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You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel Just to Place a Legal Hold

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We’ve all done it: when accomplishing some task that we take for granted — like cooking a meal or driving to work or even tying your shoe – we start thinking about the fact that someone along the line had to figure it all out, after what must have been an enormous amount of trial and error. And then they had to explain how and why this way of doing things is much more effective and efficient than whatever old way people were doing before that.

What’s interesting is that we also know how stubborn we can be about adopting new ways of doing things (I know I am!), even when someone explains a better way. And it’s understandable – we like what we know works, even if it potentially might take longer or require extra steps, at least it has a known outcome (This may be especially true in the legal world, where attorneys and other professionals are naturally risk averse). I also think we’re hesitant, because we second guess our ability to learn a new way of doing things, particularly after we’ve already mastered another.

Well, eDiscovery is no different. Just like everything else, the processes that legal teams use to carry out their duties had to be learned through education and on the job trial and error. But that doesn’t mean that you have to go through the same.

On December 1st, we’ll be celebrating E-Discovery Day, an industry-wide event that brings together some of the leading voices in eDiscovery for a day of education and knowledge sharing. And you won’t want to miss the ACEDS / Exterro sponsored webinar: Top 5 E-Discovery Process Improvements Legal Needs to Make (But haven’t made yet…). In this roundtable discussion, learn from three e-discovery experts (William Hamilton, Director, UF Law; Hon. John Facciola, Ret. US Magistrate Judge, D.C.; and, Mary Mack, Director, ACEDS), who are not only e-discovery teachers but also have navigated complex e-discovery projects, on what 5 eDiscovery process improvements legal teams must make to start seeing real results.

Plus, you don’t have to stop there — The day is full of webinars from other organizations!

Remember, it’s always good to check out what other people are doing in your field – they just may have stumbled over something that will make your life a lot easier.

Jim Gill’s writing about eDiscovery and Data Management has been twice recognized with JD Supra Reader’s Choice Awards and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Before working in eDiscovery, Jim taught college writing at a number of institutions and his creative work has been published in numerous national literary journals, as well as being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

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