E-Discovery tools are becoming ever more important to the courtroom, and there’s no turning back. Judges are beginning to expect every lawyer that steps into their courtroom to have some sort of competency when it comes to e-discovery. Some judges are even calling on law schools to make e-discovery core curriculum. So, how does the practicing lawyer keep up with this ever-changing, yet essential tool?
Becoming Better at Using E-Discovery in 5 Steps
- Know the Problems E-Discovery Solves – If you think e-discovery is going to automatically provide you with relevant evidence of your case, you may want to take a step back and rethink what you know. E-discovery primarily serves as an organizational tool for large amounts of data. Going through that data to determine what is relevant is going to be your main task.
- Know What E-Discovery Can Do – So your indexing tool won’t pull up the file you just loaded from a client’s Facebook account. Maybe you loaded the data incorrectly, maybe the file was corrupted, maybe this isn’t the right feature to log social media posts. Did you know that there aren’t many tools out in the legal world that can handle social media data? That means you need to find another way to load your data like putting it in PDF or TIFF formats.
- Staying Up-to-date – E-discovery innovations are always happening, so it is important to keep learning more about the technology. Find legal resources that track these changes, and you may be able to get ahead of the curve when the next e-discovery innovation rolls out.
- Find Help – There are IT professionals out there that can help you understand anything that may be confusing you about e-discovery. Reaching out to those professionals can help keep your knowledge fresh and up to date.
- Go to Conventions and Conferences – Classes on e-discovery aren’t exclusive to colleges. Many conferences, conventions and CLE events include sessions designed to help lawyers understand and better utilize e-discovery tools. Even the professionals here at Exactify.IT offer CLE events that could help keep attorneys up-to-date on all the information they need to better serve their clients.