Today kicks off the second annual E-Discovery Fact Week! All this week, we will be sharing some of our favorite e-discovery facts on Linkedin and Twitter. E-Discovery Fact Week was started last year to engage the entire legal community about the importance and value of e-discovery in the legal process. E-Discovery Fact Week is an extension of E-Discovery Day – the big annual celebration of all things e-discovery. To keep the celebration going, even though E-Discovery Day isn’t until December 4th, check out #ediscoveryfactweek all this week on Linkedin or Twitter. And we encourage you to share e-discovery facts with all of your legal colleagues and help spread the word on the importance of e-discovery.
To kick things off, here are a few e-discovery facts related to the history and evolution of the e-discovery industry. Did you know...
- That in 1970, the Supreme Court amended the definition of “documents” in the FRCP to include any “data compilations from which information can be obtained, translated, if necessary, by the [party responding to a request for production] through detection devices into reasonably usable form,” opening the door for electronic data sources in discovery.
- However, the category of electronically stored information was officially added to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on December 1, 2006.
- The first e-discovery course taught in the US was at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies in 2009.
- In 2014, Kroll examined 193 law schools’ course offerings; of them, 124 offered no e-discovery curricula beyond mentions in standard Civil Procedure courses.
- In a 2017 survey of attorneys, the American Bar Association found that 40% of lawyers don’t think that they are required to stay abreast of the benefits and risks of technology as part of their basic competency requirement.
- In fact, 36 state bar associations have adopted an ethical rule that lawyers have a duty to be competent in technology (up 5 from E-Discovery Fact Week 2018).
Follow along at #eDiscoveryFactWeek all this week on Twitter.