ASU’s Recent eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference

9 Jul 2012

Last month, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law hosted an eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference. The conference ran from May 23-25 and included keynote speaker Judge John Facciola, who frequently lectures on the topic of electronic discovery. The conference offered three one day programs:

  • Technological Issues in eDiscovery
  • ESI Discovery – Principles, Strategies and Tactics
  • Symposium – The Cutting Edge Practical Realities of eDiscovery

Among the topics covered were:

  • Identifying what digital information to preserve
  • Testing and validating search terms
  • Conducting eDiscovery-related interviews
  • Collecting ESI from witnesses, IT personnel and third parties
  • Preparing, conducting and defending depositions of IT personnel, records managers and executives called to testify
  • ESI file types, media, devices and locations
  • Legal project management techniques to reduce data-related costs
  • Avoiding ethical pitfalls
  • Effectively reaching agreements with opposing counsel about eDiscovery issues
  • Best practices for computer-assisted searching
  • Protecting privilege during the discovery process
  • Dealing with meta data
  • Trending case law
  • Working with eDiscovery service providers

eDiscovery has certainly revolutionized the legal field and will continue to do so as it evolves further, but it has also given rise to many new questions surrounding discovery ethics, rules, practices, policies and procedures. Many corporate defense firms have created eDiscovery teams dedicated to this unique aspect of litigation and have also spent a pretty penny acquiring specialized eDiscovery software. Plaintiffs’ attorneys, on the other hand, may not have the necessary resources to carry out eDiscovery in-house. They can remain on even footing with corporate defense firms by working with experts in plaintiff electronic discovery.

A plaintiff eDiscovery firm connects attorneys with the tools they need to effectively and cost-efficiently handle ESI production. By utilizing technology like automated issue coding and AI-based machine language translation, MDL and class action attorneys streamline the document review process, saving time and money. And by staying on top of ESI protocols and recent case law, legal experts conduct all aspects of electronic discovery ethically. Clients benefit enormously from working with eDiscovery database experts, as they are well-versed in all the topics addressed at the ASU conference.

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