IQPC's eDiscovery event of 2009 focused on rapid early case assessment and review strategies, as well as realigning relationships between outside counsel, in-house counsel, legal, and IT. As organizations adopt e-discovery strategies for 2010, they should consider many of the issues covered at this year's sessions that provided a perspective for the future.
The IQPC event concluded a pivotal year in legal technology that "was all about moving left on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model and getting information management practices in order," said attendee Stephen Ludlow, senior program manager for e-discovery at Waterloo, Ontario-based Open Text.
The IQPC captured those "leftist" trends in its early sessions with programs that discussed good corporate hygiene and effective records management, among other topics. Bruce Whitney, former chief litigation counsel at Air Products and Chemicals noted, "Good records management is like diet and exercise -- it is good for us, but getting there is another story." He and fellow panelist, Michael Lubben, vice president of risk management for Ryder Systems, cautioned that with baby boomers retiring, a company's institutional knowledge "is walking out the door"; by ignoring records management, "you are impairing your ability to compete."
2009 was certainly about competition, but it was also a year for organizations to more clearly determine their litigation profiles to identify ways to reduce their spending without impairing the legal team's ability to represent the company's interests. Some entities also took the time to determine what types of litigation they generally engage, the volume of work, and the systems they use. "There is a self-diagnostic that has to go on," advised Craig Carpenter, general counsel for Recommind.
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By: Ari Kaplan