Introduction to E-Discovery: Technology (Part 4 of 5)

It’s pretty easy to execute a Google search on “e-discovery” and immediately become overwhelmed by the amazing volume of information available. Where should you begin reading? What’s fluff? What’s not? What’s educational? What’s marketing jargon? Over the next few weeks, we’re going to dedicate MONDAY mornings to reading about electronic discovery basics. Each week, look for a new post to learn about e-discovery without becoming overwhelmed.This  week, we continue our series on technology used to support e-discovery with a few resources for you to learn more about ESI Review & Analysis.

REVIEW

Definition

A good working definition for document review is a task completed by attorneys to determine which documents (electronic or paper) are going to be useful as the litigation matter moves forward.

EDRM definition

You may be tasked with managing a team of reviews… if that is the case, then read this, too.

Software

Most of the litigation technology software over the past 25 – 30 years has been developed to support this phase of litigation. It is not unique to e-discovery but electronically stored information was the catalyst for major new developments in litigation technology over the past decade or more. Here are a couple of the most recent examples and two of the traditional tools in today’s marketplace (this is not an endorsement of any tool…)

Traditional Option # 1 and Option# 2

Newbie #1 and Newbie #2

Discussion

The majority of the litigation budget is typically spent on the attorney review. This article discusses some of the ways to cut time and cost using technology.

ANALYSIS

Analysis can be a difficult term to define in our world as much of the technology has driven the definition in recent years. However, simply put, “analysis” is what the attorneys do when they review. In an effort to save time and trim costs, technology has developed to assess and analyze litigation data early in the case as well as later. The technology does NOT replace the attorney review. The courts are still inconsistent on whether or not to require the technology but seem to be leaning towards requiring it… And I always say: The tools are not as important as the process. Do not bet your whole case on the technology available. My two cents. That said, here’s some useful information about ESI Analysis (again, not an endorsement):

Definition

Software 

I hope this overview of ESI Review and Analysis has been helpful to you as you continue to explore and learn more about e-discovery!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at erika at learnaboutediscovery.com

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ALSP Free Webinars Spring 2011

This post was copied from an email I received earlier today. I recommend attending at least one, if not all, of the learning opportunities below… If you’re a member of ALSP, then you’ll be able to access the on-demand recordings at a later time.

– erika

 

Please join ALSP  for these free upcoming webinars, open to members and prospective members.

 

THIS WEDNESDAY – Education: Legacy Data Remediation (Cosgrove, Fasching, Rummelhoff)

A Practical, Innovative and Experienced Approach to Legacy Data Remediation; Real-world examples of Paper and Electronic Projects

There are plenty of people echoing the risks associated with legacy data and a “keep everything” mentality. Join us for a webinar that will take those discussions a step further, offering insight from both a legal and technical perspective into how remediation projects can be managed cost effectively and in a manner that does not up-end everyday business operations. During this one-hour discussion, Redgrave LLP Partner Andy Cosgrove and Analysts Diana Fasching and Christian Rummelhoff will also outline a defensible framework for the disposition of legacy data, and share real-world examples of paper and electronic remediation projects. Victoria Edelman, Vice President of Education for the ALSP and Director of Training for iCONECT Development, facilitates.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time (New York)
Duration: 1 hour

Click here to register.

THIS THURSDAY – Education: The Top Ten (or So) E-Discovery Predictions for 2011 (Grossman, Hedges)

Join Maura R. Grossman, Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Ronald J. Hedges, former United States Magistrate Judge, for a lively discussion of the top ten (or so) developments in the e-discovery world — both ominous and exciting — expected for the coming year. Among other topics, we’ll discuss major milestones, case law surprises, the impact of new technology, and recap the biggest developments in 2010. Victoria Edelman, Vice President of Education for the ALSP and Director of Training for iCONECT Development, facilitates.

 

 

Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (New York)

Duration: 1 hour

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Education: Analytic Search Software (Crowley)

Conor R. Crowley, Esq. of the Crowley Law Office will review the different types of analytical software available and will discuss the rules and case law supporting the use of such technologies in civil discovery. Conor will also discuss the need for quality assurance when employing analytical software for relevance review and how to design an appropriate quality assurance process. While no specific software products will be discussed, Conor will cover the general varieties and how they work. Victoria Edelman, Vice President of Education for the ALSP and Director of Training for iCONECT Development, facilitates.

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York)
Duration: 1 hour

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Education: Statistical Sampling for Dummies: Applying Measurement Techniques in E-Discovery (Grossman, Cormack)

Join Maura R. Grossman, Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Gordon V. Cormack, Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, for a primer on statistical sampling and its application to e-discovery. Among the topics to be covered are the kinds of questions sampling can and cannot answer; what “random sampling” is and how a random sample may be generated; what “confidence intervals” and “confidence levels” are; how to choose the correct sample size; and sampling traps for the unwary. Victoria Edelman, Vice President of Education for the ALSP and Director of Training for iCONECT Development, facilitates.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (New York)
Duration: 1 hour
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Product Demonstration: Index Engines

Tape Discovery Via the Cloud – Collecting electronically stored information (ESI) from backup tapes has historically been a time consuming and difficult process. The content archived on backup tapes is extremely valuable as it is a point in time snapshot of files and email based on the date of the backup. However, this data is often not leveraged as it has been expensive to identify and collect. Index Engines cloud-based discovery service for backup tapes, powered by Index Engines patented direct indexing and extraction technology, solves this problem. Attend this webinar and learn more. Jim McGann, VP of Information Discovery for Index Engines presents. Victoria Edelman, Vice President of Education for the ALSP and Director of Training for iCONECT Development, facilitates.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time (New York)
Duration: 1 hour
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Analysis Guide « The Electronic Discovery Reference Model

Analysis of your ESI Management & Workflow throughout the lifecycle of the matter is extremely important. Review this section of the EDRM to understand how to manage your ESI process in a defensible manner.

Analysis Chart

Aim: To develop, facilitate, test and validate processes for handling e-discovery efforts.

Goal: Assess and understand ESI throughout the life of the case for the purpose of making educated decisions and developing a defensible, strategic plan.

via Analysis Guide « The Electronic Discovery Reference Model.