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And it begins…

November 19, 2007

So, you ask, why another blog on eDiscovery and Litigation Technology? Isn’t the Blogsphere sufficiently overloaded with people contributing to the information whirlwind? Having recently relocated to Asheville, North Carolina I’ve been lucky to be involved with a couple document intensive cases and have been surprised at the lack of legal technology awareness on the part of the lawyers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Specifically, I’ve been stunned that most local counselors are unaware of, unprepared for, and reluctant to learn about discovery as it relates to electronically stored information. I also recognize that because of the evolving status of eDiscovery there is a dearth of jurisdiction specific resources for those lawyers looking for information. Hopefully, through this blog I can share what I’ve come across and provide a resource for those searching for solutions to their eDiscovery and Litigation Technology questions.

Of course the first place to start when it comes to eDiscovery is the Sedona Conference. A review of their White Papers is essential in laying the framework for the understanding of best practice and procedures when it comes to eDiscovery. Given the lack of specificity in the Federal Rules, and the outright lack of State statutes on the issue, many jurisdictions will look to Sedona when establishing precedent.

Evolving from, and based on, the Sedona Principles, George Socha and Tom Gelbmann have also created a tremendous resource in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model. This breaks the process down into its specific parts, from records management to presentation, and its Wiki based format allows participants to constantly be contributing to and refining the information. When it comes to analyzing the process it’s tough to find a better source.

As the blog evolves I will attempt to ad, and comment on, issues and resources which I think will be relevant as the need to deal with Electronically Stored Information arises on the radar for lawyers in the Southern States. With a little luck, you’ll find this information useful when seeking solutions for your own electronic discovery issues.

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