Early Case Assessment [“ECA”] was explored in a new way at Legal Tech® this year via a panel discussion titled “e-Discovery in 3D: The New Generation of Early Case Assessment Techniques”. While no 3D glasses were distributed, attendees were encouraged to look at ECA from a new perspective.
Susan Nickle formed the Canadian contingent on the panel that also included U.S. attorneys working in online data security, e-discovery and information governance. The session was very well-attended by a wide variety of legal and technology professionals, whose backgrounds were established by electronic polling during the session.
Traditional methods of ECA were reviewed, which generally involved only lawyers and IT professionals, a large (over) collection of records and some keyword searching. To move ECA into “3D”, the panel encouraged attendees to think beyond the involvement of legal and IT. Some key points:
The panel members were unanimous in their view that defensible information governance is a critical component of effective early case assessment.