Electronic Discovery – No Country for Old Men

My greatest epiphany as I grow older is how little I know.  This became all too clear to me at last week’s LegalTech show in NYC.  Granted, as a product/business developer for a legal publisher, I am not mired in eDiscovery, nor do I want to be from a defensive position.  But I think it is very clear that eDiscovery is a science with a wide  spectrum that requires many scientific disciplines to navigate it and most of all, depends upon an open mind.

In a couple of recent blogs I discussed concept searching,  but that is just the tip of the iceberg when we’re dealing with forensics, image calibration, OCR, redaction, elimination of redundancies, etc.  It requires knowledge of (or the ability to learn) several disciplines at once.

As a leader in your firm, corporation, solo practice, etc., if you are managing the eDiscovery process, you must have at least a basic understanding of the sciences that are being applied.  Ignorance may be bliss, but “humility is the cornerstone of leadership,” states John G. Miller – the QBQ guy.  Becoming a successful leader in eDiscovery may only be for the young at heart because whatever you tried last week may not be as effective this week – and get over it.  IOW: better to be humbled now than humbled later in a court of law.  Here’s another motivator – your competition (opposing counsel) is reading up on it right now.

Stay tuned for some resources to help with the learning curve.


~ by CDLB on February 10, 2009.

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