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What is EDRM?

EDRM is a community of e-discovery and legal professionals who create practical resources to improve e-discovery and information governance. As technology radically transforms litigation and the legal profession, EDRM members collaboratively develop vital frameworks, standards, educational tools, and other resources to guide the adoption and use of e-discovery technologies.

Founded by attorney George Socha and technologist Tom Gelbmann, EDRM was launched in May 2005 to address the lack of standards and guidelines in the e-discovery industry. Since its launch, the EDRM community has steadily grown with participation from hundreds of domestic and international organizations, including representatives from service and software providers, law firms, industry groups, law schools, city governments, state attorneys general, state and federal agencies, and corporations involved with e-discovery, working together to develop and publish frameworks, standards, and resources that address practical issues relating to e-discovery and information governance.

Among EDRM’s first projects was the creation of the EDRM diagram, which mapped the stages of e-discovery and has since become an industry-wide standard for managing the e-discovery process. Later projects created similar frameworks for managing information governance (the IGRM), metrics, privacy and security risk reduction, technology-assisted review, and more. The iconic EDRM model has been downloaded in various forms tens of thousands of times since its first iteration was posted in 2005.

EDRM was acquired by Duke Law School in 2016. Now housed in the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, EDRM is part of a broad community of lawyers, technology providers, judges, scholars, students, business leaders, and others who are dedicated to improving the administration of justice. As e-discovery shapes the future of the legal profession, EDRM is working to shape the evolution of e-discovery. By bringing together leaders from all corners of the profession, EDRM and the Center for Judicial Studies are working to ensure that technology advances the administration of justice and that all within the legal profession have access to technological tools and educational resources.

We welcome you to consider joining our community of e-discovery leaders. Visit our Join EDRM page to learn more about the benefits of membership.