A list of 8 of the Best eDiscovery Resources for 2020
At BIA, we have always strived to help educate our clients about managing data for litigation and best practices in eDiscovery. As concise and accurate resources are sometimes challenging to find, we have created a shortlist of the best eDiscovery resources on the web to help you get started.
We firmly believe that the best client is an educated client. When everyone is on the same page about how to proceed through the EDRM phases of eDiscovery in the most legally defensible and cost-effective ways, the legal matters at issue proceed efficiently and with success. That valuable education can begin with quick and easy access to a good list of the best eDiscovery resources out there.
As part of encouraging our clients to expand their eDiscovery knowledge, we are always adding to and growing our own collection of eDiscovery resources. Still, there are many other helpful eDiscovery resources on the web that are worth bookmarking and using as part of your day-to-day efforts as an attorney, paralegal, or IT manager who supports eDiscovery–especially if you treat eDiscovery as a standard business process.
Below is a shortlist, in no particular priority order, put together by our eDiscovery experts, of some of the best eDiscovery resources focused on educating legal professionals – regardless of your current level of knowledge – about both the basics and the intricacies of eDiscovery.
Our list of some of the best eDiscovery resources for 2020 includes legal information websites, blogs, and some well-known industry organizations.
ACEDS is an industry trade organization that is focused on educating legal and IT professionals about eDiscovery. It has become the preeminent professional organization for eDiscovery professionals and has a multitude of helpful resources such as articles and webinars. Though there is a cost to join the organization itself, many of their informational resources are free.
The ACEDS website is always evolving and adding new information and helpful resources. It has some of the best-attended webinars and links to great articles about all aspects of eDiscovery. It remains one of the industry’s best resources for eDiscovery beginners while at the same time offering a wealth of educational information for experts.
The eDiscovery Institute (EDI)
The eDiscovery Institute (EDI) is a non-profit organization that provides information, resources, and industry connections needed to effectively manage the electronic discovery process, whether as an in-house corporate attorney or a law firm professional. Known for being one of the oldest eDiscovery training and educational organizations, they are also part of Georgetown University’s Law School. Some of the institute’s program covers advanced subjects in eDiscovery and many top legal professionals and judges are involved.
EDI takes a formal educational approach to teaching eDiscovery concepts. For many years it has hosted one of the preeminent eDiscovery conferences where people can attend and learn in an academic setting. It typically publishes much of the material from those events on its site, making it available to professionals who cannot attend or who want to rely on one of the better and more accurate online resources for eDiscovery.
The Sedona Conference
The Sedona Conference is one of the oldest, most renowned eDiscovery organizations. It has expanded to include many other legal subjects besides eDiscovery, including a wide range of topics related to data security and privacy, complex litigation, antitrust law, and intellectual property. It is composed of leading legal practitioners, judges, and academics and has established several working groups that promote a reasoned and just way of thinking and acting in the law.
We think that the Sedona Conference is an excellent resource because it is a highly respected organization that devotes time and diligence to its research and published information. Frequently, it serves as a leader in novel topics of the law – particularly in the eDiscovery field – and has taken an important and active role in the procedural rules and opinions codified by Congress and used by the Federal and many state courts.
The eDiscovery Journal provides raw, non-embellished information and advice within the field of eDiscovery. Its main editor has been a leading voice in eDiscovery since the beginning of the industry and, though not a non-profit, it provides articles, research and information that are helpful and informative without any hidden agendas. It also does an excellent job of disclosing any affiliates or business relationships so that you understand the context of its information up-front.
The eDiscovery Journal is a free spin-off of much of the great content and analysis from the eDJ Group, one of the original eDiscovery consulting firms. Their website offers a vendor and platform-agnostic view of the eDiscovery industry and related subjects.
Ball in Your Court
The Ball in Your Court blog is owned and managed by seasoned Texas trial attorney, Craig Ball, who is a pioneer in eDiscovery and computer forensics. It contains some of the most comprehensive articles related to eDiscovery, as it has been around for many years. The information contained on the site spans both eDiscovery and computer forensics
Craig Ball has been an expert and advocate in the eDiscovery and computer forensics fields since the beginning of both industries and is not afraid to tell it like it is. His content is accurate, informative, and fun to read. The site’s content is easy to consume and to navigate and covers a broad spectrum of topics and subjects. Used by many legal professionals and other experts in the field looking for a sanity check and typically hard-to-find information, it is one of the best eDiscovery resources available.
Electronic Discovery Law
Electronic Discovery Law, is an accurate online publication that covers legal issues, news, and best practices relating to the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). Published by the legal technology team at the national law firm, K&L Gates, it maintains a good mix of information across all essential subtopics related to eDiscovery.`
This online resource, backed by one of the most respected global law firms, does a great job keeping itself separate from the law firm’s marketing site. It has a clean design, is easy to navigate, and has a good search feature that helps users find articles and information of relevance quickly. It is one of the best eDiscovery resources because most of its articles and reference materials do an excellent job of citing to other legal authorities and case law.
The eDiscovery Team is a long-standing eDiscovery blog, managed by Ralph Losey, an attorney and expert in all things eDiscovery. Though the author is a shareholder in a large national law firm, the blog contains his thoughts and opinions and does a great job of maintaining separation from the resources provided by the law firm to which he is a shareholder/partner. The blog is a good source of eDiscovery and legal technology-related education, information, and editorial opinions.
This blog has been around for a long time and has a rich set of content that benefits eDiscovery and computer forensics professionals of every level. It is not updated as frequently as some of the other resources on our list, but it is well cited and has many posts that are still relevant and that discuss timeless topics in the industry. It is a great resource to bookmark and use when trying to get a sanity check on a specific topic or issue.
The Litigation Section of the American Bar Association’s website, though not specifically about eDiscovery, covers many related subjects to eDiscovery and the practice of law involving electronically stored information.
As an ABA resource, it is naturally highly credentialed and is maintained and updated by a committee of attorneys who volunteer their time and knowledge to ensure that it stays relevant to the most interesting and impactful topics of the day. We would be hard-pressed to ignore any good ABA online resource, and this one is no different. Though much of its content is accessible only by practicing attorneys with a membership to the ABA, it offers free resources such as articles about the popular legal and eDiscovery topics of the day.