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I HAVE ELECTRONIC DATA...NOW WHAT?

You walk into your office and on your desk sit a few hard drives and a stack of DVDs and CDs. On your floor and down your hallway sit what seems to be an endless number of boxes filled with paper. You are told that there is more coming, yet you have no idea what you already have. Now what? This is an increasingly common dilemma being faced by trial teams and we hope that we can help you answer that question easily and efficiently. We want to be part of your team and, like the common language we must speak when it comes to ESI, there are some common questions that need to be answered in order for you to manage your data effectively, plan your strategy, budget thoughtfully, and develop a workflow for your team to follow so that you move ahead smoothly. (See Initial Discovery and 3rd Party Data Assessment Checklist.)



Once the Initial Discovery Assessment has been completed, you are now ready to take your answers and use them to organize, review and use your data. Based on many years of experience, Douglass Mitchell and Sean Broderick have authored a resource guide that will walk you through the steps that will allow you to best handle your electronic discovery (See Recommended E-Discovery Practices for FPD/CJA Attorneys.) Recommendations touch on work flow, tools, technology and strategies that in combination will assist you in tackling any amount of data efficiently.



We are frequently asked what types of litigation support software are often used in federal CJA cases, and what steps CJA panel attorneys should follow when they need to obtain funding from the court for software, hardware and expert services for the large document and ESI case. To that end, David Beneman and Sean Broderick have written an article addressing both of the subjects (see CJA Panel Attorney Resources: A Guide to Litigation Support Software & How to Obtain Resources in the CJA System).