It’s that time of year when it seems everybody has come out with predictions about e-discovery for the coming year. And the recent Gartner report on the upswing in e-discovery in the U.S. and around the globe (click here and click here) and Fulbright & Jaworski’s 6th Annual Survey (click here) comes as no surprise.
But none focus on the trends directly affecting contract attorneys and computer forensic reviewers (the largest percentage of our membership), the ones in the trenches. That will be the focus of this post.
Note to new readers: When we started The Posse List in 2002, our base was contract attorneys in document review and production on large cases that required an army of reviewers — called in like a “posse” at the last minute, hence our name. As the technology improved, the need for these large teams declined, but the need for review expertise and additional information and expertise in e-discovery continued to grow. That growth expanded internationally, and we expanded our Posse List team to focus on the impact of ESI management on cross-border litigation and investigations. We launched The Posse Ranch, which focuses on solo practitioners and those seeking to leave the document review world, and we also launched The Posse List (Europe) and The Posse List (Asia). We also launched The Electronic Discovery Reading Room, a central location for contract attorneys, law firms, vendors and others to learn the about the basics of e-discovery, ESI, cloud computing and general issues related to modern litigation.
Our network of websites now attracts forensics consultants, paralegals, in-house counsel, law firm attorneys, solo practitioners, e-discovery vendors, legal media, and others, in addition to our original population of contract lawyers.
So, what trends in e-discovery do we see affecting contract attorneys as we are about to enter 2010? What will affect them most?
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