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Free eDiscovery buyer’s guide published

Technology for Lawyers

Published: March 16, 2018

Notable legal tech heads Brett Burney and Chelsey Lambert have put together a first edition eDiscovery buyer’s guide for solo and small practitioners that you all should get and look at as soon as you’re finished reading this review.

Get it here: https://learn.lextechreview.com/courses/2018-ediscovery-buyers-guide

The buyer’s guide goes over various categories of e-discovery tools with some product recommendations. Each chapter is put together by an expert in the field, and there are pro tips as you go. Nice package.

Burney (nice guy, from Cleveland) told me that he and his partner were already taking suggestions and talking to service providers about expanding the text with a new edition, featuring more product lines. But this edition, at 90 or so pages, is a good overview of the field and will certainly suffice for now. And, you know, it’s free.

“These are products that most people probably don’t know about,” he said.

The guide is sectioned into chapters by e-discovery area and attendant available products.

First up is Case Analysis and Chronologies, covering “organizing the players and creating a chronology.” This is the first step in analyzing any case and determining what discovery would be necessary, and CaseMap has been the leader in this field for a long time.

Next chapter is on social media collection and web capture, which Burney rightly feels is the next frontier in e-discovery. “I think that social media technology is far out pacing the industry’s ability to keep up with it,” Burney said. “Email is still the largest area of data collection,” but social media is challenging that, he said.

The next chapter is on data identification and collection, posing the question: “can you process and review 10-12GB of ESI for under $5000?” Well, can you?

Then we move on to Processing and Review with three platforms: desktop software, hosted software and SaaS (the cloud).

Next is a chapter on my personal fave: AI data analysis. I’m still thinking that living humans with legal training are better at this than machines, but….

The last two chapters cover e-discovery managed services (cause why do all that work when you can pay someone else to do it) and litigator utilities.

Anyway, download the thing and read it for yourself. And then wait for the second edition.