This month we feature the article, “Five Tips to Avoid Mistakes in Electronic Document Review.” This is an interesting read by an experienced litigator in the field. He knows his subject and speaks in common, understandable language. I know you will enjoy these useful, down-to-earth tips.
Five Tips To Avoid Mistakes In Electronic Document Review
By Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis
These tips are based on a long life of litigation legal practice, including thousands of document reviews going back to 1978. I have seen hundreds of mistakes over the years, especially in the last decade when my work as a lawyer has been limited to electronic discovery. Many of these blunders were made by “the other side.” Some were funny and made me smile. Others were not and led to motions of all kinds. Keeping it real, I have made my own fair share of errors, too. Those lessons were painful but are now deeply etched. No doubt I would have made many more errors but for the generous guidance provided by more senior and experienced attorneys that I have had the very good fortune to work with. It is with this great debt in mind that I offer up these tips.
It is 2016 and mobile technology is now decidedly ubiquitous for lawyers. Essentially, all lawyers now access work email, perform legal research, or talk to clients or colleagues away from their offices using smartphones, laptops, or tablets.
Though it’s now fair to say that all lawyers incorporate mobile devices or remote work into their law practices, understanding how they do that — their internet options, the devices they use, their security procedures, and software tools and apps they access — shows there is still a lot of room for lawyers to expand their use of mobile technology.
It is worth noting a few words about methodology. Much of theABA Legal Technology Survey Report data regarding mobile technology usage has been surprisingly consistent over the past five or six years, despite the fact that non-lawyer mobile trends are changing over time. It appears that the respondent population has been skewed a bit over the past few years, with older people, men, and large firm attorneys over-represented in the survey sample. This may explain some of the longitudinal stability in the data.