Advice from Ralph Losey
Before you begin this journey of advanced legal studies, it would be a good idea to ponder your reasons for doing so. This is a difficult undertaking and you will need a strong start to make it through. Certainly economic incentives are important, but the best students have additional motivators at work to help drive them to excel. The short video below by Ralph points out four reasons to study e-discovery. You can probably think of a few more. We begin the course with Professor Losey’s thoughts on e-discovery, followed by a couple of his animated cartoons. The class concludes with study advice from students who have already completed the course.
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More Reasons to Take This Course
The new field of electronic discovery law is one of the fastest growing in the country. There are opportunities for professionals of all kinds to get in on what is still the ground floor of this rapidly evolving field. Here is quote from a 2011 article in Corporate Counsel:
Cohen said most firms have historically taken the approach that e-discovery is an integral part of litigation and all litigators should be experts in the area. Those firms might create an e-discovery committee, but don’t have a practice focused on the issue. It’s not a crazy approach, he said, but one they quickly find out is a little too complicated to expect every litigator to become an expert.
The best way to protect clients and save them money is to have a dedicated practice, Cohen said, but the problem is there are few experts in the field to create these practice groups. …
Because so few firms have dedicated e-discovery practice areas, the leaders of these groups — which are often the founders of the groups — seem to be in high demand. …
“All firms should be advised to increase their expertise in this area rapidly if they don’t have it,” Deutchman had said. “Litigation firms in no small part will be distinguished going forward between those that have a good solid grasp of e-discovery and those that don’t.”
The need for lawyers and paralegals with specialized knowledge in e-discovery is growing fast. This course is a good way to build and improve upon your knowledge. If you do not, you are missing a great opportunity. If you do not, you may fall behind and not be able to compete. You may have to deal for years with uninformed attorneys, or worse yet, be one yourself. In today’s fast moving world the way to get ahead is through continual learning. Everyone needs to retool and design their career anew from time to time in order to remain relevant in the job market. This course is dedicated to all those who want to try.
You really don’t want to be like the partner in the law firm shown in the animation below. He is clueless. You also don’t want to be like the lit support tech shown below having to endure this abuse. With training, litigation support professionals can move on to a better firm, one where their valuable skills are appreciated. Better yet, both attorneys and lit support experts can be trained, so that they both know how to work together as a functioning e-discovery team. In the meantime, without training, the following video animation shows an all too common scene on Friday afternoons at law firms around the world. This is one of several videos that Ralph has created as part of his creative approach to legal education.
Here is another animated short that shows a happier ending to an interaction between lawyer and tech. The partner here has a clue, and takes guidance from lit support. This is the kind of teamwork we are going for. It also introduces you to our philosophy of search. It is what Ralph calls getting your hands dirty with digital mud, actually looking at the ESI, instead of only searching conceptually in the blind.
This Course is for Advanced and Beginners Alike
Think you already know e-discovery? Maybe you do it everyday day and think training is for the other guy? Think again. This is a rapidly evolving field and more complex than you may imagine. Even the most experienced practitioner could use a little retraining now and then. For instance, how well do you know the Sedona Conference ideas and writings? Have you got Sedona Principle Two down pat? Do you know what it is? Check out this animation, the fifth in a series, called Star Trek Meets e-Discovery: Episode Five – Captain Kirk Learns About Sedona Principle Two. If Captain Kirk can get ordered back for retraining, then you can too.
Advice from Other Law Students on How to Study and Learn e-Discovery
Click on the audios below for advice from some of the best law students on e-discovery that Ralph Losey has had the privilege to teach. They will share some pointers on how to study, what to look for, and in general share their views on what this course is all about.
An advanced e-discovery law students message to new students:
A top student gives his semi-serious top five pointers on learning e-discovery.
Another advanced student gives good advice on how to approach this subject.
More good advice from a technically savvy student and law review editor on e-discovery.
More good insights and advice from one of the top students.
Still more good pointers from a good student.
Final advice from a good student of e-discovery.
Students are invited to leave a public comment below. Insights that might help other students are especially welcome. Let’s collaborate!
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