There are a lot of reasons to hate eDiscovery, I suppose. Personally, I don’t truly understand the attorneys who avoid it like the plague. You’re never going to understand it if you don’t do it, and you’re giving up on a lot of potentially important information by refusing to use it.
On the other hand, I kind of get it. This isn’t the law you were trained to practice (or some other similar BS). To you, adding eDiscovery makes everything in your case one layer more difficult.
The problem with that position is that it’s not just annoying, it’s downright ignorant. First, I don’t care that eDiscovery isn’t something you started your practice with. For many of you, neither were computers. You use them now though, so what’s the problem? Second, there’s a reason why it adds a new layer of information – because we’re now keeping that information!
But here’s the biggest thing – if you’re unwilling to engage in eDiscovery, you’re going to be completely unable to perform your role as an attorney. Why? The Internet of Things, that’s why. (more…)
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