Weekly Letter to Our Global Community – 13 Sept 22

EDRM Letter to our global community 13 Sept 2022

Dear EDRM Community,

The phrase of the week is turning point.

HM Queen Elizabeth II passed, and King Charles III ascended to the throne.  The Queen’s seventy years of stewardship are being celebrated and her public’s grief is palpable.  Pakistan is still under water from that massive monsoon as the same wildfires are still burning hot on the west coast of the US.  Ukraine signaled a fake move to the south that supported its surprise advance toward the east, recovering territory at a speed not seen since the beginning of the invasion.  

In legal tech this week, Alex Jones with his eDiscovery default in the Texas case, will be in Connecticut court in another case defending against the Sandy Hook parents.  Bloomberg’s Steven Lerner reported on rumors Reveal is chasing Nuix.  Others in the space have been heard whispering, “Get in line,” as Nuix demurs.  EDRM published Ralph Losey’s clarion call to include privacy as a proportionality factor, John Tredennick’s masterful explanation of Zero Trust Networks and EDRM joined ComplexDiscovery’s Rob Robinson’s call for participation on the Fall eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey.

Kaylee & Mary will be at PREX next week and we hosted Monica Enand, CEO of our wonderful trusted partner, Zapproved, in a video short interview about the importance of the keynote at PREX. The keynote focuses on the need for corporations to adopt a reproductive bill of rights.  EDRM is proud to sponsor PREX, live and in person, at its ten year anniversary gathering.  EDRM22 at checkout will score a 50% discount.

EDRM published its “Using Special Masters and Discovery Mediators to Resolve eDiscovery Disputes: A Bench Book for Judges and Attorneys 2022 Edition, Public Comment Version.” Comments are accepted through September 29, 2022.   

Gayle O’Connor Spirit Award Nominations are open. The Gayle O’Connor (GO) Spirit Award celebrates members of the e-discovery and legal technology communities whose singular energy, enthusiasm and verve echo the spirit of the late Gayle O’Connor (1956-2020). The GO Spirit Award is given to an individual in the legal profession who best exemplifies Gayle O’Connor’s spirit and work ethic by serving as an example for other individuals in the profession through attitude, collegiality, energy and accomplishments thereby serving as a positive example for not just those in the legal industry but all people.

Today, Tuesday, September 13, EDRM will host our trusted partner, Lockhaven Solutions with James Dever, M.A., J.D., Dr. Jack Dever, J.D., LL.M., Principals, for “Ripped From the Headlines: Cyberwar & the ‘Iceberg Problem’ in Ukraine and More” discussing why the government or military cannot attack hackers targeting civilian businesses.

Other EDRM Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinars include and are available 24/7 on demand:

Ripped From the Headlines: Mystery of the Mar-a-Lago Docs & the Special Master
The Hon. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix (D. Colorado) in conversation with Dr. Maura R. Grossman, and moderated by EDRM’s CEO and chief technology officer, Mary Mack, CISSP.   

Ripped From the Headlines: Alex Jones Driving Blind
Craig Ball and Mary Mack talk about the consequences of Jones’ counsel passing around a “white hard drive” bearing no label or markings, nothing whatsoever advising the drive held privileged attorney-client records and court-protected documents.

Ripped From Headlines: Intimate Pics, Health Records & Inadvertent Productions
Mary Mack, CEO & Chief Legal Technologist, EDRM & Debbie Reynolds, Debbie Reynolds Consulting, LLC

Flash: Deleted Text Messages from Secret Service, DOD & DHS & Other Scandals
James Dever & Jack Dever, Lockhaven Solutions, Jason R. Baron, Former NARA Dir. of Litigation & Mary Mack, EDRM

Take my whole cell phone, please [said no one ever except Alex Jones]. 
Craig Ball, TX Trial Attorney, Forensics Expert, Special Master & Mary Mack, CISSP CEO, EDRM. [ Craig Ball dove deeper into the Alex Jones Discovery Debacle after reading a Law.com article bylined by Emily Cousins.

Have a great idea for a Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinar? Reach out to info@edrm.net to discuss!

EDRM projects are open to new contributors, please reach out to info@edrm.net to let us know your interest, and we will introduce you to the appropriate Project Trustee.  You can check out EDRM’s project listings here.  The Text Message Metadata Primer Project has a call out for participation to add a government perspective.

Our Syndicated EDRM Global Podcast Network is available via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and your favorite podcast app, so you can listen at your leisure.  Kaylee and Mary have our own podcast, the Illumination Zone, joining TAR Talk and Ryan Short’s eDiscovery After Hours podcasts.  Reach out to info@edrm.net to suggest guests, including your own fabulous self.   

Every Tuesday at 6PM Eastern, community members gather via Zoom to offer or request support as we navigate our work and personal challenges.  Email us at info@edrm.net to be included on the group invitation for the 129th support call. Remember, you are not alone, and you are welcome at our events, or to reach out for help.  If you are having a mental health emergency, please consider these resources for professional help.  Tall Poppy has some resources specifically for those experiencing online harassment, with some great sources of general mental health resources.

We welcome your participation in our projects, webinars, support gatherings, and our EDRM Hub, our job board/event/directory website.  There is no charge for these EDRM offerings, thanks to our very generous partners. 

To everything there is a season,

Mary & Kaylee

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  • Mary Mack

    Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.