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E-Discovery Day: Looking Back with Gratitude

Created on November 24, 2021

E-Discovery Market Analyst at Exterro

As E-Discovery Day 2021 approaches fast, arriving next Friday on December 3rd, Thanksgiving week feels like an opportune time to look back at the past six years of celebrations of e-discovery's important and growing role in our legal system. Since its inception in 2015, E-Discovery Day has grown and evolved, but one consistent element has been a commitment to educating professionals on the cases, rulings, best practices, and technologies that make e-discovery what it is today. Read on to recapture some of the key lessons we've learned since then.

Gratitude: In 2015, e-discovery thought leaders shared what in e-discovery they were thankful for, an insightful list into the skills, technology, and people involved in the process. One great highlight was from Gareth Evans, Esq. celebrating the recently enacted FCRP changes, especially 37E. In addition, he is excited about the development of new technology to address challenges such as legal hold, process management, collection of texts and IMs and search voice recordings, and also search and review of large documents using analytics and predictive coding. “We have come a long way with new technology and give the promise of making our jobs easier."

    Best practices: In 2016, in the wake of E-Discovery Day, Exterro compiled a list of 30 best practices for e-discovery learned on E-Discovery Day, and highlighted many of them in this great summary post

    Judicial Opinions: In 2017, one of the most popular discussions on E-Discovery Day featured a handful of judges known for their expertise on matters of e-discovery. It's critical for e-discovery professionals to understand what judges think, and Exterro's grateful for the judges who offer their time and energy to keep us informed. Check out their thoughts in this recap from four years ago.

    The E-Discovery Reference Model: One of the foundational concepts that governs e-discovery today is the EDRM. Not only is EDRM and organization, it's also a framework for understanding what you need to do at each stage of the e-discovery process. Check out this interview with George Socha, one of the co-founders of the EDRM, to learn some of the inside story. 

    The Quotes: One of the staples of E-Discovery Day is webinars. Given that we're scattered across the country (and the world!), one of the easiest ways to connect and educate is online. Maybe there's something about the webinar format, but we've gotten some great quotes from personalities over the years. Here's a look back at some highlights from 2019.

    Perspectives: One of the E-Discovery thought leaders who's shared a lot with the community is Doug Austin of E-Discovery Today. He's recently shared some thoughts about E-Discovery Day and additional activities going on this year in 2021. Check out this recent article on his blog looking at what's going on next week!