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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

eDiscovery: A Judge’s Guide to Reduce Costs

The eDiscovery Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization, has just released a publication for judges titled,  “Judges’ Guide to Cost-Effective E-Discovery.”  Written by Anne Kershaw and Joe Howie, with a foreword by the Hon. James C. Francis IV, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, the paper provides a detailed, vendor-neutral look at technologies and processes that can greatly reduce the cost of handling Electronically Stored Information (ESI). 

This publication is long overdue and will hopefully provide the foundation upon which the entire legal industry can begin to systematically reduce the overall cost of eDiscovery.  The authors contend that there is currently technology and associated best practices available today, including de-NISTing,  Duplicate Consolidation across custodians, email thread management and predictive coding, that can cut the cost of eDiscovery by 90%.   Many forward thinkers in the vendor community have been aware of these technologies for several years.  Now, with the knowledge learned by this publication, maybe Judges will have the ability to question counsel's use or non-use of available technology to forece eDiscovery out of the dark ages and into the modeern world of technology.

There is an excellent overview of the publication titled, “E-Discovery Burden, the Judges’ Guide, and an Alternative to AFAs ,” by co-author Joe Howie on the Inside Counsel Website dated January 21, 2011.

A copy of the full publication can be downloaded from the eDiscovery Institute website at: http://www.ediscoveryinstitute.org/JudgesGuide/.

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