Issue 28 – December 2015
The EDRM community grew in exciting ways during 2015!
We saw a record numbers of new EDRM members, mostly from corporate and governmental legal departments and law firms but also from educational institutions and industry associations – a good sign that e-discovery is beginning the long-overdue transition from niche activity to mainstream undertaking.
In 2015 we refreshed a number of practical tools and resources, with the release of new data sets, calculators, and and sessions on the eMSAT maturity self assessment test. A community-sourced library of articles and assets related to the FRCP Amendments is now in active use by members, too.
After 20 years of e-discovery, we are reminded again about the point of it all: moving a case to a satisfactory resolution by assembling a story and telling it in a compelling way. Our efforts to support the advancement of e-discovery through education, standards and metrics to support the advancement of e-discovery will continue in 2016, thanks to the skills and leadership of the EDRM member community.
George Socha and Tom Gelbmann
Here are 2015 highlights, focusing on accomplishments acheived rather than work in progress:
January: We published a clarification to the EDRM Model Code of Conduct, announced an affinity partnership with ACEDS, released a member-only membership directory, and welcomed Ipro as our first “Premier” sponsor.
February: We hosted two webinars, “Assembling the Team to Complete the eMSAT” and “Cross Border Issues in eDiscovery“; announced the release of an updated Statistical Sampling Applied to Electronic Discovery; and welcomed FTI Consulting as its newest premier-level sponsor and eDiscovery Daily as an Education Partner.
March: We launched our affinity partnership with ACEDS; added daily publication of eDiscovery Daily to the EDRM website; hosted the webinar “Getting Cloud Data from the New Big Three: Google, iCloud & MS Office 365“; published “IGRM IT Viewpoint,” the EDRM Data Calculator, and a public-comment draft of the EDRM Processing Standards Guide; and with UF Law held our 3rd Annual Electronic Discovery Conference.
April: We held the webinar “Using Ringtail to Modernize Keyword Search for Efficiency & Better Discovery Outcomes,” with ACEDS hosted the webinar “The Social Media Quick Peek: Early Data Assessment,” and participated in Ipro Innovations 2015.
May: We held our 2015 Spring Workshop, kicking off the start of our eleventh year.
June: We hosted three webinars, “Using Ringtail’s Visual Analytics on Small to Midsized Matters“, “eMSAT-1: Completing the Assessment” and “Using Ringtail to Manage Rolling Matters“, participated in an ACEDS webinar, “Selecting the right e-Discovery Solution for your Company,” and welcomed LexisNexis as a premier sponsor.
July: We participated in three panel sessions at LegalTech West Coast 2015, focused on bringing everyday eDiscovery in-house, and hosted the first of three follow-up webinars, “Everyday eDiscovery: Bringing It In-House or Outsourcing It.”
August: We participated in Ing3nious 2015 SoCal eDiscovery & IG Retreat and released an updated version of Browning Marean’s ESI Cost Budget spreadsheet.
September: We moderated the standing-room-only session, “20 EDiscovery Warnings in 60 Minutes” at ILTACON 2015; hosted two webinars, “Practical Pointers for Bringing Everyday eDiscovery Into Your Organization” and “Outsourcing Everyday eDiscovery: Managed Services Providers Versus Outside Counsel“; published a new budget calculator from Casey Flaherty; participated in two sessions at Nuix User Exchange; and participated in five sessions at the ACEDS 6th Annual E-Discovery Conference & Exhibition.
October: We held our EDRM Fall Workshop at Relativity Fest; participated in the 2015 5th Annual eDiscovery Leadership Conference; hosted two webinars, “A Practical Approach to Your in-house eDiscovery Collections” and “Proportionality and the New Rules“; and participated in the Nuix webinar, “Early Case Assessment is Elementary, Dear Watson.”
November: We released a new Micro Dataset exclusively for EDRM members; published the EDRM FRCP Reference Collection, a member-only resource; hosted three webinars, “What’s Next in eDiscovery: Automation,” “What’s Next in eDiscovery: Data Streaming” and “Away with Words: An Investigative Approach to eDiscovery“; participated in two sessions at Technology in Practice; and at the Minnesota Association of Litigation Support Professionals’ November meeting, presented a session entitled “Where Are We Going? A Look Forward.”
December: We wrapped up the year participating in Avansic’s 7th Annual End of Year CLE and in the ACEDS “End of The Year Webinar.”
Welcome to our newest EDRM members. We look forward to their participation and contributions.
We will be at the following events. Please join us!
Feb. 2, 2016
LegalTech IGI 2nd Anniversary Cocktail Party
Co-sponsored by EDRM
March 9-11, 2016
5th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference
Mar. 30, 2016
4th Annual UF Law / EDRM E-Discovery Conference
Gainesville, FL & online everywhere