In modern litigation, corporations and law firms need a technological advantage to manage and maneuver through all types of documents, both electronically stored information (ESI) and paper-based materials. Even with state-of-the art technology, workflow, project management, documentation, and information management procedures, the success of a project is dependent on a myriad of factors.
When it comes to data processing and eDiscovery workflows there are various buzzwords and terms that are commonly tossed around in normal conversion. For those unfamiliar with the data handling and processing workflows, these can often be confusing. To aid in that, here are 20 common terms that are used by eDiscovery professionals that relate to the processing stage of the EDRM and overall electronic discovery process.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, it’s a fitting time to remember to focus on using safe online browsing habits and protecting our information when shopping online. According to Adobe, in 2020 Black Friday online shopping surged 22% to a record $9 billion, and it’s only fair to assume we are going to see another big surge this year.
There are many benefits to choosing a managed services provider, especially when managing high-volume and complex discovery projects. With managed service projects, the primary goal is long-term cost control via data management, frequent use of data repositories and documented repeatable workflows.
Computers inherently create mass amounts of duplicative data. In today’s age of massive data proliferation, duplicate and near-duplicate ESI have become big contributors to excessive data populations, rising legal cost, and even a decreased confidence in data for those without access to the appropriate technology to organize and search within this data. As a result, de-duplication and near-duplication identification have become standard workflows for most eDiscovery and review teams.
The EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) refers to both a conceptual framework for understanding the stages within the overall eDiscovery process, and also the EDRM organization and community behind this framework and other resources. The EDRM model consists of nine stages: information governance, identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis, production, and presentation. It essentially serves as a map of the electronic discovery…
During the Identification Stage, the goal is to create and deploy a plan to identify, preserve, authenticate, and collect relevant ESI. Through identifying and defining preferred data sources that potentially hold relevant information, outlining defensible protocols to preserve and collect both structured and unstructured data, and establishing the context that this information is being used, legal teams can create a data map to aid in defining the scope of the case.
In recent years the information requests from Law Enforcement have been rising dramatically, with the majority of these requests either being subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders. There has been a colossal increase of over 500% from 2019 to 2020, and then in just the first 6 months of 2021 there has been nearly as many information requests as there was in total in 2020.
Published nearly a year ago, the American Bar Association’s “Law Firm Guide to Cybersecurity” is more relevant than ever. Cybersecurity and Information Governance are major pillars in the legal sector. Law firms, litigation support providers, and corporate legal departments handle extremely sensitive information making it both crucial that these organizations implement cybersecurity best practices and also stay informed in the current techniques hackers are deploying to get access to this information.
Events and conferences can be a great resource for further developing your career, whether it be your goal is building your network, furthering your industry-specific education, or any number of other motivators. One benefit or byproduct of the shift towards more remote work across the legal industry is the increased number of online events, webinars, educational resources, and digital content being produced.
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