discovery Requests – eDiscovery Case Law

By : Doug Austin

In Miller v. York Risk Servs. Grp., Arizona Senior District Judge John W. Sedwick denied the plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel, requesting permission to conduct depositions in order to determine the defendant’s manner and methods used for storing and maintaining Electronically Stored Information (ESI) prior to submitting their discovery requests.

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.

Parties’ Failure to Cooperate Sparks Denial of Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider Court Ordered Discovery – eDiscovery Case Law

By : Doug Austin

In In Cactus Drilling Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., a largely contentious discovery phase was a major contributor to the decision of Oklahoma Chief District Judge Vicki Miles LaGrange regarding the defendant’s Motion to Reconsider, or Alternately, Motion for Clarification of the Court’s Order.

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.

Predictive Analytics: It’s Not Just for Review Anymore – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

One of the most frequently discussed trends in this year’s annual thought leader interviews that we conducted was the application of analytics (including predictive analytics) to Information Governance. A recent report published in the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology addresses how analytics can be used to optimize Information Governance.

Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis, LLP – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Ralph Losey. Ralph is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, where he is a Shareholder and the firm's National e-Discovery Counsel. Ralph is also a prolific author of eDiscovery books and articles, the principal author and publisher of the popular e-Discovery Team® Blog, founder and owner of an online training program, e-Discovery Team Training, with attorney and technical students all over the world, founder of the new Electronic Discovery Best Practices (EDBP) lawyer-centric work flow model. Ralph is also the publisher of LegalSearchScience.com and PreSuit.com on predictive coding methods and applications.

Jason R. Baron of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Jason R. Baron. An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice. Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery.

ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Last week, I told you about a two-day program being hosted next week in my hometown of Houston by The Sedona Conference®. Then, on Tuesday, I told you about the Second Annual Electronic Discovery Conference for the Small and Medium Case, hosted by the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and EDRM also next week. Now, here is another conference alternative for next week – the Third Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, hosted by Arizona State University and noted eDiscovery expert Michael Arkfeld.

Laura Zubulake, Author of “Zubulake’s e-Discovery” – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is Laura Zubulake. Laura worked on Wall Street for 20 years in institutional equity departments and, in 1991, authored the book The Complete Guide to Convertible Securities Worldwide. She was the plaintiff in the Zubulake vs. UBS Warburg case, which resulted in several landmark opinions related to eDiscovery and counsel’s obligations for the preservation of electronically stored information. The December 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were influenced, in part, by the Zubulake case. In 2012, Laura published a book titled Zubulake's e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice, previously discussed on this blog and she speaks professionally about eDiscovery topics and her experiences related to the case.

James D. Zinn, Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

Today’s thought leader is James D. Zinn. James is Managing Director of Huron Consulting Group. James leads the technology team at Huron Legal, which includes the data collection, processing, hosting, production, and forensic analysis services along with infrastructure, support, and software development. James has extensive experience managing the strategic and tactical use of technology within investigative and litigation consulting matters.

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.

Effective Information Governance Takes Initiative – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

One of the best side-benefits I get from conducting thought leader interviews for the blog is that I get to learn about new programs in the industry that promote best practices. I learned about one such new program in my thought leader interview with Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and former long-time Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through my interview with Jason, I learned that the Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank focused on advancing information governance, launched last week.

Six eDiscovery Predictions for 2014, Part One – eDiscovery Trends

By : Doug Austin

It’s that time of year, where people make predictions for the coming year for all sorts of things, including electronic discovery trends for the coming year. Though I have to say, I’ve seen fewer predictions this year than in past years. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to offer some of my own predictions. If they turn out right, you heard it here first!

Useful eDiscovery Information Resources: Professional Organizations — Women in eDiscovery (WiE)

By : Jane Gennarelli

This blog series – Useful eDiscovery Information Resources – is aimed at giving you information on resources available to eDiscovery professionals… resources aimed at education regarding eDiscovery and resources aimed at keeping professionals up to date regarding the latest and the greatest in the industry. Today, we will continue our look at professional organizations in the industry, with a look at Women in eDiscovery (WiE).

For Successful Discovery, Think Backwards – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) has become the standard model for the workflow of the process for handling electronically stored information (ESI) in discovery. But, to succeed in discovery, regardless whether you’re the producing party or the receiving party, it might be helpful to think about the EDRM model backwards.

A Model for Reducing Private Data – eDiscovery Best Practices

By : Doug Austin

Since the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) annual meeting just four short months ago in May, several EDRM projects (Metrics, Jobs, Data Set and the new Native Files project) have already announced new deliverables and/or requested feedback. Now, the Data Set project has announced another new deliverable – a new Privacy Risk Reduction Model.

eDiscovery Daily is Three Years Old!

By : Doug Austin

We’ve always been free, now we are three! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years ago today since we launched the eDiscoveryDaily blog. We’re past the “terrible twos” and heading towards pre-school. Before you know it, we’ll be ready to take our driver’s test! Here are some posts over the last six months you may have missed.



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About the Bloggers

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.