The Discovery Update – June 2009

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The Discovery Update – June 2009

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June 2009

From the President

Because our goal is to use The Discovery Update as a way to bring you helpful information that you can utilize, we publish articles, tips and tools that can hopefully help you be more efficient and/or cost-effective in your practice.

As discovery-related expenses continue to take up the majority of the litigation budget, the discovery of electronic information, as you know, has driven discovery expenditures even higher. For this reason, we included two articles in this issue that separately focus on pitfalls, practice tips of e-discovery, and tools to help streamline electronic data discovery.

I am sure that managing multiple discovery processes simultaneously is a challenge. We strive to complement that complexity by giving you service in every area of court reporting – service you can rely on 24/7.

I hope you are taking full advantage of it.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Technology Evangelist Keeps Faith in Legal Aid

By Maria Kantzavelos
Chicago Lawyer Magazine

When Ronald W. Staudt was born, the term digital computer could have only meant: One who counts on his fingers.

By the time he was a 10-year-old boy growing up as the big brother to four sisters in Springfield, Ohio — where he skipped the fourth grade because he was good with math — the first of the modern computers were the size of a large room.

Fast-forward five decades — passing through the dawn of the mainframe and minicomputer eras; the emergence of the microcomputer and its transformation into the personal computer; and into the digital age of the Internet — and Staudt, 62, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has cemented his standing as a pioneer in efforts to apply technology to the teaching and practice of law.

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Ediscovery Pitfalls and Practice Tips

By Timothy Parlin, Esq.
Carroll McNulty & Kull, Basking Ridge, NJ

Understanding the e-discovery rules is critical in today’s litigation environment. The Mancia v. Mayflower Textile Servs. Co., 253 F.R.D. 354 (D. Md. 2008), and Treppel v. Biovail Corp., 249 F.R.D. 111 (S.D.N.Y. 2008), cases demonstrate the pitfalls that can occur. This article will analyze these cases and detail practice tips for propounding and responding to e-discovery demands.

The Mancia case required litigants to cooperate and communicate during the discovery process to minimize the costs and burdens of discovery. While Mancia does not specifically address e-discovery issues, it could have a wide-ranging effect on cases that involve massive amounts of electronically stored information. have taken and defended a good number of depositions.  Preparing for deposition requires thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and not being tied to your question outline like a student actor reading a script.  Whether you are “old school” or “new school,” there are many ways to enhance your deposition practice with litigation support software.

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