A Complete Novice Explores E-Discovery

I’ve been a technology addict for going on three decades now, starting with a beginner’s programming course on an Apple IIe. I’ve been the one, particularly with law firm environments, who’s ended up teaching others how to use technology. But lately, I found myself bumping up against my limitations in one area: e-discovery.

Considering the way that things are going in the legal field, let alone the larger world, that shouldn’t be too terribly surprising. It’s tough to find anyone these days who doesn’t send most, if not all, of their communications through a smart phone, a tablet, and/or a desktop computer. And who doesn’t have at least one social media account?

In recent weeks, I’ve had to do things like research video codecs, explain how an expert witness could examine a damaged hard drive without altering the data, and interview vendors to see who’s best qualified to mine social media data. Even five years ago, I might never have done any of those things.

One thing I’ve noticed in crawling the Internet looking for information on these topics is how much the various resources assume you already know. (The phone calls with the social media vendors were particularly humiliating for me. I lost track of how many times I said, “I don’t know — I’ll have to get back to you on that.”) That’s why I was grateful to get a heads-up from the folks at TechnoLawyer’s LitigationWorld newsletter on the release of their “Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery.” When they say this guide is for beginners, they’re not kidding. It assumes nothing about your prior knowledge of technology. Even the most basic terms like “byte” are defined (handy for conversations with the, ahem, technology-challenged among your co-workers).

The “Quick Start Guide to Mastering Ediscovery” is free to TechnoLawyer members. Click here to subscribe to their incredibly valuable free newsletters and get free access to the Guide in the TechnoLawyer member library.

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About the Author

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.