Welcome to Module 4-A.

Part One of Craig Ball’s Explanation of the Technology Behind e-Discovery.

Craig Ball is one of the grand masters of e-discovery whose base of strength is the technology behind ESI. He is not only an attorney and Special Master, but also a certified forensic engineer who has been working with computers all of his life. Craig has written a tremendous amount on electronic discovery and taught at hundreds, if not thousands of CLEs around the country. Craig is the best in the world at explaining the technology behind the scenes and so we are privileged that he took the time to make this special video lecture for students of this class. It is divided into six videos with Part one comprised of the first three. You will quickly see that he is also the undisputed master of Microsoft’s PowerPoint software. (Professor Losey claims honors to the Apple’s KeyNote technology, largely because Craig does not use that software.) So, sit back, get the popcorn, and carefully study the first three videos. You will quickly see why Craig Ball is one of the best e-discovery teachers around.




SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Read three or more of the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of online articles that Craig Ball has written on e-discovery and technology issues over the years. Write a memo to yourself of your favorite(s).

EXERCISE: Find a case where Mr. Ball has served as a special master. What was he assigned to do?

Discretionary Bonus Exercise: Find a case where Craig Ball is mentioned that appears to misunderstand the role of a forensic expert.

Students are invited to leave a public comment below. Insights that might help other students are especially welcome. Let’s collaborate!

Copyright Ralph Losey 2015


Ralph Losey is a practicing attorney who specializes in electronic discovery law. He is a principal in a U.S. law firm with over 50 offices & 800 lawyers where he supervises electronic discovery work and litigation support. Ralph has written over two million words on law and technology, including six books on electronic discovery. His latest books are "E-Discovery for Everyone" (ABA 2017) and "Perspectives on Predictive Coding" (ABA 2017) (ed. & contributor). His blog is widely read in the industry: "e-DiscoveryTeam.com." Ralph is the founder and principal author of "Electronic Discovery Best Practices" and "e-Discovery Team Training," a free online course covering all aspects of e-discovery. Ralph's sub-speciality is the search and review of electronic evidence using multimodal methods, including artificial intelligence. He also has a free online training program to teach these advanced methods - the "TAR Course." Ralph has devoted a month of his time each year since 2013 to research and test various AI-enhanced document review methods. In 2015 and 2016 Ralph and his Team participated in the TREC Total Recall Track experiments sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ralph has been involved with computers and the law since 1978. His full biography is found at RalphLosey.com. Ralph is the proud father of two children, Eva M. Losey and Adam Colby Losey, a high-tech lawyer married to another e-discovery lawyer, Cat Jackson Losey, and, best of all, Ralph has been married since 1973 to Molly Friedman Losey, a mental health counselor and life-long friend.

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