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E-Degree: Group Seeks Standards for Discovery Workers

Posted Dec 29, 2009 12:49 PM CDT
By Richard Acello

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E-discovery is a rapidly developing field involving attorneys, paralegals, technical support staff, litigation support professionals, consultants, vendors, software developers and the judiciary. But are these participants knowledgeable enough about e-discovery to be considered competent?

The Los Angeles-based Organization of Legal Professionals wants to make sure. The recently formed nonprofit seeks to be the leader in educating the legal community about e-discovery.

“There is such a need and no real courses people can take, no real solid training in e-discovery,” says Chere Estrin, editor-in-chief of two legal publications and chairwoman of the OLP board. “Most of the attorneys practicing have not learned about e-discovery in law school.

“What’s happening is that law firms are taking people from litigation support—[even though] they don’t know anything about the e-discovery process—and throwing them into the system.”

Continue reading "E-Degree" at this link in the January ABA Journal.

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