Extract from Brad Harris’s article “Webinar Recap: Get the Most Out of Your Slack Early Case Assessment”
One of the keys to managing the cost of ediscovery—and litigation more broadly—is effective early case assessment (ECA). When you can quickly and accurately predict the future of a case, you’re more likely to, as Kenny Rogers would say, know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.
Often, data within the collaboration platform Slack offers a fast way to gain insight into a potential case. But Slack data poses several challenges, especially during ECA. That was the topic of a webinar Hanzo presented recently, “Get the Most Out of Your Slack Early Case Assessment.” Here’s what we talked about.
Why Slack Data Is Useful for Early Case Assessment
The goal of ECA is to quickly and inexpensively assess the risk that a potential matter poses.ECA lets you efficiently gauge what is at stake in terms of the time, money, or reputational damage it could cost to defend or prosecute an issue. Legal teams need to identify the key players rapidly in a dispute, the data sources they’ve used, and the timeframes that are relevant to the underlying facts. Next, they need to survey those data sources to gain a sense of the veracity of any claims or defenses. Once they’ve identified and analyzed potentially relevant information, they must preserve information if litigation ensues. Finally, they need to turn their insights into action, whether that’s settling a matter, rebutting an assertion, or digging in for a fight.