BIA: The eDiscovery Steering Committee and How to Form One

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Extract from BIA’s article “The eDiscovery Steering Committee and How to Form One”

What is an eDiscovery steering committee and how do you form one?

An eDiscovery steering committee is a game-changer that’s relatively easy to implement, and that can reap significant rewards for your organization down the road. Whether you operate as part of a corporation or as a law firm advising clients, establishing an eDiscovery steering committee will make your eDiscovery processes more seamless, less disruptive, and less chaotic. It’s no coincidence that all these benefits directly impact costs, so ensuring that your organization has a steering committee to create and oversee a standardized and repeatable approach to eDiscovery is a great place to start saving your organization money.

What is an eDiscovery steering committee?

An eDiscovery steering committee, often called a Legal Event Team, is a specialized group responsible for developing and maintaining the policies, procedures, and documentation for responding to an organization’s legal events. This team decides how the organization will handle legal events—from preservation and legal holds to data collection, processing, document review and production, and all other facets of the eDiscovery process.

What does an eDiscovery steering committee do?

The eDiscovery steering committee puts together a loose framework of workflows used inside the organization or for their law firms to follow when advising their clients. The group creates repeatable, reliable processes that won’t require reinventing the wheel each time a new legal event arises. 

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